When I read comments on IMDB about movies with a sexual theme, sooner or later comes the complaint from a Brit or European: oh, why are you Americans so puritanical? Why are you so rigid and uptight about sex? Hmm. Don’t they teach history in your schools? If not, consider this short primer:
Here in America, in New York, is a statue, Lady Liberty, given to us by the French. It’s true - look in up in Wikipedia. Within the statue is enscribed, “Give us your tired, your hungry, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free...” And Europe did. By the thousands of boatloads, for decades on end. Were these huddled masses the cream of European society? No. A cross-section perhaps? Again, no. They were almost entirely peasants, your lower class, your “wretched refuse,” as the inscription goes on to say. From heavily Catholic Ireland and Poland and Italy they came. From heavily Lutheran Germany they came.
Even the first Europeans to arrive were a mix of peasants and religious zealots. We exist as a nation because we used force to gain freedom from Britain, our colonial master (really, it’s all there in Wikipedia). The American Revolution mirrored the many revolts prior to that in Europe, when peasants or serfs there sought freedom. In Europe, peasants who revolted were slaughtered by soldiers of the State or the Church. Survivors were herded back to the fields. In America however, we peasants won. We had the home field advantage, and Britain’s king was quietly going mad.
Why does this matter? Every survey or study undertaken shows that it is a society's lower class that clings most fervently to the Church for moral guidance. More to the point, it is the lower class that is always the most conservative and traditional; the most resistant to changes in sexual attitudes.
We remain that way. We have existed for two centuries in splendid isolation. In our attitudes toward sex and even nudity, we still reflect our lower class heritage; the mores of our peasant ancestors. We are not you. You created us with your overpopulation and the rigid social caste systems of your ancestors. But we are not you. We never have been, and perhaps never will be. End of lesson.
But it's all sham, all a plywood facade like on a Hollywood movie set that hides what is really going on across America, where teenagers, many below the age of consent, are engaging in sexual relationships ALL the time. It's an epidemic. But instead of coming to terms with it and encouraging SAFE sex, like, for example, the Dutch do with their young people, Americans just pretend it's not happening and all teenagers are as pure and chaste as a Disney movie. Risible.