Netflix and Chill-A Generational Joke or American Cultural Phenomenon?

***This is a post from last semester written by Xavien Powell that I consider to be good***

The term “Netflix and chill” has quickly become this generation’s’ code for what your parents or grandparents might have considered a “booty call”. The phrase according to Urban Dictionary denotes participating in sexual activity. Although this phrase may seem “for the kids”, is it a relatively new idea or has it been apart of American culture for years?Contrary to popular belief people have been in a sense “netflix and chilling” for decades now. In London and later In the 19th century New York, the theatre acted as a playground for public prostitution and other sexual activity. For this reason it was often regarded as a place of sin for those of Christian faith. In fact I can even recall a time in which I was going to see a film in the movie theatres and my friend was not allowed to go. When I asked why, he had brought to my attention to the fact that his mother who prohibited him was of christian faith and held the belief that the theatre was where men went to “satisfy their flesh”.

Although the theatre/ cinema has opened up a new road for media and other sort of entertainment, it has also contributed to a sexual or romantic nature in the cinema. Proof of this culture can be exemplified in the many ways people initiative sexual acts in the theatre in the 21st century. Most of us are familiar with some of them such as the famous “yawn and put your hand over her shoulder” maneuver. Even more explicitly is the “Cinema position” or the infamous “Popcorn in a Bucket”, a sexual act meant to be performed in the seat of a movie theatre. Within last few years the idea of a home theatre evolved and contributed to the creation of Netflix. The website allows users at home to stream films and other exclusive Netflix content. However it seems that although Netflix is fairly new, the sexual activity that follows the use of Netflix is more or less a well known American phenomenon. Why this is this a common practice? We may never have the answer to this question.


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