At 3:30 in the afternoon on a Friday – yes, in broad daylight – one duo started going at it on the pavement outside a dress store in California. The shop owner recorded them rolling around on the ground, dry humping. Clothes reportedly came off 15 minutes into their romp. Oh, and they had just met.
The next day at the University of Tennessee, another pair got frisky in the press box at Neyland Stadium. How’d they get busted? By posting a photo to Snapchat.
And in a far more disturbing incident, a couple was recorded doing it doggie style against an escalator in an unknown train station. When a passerby interrupted them, the woman spun around, revealing that an infant had been strapped to her chest the entire time. (“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 frowned upon.)
Let’s be clear: we don’t condone flagrant public sex. It can result in an indecency citation and awkward conversations with family members when they recognise you on TV. And hopefully, in the case of the train 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 Dr Ogi Ogas, a cognitive neuroscientist and the co-author of A Billion Wicked Thoughts.
And one more reminder: don’t do anything stupid. Because ultimately, no one will be empathetic to the “heat of passion” excuse.
Additional reporting by Anna Davies