8 Things America Gets Terribly Wrong About Sex

 

Let’s face it: when it comes to opinions and perspectives on sex and sexual practices, the United States remains quite different from the vast majority of the rest of the world. In both philosophy and practice, the American opinion on sex is largely unique. While this isn’t always a bad thing, some of these issues have been proven to produce negative results for both those who are sexually active and those are not.

Although this list is obviously solely based on our opinions, it is hoped that these items become topics of further discussion down the road. After all, sex-related topics affect more than just the individuals involved in the act. Our society’s opinions on sex will influence our culture as a whole. Take a look below and see what we have to say. Although it’s easy to find counterarguments to each of these items, it’s also important to remember that that type of dialogue, one which confronts issues instead of brushing them under the table, is exactly what is needed in order to improve this situation. Whether or not it happens, however, remains to be seen.

1. The US Doesn’t Prioritize Sexual Health

Whether it’s due to stigma or simply a lack of interest, the US remains largely apathetic about sexual health. The majority of US citizens only visit a doctor about sex-related issues if they are fearing the “worst”. While this type of attitude isn’t necessarily a bad thing, it can (and has) resulted in a variety of worrying consequences, namely the unintended spread of sexually transmitted diseases. Although this may come as a surprise for some, the US has higher incidences of STD’s than the vast majority of other Western countries. Go figure.

2. Abstinence Education Just Doesn’t Work

Although the lengthy lectures about “waiting until marriage” may satisfy conservative minds across the country, these talks to do little to stem the tide of premarital sex. More troublingly, this attitude of “no sex at all” often results in less education about how to properly use birth control, such as condoms, which leads to unwanted pregnancies, a condition that is far more troubling than youthful passion. Instead of ignoring the problem, educators should accept reality and help their students learn more about responsible sex.

3. LGBT Discrimination Is Pervasive and Damaging

It seems as if the USA just can’t let this particular issue go away. There is still rampant resistance to LGBT acceptance and equality which, given the fact that the number of people identifying themselves by this moniker continues to grow, will prove to be increasingly damaging over time.

4. Body Image Perceptions Are Out Of Control

Just because Adobe Photoshop exists doesn’t mean it has to be used for nefarious purposes. One of the biggest complaints that both domestic residents and international critics have about the US media is their championing of unrealistic sexualization of both men and women. This doesn’t result in positive attention. Instead, it’s helping create a generation of self-conscious men and women.

5. Penis Size…Matters?

Yet again, this seems like it should be another issue that was resolved decades ago. That being said, a disproportionate number of men and women still place extreme importance on the size of a man’s penis, using this uncontrollable physical characteristic as an indicator of masculinity and innate ability “in the sack.”

6. Pop Culture Offers Insane Sex Advice

Anywhere you look, you’re bound to find tabloids and magazines that are preaching the gospel of sexual pleasure. That being said, the advice endorsed by many of these publications is dubious at best. Perhaps the point could also be made, however, that anyone who genuinely believes a cheap magazine can improve their sex life deserves this level of superficiality.

7. Rape Culture Exists

Whether the USA likes to admit it or not, there still exists a heinous double standard when it comes to women’s sexual rights. The blatant misogyny prevalent throughout the media leads to a thorough objectification and, ultimately, subjugation of women. Whether or not this will ever change in mass media, however, remains unknown.

8. Antiquated Sex Laws Still Exist

In what amounts to a gross display of ignorance, a number of sex laws in USA that declare pre-marital sex and cohabitation illegal, punishable with fines and a variety of other penalties. Until lawmakers realizing that the stigmatization of these acts is what leads to the results they condemn, nothing will change.

While these factors aren’t meant to serve as a complete criticism of US values and views, they do illustrate a perceived need for change and reform that could, ultimately, help create a more open and trusting relationship between citizens of the country. As soon as a non-confrontational, honest dialogue can begin between individuals about sexual habits, the situation is guaranteed to improve.

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Expert Author : Mark Simms (Consumer Health Digest)

Mark Simms is a prolific freelance health and beauty writer, independent researcher with a long history and expertise of providing reliable and relatable health content for magazines, newsletters, websites including blogs and journals. He also enjoy exploring men’s and women’s health category writing articles about sex and relationships, product review and providing information on sexual health.