TLC's "Strange Sex" series profiles quirky sexual behaviors and attraction

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When we think about sex, it's not often too off the wall: some fantasies, maybe being with that special one (or two special someones, depending on what turns you on), different positions that can take you to whole new euphoric levels are just some examples. Essentially, we think not only about the act, but also how it works for or excite us. 

That said, it's easy to forget about the slightly more taboo, if you will. For example, things like polyamorous relationships, orgasms during child birth, unique balloon fetishes all are less common sexual topics. However, as TLC's new six-part series, "Strange Sex" points out, these and other quirky sexual attractions are all very much real...

As one of the "typical" when it comes to thoughts on sex, I was immediately intrigued to hear about the series and equally curious when I got a chance to watch one of the episodes before it airs tonight at 10 p.m. ET (or 9 p.m. Central Time).

The first story I saw was the one of Jaiya and John, a couple that met and immediately felt an instant connection to each other, forging a seemingly normal relationship. However, the twist here? Jaiya expresses to her partner that she is polyamorous and believes in multiple -- yet committed -- relationships.

A few years later, enter Ian, the man that will soon become the third point in this love triangle. And, as we come to learn, each man has his own sexual relationship with Jaiya. They live under one roof and we get a picture that they function as normally as they can. It's, as the show points out, a very specific lifestyle, that requires willing and trusting parties all around.

Truth is, this story really piqued my interest. I'm
extremely conventional in my approach, so this was a tricky one
to digest. I mean, it's not like casually dating a few different people. It's taking a committed relationship and saying that it's OK to have that same connection and emotional involvement with someone else. That's one I couldn't even imagine!

The second story is one about Cathy, who had her first child through natural childbirth. And, as she recounts, it was the most orgasmic experience of her life, a euphoria that took her to a WHOLE new level. So entranced with the experience, she, with the support of her husband, Nathan, hope to recreate that experience with their second child.

It sounds like a lot for 30 minutes -- and it is. However, the twists and turn for both these families are many. What else could make Jaiya, John and Ian's family more complicated besides the three of them? Does Cathy get her second orgasmic natural birth experience? You'll have to watch tonight to find out.

After getting this little taste, I can honestly say two things: (1) The show, despite telling unusual sexual stories, definitely aims to establish a sense of normalcy to an otherwise hard-to-understand situations and (2) it offers a great deal of education about human sexuality.

The RD says: If you're into the quirky or atypical or just happen to have an hour of unscheduled TV time on your hands, then I would recommend catching tonight's episodes on TLC or cuing up your TiVo or DVR. And, at the very least, it'll likely leave you a little more intrigued about sexuality, reminding you that the term "sexual being" really is broader than we realize. Or more than the "regular" sexy many of us are used to, anyway.

WHAT: TLC's "Strange Sex," in its second week, airs tonight with two new episodes @ 9p & 9:30p Central time. The show regularly airs on Sundays and re-airs on Mondays. For upcoming episodes, visit TLC's website.

Note: Special thanks to TLC for giving me the opportunity to take a peek into tonight's episode.

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