Cultural sexual imperialism

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Cultural imperialism has been practiced for millennium as stronger states have forced their culture onto weaker states.

From Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cultural_imperialism

Cultural imperialism is defined as the cultural aspects of imperialism. Imperialism, here, is referring to the creation and maintenance of unequal relationships between civilizations favoring the more powerful civilization.[1] Therefore, it can be defined as the practice of promoting and imposing a culture, usually of politically powerful nations over less potent societies. It is the cultural hegemony of those industrialized or economically influential countries, which determine general cultural values and standardize civilizations throughout the world. Many scholars employ the term, especially those in the fields of history, cultural studies, and postcolonial theory. The term is usually used in a pejorative sense, often in conjunction with a call to reject such influence. Cultural imperialism can take various forms, such as an attitude, a formal policy, military action, so long as it reinforces cultural hegemony.

Cultural sexual imperialism

The concept of cultural sexual imperialism is rarely addressed, as the topic of sexuality is tabooed in Western countries.

The Padres who accompanied the Spanish in their colonization of South and Central America, the Philippines, and other countries implanted the Catholic religion, but sexual mores were largely unaffected.

Researchers and travelers (from the West) have (in the 17th to 20th centuries) occasionally traveled to remote parts of the world, and returned with (what were to them) bizarre stories about "primitive native sexual practices" which they would then publish to titillate the public's voyeuristic interest in a subject taboo for them to discuss within their own cultures.

Captain Cook and members of his crew, after their visit to Tahiti, recorded having been offered barely clad local women for himself and his crew to take back to his ship to "enjoy".

Samwell wrote "Considering the small Distance between this Island and Tongataboo the difference between the Natives is remarkable, these being a small sized mean-looking People in comparison with the others & the women in general are not so handsome. A few of them lay on board the Ship every night." (emphasis added)
SOURCE: http://www.captaincooksociety.com/home/detail/225-years-ago-july-september-1777

Until air travel became popular in the late 1960s and early 1970s, few private citizens traveled abroad, and there was little question of one culture imposing their sexual morality on another culture.

Modern-day Cultural sexual imperialism is now practiced on a very large scale by Western countries. Representatives of Western cultures (typically from the axis of evil countries) visit so-called "developing countries" in order to convince "the natives" of "the evils of their sexual ways," and to ensure that laws are passed to guarantee that foreigners visiting those countries will be criminally prosecuted for engaging in sexual activities which are prohibited in their own Western cultures (on the basis of Western moral codes) without taking into account the attitudes and morals of the local people.

Laws are then passed criminalizing sexual activity which had, until that point, been morally acceptable within the local cultures. The natives accept these (imposed) laws, thinking these laws will only impact tourists to the countries. But later the laws "boomerang" and they are used against the locals themselves when the locals engage in sexual activity which had been acceptable and "morally correct" to them for thousands of years.

A parallel to this may be seen in the (coerced) implementation of criminal statutes in foreign countries at the instigation of the U.S. government, leading to the prosecution of U.S. citizens visiting foreign countries in order to consume drugs which are illegal in the U.S.

But you don't see in the media any histrionic reporting on "Illegal Drug Tourism," because -- unlike the highly emotional knee-jerk reactions when the term "child" is combined with the term "sex" -- the U.S. public cares little about "drug tourism".

Therefore politicians, NGOs, and the media are unable to profit very much from publicizing this kind of activity. Thousands of young Americans have been arrested or imprisoned in Thailand, Malaysia, the Philippines, and other South-east Asian countries due to these newly created laws.

A number of foreigners have even been executed for violating these anti-drug laws -- laws imposed on weaker states by the U.S. and European "cultural imperialists" who are opposed to the use by their citizens (whether at home or abroad) of chemicals obtained from certain plants for recreational purposes.

Western Christian morality traditionally condemns and punishes -- sometimes very harshly! -- those engaging in bodily activities, such as using chemical intoxicants and engaging in sexual activities, simply for pleasure and enjoyment. Because (according to Christian morality) good feelings are bad!

Western governments have huge resources to devote to this "correcting" of foreign sexual morality, resources which they use to coerce governments and to finance the activities of antisexual, sexophobic, and homophobic NGOs.

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