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    Why Are Americans So Uptight About Sex

    Why is it that Europeans are so open and carefree about sex, yet in America nudity is looked at as bad on television, and there still exists the stereotyping of sexually active people as bad (whore or what have you)?

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    Re: Why Are Americans So Uptight About Sex

    Quote Originally Posted by tlmorg02 View Post
    Why is it that Europeans are so open and carefree about sex, yet in America nudity is looked at as bad on television, and there still exists the stereotyping of sexually active people as bad (whore or what have you)?
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    Re: Why Are Americans So Uptight About Sex

    Quote Originally Posted by winston53660 View Post
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    When I dated girls from Europe during college, they were much more casual about sex than the American girls. We got alot to learn!

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    Re: Why Are Americans So Uptight About Sex

    Probably for the same reason Americans tend to be more religious than Europeans.

    That said, the most sexually open man I've ever been with is American.
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    Re: Why Are Americans So Uptight About Sex

    Americans' casual attitudes about sex are bad enough. The last thing we should do is attempt to become more European in this regard.

    The problem isn't that we're uptight about sex. The problem is the irreconcilable differences between the moral values we practice, and the moral values we claim to observe and expect other people to observe.

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    Re: Why Are Americans So Uptight About Sex

    Quote Originally Posted by Korimyr the Rat View Post
    Americans' casual attitudes about sex are bad enough. The last thing we should do is attempt to become more European in this regard.

    The problem isn't that we're uptight about sex. The problem is the irreconcilable differences between the moral values we practice, and the moral values we claim to observe and expect other people to observe.
    It seems like Europe has a lower divorce rate on the whole as compared to the US

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    Re: Why Are Americans So Uptight About Sex

    Quote Originally Posted by Korimyr the Rat View Post
    Americans' casual attitudes about sex are bad enough. The last thing we should do is attempt to become more European in this regard.

    The problem isn't that we're uptight about sex. The problem is the irreconcilable differences between the moral values we practice, and the moral values we claim to observe and expect other people to observe.
    So the problem as you see it is that there are too many Christian hypocrites?

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    Re: Why Are Americans So Uptight About Sex

    Quote Originally Posted by winston53660 View Post
    It seems like Europe has a lower divorce rate on the whole as compared to the US
    My understanding is that they have a more realistic understanding of marriage, in general. Don't spend as much of their time-- and money-- on fairy tales intended to bolster the bridal industry.

    Quote Originally Posted by tlmorg02 View Post
    So the problem as you see it is that there are too many Christian hypocrites?
    I wouldn't say "hypocrites", merely people with an impossible and unnatural moral standard which they expect to fall short of, and which provides a mechanism for immediate and meaningless self-forgiveness. It's hard to truly condemn people for their moral failings when you see the mixed messages they're immersed in all their lives.

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    Re: Why Are Americans So Uptight About Sex

    Quote Originally Posted by Korimyr
    the mixed messages they're immersed in all their lives.
    That's pretty much the core issue there, I think.
    We are both innundated with pro-sexual imagery (esp. the idea of the beautiful, available woman) and punitive, vindictive (and gender-biased) attitudes towards sexual behavior that doesn't fit within our rather strict moral standards. The result, in my opinion, is widespread sexual immaturity that views sex outside of these strict moral standards as either 'something to be gotten away with' or 'something to be ashamed of.' I think ultimately it leads to more inappropriate sexual behavior, rather than less.
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    Re: Why Are Americans So Uptight About Sex

    Almost certainly so.

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