For most of history, the beach has been regarded as a place where nasty, terrifying and supernatural things happened. It marked the edge between civilisation and the untamed terrors of nature. Shipwrecks, pirates, storms, monsters, you name it and the sea was responsible. Hence The Tempest and any number of other Shakespeare plays. But gout changed the perception that people had of the shoreline and the beach. Going to the beach eventually became a status symbol for the upper classes in seventeen eighty three when the then Prince Of Wales started going to the beach to treat his gout. Tough this brought about a trend amongt the elite and their gout ridden limbs, that is not necessarily a club of which you want to be a member especially.
Likewise, shagging on the beach became a popular activity after Hollywood made it look appealing and sexy. Deborah Kerr having it away with Burt Lancaster in the film From Here To Eternity made it look so sexy and fun to have sex on the sand and even in the waves. It is not. Every woman who has tried it will happily attest to the fact that while sex on the beach is fun, it comes with more than its share of problems. Sand gets in to places that you do not want it and will not come out again. Women who escort Barcelona men profesionally occassionally get asked by clients for a romantic tryst on the beach in the moonlight – often because the client is sharing a hotel room and does not have privacy – and it is never a good idea. It is bad enough if you are a “civilian” getting your bits sanded, but for a professional sex worker to have the tools of her trade damaged is even worse.
There is plenty of reason to still be wary of the beach. When some people with a very limited grasp of metaphor but a great grip of cliché, say that there are plenty of fis in the sea, what they mean is that ninety per cent of it is unknown and unexplored. It is wrid to think that we still do not really know the majority of our planet. It is estimated that the whole of our oceans will take more than a hundred and twenty five years. And yet we prioritise exploring space when we do not know our own planet.