Tuesday, September 12, 2006

BIZARRE HUMAN CUSTOM: Breasts, Sex and Violence

This entry is more a bizarre North American custom instead of a bizarre human custom.

Today, my stats prof (British) told us that pornography to them, in Europe, is very violent movies. Movies like, Kill Bill are very popular in North American culture, present company included. My favourite movie is Boondock Saints and my favourite TV show is Stargate SG-1, both very violent.

Another interesting point is the cultural phenomena of violence versus sex in our culture.

Sex, is a natural form of expression of love. It is expected that human beings engage in sexual contact. It's free, it's natural, it's legal (in most senses), and it doesn't hurt anyone (debatable as well, but not the point).

Whereas, we see violence we see glorified in TV, movies, video and computer games. But kicking the $#!+ out of someone or killing someone is illegal.

Our culture has it so backwards. We allow violence on TV and give out children play guns, or they play make-believe guns. While some become outraged if there's a scene that's a little too hot and heavy, because we need to "think of the children".

Another funny cultural thing is breasts in general. Boobs are just fatty glands that feed our young, but in our culture, breasts are revered and are an actually turn on to men. But we're all socialized to think that way.

Do you think you can convince a 15 year old boy (or these Starbucks puritans) of that though?

Optimist Realist has pointed me to this Starbucks story which inspired me to write this BHC entry:

Thirty-five years after the first cup of Starbucks was sold, the java giant is returning to its artistic roots. During September, Starbucks' cups are sporting the original logo, a familiar mermaid. But for some, the sketched depiction clearly showing the mermaid's breasts is a little too much skin.


Hat Tip: Optimist Realist

2 Comments:

Blogger Reel Fanatic said...

Violence, when portrayed stylisticly as it is in Kill Bill or any other of Tarantino's work, can be poetic and even cathartic ... Europeans don't get that assume we all love Steven Seagal movies, probably

Tue Sep 12, 07:00:00 PM EDT  
Blogger No said...

I personallydon't think there is anything wrong with showing a little cleavage.

Beth

Wed Sep 13, 07:47:00 AM EDT  

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