ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
Lets talk about sex
By Lori Mastronardi
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OF SEX PARTY IN THE CITY. Sarah Jessica Parker and her
SITC pals, along with a random woman (second from the
right) live it up in sexy style.
It's what makes Britney Spears so popular.
It's why people follow Sarah Jessica Parker's
It's how the scandalous Melrose Place lasted
for so many seasons.
Despite our culture's current obsession with
sex, there were and currently are societies that don't share
similar, open attitudes. In past societies, sex was forbidden
for purposes other than procreation and pleasuring oneself was
not only frowned upon, but extremely forbidden. During the Victorian
Era, special apparatuses were purchased for the sole purpose
of preventing masturbation.
The range of sexual acceptance across cultures
is huge - particularly between the islands of Inis Beag, situated
off the coast of Ireland and Mangaia, located in the South Pacific.
The former shies away from nearly all sex-related activities,
primarily due to a near complete lack of sexual education. Something
as simple as the French kiss is not practiced, nudity is avoided
and sex is performed only in the missionary position, while
both members leave their underwear on. In contrast, Mangaia
revels in sex: at age 13, young boys are thoroughly advised
by an older male in all realms of sexuality to prepare him for
sex. In this culture, the ability to bring a woman to orgasm
is the man's primary source of pleasure.
Somewhere between these cultures lies our
more than slightly sex-obsessed North American views. Millions
of copies of Cosmo are sold merely by splashing the words "sexy,"
"hot" and "racy" across issue covers, conveniently
located beside the picture of a perfectly polished image of
a "hot" chick, with "sexy" hair, in a "racy"
Arguably, our society places an overly important emphasis on
one's ability to embody sexual characteristics. A&E is addressing
the issue of sex in our culture not to reiterate the messages
provided by popular culture, but rather to mock the most talked
about topic in entertainment. Clearly, there's more to this
world than Johnny Depp's sultry eyes and Cameron Diaz's flawless
figure. However, the next eight months will provide you with
a weekly look into some of the sexiest things to pervade our
culture - because really, who doesn't want to read about sex?
If you think you're an expert in sex,
send your stories, tips or anything else to firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you're on the other side of the spectrum and feel you could
use some advice regarding relationships, send your questions