I believe we are the most prurient nation on earth. Maybe even in history.
Yes, I know about the Kama Sutra, and all the carvings in and on the temples of many Eastern nations. I know about (but not much) the doings of the Marquis de Sade. I know there have been bawdy houses since time began, and that there are industries devoted to producing all manner of pornographic material that members of all walks of society subscribe to. And I know what is said to be the oldest profession extant.
But the temple carvings in Cambodia, and elsewhere in the East, are not hidden behind a plain brown wrapper. And visitors to those sites don't giggle and make off-color remarks (unless they happen to be American). Those who created them and those who admire them are not ashamed and don't consider their lack of shame shameful.
However, Americans are and do.
At least those Americans of the Santorum/McDonnell ilk, And, dear heaven, there appear to be such an antic, frantic lot of them judging by the Jimmy Swaggarts, Jim Bakkers and Ted Haggards of Evangelicalism. And we cannot forget all those Catholic priests - and deviant Protestant pastors - that the churches' head honchos hide and protect.
They are ALL pissant hypocrites.
I don't think the most sex-involved among us - the ones who have an active and avid interest in all things sexual - should be pronounced nearly as disgusting as the prudish prigs who claim to approve of only married sex in the missionary position and/or total abstinence. These are the ones that never seem able to get their minds and tongues off the subject of other people's sexual activities for even a minute.
I am convinced that some of the biggest skunks at the garden party are those who insist that we censor the videos of those adorable bare bottomed babies who are often featured on programs like America's Funniest Videos. Why is it necessary to blur the unclothed cheeks of a two-year-old unless we are a country so sex-crazed that we believe such a view would send the population into a frenzy of rape and molestation.
Yes, America, we are, indeed, exceptional.