We also love that Normal People gave condoms some much needed air time. Not only are condoms discussed before the sex scene, but you can hear the slick slithering as Connell puts it on.
Did this scene stand out to other people? We asked Olivia Troy, an Intimacy Coordinator and Advisor based in New York City, for her take.
“I’d say the condom scene stands out because it’s a conversation that we all have had in real life that seems to always be elided or edited out on screen,” she says, “also, because it’s young love and television, we’ve been conditioned to anticipate a conflict: “She’s going to lose her virginity and get pregnant!” Or “she asks about a condom and ruins everything!”
“I’d love to see a normalisation of contraceptive use on screen as we see in Normal People. The more we’re able to model consensual, responsible sex as passionate, thrilling, and sexy, the better for everyone,” she continues.
Is seeing contraception used on TV really that rare? It appears so! In a recent survey by ellaOne, 50%* of the respondents said they can’t remember ever seeing contraception used on film or TV.*
We asked some viewers if they’ve ever seen contraception used on TV and if they think it should be used more often.