Even taboo-busting Sex And The City treated one man's obsession with cunnilingus - Charlotte's boyfriend, aka 'Mr Pussy' - as a laughingstock, an unsuitable choice for settling down.Now, with Douglas's sexual history on parade, who would dare judge him?From countless teen movies to comments on online forums, the adult virgin male is branded as a bit of a loser.While female virginity may still retain some virtue in modern western society, male virginity certainly does not.
Although the majority of the fashion industry will agree that "sex sells", most companies will go out of their way to be disassociate with the actual act itself.
Douglas's comments might have sparked debate, but about the cancer, not the fact he has sex. Even actors, who we generally assume to have - ahem - varied and adventurous personal lives, didn't generally "go there".
Until recently it was unthinkable that a successful man might want to, or be expected to, orally pleasure a partner was rarely mentioned except as as punchline.
My dating life followed a very specific pattern in my early 20s.
I’d meet a guy, we’d go out, have a good time, go out a second time, a third, and then I’d get the line.