Keep Your Codes Off My Nipples

American puritanism ruins things for us all.

Taru Anniina Liikanen
6 min readFeb 16, 2023
Photo by Jakob Owens on Unsplash

If you’ve read any of my work, you’ll probably know I’m a chronically online person. I have to hang out on Twitter for my day job, so I’m unfortunately always aware of the newest, strangest cultural conversations and viral tweets.

It’s a pain when the conversation becomes about the elitism of drinking coffee in the garden with your partner — seriously, this was a thing that happened last year — but sometimes it gets me thinking.

This week, I stumbled into a conversation about morality in movies. It seems that in the revival of American puritanism, led by religious leaders and politicians alike and spread online, some people now find sex scenes in movies to be uncomfortable.

Not as wholesome as the movies of old. Immoral. Icky. Needing a trigger warning.

Needing the return of the Hays Code.

Oh lord, protect us from two people touching.



Taru Anniina Liikanen

Stand-up comedian and recovering political ghostwriter. Finnish by birth, porteña at heart. Bad jokes frequent.