The violent character of sexual-eroticism in cross-cultural comparison

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Details a cross-cultural study to expose the extent to which public concern regulates sexual-eroticism and withdraws it from public attention; identifies a propensity towards the ideal of sexual constraint within US society, reflected by a high degree of regulation and criminalization of sexuality - ranging from strict policies on sexual-harassment to the restriction of explicit images, even for sex education purposes. Compares with the more liberal attitudes exhibited in Germany. Develops an empirical model to establish cultural differences in attitudes to sexual issues; confirms that Germans are less likely to stigmatize sexual eroticism than their American contemporaries. Concludes that Germans exhibit emotions that typify sexual emancipation, compared with the sexually constrained emotions of Americans; suggests a link between the repression of sexual emotions and violence in society.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)81-100
Number of pages20
JournalInternational Journal of Sociology and Social Policy
StatePublished - Jan 1 1999


  • Sex education
  • Sexual harassment
  • Society


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