In Russia the topic of sex went from being taboo to being not only acceptable but common place. Russia has gone as far as half-naked women selling everything from cell phones to shoes, on billboards. Imagine, being embarrassed to take a family car ride. Not only are these billboards cause embarrassment but they also post a danger to traffic, as being very distracting.
The question that seems to be popping up is “What is tasteful, and what is improper? Where do they draw the line? There are no laws regulating advertising. The only thing the government restricts is television. Any risque television shows are aired after midnight.
Now with new drugs that increase men’s sex drives, such as Viagra, no longer is sex after fifty looked down upon. These men feel they want to make up for lost time because of economic and political changes that had taken place. In America we have health clinics for young women that are very popular. How often have you heard of men’s health clinics? Well in Russia they have many. At these health clinics they have been seeing a huge influx of men over fifty as clients. All though this behavior seems to be new, the regulating of sexual lifestyles only began after the year 998. A long time ago, children were allowed to get married as early as age twelve. Public coed baths were very common. In Russia people used to have so called weddings or marriages near water reservoirs. This occurred in May and June. They would bathe, and during this process, they would choose their future marital partner. This was all based on a mutual attraction. A little less then ten years ago Sexually Transmitted diseases began to spread at pandemic rates. Syphilis grew between the years of 1992 and 1997. They say that 15-20% of all couples are sterile do to improperly or untreated Sexually transmitted diseases. The government began to take action. In 1993 they opened over 200 family planning centers. Although since then shut them down in the year1997. These clinics did not have enough favorable statistics.
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This article really made me stop and think about how I feel Americans view sex. I know that many people still believe that sex is a very private subject. Although some television shows beg to differ. Shows like Friends, Will and Grace, and Jenny Jones are all examples that act like “the one night stand” is common. They all talk about sex as if it was like breathing. In America we have sex education. We are taught at a young age that abstinence is the answer. Yet we are faced with forms of contraceptives and learning about sexuality throughout high school. We also have commercials promoting safe sex. We have clinics where women and men can go to learn about different forms of birth control. I feel we as Americans, seem to be as open about sex as the Russians in this article. Americans seem to be all about sexual awareness. The one downfall to our openness to sex, is the way sex has become as customary as a handshake. At one point in time it was supposed to be saved until you married that special someone. It was something to be shared. Now a lot of people expect to have sex on the first date. Some people feel this is ok because we are taught sex is a normal thing. Russia is in a “social revolution” and a “sexual revolution”. I think Russia and America are much alike. I feel it is just the fact that Russia’s open sexuality happened suddenly, while Americans open sexuality happened gradually. Russia went from one extreme to the next over night, which is why it may seem so shocking.