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    Posted: 09 Jul 2013 at 02:34
What affects does this have on the sexual practices and attitudes towards sex in society? In other words, if a society is liberal, does it promote sexual deviances or is it the other way around? Does a conservative society restrict people to the point that perversion is more common?
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It has no effect on sexual attraction. It affects how people express their sexuality very strongly, however. A person with unconventional sexual proclivities living in a socially conservative and intolerant society will go to greater lengths to hide their preferences and engage in their sexual behaviour in secret. Anecdotally I have seen a lot of evidence that making normal sexual desires taboo actually increases their appeal.
 
Repressive social censure to normal sexual desires results in other consequences. People frequently engage more often in unsafe sex, suffer psychologically to a greater extent due to isolation and fear of social persecution, and are more likely to do a poor job of planned parenthood where there is an emphasis on things like abstinence etc.
 
To answer your question directly, from the evidence I have seen a society which is more repressive and restrictive regarding sex is indeed more likely to encourage 'perversions' among its population.
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Originally posted by Constantine XI Constantine XI wrote:

It has no effect on sexual attraction. It affects how people express their sexuality very strongly, however. A person with unconventional sexual proclivities living in a socially conservative and intolerant society will go to greater lengths to hide their preferences and engage in their sexual behaviour in secret. Anecdotally I have seen a lot of evidence that making normal sexual desires taboo actually increases their appeal.
 

Repressive social censure to normal sexual desires results in other consequences. People frequently engage more often in unsafe sex, suffer psychologically to a greater extent due to isolation and fear of social persecution, and are more likely to do a poor job of planned parenthood where there is an emphasis on things like abstinence etc.

 

To answer your question directly, from the evidence I have seen a society which is more repressive and restrictive regarding sex is indeed more likely to encourage 'perversions' among its population.


Would you then, therefore, say that the best way to combat pedophile tendencies, rape and sex slavery is to promote liberalism in a society?
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Originally posted by Logic Logic wrote:

Originally posted by Constantine XI Constantine XI wrote:

It has no effect on sexual attraction. It affects how people express their sexuality very strongly, however. A person with unconventional sexual proclivities living in a socially conservative and intolerant society will go to greater lengths to hide their preferences and engage in their sexual behaviour in secret. Anecdotally I have seen a lot of evidence that making normal sexual desires taboo actually increases their appeal.
 

Repressive social censure to normal sexual desires results in other consequences. People frequently engage more often in unsafe sex, suffer psychologically to a greater extent due to isolation and fear of social persecution, and are more likely to do a poor job of planned parenthood where there is an emphasis on things like abstinence etc.

 

To answer your question directly, from the evidence I have seen a society which is more repressive and restrictive regarding sex is indeed more likely to encourage 'perversions' among its population.



Would you then, therefore, say that the best way to combat pedophile tendencies, rape and sex slavery is to promote liberalism in a society?


I would agree with that, though you still need to be careful in regulating some things. And it also depends on what you call liberalism. Hippy communes were about as liberal as you could get, but the lack of boundaries proved a ripe opportunity for those with pedophilic tendencies to abuse children in a consequence-free environment.

I do think there would be less pedophilia if otherwise sex deprived people had prostitutes to go to for gratifation. They would not become so sexually dissatisfied that they feel the need to engage in crimes of opportunity against children. But you would still need to deal with those whose primary sexual attraction is to children. Even the most liberal societies have not resolved that problem.

Would rape become more rare in a society where women are empowered sexually and men have commercial outlets for sex? Definitely. Let's be honest, in sexually conservative societies you as a husband can rape your wife and she can't do a thing about it. Societies where sex before marriage is illegal aren't discouraging rape by reducing the numbers of singles willing to mingle, they only encourage the horny to take what they want by force when the opportunity presents itself for non-consensual sex.

Sex slavery I think is more an issue of female empowerment, access to economic opportunity and good policing. But having legal and well regulated brothels provides businesses that depend on sex slavery with legitimate competition, making sex slavery less economically viable.
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Could you please tell me what you mean by paedophilia?
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