A job for our times: HBO is hiring “intimacy coordinators” for its sex scenes

Until last month, when Rolling Stone reported that HBO had hired an “intimacy coordinator” as a coach and advocate for actors who depict sex on screen, few people had ever heard of the job title.

To be sure, they’re an esoteric bunch: experts who oversee simulated sex, keeping actors physically and psychologically safe, as stunt coordinators have long done for fight scenes. But with the rise of the #MeToo movement and the awareness it created about how common it is for women to endure...

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