Shonda Rhimes (showrunner for Scandal, Grey’s Anatomy, How to Get Away With Murder) is in the October issue of Women’s Health, where she discusses the stigma of sexuality that women encounter on and off-screen.
Rhimes says viewers are desensitized to violence on TV but sex is still treated like some shameful secret.
“I have three daughters, and I find it fascinating that you can shoot someone in the face on network television, show the whole thing, watch their brains fly out of the back of their head, and no one blinks. But people are shocked when you show anybody having sex. I hope my daughters grow up to have amazing sex. I really do. I do not hope they grow up to shoot someone in the face. You know what I mean?”
“I feel like there are ways to represent women owning their sexuality and having a strong point of view about it and it not being this taboo thing that’s hidden in some closet somewhere.”