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    Ha. I was thinking about this earlier. American culture is extremely prudish, and obsessed with everything sexual. Europeans just have it. Not as many hang ups.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 01011010 View Post
    Ha. I was thinking about this earlier. American culture is extremely prudish, and obsessed with everything sexual. Europeans just have it. Not as many hang ups.
    That's the type of statement someone who is bitter would make.

    American culture is not extremely prudish. Saudi Arabia is extremely prudish.
    "We grow up thinking that beliefs are something to be proud of, but they're really nothing but opinions one refuses to reconsider. Beliefs are easy. The stronger your beliefs are, the less open you are to growth and wisdom, because "strength of belief" is only the intensity with which you resist questioning yourself. As soon as you are proud of a belief, as soon as you think it adds something to who you are, then you've made it a part of your ego."

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lateralus View Post
    That's the type of statement someone who is bitter would make.

    American culture is not extremely prudish. Saudi Arabia is extremely prudish.
    Quit projecting.

    Islamic countries aren't prudish. They're brutality, ruled with an iron fist. A totalitarian existence is not an adequate comparison to democracy.

    I've visited many different parts of Europe over the last 5 years. America is definitely prudish in comparison to Europe. Sex and the body are viewed as natural there. Not something to feel ashamed about. It's evident in the way people interact with each other, availability and openness in regards to sexual products, flaunting of the nude or barely covered body, and how casual they show sexuality and nudity in the media. People have sex on daytime TV. Not even an adult only channel.

    American culture pushes women to be sexy. Yet, balks if they actually own their sexuality. Be sexy. Don't have sex. Porn or even men's magazines, are wrapped up in plastic to hide the content. It would be an odd sight to see a straight American man in a speedo, even though it's normal in many other parts of the world.

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    Please. American culture is prudish.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Haphazard View Post
    I blame the Puritans.


    Me too, Hap. Me too. Give it another 200+ years, when the passionate Christian fires have simmered down a bit.

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    America is the most religious of all industrial countries - something like 50% of Americans consider themselves religious while for other countries it hovers around 5% to 20%.

    And Christianity and prudishness go hand in hand.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 01011010 View Post
    Islamic countries aren't prudish.
    Are you kidding me?

    prude: One who is excessively concerned with being or appearing to be proper, modest, or righteous.
    You must be using some other definition of prude.
    "We grow up thinking that beliefs are something to be proud of, but they're really nothing but opinions one refuses to reconsider. Beliefs are easy. The stronger your beliefs are, the less open you are to growth and wisdom, because "strength of belief" is only the intensity with which you resist questioning yourself. As soon as you are proud of a belief, as soon as you think it adds something to who you are, then you've made it a part of your ego."

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    Quote Originally Posted by Edgar View Post
    America is the most religious of all industrial countries - something like 50% of Americans consider themselves religious while for other countries it hovers around 5% to 20%.

    And Christianity and prudishness go hand in hand.
    The US is pretty religious, but it's nothing like Saudi Arabia. I'd put the US in the middle of the road, worldwide. Europe is one extreme. Islamic countries are the other.
    "We grow up thinking that beliefs are something to be proud of, but they're really nothing but opinions one refuses to reconsider. Beliefs are easy. The stronger your beliefs are, the less open you are to growth and wisdom, because "strength of belief" is only the intensity with which you resist questioning yourself. As soon as you are proud of a belief, as soon as you think it adds something to who you are, then you've made it a part of your ego."

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lateralus View Post
    Are you kidding me?

    You must be using some other definition of prude.
    The best you have is taking my words out of context?

    Islamic countries are so far beyond mere prudishness, it's laughable to call them that. You're the one that's using the definition incorrectly. It's like stating Hitler was mildly frustrated, as opposed to deeply disturbed. Fascist and misogynistic doesn't even begin to cover the inhumanity carried out there. Forcing women to wear burkas isn't about modesty or prudishness. It's a symptom that reveals the disease underneath.

    It's outright subjugation, and tyranny.

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    It's relative. If you compare America to Iran, America is not prudish, but if you compare it to the Netherlands or Japan, it is.
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