By Ariette le Roux, Agence France Presse, January 23 2011
Dutch student Walinka van Tol inspects the worm protruding from a half-eaten chocolate praline she’s holding, steels herself with a shrug, then pops it into her mouth.
“Tasty … kind of nutty!” the 20-year-old assures her companions…
A few months ago, after I found out about how much more efficient bugs are to farm/eat than cows, I began asking my friends if they would even try eating a product made out of bug meat. Before I explained the benefits of making foods out of bugs instead of beef the answer was always along the lines of “No, why the hell would I do that?”. After the explanation the answer was usually, “Oh, but I still wouldn’t eat bugs.” I think it will be difficult to overcome the taboo most Americans have against eating insects, but it should be a far from impossible task.
Public nudity in America has long been considered taboo. You don’t commonly see people just walking around in the nude. In fact, if you happen to see someone nude in public there is a fair chance that person will be arrested sometime in the near future for disturbing the peace, because most people don’t see penises and vaginas as peaceful apparently. From this you can infer that generally in American society people enjoy not seeing other peoples’ genitalia, but the real question is why is there a negative connotation with the word nudity.
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While I write up my first article on the taboo of nudity I will take the virginity of this Tumblr page with some quotes on taboos:
Whenever a taboo is broken, something good happens, something vitalizing. Taboos after all are only hangovers, the product of diseased minds, you might say, of fearsome people who hadn’t the courage to live and who under the guise of morality and religion have imposed these things upon us.
—Henry Miller (American author/writer)
We find many things to which the prohibition of them constitutes the only temptation.
—William Hazzlit (British essayist)
Well, the thing about taboos is that society shuns them. But if you really think about it, I mean, there’s something very tempting about it.
—Elizabeth in Taboo (2002)
The type of fig leaf which each culture employs to cover its social taboos offers a twofold description of its morality. It reveals that certain unacknowledged behavior exists and it suggests the form that such behavior takes.
—Freda Adler (American criminologist)