Most Americans are very prudish when it comes to sexuality? Cliche or truth?

Do you think that's just a clichè or is there some truth behind it? Please explain why...
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  • The US is very prudish compared to the rest of the western world. It has a lot to do with the religious fundamentalists who are very prevalent in American society. Many of the groups who censor media have strong affiliations with traditionalist values.

    Open sexuality is shown on TV, but much of it is presented in such an over the top and unrealistic manner, I think it is damaging to both the people who view it and are repulsed and the those who get the idea that that is what sexuality should be.

    Personally, I have found it interesting that many of my own peers are quite reserved when it comes to discussing their sexuality. Yes, they are having it, but even with their girlfriends, there is not a comfort level necessary to have non-silly or 'shock value' discussions. I get reprimanded by my own friends for being so open about my sexuality and opinions, but I was raised in very open and loving family so the sense of shame and discomfort was never forged into me.

    • Great answer, thanks!

  • The only reference to this that I know of was in the movie Euro Trip, when Cooper wanted "crazy European sex" he couldn't get in US because, apparently, it was founded by prudes.

    I don't know any Americans that had shared that side of their life with me besides my boyfriend, so I can't really comment on it. Based on the image they've built, the west (cali, vegas) seems a lot more open than the rest of the country, at least to Europeans.

  • As a society and at a very superficial level, yes, I feel that America is more "prudish" than most Asian or European countries, however once you get past that societal image to the individuals its really not so true.

    • I believe that.

    • I agree...

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  • here is the easy test ask a parent if their child can watch a show with some nudity in it that is non sexual ( nude model anatomy art class) or a violent TV show ... most parents will go for the violence. people here in the US are screwed up and over sensitive to sexuality, sex and nudity.

    Due to heavy religious bias US media tells us that sex is bad (take the abstinence only stance for public schools while forgoing any real sex education) while flaunting it around with celebrities being called sluts and whores(Jersey Shore anyone). this sends a mixed message to youth and polarizes adults into the liberal or conservative camps while not actually sending any message that it's a normal health part of a relationship.

    so it's both. If you are selling something it's cliche. if your teaching or in "polite society" it's taboo. personally I'm tired of the argument...it's as natural as breathing and eating.

  • Neither. I think most Americans are highly ambivalent about sexuality.

    I think they've become comfortable with it (or perhaps anaesthetized to it) in a superficial sense because American media is saturated with it yet they haven't completely accepted their own selves as sexual beings. It's everywhere in the culture, but it's always tinged with shame or cheapened by commercialization. And I think that reflects the weird love/hate relationship with sex in the American collective conscience, a tug of war within the self.

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  • Yea its the truth, we are brought up so taboo about sex and revealing clothes , but everyone wants to look at a nice body, guess that's why I rebell so much LOL

  • A lot are, but I don't know if it's most of us or not.

    The bigger issue is that we're just not very open about it. It's hard for us to talk plainly and openly about sexuality without fearing judgment or shame of some sort. I think it's getting easier, especially in younger generations, so the tide may be turning. But it's not nearly as open and casual as places like France or Denmark. Even Germany is much much much more relaxed regarding social nudity. It's really difficult for most Americans to do anything nude in front of friends, family, or acquaintances.

  • No, I just tthink that some other countries are very whorish when it comes to sexuality. Just because American culture doesn't suggest putting it all out there with your sexuality the way it's encouraged in places like Brazil and London doesn't make us prudes.

    • Well, I was talking about how nudity is seen as soemthing that has to be censored under every circumstances. Like banning thong bikinis from public beaches. Or laws in some states that forbid certain sexual practices (between two consenting adults mind you) I mean seriously, WTF? It's just skin! What's wrong with those people creating such laws? lol.

    • Sorry, but your answer is completely ridiculous. Those kind of laws actually DO make you more prude than other countries. In my society, sexuality is seen as something natural. Oooohhh, how whorish! lol

    • Whorish by what standards? American Standards? lol

  • Yes...as general rule...Americans are more prudish when it comes to sexuality...

    Why...The influence of the Christian evangelicals...their Puritan roots...the political/moral correctness...but the biggest reason...

    Americans tend to believe(incorrectly of course) they are better...less depraved than other folks in the rest world ! HA! HA!

  • Most, no, my friends and I certainly are not, but a good percentage, yes. I think we have a higher percentage than other countries that are really prudish.

    • I really like how you avoided the generalizing aspect of my question. 1+

    • I am really not a fan of generalization when it comes to most things.

    • Me neither!

  • i didn't even know that was a cliche to begin with..

    • Really? I kid you not, that's what everyone outside of America says about Americans! lol Personally I'm always very sceptical about such clich�s, cause I hate generalizing a whole country/culture. But from my personal experience (I communicate a lot with many Americans, of all ages) I found this clich� in A LOT of people, and it always made me think "Seriously? GROW UP!" lol So that's why I started wondering...

    • well, we're not oblivious to cliches about us.. Like the stereotype that we're just a bunch of fat uneducated, intolerant f***ers... however, with the progression of TV and the internet, along with it's subsequent culture, I can't imagine how we could be seen as "prudish when it comes to sexuality"

    • Ok, I guess I'm prejudiced and compare Americans with Europeans, which is unfair because they are after all still two totally different cultures I think... I was still curios what people think of this cliche, that's why I asked... :)

  • Yes. I found through this forum that some of the more revealing outfits one would readily wear in Australia and Europe and would be acceptable there, is considered as inappropriate by Americans.

  • When it comes to TV shows ( like reality ones) they blur sex related things, but they don't censor violence.

    • Yeah, that's hypocrisy at its best...

    • Who the heck gave you downvotes? You just mentioned a fact. WTF?

    • I know. ahah.

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  • America, where violence is perfectly okay but a nipple slip will land you with a $1,000 ticket... I want to go to france again just because of this topic and stay there for a month, see if I can actually loose my virginity this time...I miss france.

    • Well, good luck then!

  • I voted "A"...although...I think some of you English are pretty weird as well...O:O

    • I'm not English.

    • Well..you are Irish then?

  • I say it's true...

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    ...think about how the USA was founded:

    a religious group called Puritans (focus on the word "pure") wanted to flee Europe because of the debauchery going on there (sex included), so they decided to create their own nation to escape "temptation"

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    To this day, the USA definitely seems to be the most moralist country in the world...and that's why some people hate the USA.

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    Btw I voted "A".

    • That's basically how it started. Good answer

    • ...right moralist...

  • I like how most of the people in agreement are guys.

  • Some truth...as I got older I have become more open to exploring different aspects of my sexuality.

  • That's what most people in Europe think about Americans. I can't say myself, I have never been in the USA long enough to actually be able to judge. But from what I get from American media I would have to say it's 100% true. But then again, it's just the media, not the actual people...

  • I thought it was true that we have the largest p*rn industry, yet a lot of commercials that are of a sexual nature are banned.

  • I'd say it's true.. mostly because out of all the industrialized modern nations America is the most religious nation. Our liberals are considered conservative to many Europeans I've talked to.

    • Your liberals are like our average conservatives, that's true. And scary... lol

    • It's incredibly scary I agree.

  • No. I think the Asian countrys are more prudish .

    • Hmmm, how did you came to that conclusion?

    • Which Asian countries? China? Japan? Vietnam? India? Pakistan? Russia? Kazakhstan? Malaysia? Cambodia? Singapore? Mongolia? Come on...

    • well,in japan , less and less teenagers are having sex so I would imagine that they would be old fashion aswell as the fact that japanese p*rn is censored .

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  • i don't no why but its so true hunni