How Dirty Dancing Ruined My Love Life

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Dirty Dancing made her crush on Patrick Swayze and believe too much in fairy-tale romance.

Movie Myth: Your First Time Will Be Perfect
Baby truly leads a charmed life. She's daddy's little girl, her family appears to have money, and she's going to college in the fall. Why shouldn't her luck extend to losing her virginity to a summer romance? Baby barges into Johnny's house declaring her feelings. Naturally, Johnny finds this incredibly sexy and puts on some steamy music. They dance, they kiss, and she wakes up smiling from ear-to-ear in the morning.

Truth Time: Did this happen to anyone? Man or woman. If your first time was even remotely like the one in the movie then please leave a comment and let us know about it. For the most part, the first time you had sex was probably painful, awkward and over really quickly.

 

I could keep going: Opposites attract, love conquers all, your family will accept your boyfriend. Sometimes I wish I had never seen Dirty Dancing. I wish my mother had realized that the movie was way too mature for a 10 year old. Or maybe it could have been animated, at least then I would have known that none of it was real. Instead I fell under the movie's spell and all its clichéd glory.

But that's the secret of the movie. It's the ultimate in wish fulfillment. Nothing in that movie happens in real life, but for two hours we can escape to a world where anything is possible: You can be smart and sexy. You can be tough and sensitive. The same lies about love that messed me up as a kid provide escape for me as an adult. In that way, Dirty Dancing is just like a bad boy. No matter how imperfect it is, or how many lies it tells me, I stop flipping channels whenever I see Patrick Swayze dance across the screen. I always fall for the film. Poll: Who's The Next Patrick Swayze?