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As a parent, the sex scenes in Normal People are too much

Judith Woods


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Paul Mescal and Daisy Edgar-Jones in Normal People. Photo: Hulu

Paul Mescal and Daisy Edgar-Jones in Normal People. Photo: Hulu

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Paul Mescal and Daisy Edgar-Jones in Normal People. Photo: Hulu

'Stop! Turn it off! This is giving me the ick. Please no!" Ah, who remembers the rite-of-passage that is stumbling across a sex scene while watching television with your parents and cringing with mortification? Pretty standard stuff.

Back in the day, even a raunchy gyration by Legs & Co was enough for hot waves of shame and generalised Catholic guilt to sweep over me.

Fast forward to 2020 and I am now that parent - but I'm also the one recoiling in horror. Talk about cognitive dissonance.