Matt D
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The Million Dollar Question: American Sexuality

Tue Sep 19, 2006 10:06 pm

It is often said that Americans are still very prudish when it comes to dealing with sexuality.

I would have to beg to differ.

Case in point: When was the last time you saw a movie, listened to a comedic monologue or dialogue, watched a movie or TV show, or browsed through a magazine and DIDN'T get bombarded with sexual innuendo and situations?

So tell me.....are we REALLY a nation of prudes?

Or is that perceived notion simply a backlash?

I mean the endless "love" scenes and "cock and balls" jokes WERE at one time funny......

when they were first told 30 years ago. But now it's basically just variations of the same themes being endlessly regurgitated over and over.

Maybe we're not being prudish. Maybe we are actually getting smarter as a society and need something a little fresher or intellectual to get a laugh as opposed to your typical MTV and Comedy Central minimalist "pee-pee" humor.

Comedians and would-be comedians are usually fly by night and dime a dozen.

Yet few can match the wit and longevity of the likes of Jeff Foxworthy.....whose reliance on using vulgarity, profanity, amd being just plain crass is next to nonexistant.

JUst some food for thought.
 
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RE: The Million Dollar Question: American Sexuality

Tue Sep 19, 2006 10:14 pm

Janet Jacksons boob blinded me and almost caused a national crisis when little children all over the nation realized that Sunday night entertainment need not only consist of watching sweat soaked grown men beat each other senseless and leap into piles while wearing tight pants, all in pursuit of a well used piece of leather.

Prude? Of course not.. It's normal to have congressional hearings over a boob...  sarcastic 
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RE: The Million Dollar Question: American Sexuality

Tue Sep 19, 2006 10:18 pm

Quoting Matt D (Thread starter):
So tell me.....are we REALLY a nation of prudes?

Without a doubt. Have you been to Europe? Then the joke about how Australia was lucky because they got the convicts and we got stuck with the Purtians. In Arizona there was one church group this year that wanted to ban breast feeding in public. Why some people here go bonkers whenever they see a naked body is beyond me.
 
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RE: The Million Dollar Question: American Sexuality

Tue Sep 19, 2006 10:24 pm

I'm not a prude, but I confess to feeling a bit prudish when walking through the red light district of Amsterdam.

We Americans are all about sex, as long as it's just out of reach- a concept, not an immediate reality. Then we get shy. It's the upbringing.
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RE: The Million Dollar Question: American Sexuality

Tue Sep 19, 2006 10:28 pm

Quoting LHMARK (Reply 3):
We Americans are all about sex, as long as it's just out of reach- a concept, not an immediate reality. Then we get shy. It's the upbringing.

Excellent statement. Shit.
 
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RE: The Million Dollar Question: American Sexuality

Tue Sep 19, 2006 10:30 pm

I think this sums it up:

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/14065706/

Especially this quote:

"One mother who didn't like the cover explains she was concerned about her 13-year-old son seeing it.

"I shredded it," said Gayle Ash, of Belton, Texas, in a telephone interview. "A breast is a breast — it's a sexual thing. He didn't need to see that.""

Personally, I don't see anything remotely sexual about breast-feeding. It's a completely natural human process. It's only a sexual thing if you decide to make it a sexual thing (which, by the way, applies to quite a bit, including the Janet Jackson thing).

Ooo, here's another funny one:

""I'm totally supportive of it — I just don't like the flashing," she says. "I don't want my son or husband to accidentally see a breast they didn't want to see.""

That one cracked me up. Whoops, there's a breast! Whoops, there's another one! Don't know how old her son is, but I'd wager her husband is a big boy, and can probably deal with seeing a stray breast. Maybe she's insecure about her husband seeing another woman's breast and automatically lusting after that woman. I dunno...

I was in Holland last week, and was watching some TV in my hotel room. I happened to see some nudity. I was not ashamed, embarrassed, angry, shocked, or surprised. In fact, I wasn't even interested in whatever show it was. So I changed the channel. Big deal.

~Vik

EDIT:

"We Americans are all about sex, as long as it's just out of reach- a concept, not an immediate reality. Then we get shy. It's the upbringing."

That was well said.

[Edited 2006-09-19 15:53:50]
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RE: The Million Dollar Question: American Sexuality

Tue Sep 19, 2006 10:47 pm

Living in anything goes Japan, I really have to say the state of sexual affairs in the US is beyond sorry. Which isn't to say there aren't problems here...but everywhere's a little different when it comes to sex.
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RE: The Million Dollar Question: American Sexuality

Wed Sep 20, 2006 12:35 am

Quoting Aaron747 (Reply 6):
but everywhere's a little different when it comes to sex.

Japan goes somewhat a little too far when they let people deficate into other peoples mouths...
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RE: The Million Dollar Question: American Sexuality

Wed Sep 20, 2006 12:44 am

Quoting LHMARK (Reply 3):
a bit prudish when walking through the red light district of Amsterdam

Oh de Wallen? That's very inoffensive. There are many establishments in Amsterdam that offer much more ..erm.. explicit forms of pleasure.

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RE: The Million Dollar Question: American Sexuality

Wed Sep 20, 2006 4:08 am

Quoting LHMARK (Reply 3):
We Americans are all about sex, as long as it's just out of reach- a concept, not an immediate reality. Then we get shy. It's the upbringing.

The best one line summation of our situation I've ever heard! Individually and culturally, we're all about the tease and titillation of sex, but socially and publicly, we're the biggest prudes going.

Quoting RobertNL070 (Reply 8):
There are many establishments in Amsterdam that offer much more ..erm.. explicit forms of pleasure.

Like the Warmoesstraat area?  embarrassed  (Honestly, a friend told me!)
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RE: The Million Dollar Question: American Sexuality

Wed Sep 20, 2006 8:42 am

Quoting Vikkyvik (Reply 5):
Maybe she's insecure about her husband seeing another woman's breast and automatically lusting after that woman. I dunno...

She probably has good reasons for it
 rotfl 

Anyway I heard chinese are quite liberated today, it may have something to do with them "not having any god" (communism).
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RE: The Million Dollar Question: American Sexuality

Wed Sep 20, 2006 8:51 am

I am not certain whether Americans are really prudish or not. Let's just say that there is obviously a market for porno here in the US, witness the internet. There are certain scenarios which will make the wife and I look and act prudish, essentially ONLY WHEN CHILDREN ARE PRESENT. There is no need to expose our kids to things that they are not ready to handle.

Otherwise, personally between the two of us, we are VERY far removed from prudes. But there are times and places were you can act like a prude, and times and places where you can let your sexual side run unfettered.

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