Sex, Freedom, and Raising Children

Dallas is being hammered with severe weather and my roof has sprung a leak. Right now, the Shinghal family can’t deal with anything heavier than the buckets of water collecting in my bedroom and Yahoo’s Odd News brought a much needed laugh. It also gave me something to think about.

I always knew that Europeans view sex differently than most Americans. In some European countries, soft porn is available on local networks. We hear about the acceptance of extra-marital affairs. But a 70 year old woman getting busted by police trying to have sex in a moving car? Wow! That’s some funny stuff. Italian policed noticed that a car was driving a bit erratically and pulled it over. They found Granny completely nude attempting to have sex with the driver who is just a bit younger. Police made them dress and then tested for drunk driving.

He was three times over the legal (blood-alcohol) limit,” said police commander Angelo D’Anardo in the city of Cologno al Serio, northeast of Milan. We assume they must have been drinking at lunch and then things got out of control.

When asked if the couple were married, the police commander stated that he did not think so-

Married people wouldn’t probably do anything like this.

Reading the next item, I found that Bulgarian media is going nuts over a 3 year old girl and a reality show.

Media were initially delighted to find the cast of moderately famous Bulgarians on “VIP Brother” included self-described “sex hedonists,” an ex-Playboy playmate, and former Miss Bulgaria Violeta Zdravkova.

Until, that is, they found out that the beauty queen had her daughter living there too. A letter sent to the TV station said:

We are extremely worried at the presence in the house of a three-year-old, who has become an unwitting witness of indecent acts.

The station refused to kick the woman off the show. The reason?

Only her mother can decide whether she should keep her daughter in the house,” said the station’s public relations officer Galina Dzhoreva.

A network refusing to bow down to a vocal group of moral busybodies? Some of our own networks should take a lesson. They did not pull the show or kick out the beauty queen. They publicly stated that it the job of parents to determine what is right for their families. How refreshing.

They did not describe the “indecent acts” this child may have witnessed, but as a child, I walked in on my parents having a fun night. As an adult, I went to Mom’s and walked in on her and her husband. Is it gross? Yes. Abuse? No. In the U.S. that child would probably be in the care of social services now.

I am not saying that I find the situation of this child appropriate- I would never allow my children on reality TV.

10 Comments
  1. Severe weather indeed, my dad’s car almost floated away, and my sister’s flight out was delayed two hours. What’s sad is that few people realize how bizarre it is that in Europe, where you have little control over your own money, moral busybodies are ignored – they’re stuck in the left-right one-dimensional thinking.

  2. >>A network refusing to bow down to a vocal group of moral busybodies? Some of our own networks should take a lesson. They did not pull the show or kick out the beauty queen. They publicly stated that it the job of parents to determine what is right for their families.

  3. Something happened and my comment was not posted in whole. Anyway, regarding the “network refusing to bow down to a vocal group of moral busybodies”, they better watch out for the big bad Christian extremist groups and their bombs, or the KKK and their cross burnings.

  4. They did not describe the “indecent acts” this child may have witnessed, but as a child, I walked in on my parents having a fun night. As an adult, I went to Mom’s and walked in on her and her husband. Is it gross? Yes. Abuse? No. In the U.S. that child would probably be in the care of social services now.

    paul) However, throughout most of history, and still today in most of the world, children grow up routinely seeing their parents have sex (because they don’t have separate rooms) and seeing farm animals have sex. It was normal in Russia when I was a little kid, many people had communal apartments or lived on collective farms.

    Also, throughout most of the world and most of history, they did not try to deny the human nature of teenagers as biological adults. Teenagers did and do get married, have kids, got jobs, supported their families. Now in America and a few countries we have created an unnaturally infantilized class of adults, and wonder why they act out.

  5. Well, in many cases European economic socialism has elements that are no more socialist nor less capitalist than US economy. Not saying that’s a great standard to aspire to, but all things considered, if the economy is socialist anyway, it would be nice to at least have some “liberal” social policy.

  6. American culture today deviates from historical and world standards, and Americans don’t learn history or foreign cultures, so they think it’s normal. Yet thousands of years of hard-wiring in our brains and millions of years of human evolution (instinct) don’t go away because of a few newfangled ideas of social organization being unveiled in a few countries in recent decades.

    PC— hehe sorry, had to laugh that your initials are PC.

    Despite the initials I reassure you I am a flesh and blood human, not a personal computer. Actually the initials are PF but I’ve been cyber-stalked before, so I don’t use my real name on these types of things before. I thought I’d come up with something that rhymed. I used to live in New York back in the ’80s and “paulie cannoli” came to mind.

  7. LoL. ME, politically correct? To which version of politics? Now that IS funny.

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