September 9, 2003  
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Lets talk about sex

By Lori Mastronardi
Gazette Staff

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THE GODDESSES 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 career.

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" ensemble.
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 If you're on the other side of the spectrum and feel you could use some advice regarding relationships, send your questions our way.



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