Earlier this week, Cherie Blair, wife of former British Prime Minister Tony Blair, took some heat from the British press from commenting on the couple's sex life. Reports The Daily Mail
Witness her cringe-making comments about her sex life with husband Tony this week, when she told an interviewer:
‘We're been married for 31 years and known each other 35, and even now he still excites me in all possible ways.'
Definitely, too much information.
I could be deeply, deeply embedded in The Internet, land of The Overshare, but what Blair said doesn't seem that bad. She was asked a question, and she answered tactfully, and yet the British press recoiled as though she'd launched into a 15 minute soliloquy about how much fun it is to put the former Prime Minister's balls in her mouth. While it seems that this isn't the first time Ms. Blair has run afoul of the opinion of The Daily Mail (in the same article, they refer to her as "boastful" and mock her self-promotion), it doesn't take a rocket surgeon or brain engineer or space genius to understand that the "ew, gross" reaction to Cherie's proclamation is at least partially due to the fact that the collective public hates hearing about old or unattractive people enjoying sex.
The overshare that is ubiquitously encouraged by pop culture- and even by the interviewer who asked Ms. Blair what sounded a whole hell of a lot like a question about her sex life- is similarly discouraged among people that we don't personally sexually desire. The masses may gather like lonely tweens to a Twilight cosplay to hear stories of the hot sex being sexed by Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, yet the same sex as had by, say, James Carville and Mary Matalin would be reported as stomach-churning by the media. At this point that we could easily plot the direct correlation between the age and attractiveness of a couple and the amount of oversharing we tolerate from them. As X (attractiveness of parties involved) increases, so too does Y (level of tolerated grossness in story being shared), with exceptions when the people whose attractiveness is represented by X are your parents or your little brother.
In a world that encourages us to overshare but judges us for doing so, thank goodness for the relative anonymity of the internet. Now, tell me your best blow job story.