Taboo

We as Americans treat such a normal part of life as sex as taboo. When in secret, it is one of the driving forces in our culture and has driven technology trends for over a century. Pornography was the first to really capitalize on the first photography and video camera as an avenue of circulation. The first printed material without words to go into circulation was of erotic pictures. And stag films were the most widely distrubuted independent films during the early part of last century. Some of which are some of the most creative and visually stunning pieces that I've seen.

It is also noteworthy to say the back in the 80's when we had the VHS vs BETA wars, that it was because of the lucrative porn industry that switched to VHS that abruptly lead the to the fall of the BETA. It is even rumored that it helped swing the Blu Ray vs HDDVD fight.

It is interesting that even when it comes to computers, sexuality has lead its evolution. In the 1920's, the first computer was created and man quickly personalized the inanimate object. How did they personalize it? ... as a woman as seen in the movie "Metropolis" in 1927. The woman was fashioned after a very beautiful woman and moved very seductively. Of course, part of this was patterned after the idea that a robot is like a woman and is supposed to cater to a man's every need and desire. It has evolved into an even more erotic scenario as seen by this video by Bjork. Yes it's another Bjork video but if you haven't seen it before, it is worth watching.


On top of that, more and more studies prove that people use their computers for porn more than any other use. So if all of this is the case, why are we so prudent when it comes to the discussion of sex?

9 comments:

fuzzy May 01, 2008 4:56 AM  

Nice video... I think we are so prudent when it comes to sex because we all have this image that we want to uphold. One that is proper and has some type of meaning. The thought of sex talk and behavior, although 100% natural, would taint their image.

Ailed LittleKnight May 01, 2008 12:04 PM  

everyone in america is sooo closeted! you mind yours while I mind mine kinda concept!

Darius T. Williams May 01, 2008 3:27 PM  

You do have a point - cuz um, I sure do have a really nice collection!

Cocoa Rican May 01, 2008 9:00 PM  

Somehow our culture punishes sexual expression, but privately wants to act like sexual deviants. I'm a firm believer in enjoying sexual expression...there will come a day when we may very well lose interest in it.

Cocoa Rican May 05, 2008 12:40 PM  

BTW - I think what you meant to say is "Why are we such prudes with regard to sex?" Otherwise we're saying, "Why are we so bright/smart with regard to sex?" ...just thought I'd put that out there...LOL

E May 05, 2008 7:23 PM  

Cocoa pretty much nailed it as far as the main reason. It's like society judges other so called "deviant behavior" yet they're no better behind closed doors.

Ty May 06, 2008 10:50 AM  

@ cocoa - Yeah, I know it can mean bright or smart with its connotation. But one of its denotations is that one is discreet or maintaining a secrecy with regards to a delicate subject which is what I was meaning. Americans tend to be so prudent (discreet) with regards to sex. But thanks for keeping me on my toes.

That Dude Right There May 07, 2008 8:18 AM  

Sex is taboo???? Really??? Not in my head. I can about sex to anybody, anytime, and anywhere!!!

Mr. Jones May 07, 2008 12:36 PM  

I'm pretty sexually expressive. I'm no hoe, but I certainly have my share of fun. I don't really consider sex taboo at all. Then again, I consider myself to be pretty un-American when it comes to my thoughts on sex and sexuality.

Oh, and I have LOTS of porn. Like...tons. Seriously.

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