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Zoe Saldana, Say It Ain’t So: More Sex, Less Video Games?

If you — like me — are human, then you probably have noticed that Zoe Saldana is stunningly beautiful.  You might also be interested to know that in this month’s Essence and Glamour, the 31-year-old star of Star Trek and Avatar mentioned that she loooooooves sex and can’t wait to have more of it.  But watch out: Saldana also thinks that violence and video games are ruining sex education in America.  Come again? US Weekly reports that when Essence asked Saldana to give the run down on her life from “A to Z,” the letter “S” prompted this outpouring of enthusiasm on the importance of sex:

“Love it, love it, love it — can’t live without it! I love sex,” the Avatar star, 31, admits in the April issue of Essence. “I love skin. I don’t believe the body is something to hide.”

But there’s more. Saldana faults video games for screwing up healthy sexuality in our kids, somehow:

“I think in American society, we’re messing up our kids by taking away the education on awareness of sexuality and replacing it with violence, guns and video games,” she says. “We’re breeding little criminals.”

Whoa, wait, what?  We’re replacing sex education with violence, guns, and video games?
Correct me if I’m wrong, but I’m guessing the gargantuan fan base Saldana has amassed since starring in not one, but two blockbuster science fiction films might kind of sort of probably like video games.  And while I’m no expert, I think it’s fairly safe to say that most of these loyal fans of all ages aren’t violent “little criminals.”  I know it’s tempting to assume that all of us holed up at home playing Mass Effect 2 are out of touch with our sexuality, but let me be the first to raise my hand and say it ain’t so.  Can’t we have our video games and healthy sexuality too?

I’m going to give Zoe Saldana the benefit of the doubt here (I mean she is the new Uhura and all), and assume that her comment was an unintentional invocation of tired gamer stereotypes circa Columbine.  It happens.  While the target of her message is off, the spirit of it — that we should embrace our bodies and our sexuality — is something we can all get behind. Yes, I just wrote that.

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