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Parents' Guide to

How to Build a Sex Room

By Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 17+

Raunchy room makeover show is entertaining, for adults only.

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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.

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age 10+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 2+


Loved it!!! My 2 year old found it very educational and the he is helping us build our very own sex room! My daughter has now gotten interested in BDSM which is exciting!! 😏
age 18+

Leaves out the most critical safety parts. Absolutely, egregiously irresponsible.

I am so mad about this show. Consent, education, and safety are CRITICAL, and it is wildly irresponsible to show an audience BDSM without enforcing those. Melanie bullying her contractor to hit her ass with a flogger (obviously scripted) is HORRIBLE because it violates consent. She should have absolutely stopped when he said no. That's harassment. It gives the kink community a bad rap. And you NEED to teach people about safety. Otherwise, you are setting them up to have a very bad, possibly fatal experience. They got into rope, and they didn't once mention anything about watching for tension on the skin, discoloring, cutting blood circulation off, being extremely careful about any rope around the neck, and most importantly MEDICAL SCISSORS! Rope truly can go very wrong very fast, and you can't undo ties to get someone out. You need to have medical / fabric scissors within reach any time there is any rope play. This show had an opportunity to correct the "Fifty Shades" bullshit representation of BDSM, to show people about being careful, prepared, safe, and being extremely careful with consent. Instead, it perpetuates some of the "wild" representations, which can still do a lot of damage.

Is It Any Good?

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This unconventional home makeover series features the design and construction of different types of sophisticated pleasure rooms. It discusses the structural requirements of the build, and reveals how Melanie Rose makes them into beautiful and unique high-end spaces that suit her client's tastes. However, much of How to Build a Sex Room is focused on sex positivity, celebrating each couples' desire to explore, push boundaries, and enjoy their intimate moments. The entertainment value also comes from the blunt conversations about sexual proclivities and spotlighting the various paraphernalia in each room. Adding to this are the professional demonstrations of how to use many of these objects. All of this is offered in a light-hearted and unapologetic context. There are moments when it gets to be a little much, but that doesn't keep this design show from being a decidedly guilty pleasure for adults.

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