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Sexuality in western european culture


Clear this evening then becoming mostly cloudy after midnight. Winds SSW at 5 to 10 mph. November 16, 8: But unlike American teenagers, I could have been one of those sexual targets. According to frequent European stereotypes in movies, that would make me the typical American boy's sexual dream, right? I don't know about that.

But a guy told me a few months ago that he absolutely loves women with an accent. Well, too bad I'm not into guys who love women only because of their accent. Every culture is stereotyped by other cultures.

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It's our way of understanding each culture and simplifying their usually complex heritage. Often though, stereotypes only lead to misconceptions and false accusations, as is certainly the case with the stereotype of the sexually available and promiscuous European woman.

Europeans have fewer sexual partners than Americans, which makes them less promiscuous.

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A study published in Family Planning Perspectives in compared the sexual activity, safety, sexual disease and teen pregnancy rates of the U. It found not only more promiscuity, but also a higher teen pregnancy rate, less use of contraceptives and a higher level of STDs in the U. A similar study by Advocates for Youth later in the decade showed that teen pregnancy is four times higher in the U.

The latter study concluded that the European countries with lower rates - Germany, France, and the Netherlands - all emphasize mandatory sexual education in school and value the individual as a sexual being with needs and desires.

Those countries find information on sex and safety more important than opinions by religious groups or personal preferences.

These are the same reasons I would give for the creation of the common female European stereotype. The European woman is confident and educated in her sexuality because her culture is more open to communication about sex and accepts sexual activity and experimentation in youth.

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In school, I received mandatory sex education, including two extra sessions on HIV, one of which was in the local center for drug addicts.

In magazines, I saw pictures of nude men and women in non-suggestive poses, which showed me the various types of human bodies rather than the "ideal" body generated by advertising. In those magazines, I also read about common questions and problems surrounding teen sexuality even before I decided to have sex. When I was ready, I knew that Sexuality in western european culture didn't have to lie about it, not even to my parents. I grew up in a society that treats sex as a part of life, not as a sin or marital duty.

I grew up with enough information on sexual health to fill an abortion clinic.