Rather channelling Karl Polanyi there.
But mediated sexual gossip offers salacious details without genuine involvement in the complexities of the real, painful, human consequences.
His point that trade with people you know, with whom you have an emotional and ongoing connection, was better than trade through an impersonal and widely extending market. You can see elements of this idea in the writings of the nef and the pronouncements of Caroline Lucas.
You\’re making rather the same point. Gossip about the sex lives of those we actually know, to whom we have a direct connection, is simply human. But when divorced from those connections, it\’s all a bit icky.