(“Is it a crime to have sex in front of a baby?” is one of the more upsetting things you can Google. Answer: It’s seriously frowned upon.)
Let’s be clear: We don’t condone flagrant public sex. It will result in an indecency citation and awkward conversations with family members when they recognize you on TV. And hopefully, in the case of the subway couple, a visit from Social Services.
But experts say we are in a golden age of exhibitionism. Being seen is a major turn-on to some women because it makes them feel desired—which is paramount in female fantasies, according to Ogi Ogas, Ph.D., a cognitive neuroscientist and the coauthor of A Billion Wicked Thoughts.
The good news: You can partake without being a total creep or a criminal. To find out why women are more compelled than ever to show off theirsex appeal, read She Wants You to Watch.
And one more reminder: Don’t do anything stupid. Because ultimatley, no one will be empathetic to the “heat of passion” excuse.
Additional reporting by Anna Davies