Prudish Americans

Old Apr 21st 2008, 3:00 pm
  #31  
 
Poppy girl's Avatar
 
Joined: Oct 2006
Location: Reno Nevada
Posts: 15,917
Poppy girl has a reputation beyond reputePoppy girl has a reputation beyond reputePoppy girl has a reputation beyond reputePoppy girl has a reputation beyond reputePoppy girl has a reputation beyond reputePoppy girl has a reputation beyond reputePoppy girl has a reputation beyond reputePoppy girl has a reputation beyond reputePoppy girl has a reputation beyond reputePoppy girl has a reputation beyond reputePoppy girl has a reputation beyond repute
Default Re: Prudish Americans

What is it with the total look of shock when Americans hear us comment, or god forbid try to go topless on the beach
Poppy girl is offline  
Old Apr 21st 2008, 3:04 pm
  #32  
gurt mint nit?
 
Xebedee's Avatar
 
Joined: Nov 2007
Location: In my shed
Posts: 2,776
Xebedee has a reputation beyond reputeXebedee has a reputation beyond reputeXebedee has a reputation beyond reputeXebedee has a reputation beyond reputeXebedee has a reputation beyond reputeXebedee has a reputation beyond reputeXebedee has a reputation beyond reputeXebedee has a reputation beyond reputeXebedee has a reputation beyond reputeXebedee has a reputation beyond reputeXebedee has a reputation beyond repute
Default Re: Prudish Americans

Originally Posted by dh010447 View Post
So, anyone else think that in general - Americans a prudes? Oh - and to go back to the TV thing, its perfectly OK to have people getting killed, blown up, hacked up and any other violence you can think off...
This has got to be one of the strangest social contraditions about the US. It could well be that it stems from the fact that Americans aren't comfortable bearing themselves openly (interpersonally or physically).
It is strange to a Briton that there is a toleration for blatant violence or pornography here.
Consider that these are social extremes.
Extremes are not everyday, commonplace things and therefore are somewhat detached from ordinary life.
The "plain and ordinary" with all their associated imperfections are not something which is desirable to an American.
Xebedee is offline  
Old Apr 21st 2008, 3:08 pm
  #33  
 
Poppy girl's Avatar
 
Joined: Oct 2006
Location: Reno Nevada
Posts: 15,917
Poppy girl has a reputation beyond reputePoppy girl has a reputation beyond reputePoppy girl has a reputation beyond reputePoppy girl has a reputation beyond reputePoppy girl has a reputation beyond reputePoppy girl has a reputation beyond reputePoppy girl has a reputation beyond reputePoppy girl has a reputation beyond reputePoppy girl has a reputation beyond reputePoppy girl has a reputation beyond reputePoppy girl has a reputation beyond repute
Default Re: Prudish Americans

Originally Posted by dh010447 View Post
So, anyone else think that in general - Americans a prudes?

Nudity on TV? haven't seen ANY since I have been in the US, and when they have nudity, its blurred out.

Was speaking to a colleague at work the other week and she freaked out when I told her about the English Gardens in Munich, Germany (nude sunbathing) the 'propper' sauna's over in Europe and the fact that pretty much all beaches in the UK are fine with topless sunbathing.

Went to the public swimming pool the other week. There was no cubical's - just a male and female changing room. None of the toilets were available because people were changing in them (mmm... Nice, rather stand in pee than have someone of the same sex see some flesh) and the only other guy getting changed in the room managed to get dried and completely changed without taking his towel off.

Wife came out of the female changing room and said pretty much the same thing - made her feel so uncomfortable that she too went and changed in the toilet cubicle.

Don't get me wrong, I am not an exhibitionist or anything, but are Americans really so inhibited and self conscious?

Oh - and to go back to the TV thing, its perfectly OK to have people getting killed, blown up, hacked up and any other violence you can think off...
You need to watch http://www.howardstern.com/ its trash at its best if you want to see naughty nude bits lol
Poppy girl is offline  
Old Apr 21st 2008, 3:10 pm
  #34  
I'm off to find a spanner
 
sime303's Avatar
 
Joined: Feb 2008
Location: Maine
Posts: 2,867
sime303 has a reputation beyond reputesime303 has a reputation beyond reputesime303 has a reputation beyond reputesime303 has a reputation beyond reputesime303 has a reputation beyond reputesime303 has a reputation beyond reputesime303 has a reputation beyond reputesime303 has a reputation beyond reputesime303 has a reputation beyond reputesime303 has a reputation beyond reputesime303 has a reputation beyond repute
Default Re: Prudish Americans

Originally Posted by Poppy girl View Post
You need to watch http://www.howardstern.com/ its trash at its best if you want to see naughty nude bits lol
Once saw a woman pick up a video recorder by shoving it under her boobs on there once.
sime303 is offline  
Old Apr 21st 2008, 3:27 pm
  #35  
 
Poppy girl's Avatar
 
Joined: Oct 2006
Location: Reno Nevada
Posts: 15,917
Poppy girl has a reputation beyond reputePoppy girl has a reputation beyond reputePoppy girl has a reputation beyond reputePoppy girl has a reputation beyond reputePoppy girl has a reputation beyond reputePoppy girl has a reputation beyond reputePoppy girl has a reputation beyond reputePoppy girl has a reputation beyond reputePoppy girl has a reputation beyond reputePoppy girl has a reputation beyond reputePoppy girl has a reputation beyond repute
Default Re: Prudish Americans

Originally Posted by sime303 View Post
Once saw a woman pick up a video recorder by shoving it under her boobs on there once.
LOL You need to watch the re-runs mate they are quiet graffic it gets worse
Poppy girl is offline  
Old Apr 21st 2008, 3:30 pm
  #36  
I'm off to find a spanner
 
sime303's Avatar
 
Joined: Feb 2008
Location: Maine
Posts: 2,867
sime303 has a reputation beyond reputesime303 has a reputation beyond reputesime303 has a reputation beyond reputesime303 has a reputation beyond reputesime303 has a reputation beyond reputesime303 has a reputation beyond reputesime303 has a reputation beyond reputesime303 has a reputation beyond reputesime303 has a reputation beyond reputesime303 has a reputation beyond reputesime303 has a reputation beyond repute
Default Re: Prudish Americans

Originally Posted by Poppy girl View Post
LOL You need to watch the re-runs mate they are quiet graffic it gets worse
It's quite funny as I was driving through NY city and listening to the radio show with some friends and my future wife when I actuually heard the video under boobs episode. That was October '98 I think. Saw it on tv a couple of years later.

Yeah I have seen some of the stuff they do on t'internet.
sime303 is offline  
Old Apr 21st 2008, 4:12 pm
  #37  
BE Enthusiast
Thread Starter
 
dh010447's Avatar
 
Joined: May 2007
Location: Johns Creek, GA
Posts: 625
dh010447 is a glorious beacon of lightdh010447 is a glorious beacon of lightdh010447 is a glorious beacon of lightdh010447 is a glorious beacon of lightdh010447 is a glorious beacon of lightdh010447 is a glorious beacon of lightdh010447 is a glorious beacon of lightdh010447 is a glorious beacon of lightdh010447 is a glorious beacon of lightdh010447 is a glorious beacon of lightdh010447 is a glorious beacon of light
Default Re: Prudish Americans

Originally Posted by Poppy girl View Post
You need to watch http://www.howardstern.com/ its trash at its best if you want to see naughty nude bits lol
Might have to check that out... Might be a laugh... lol
dh010447 is offline  
Old Apr 21st 2008, 4:29 pm
  #38  
Unmitigated Gall
 
another bloody yank's Avatar
 
Joined: Dec 2006
Location: it's still too dark to tell
Posts: 16,162
another bloody yank has a reputation beyond reputeanother bloody yank has a reputation beyond reputeanother bloody yank has a reputation beyond reputeanother bloody yank has a reputation beyond reputeanother bloody yank has a reputation beyond reputeanother bloody yank has a reputation beyond reputeanother bloody yank has a reputation beyond reputeanother bloody yank has a reputation beyond reputeanother bloody yank has a reputation beyond reputeanother bloody yank has a reputation beyond reputeanother bloody yank has a reputation beyond repute
Default Re: Prudish Americans

Originally Posted by dh010447 View Post
So, anyone else think that in general - Americans a prudes?

Nudity on TV? haven't seen ANY since I have been in the US, and when they have nudity, its blurred out.

Was speaking to a colleague at work the other week and she freaked out when I told her about the English Gardens in Munich, Germany (nude sunbathing) the 'propper' sauna's over in Europe and the fact that pretty much all beaches in the UK are fine with topless sunbathing.

Went to the public swimming pool the other week. There was no cubical's - just a male and female changing room. None of the toilets were available because people were changing in them (mmm... Nice, rather stand in pee than have someone of the same sex see some flesh) and the only other guy getting changed in the room managed to get dried and completely changed without taking his towel off.

Wife came out of the female changing room and said pretty much the same thing - made her feel so uncomfortable that she too went and changed in the toilet cubicle.

Don't get me wrong, I am not an exhibitionist or anything, but are Americans really so inhibited and self conscious?

Oh - and to go back to the TV thing, its perfectly OK to have people getting killed, blown up, hacked up and any other violence you can think off...
Probably goes back to this: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History..._United_States It was only 400 odd years ago.
another bloody yank is offline  
Old Apr 21st 2008, 6:52 pm
  #39  
I approved this message
 
Joined: Dec 2004
Location: Chicago
Posts: 2,302
Hiro11 has a reputation beyond reputeHiro11 has a reputation beyond reputeHiro11 has a reputation beyond reputeHiro11 has a reputation beyond reputeHiro11 has a reputation beyond reputeHiro11 has a reputation beyond reputeHiro11 has a reputation beyond reputeHiro11 has a reputation beyond reputeHiro11 has a reputation beyond reputeHiro11 has a reputation beyond reputeHiro11 has a reputation beyond repute
Default Re: Prudish Americans

Originally Posted by dh010447 View Post
So, anyone else think that in general - Americans a prudes?
I note you're location is Norcross, GA. This may have something to do with your perceptions. But, yes, on balance I'd agree that Americans are prudes.

Nudity on TV? haven't seen ANY since I have been in the US, and when they have nudity, its blurred out.
Don't get me started on the insanity of the FCC... TV standards are controlled by a small minority of "propriety" freaks who raise hell over the slightest infraction. Their rallying cry: "won't someone think of the kids!" So we wind up with laughable situations like "Nipplegate". I don't think FCC regulations represent how typical Americans think, it's more a representation of how the most easily offended think.

Was speaking to a colleague at work the other week and she freaked out when I told her about the English Gardens in Munich, Germany (nude sunbathing) the 'propper' sauna's over in Europe and the fact that pretty much all beaches in the UK are fine with topless sunbathing.
"Freaked out"? Seems like an overraction. Once again, perhaps this is a Georgia thing...

Went to the public swimming pool the other week. There was no cubical's - just a male and female changing room. None of the toilets were available because people were changing in them (mmm... Nice, rather stand in pee than have someone of the same sex see some flesh) and the only other guy getting changed in the room managed to get dried and completely changed without taking his towel off.
That's definitely just in your experience. People are not nearly so reserved at my gym. I wish they were... (puke smilie)
Hiro11 is offline  
Old Apr 21st 2008, 6:56 pm
  #40  
I approved this message
 
Joined: Dec 2004
Location: Chicago
Posts: 2,302
Hiro11 has a reputation beyond reputeHiro11 has a reputation beyond reputeHiro11 has a reputation beyond reputeHiro11 has a reputation beyond reputeHiro11 has a reputation beyond reputeHiro11 has a reputation beyond reputeHiro11 has a reputation beyond reputeHiro11 has a reputation beyond reputeHiro11 has a reputation beyond reputeHiro11 has a reputation beyond reputeHiro11 has a reputation beyond repute
Default Re: Prudish Americans

Originally Posted by Xebedee View Post
This has got to be one of the strangest social contraditions about the US. It could well be that it stems from the fact that Americans aren't comfortable bearing themselves openly (interpersonally or physically).
It is strange to a Briton that there is a toleration for blatant violence or pornography here.
Consider that these are social extremes.
Extremes are not everyday, commonplace things and therefore are somewhat detached from ordinary life.
The "plain and ordinary" with all their associated imperfections are not something which is desirable to an American.
Overgeneralizations are such time savers!
Hiro11 is offline  
Old Apr 21st 2008, 7:10 pm
  #41  
BE Forum Addict
 
Joined: Jul 2007
Posts: 1,583
surly has a reputation beyond reputesurly has a reputation beyond reputesurly has a reputation beyond reputesurly has a reputation beyond reputesurly has a reputation beyond reputesurly has a reputation beyond reputesurly has a reputation beyond reputesurly has a reputation beyond reputesurly has a reputation beyond reputesurly has a reputation beyond reputesurly has a reputation beyond repute
Default Re: Prudish Americans

Originally Posted by Poppy girl View Post
What is it with the total look of shock when Americans hear us comment, or god forbid try to go topless on the beach
The law and public-land nudism in California
Federal law


There is no federal law against nudity. Nude beaches, such as Baker Beach in San Francisco, operate within federal park lands in California. However, under a provision called concurrent jurisdiction, federal park rangers may enforce state and local laws, or invite local authorities to do so.

State law

A 1972 California Supreme Court decision In re Smith held that simple beach nudity (absent sexual or shock motives) does not constitute the crime of indecent exposure.

The California State Park system is a special case. Simple nudity is illegal in state parks except in areas designated for the purpose. Although the state has declined to officially designate any nude beaches, traditional use has un-officially designated them, according to the Cahill policy.

If you desire to go topless go to one of these beaches
http://www.bayareanaturists.org/resource.html

Last edited by surly; Apr 21st 2008 at 7:13 pm.
surly is offline  
Old Apr 21st 2008, 7:35 pm
  #42  
Unmitigated Gall
 
another bloody yank's Avatar
 
Joined: Dec 2006
Location: it's still too dark to tell
Posts: 16,162
another bloody yank has a reputation beyond reputeanother bloody yank has a reputation beyond reputeanother bloody yank has a reputation beyond reputeanother bloody yank has a reputation beyond reputeanother bloody yank has a reputation beyond reputeanother bloody yank has a reputation beyond reputeanother bloody yank has a reputation beyond reputeanother bloody yank has a reputation beyond reputeanother bloody yank has a reputation beyond reputeanother bloody yank has a reputation beyond reputeanother bloody yank has a reputation beyond repute
Default Re: Prudish Americans

Originally Posted by Poppy girl View Post
What is it with the total look of shock when Americans hear us comment, or god forbid try to go topless on the beach
Do you have wierd boobs?
another bloody yank is offline  
Old Apr 21st 2008, 7:45 pm
  #43  
 
meauxna's Avatar
 
Joined: Apr 2002
Posts: 35,082
meauxna has a reputation beyond reputemeauxna has a reputation beyond reputemeauxna has a reputation beyond reputemeauxna has a reputation beyond reputemeauxna has a reputation beyond reputemeauxna has a reputation beyond reputemeauxna has a reputation beyond reputemeauxna has a reputation beyond reputemeauxna has a reputation beyond reputemeauxna has a reputation beyond reputemeauxna has a reputation beyond repute
Default Re: Prudish Americans

Originally Posted by Rete View Post
I've been in several naturalist camps over the years and have no problem with nudity.
Oh do tell! All these years and I never ran into y.. I mean, I never knew, Rete!
meauxna is offline  
Old Apr 21st 2008, 8:17 pm
  #44  
Unmitigated Gall
 
another bloody yank's Avatar
 
Joined: Dec 2006
Location: it's still too dark to tell
Posts: 16,162
another bloody yank has a reputation beyond reputeanother bloody yank has a reputation beyond reputeanother bloody yank has a reputation beyond reputeanother bloody yank has a reputation beyond reputeanother bloody yank has a reputation beyond reputeanother bloody yank has a reputation beyond reputeanother bloody yank has a reputation beyond reputeanother bloody yank has a reputation beyond reputeanother bloody yank has a reputation beyond reputeanother bloody yank has a reputation beyond reputeanother bloody yank has a reputation beyond repute
Default Re: Prudish Americans

Originally Posted by meauxna View Post
Oh do tell! All these years and I never ran into y.. I mean, I never knew, Rete!
I thought you looked awfully tan for someone from the PNW!
another bloody yank is offline  
Old Apr 21st 2008, 8:21 pm
  #45  
Account Closed
 
Joined: Jul 2005
Posts: 15,019
TruBrit is an unknown quantity at this point
Default Re: Prudish Americans

Originally Posted by meauxna View Post
Oh do tell! All these years and I never ran into y.. I mean, I never knew, Rete!
TruBrit is offline  

Contact Us - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Privacy Statement - Terms of Service - Do Not Sell My Personal Information -

Copyright © 2018 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands. All rights reserved. Use of this site indicates your consent to the Terms of Use.