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What are the taboos in your culture?





Texas Al
The purpose of this thread is not to agree or disagree with taboos. Just to list them. It is admissible to an extent to debate whether or not something is a taboo, but posts that agree/disagree with taboos (or posts that repeat stuff others have posted) will get deleted.

What is a taboo?

You know how they say there's two sides to every issue? Well, a taboo is an issue where one side provokes so much anger, hysteria, and fear that nobody dares to admit having any other opinion on that issue than the one everyone else claims to have.

So, for the USA the taboos appear to be...
* Holocaust revisionism.
* The genetic basis of intelligence.
* Child pornography.
* Methamphetamine manufacture.
* Population control.
* Affirmative action.

EU
* Holocaust revisionism

Japan
* Role in WWII

Turkey
* Armenian genocide

India
* Giving up Kashmir
* Muslim-Hindu hostilities

Pakistan
* Giving up Kashmir

Which ones have I missed? What about the country you live in, what are the taboos there?

Remember, not every controversial issue is a taboo. Only if there is a large majority opinion and those whose opinion is in the minority are afraid to speak out.
LoveMachine
Being Canadian, I have to rack my head to think of any taboo subjects. It's not that there aren't any, they're all just incredibly boring. They aren't even that taboo, but you can't mention any of them to someone over thirty or they'll explode into an opinionated rant you'd rather not listen to.

- George W. Bush. You know, current president of the United States? Yeah. You can't even mutter his name under your breath without being attacked by a Liberal Canadian. And most of us are Liberal (although we'll never admit it.)

- Health care. Nursing shortages, under funding, and waiting periods. My brother had to wait for 6 hours to get a cast put on his leg. Not cool.

- Gay marriage. We allow it. But does everyone like it? Hell no.

Like I said. Pretty boring. I wish we would bomb some poor country just to drum up something to talk about, but we can't afford the bombs.
leat397
I am a Chinese, so there are too many customs and taboos for the mistery cuture...I can't cite them out in this short message..but knowingly, major taboo could be seen in the Lunar New Year Eve..(or the SPring Festival)

n less than a month, this most significant Chinese traditional festival will arrive. The whole nation is going to have at least seven days off
to celebrate. Family reunions, lunar New Year visits, gift money for children, feasts for relatives, friends and colleagues, fire crackers, new dresses, new looks, and so on............ it is supposed to be the most happy and important period of time of year for everybody. And it seems people will be doing everything they have long been yearning to do in last year. However there is something we

Resultingly, there are many taboos for this specal EVENT! Such as we shall never mention words related to “death” lest spoil the hilarious festive atmosphere; we don’t break or damage anything, otherwise superstitiously speaking, doing so would bring misfortunes in the following days; we don’t have our hair cut during the celebrating period, to name a few..........
Pikokola
I'm Indonesian, much of taboo things here

Free sex, wearing a short skirt, sitting under the door, eat/drink standing, sitting in the table, and many more

but... there is some taboo things that haven;t removed and being an ordinary things because of culture asimilation Smile

Oh yeah, Of cours there is so many taboo in every culture (Indonesia is a multi Culture Nation, it have more than 50 clans (or maybe 10 *_*)) and every culture sometimes have a diferent way or maybe kontra with the other culture, but we still follow our slogans "Bhineka Tunggal Ika) - diferent but unity Smile
Tvis
I'm from Holland, but I currently live in Mexico. There are a lot of diferences between these two countries. Holland is very liberal. I cannot think of any taboo. Well, maybe if it has to be a sex related topic. There you can always find taboos, but that is too easy.

In Mexico there are less rules and regulations, but more social control. Therefore living together as a couple without being married is still a taboo. Mostly because the family does not approve. However, slowly this is changing to a modern thought. The younger adults
at this moment are already thinking in living toghether before getting married. But this is still weird for older people.

Living by yourself is as well. You live with your parents until getting married. Moreover homosexuality is still not accepted. In the big cities there are starting scenes for gays but this is still a little bit foggy. Not a lot of people dare to tell they are homosexual.
It's just a few mayor examples.
Soulfire
Well, things that are "off-limits" if you will, are mainly sex and homosexuality. Those are some taboo words that everyone just tries to go around, it makes too many people uncomfortable.
Texas Al
Although sexual issues in the US are controversial, I'm not including them as taboo... because how taboo can homosexuality be if you have TV shows like "Will and Grace" and "Queer Eye for the Straight Guy"? So it's a controversial issue but with enough numbers on either side of the debate that in most places it's something you can agree to disagree about without getting your life completely and immediately destroyed.

I'll agree that maybe in the 1950's homosexuality was a real taboo in the US.

Non married sex is even less a taboo-- there are plenty of people who are against it, but for the most part, if you're about 17 or older, and you say someone is your boyfriend or girlfriend, people will be more surprised if you tell them you're *not* sleeping with each other.

Actually 17 is probably an overestimate. It was 17 when I was in high school. It's probably way lower by now.
silliman
I am from the United States, one America of many Americas.

One taboo in US society relates to the discomfort or taboo of talking openly and broadly about slavery. Point of fact, slavery has existed since the beginning of time (not just colonial America), and involved nearly every ethnic group (e.g., Chinese, Egyptian, European, Polynesian, Native American, Arabia, Aborigines, whites-on-whites, blacks-on-blacks, etc.); yet, to talk about slavery in non-racist terms is to neuter the political advantages of keeping it about racism. If all races have been enslaved at one time or another, then the argument for “entitlements” and restitution becomes less persuasive.

Slavery, in whatever form, is reprehensible, barbaric and immoral. Ownership to the problem (historical or as it relates to current 21 Century slavery) transcends ethnic boundaries. Until we as global citizens can talk openly about slavery, it will remain “underground” and beyond our reach to stop it.
TabletPCUser
Texas Al wrote:

Turkey
* Armenian genocide


There's no such thing as Armenian genocide. Mad People still don't get it. It was a war: They killed Turks and Turks killed them. Considering that Turks won, Turks must have killed more Armenians then Armenians could kill Turks.

Got it now? Good. Now, please tell everyone what the truth is.
cookienmilo
In a multi-racial country like Malaysia, we get all sort of taboos whether we are chinese, malay, indians, and of one of the dozens of indigenous groups such as ibans, dayaks, kadazans, muruts, dusuns, etc etc. Sometimes and very likely it's impossible to keep track of most of them. However, should we visit any of them especially for any festivities, the hosts of any culture are usually very gracious and more than happy to explain the cultural and traditional practices.
denggi
I'm from Malaysia too and regardless of how much we like to think that we are sooo united, we need to acknowledge that anything that has anything to do with race still is taboo. It's nearly impossible to talk about anything about any particular race without it becoming another racial issue.

Malay dude talks about chinese, the malay dude is just discriminating. The chinese talk bout some indian guy, now it's the chinese guy that's racist. Seems to be that only people of the same race can criticise each other. We can't seem to be able to discuss things like this openly and thats actually the thing we need. Dialogue. So we can actually UNDERSTAND each other. Rather than TOLERATE. You know what tolerate means? To me it's like, disliking....but just standing the sight of it just to accomodate.

The government is doing quite alright, but not good enough. There's too much censorship, the economic policies aren't don't allow equal footing, racial based politics are still dominant in politics. We need to move beyond skin colour. All the races have been in the country for so long and yet the perception of second-class citizens still exist. I do hope Malaysia will improve.

Malaysia Boleh~
bluedragon
I am taboo in my culture. Crying or Very sad
blackheart
I think alot of very basic things have been missed - I mean, everything above is very serious, and very valid in that but...

I would also have to add that taboo should also include actions that would be tabboo... i.e:

Australia:

- Big businesses running smaller ones out of business
- Big Australian companies (i.e. VEGEMITE) selling out to overseas
- Dobbing on your mates
- Bragging
- Sleeping with a mate's "partner"
- At least where I'm from: Going out with a close mate's ex (without asking first)
- Being a poser - ie saying you can surf when you can't - (you wouldn't believe the number of people who hang out at surf beaches and do this. I don't know if even all Australians know just how many of em there are - lol)
- Although there are little racist pockets of Australia here and there - it is considered VERY un-Australian to be racist or discriminatory (in any way) in the vast majority of the country



These are things that people do do... but is VERY greatly frowned upon by the majority. I mean - it's stuff you just don't do.

I mean, it might be taboo to walk around naked in public, but people streak and we have nude beaches.
So taboo can't be quite as black and white as what people do and do not do.
lyndonray
i am from botswana in southern africa, and the biggest taboo i can think of is being gay. Not only is it taboo, its illegal. Yep, you can find yourself in jail because you play for the other team. Which is really dumb. But apart from that we really don't have many taboos. But it also depends where you are. In some of the rural areas they can make just about anything taboo if they feel like it. But on the whole we are quite tolerant.
Jaderblack
lyndonray wrote:
i am from botswana in southern africa, and the biggest taboo i can think of is being gay. Not only is it taboo, its illegal. Yep, you can find yourself in jail because you play for the other team. Which is really dumb. But apart from that we really don't have many taboos. But it also depends where you are. In some of the rural areas they can make just about anything taboo if they feel like it. But on the whole we are quite tolerant.


That's very bad because there are so many gays in the world. I've heard that 1 of every 10 people is gay. And it's probably the same ratio in Botswana. But the people who are gay and aren't allowed to be gay don't live very happy. In the country that i live in it's legal to be gay but there are much people who look down to gay people. But they can live, and there are clubs and other stuff like that to pluck up their courage and be themselves. I hope the gay people will have better life in the future.

By the way, I am not gay.
paul_indo
I have been living in Indonesia for quite a few years now and, as Pikokola said, there are many taboos here.

The funniest one I know is this.
Kissing in public. Even your wife.

They nearly made a law against it last year but luckily I don't think it actually happened, as we have heard nothing about it for a few months.

Imagine, you could go to prison for kissing your wife goodbye at the airport.
Kashinilaya
Two of the greatest taboos in my culture (and I believe they also apply to the majority of western cultures, specially the USA) are:
    talking or mentioning democracy in a negative way - on one hand, democracy does not really exist, once the average citzen does not rule the country (and does not have the knowledge or the ability to do) and the government only follows the majority's expressed wishes when it is convenient (when it is not convenient to follow the majority they state that they know they're doing it for the good of the country, or for the sake of democracy, and blah, blah, blah...); on the other hand, every type of government (even dictatorship!) is in fact a democracy when we understand that the governments are just expressions of the collective consciousness, i.e. they are what the society wanted to experience in a given moment of its history, even though this wish may be hidden in the unconscious level; if you speek ill of democracy to most people you may find, even knowing about these facts, you're in trouble;

    questioning a technology - most people equate technology to progress and, therefore, material progress to progress; progress includes material progress, but the reciprocal is not true; progress also includes spiritual and emotional issues.
karysky
In Canada, the one I hear the most about is violence against ederly people.

There are more and more cases discovered each day dealing with this. It's horrible !
Ultima1080
Being from the USA...I can't think of too many taboos exactly that haven't been listed...though there are a few:

Making a joke that might "offend" someone (people need to learn to laugh at themselves)

VEGEMITE

I list Vegemite because it frankly is vile and wrong and souldn't be produced. Sorry Aussies, but that stuff is so disgusting that it should be banned from the world. Wink
Helios
I'm living in Israel.. so, ermm, I guess that we have the the Ten Commandments and we're not eating pork. Laughing
XxGunner
Well my taboos are:

-Throwing rocks at people
-Stepping on someones face
-Jumping on someones stomach
-Biting someones ear off
-Cannabalism
-Racism
-Fags Laughing lol

Guess thats all.

Enjoy...
Jeslyn
Ultima1080 wrote:


VEGEMITE

I list Vegemite because it frankly is vile and wrong and souldn't be produced. Sorry Aussies, but that stuff is so disgusting that it should be banned from the world. Wink


What is Vegemite?
wumingsden
Jaderblack wrote:

That's very bad because there are so many gays in the world. I've heard that 1 of every 10 people is gay.


its actually 3-4/10 people
BugBear
wumingsden wrote:
Jaderblack wrote:

That's very bad because there are so many gays in the world. I've heard that 1 of every 10 people is gay.


its actually 3-4/10 people



i very much doubt that......... there's actually not alot of em ..... just the rich guys that own the news papers (at least in america :O)
SunburnedCactus
Jeslyn wrote:
Ultima1080 wrote:


VEGEMITE

I list Vegemite because it frankly is vile and wrong and souldn't be produced. Sorry Aussies, but that stuff is so disgusting that it should be banned from the world. Wink


What is Vegemite?


It's vegetarian marmite, isn't it?
silliman
I've gotta add one more far less incendiary, but still relevant, taboo that prevails in the USA.

This taboo relates to the dominate culture’s preference and favor of “extroversion” over “introversion.” This norm is so deeply engrained that most introverts feign being an extrovert because to “act” any other way would be to suggest that the introvert has somehow grown up socially deprived. Extroverts would even go so far as to suggest that introverts have some developmental abnormality. Every effort will be made by introverts to make an introvert jump up on the table, dance, scream at the top of their lungs and make a fool of themselves too – because that’s “normal.”

Earlier comments mentioned that gays in society might number 1 in 10 or even as high as 3 in 10. My intuition tells me that the number of introverts in society might be at least fifty percent or higher, but because the extroverts make more noise and out shout the introverts, they have successfully made it seem that they are the ruling majority.

[slap on the back, with a roaring belly-laugh] let me ask you in a voice 100 decibels above that needed to communicate: WHAT DO YOU THINK, MATE? LOL LOL LOL
Arnie
In my environment (scientifically oriented school) I sense a big taboo on disagreeing with commonly accepted theories. The evolution theory is the big example of course.
essentialmedia
Humping your sister, or your brother for that matter

Humping your pets

Humping your mom

Or humping anything dead

Oh and don't eat babies.

Wink
Arnie
Yeah. eating babies is pretty bad. Thankfully there's still plenty adults available Mr. Green
blackheart
Ultima1080 wrote:
Being from the USA...I can't think of too many taboos exactly that haven't been listed...though there are a few:

Making a joke that might "offend" someone (people need to learn to laugh at themselves)

VEGEMITE

I list Vegemite because it frankly is vile and wrong and souldn't be produced. Sorry Aussies, but that stuff is so disgusting that it should be banned from the world. Wink


That's because silly american and english people spread it on liek jam, when you are only supposed to have a VERY sparse/thin layer usually with butter, and on toast.
zombi3
what is vegimite? And for that matter what r taboos. Hahaha im stupid.
blackheart
zombi3 wrote:
what is vegimite? And for that matter what r taboos. Hahaha im stupid.


In simple language - a taboo is something that "just isn't done" or that you "just don't do" - and is accepted as such not always with a supporting law.

Vegemite is made from the yeast left over after brewing beer. The name ws drawn out of a hat in some naming competition.

I might be wrong here, but I'd always thought Marmite came AFTER Vegemite... because the name was original in itself... random and made up by some kid.

(I've never eaten Marmite or anything... so yea).
Daniel15
Quote:
I might be wrong here, but I'd always thought Marmite came AFTER Vegemite.

Marmite = invented in 1902
Vegemite = invented in 1928

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marmite
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vegemite
jorgeash
In colombia a taboo is a gay married, and homosexual relationship
jorgeash
we don't eat any animals that have more than four legs, and have dosent have warm blood Idea
Jeslyn
The taboo in my culture, I'm partially middle eastern & of mediterranean blood; in the dominant segment of my heritage, it's a huge taboo to even consider marrying, going out with, etc. a white man.

Every other race is allowed except for the above. I believe this has more to do with my family's preference though.
PerkExpert
I'm from Germany, and basicly anything that has something to do with the holocaust is a taboo, regarding the question of personal guilt or involvement. Revisionism is actually against the law. And we got many museums, exhibitions and other methods of informing ourselves about the war and the crimes that happened there. So we are very aware and informed about it. But if it comes to the point of asking, what your grandfather did in the war, or if someone knew what was happening, then, there's silence and the idea that "somebody else" was it. Basicly then most people say, i didn't know of everything, i wasn't actively participating, even if i would have known sth, i couldn't have done much about it anyhow. The generation of the war is now almost dead, so much personal family history will die with our grandparents and so will maybe some important lessons. All this translates into another taboo: Nationalism.
the_mariska
sorry, something went wrong with my computer and those post copied itself a few times. Can anyone delete the rest because I can't actually do it? Pleease Wink
the_mariska
PerkExpert wrote:
I'm from Germany, and basicly anything that has something to do with the holocaust is a taboo, regarding the question of personal guilt or involvement. Revisionism is actually against the law. And we got many museums, exhibitions and other methods of informing ourselves about the war and the crimes that happened there. So we are very aware and informed about it. But if it comes to the point of asking, what your grandfather did in the war, or if someone knew what was happening, then, there's silence and the idea that "somebody else" was it. Basicly then most people say, i didn't know of everything, i wasn't actively participating, even if i would have known sth, i couldn't have done much about it anyhow. The generation of the war is now almost dead, so much personal family history will die with our grandparents and so will maybe some important lessons. All this translates into another taboo: Nationalism.
Well, I'm from Poland and the situation is quite similar, but the problem is "What did you/your father use to do during communist times?" Nobody will ever tell you. The politics prefer the tactic of 'thick line' - communist times don't matter, what matters is today. Anyway, I just don't get why some of the people chose the same politics who used to rule during communism. Maybe I'm just too young...
wumingsden
OK, way to much spam above or a very big accident Very Happy The taboo's here, in England, are pedophile Priests (or other Men of the Clothe) as well as Gay Muslims. People know that the above is happening but like to deny it which is why its a taboo
photographerguy
I'm American,

I agree with all of what's been said about it so far. One thing that people don't realize (if you've never been here) is some states are actually like being from different countries. I am from Detroit, MI and unfortunately it is one of the most racially segregated areas in the U.S. So I agree slavery is definitely taboo, and interracial marriage/dating is also. Pedophile Catholic priests (I am Catholic by the way) and gay marriage are also. One weird thing about Michigan is some cities are somewhat gay-tolerant/friendly and some are so far of the opposite, it would seem like a different country. I think this a very interesting thread and hope it continues to be a good read.
Carupieara
I guess as everywhere incest is a taboo here, while another thing looked down upon is live-in relationships, sex before marriage among others.
rwojick
Amercan Law does not allow for Taboos, at least not formally.

We use "politics" to vote for "lawmakers" who make "laws".

If someone feels a law was broken then they "write up" a complaint and they send one copy to the violater and one copy to the Court.

The "taboo" would be elevated to "law" on the day the law was written. If the law violated the Bill of Rights then it would not be constitutional.

We all respect others "taboos" to some extent, but if we want a legal ruling then "taboo" is out and only "written law" is in.

Great topic, though
tufansaba
TabletPCUser wrote:
Texas Al wrote:

Turkey
* Armenian genocide


There's no such thing as Armenian genocide. Mad People still don't get it. It was a war: They killed Turks and Turks killed them. Considering that Turks won, Turks must have killed more Armenians then Armenians could kill Turks.

Got it now? Good. Now, please tell everyone what the truth is.



Thank You


EveryBody Look The Up Text THE TRUTH IS.
CMA
I can't think of any major taboos on my country (Portugal) besides the normal ones found almost everywhere around the world, like incest, pedophilia and many others that are almost "worldwide taboos" (though I'm sure that this isn't true for the entire world).

I can't really think of any particular subject people on my country would feel unconfortable to talk about. Generally everyone is liberal enough to talk about pretty much everything, even the darkest times in our history. We know the crap we made in the past and we have no problems in admitting our mistakes and discussing them.
Texas Al
Helios wrote:
I'm living in Israel.. so, ermm, I guess that we have the the Ten Commandments and we're not eating pork. Laughing


...and probably various issues relating to the Palestinian question? And maybe some internal tensions between European, Russian, and Sephardic Jews?

Just guessing, though. Haven't been there.
Texas Al
the_mariska wrote:
sorry, something went wrong with my computer and those post copied itself a few times. Can anyone delete the rest because I can't actually do it? Pleease Wink


Done!
Texas Al
rwojick wrote:
Amercan Law does not allow for Taboos, at least not formally.

We use "politics" to vote for "lawmakers" who make "laws".

If someone feels a law was broken then they "write up" a complaint and they send one copy to the violater and one copy to the Court.

The "taboo" would be elevated to "law" on the day the law was written. If the law violated the Bill of Rights then it would not be constitutional.

We all respect others "taboos" to some extent, but if we want a legal ruling then "taboo" is out and only "written law" is in.

Great topic, though


Oh, no, we certainly do have taboos. Thought experiment: what if a law designed to catch/punish child molesters happened to violate their constitutional rights. Do you think there would be a lot of political pressure to reform this law? Or would it stay the way it was, because there's an unspoken and unwritten cultural assumption that some people don't deserve their constitutional rights?
geyikkutuphanesi
TabletPCUser wrote:
Texas Al wrote:

Turkey
* Armenian genocide


There's no such thing as Armenian genocide. Mad People still don't get it. It was a war: They killed Turks and Turks killed them. Considering that Turks won, Turks must have killed more Armenians then Armenians could kill Turks.

Got it now? Good. Now, please tell everyone what the truth is.


That is a big mistake! Who can keepsake Turkey just with this. That is just a game which is playing all the world. Ones have stake from that!
Also such a big mistake! saying
Turkey
*Armenian genocide
This is not a taboo! That ones don't know facts about it or they don't want to know! People should not imagine Turkey with this. . Confused
mr.emre
TabletPCUser wrote:
Texas Al wrote:

Turkey
* Armenian genocide


There's no such thing as Armenian genocide. Mad People still don't get it. It was a war: They killed Turks and Turks killed them. Considering that Turks won, Turks must have killed more Armenians then Armenians could kill Turks.

Got it now? Good. Now, please tell everyone what the truth is.



Thank You


EveryBody Look The Up Text THE TRUTH IS.
uoturkey
geyikkutuphanesi wrote:
TabletPCUser wrote:
Texas Al wrote:

Turkey
* Armenian genocide


There's no such thing as Armenian genocide. Mad People still don't get it. It was a war: They killed Turks and Turks killed them. Considering that Turks won, Turks must have killed more Armenians then Armenians could kill Turks.

Got it now? Good. Now, please tell everyone what the truth is.


That is a big mistake! Who can keepsake Turkey just with this. That is just a game which is playing all the world. Ones have stake from that!
Also such a big mistake! saying
Turkey
*Armenian genocide
This is not a taboo! That ones don't know facts about it or they don't want to know! People should not imagine Turkey with this. . Confused



Thanks for truth writes...
insolent1
TabletPCUser wrote:
Texas Al wrote:

Turkey
* Armenian genocide


There's no such thing as Armenian genocide. Mad People still don't get it. It was a war: They killed Turks and Turks killed them. Considering that Turks won, Turks must have killed more Armenians then Armenians could kill Turks.

Got it now? Good. Now, please tell everyone what the truth is.


I agree with TabletPCUser.Thanks for your ideas.
Armenian genocide is a lie.It is absolutely lie.It is a big lie.If it was a genocide,Turks must have behaved them like Hitler.But there is not this situation.
vlnjodie
I am from the US and I think a lot of our taboos have to do with children. It is taboo to think a child could be responsible for his/her actions. It is also taboo to be frusturated with your children in public, or sometimes even to use disipline to get a child to listen.

I'm glad someone also brought up the slavery issue here. People are unable to talk about slavery openly, especially when a group is multi-racial.
Takayukiko
Myself being a Japanese grown up in Hong Kong,
let me tell you this....
Japanese aren't feeling sorry for the WWII. (but i am....i apologize for those who suffered from what my country+ancstor did)

They never learnt about them in depth,they'd just use euphemism and they've been told what Korean and Chinese people do to us recently.... especially North Korean abduction.

so they're not taboo at all. You'll just receive a huge list of what Japanese suffered from them, and a kind comment that the crime's been cleared off.

i'm really sorry.....f**k my nation.
Mrs Lycos
I'm form Argentina and big taboos are the militar government doring 1976-1981. and Malvinas war revisionism.
They say that a lot of people "dissapeared" during this government, that were killed or thrown into the middle of the ocean from militar planes. The thing is that over time the amount of missing people has increased, first there were 10 thousand, and now they are more than 30 thousand. How come is that? and when you ask, nobody even think people could belying about that. And it's those numbers that new generations are learning. I'm not saying that people did not dissapear. I'm talking about partial numbers. At the same time, militars are depicted as criminals, but militars were killed in likewise manners by the communist guerrilla. Militar officers' families were cold-bloodedly killed, tortured and that's something nobody talks about because militars were always the "bad guys", specially after they lost the Mavinas war. What if they had won it? At the time of the war, all agree with the decision of re taking the islands. They all applauded and sent help and everything. But now nobody talks about those times, except from war veterans, who were very proud to fight for their country and now are almost rejected by society because they remind them of what really happened.
Jori
I dont really know Very Happy
jaycoo
Vegemite is gods gift to mankind. Its certainly an aquired taste but once your hooked.... basically it is a yeast spread that you would usually put on toast or sandwiches (sanga's). Black in colour and with a consistency of axle grease it could be mistaken in any workshop throughout the none world as some sort of mechanical lubricant....
But still I love it.. Go the WALLABIES!!!
Tasukii
Taboos in France...I don't really know...official taboos?
Maybe homosexuality, pedophalia....but there ain't so taboos.
And the fact we loose the 2nd war is not a taboos. French can esaily laught of that. The first war is more taboo than the second, it was a real massacre...
mu4eva
Chinese Taboos....

Let me see... Rolling Eyes

Ok, first there's this thing about chinese hating the number four (4) but they love number eight (Cool

Then, there's always wear black and not red in a funeral

No sweeping the floor on the first day of Chinese New Year

Fireworks graced the New Year

That's about what I can think of now
Lorre
I think the only taboo in Belgium is making fun of royalty, or foreigners who live in Belgium.
Big no-no.
adwya
bluedragon wrote:
I am taboo in my culture. Crying or Very sad




why??


u cry


Laughing
dacode
Hi all,

I'd say that here in France the biggest taboo of all is politics.
I mean : everybody talk about it, every single politician say that the nation must look forward while learning lessons from the past, and still nothing's done.

We had so many counter-examples (do what I say, not what I do) in the recent years that all it has produced is nonsense.

Our President Chirac should have been judged for "affairs", but the case never "started". While we watch Michael Moore's movies, we have the same here, and our "michael moore" ("Les guignols de l'info" on CANAL +) is part of the establishment for so long that it makes people smile and laugh but with no other reaction.

So politics are a kind of taboo imho here in France.
The other one is religion : same song : everybody talks, but no one listen, and moreover no one acts to try to counterbalance the fact that less and less people try to understand and help his neighboor, regardless of religion, color of skin, sexual orientations, etc
KRONIC
well i from trinidad, i not really familiar with this taboo thing, but so far what i think taboo means is a topic or subject that a culture or nation detains from discussing or mentioning. am i right?

well in trinidad the most important taboo subject i feel is racism and gayness..lol it may sound funny but nobody in trini i feel doesnt want to even start to discuss racism or gayness!!

if i am wrong about the concept of a taboo subject please let me know!!..thanks Cool
svecia
Driving druk is taboo or at lest it used to be.
Now theres mostley a problem if Your a celberty and get
cautgh by the law , Then the tabloids start writing about it
cloudi83
There was some interesting things mentioned here from all over the world. To add to the discussion I'm Cambodian and have just come back to Australia from a trip there.

Talking about taboos..yeah well Cambodia has some issues they might want to reslove. These being :

* Old guys marrying girls more than half their junior.
* Government wake's up and stop corruption in their ranks
* Men are given more status than girls ( not much equality )
and yeah there is a whole heap more...I feel sad for my country of birth...sigh.

Glad my parents came to Australia all those years ago...it is truly a lucky country.
NoahDesclian
Just a few from japan, as I'm living there now...or here...

You can't stick your chopsticks into your bowl of rice, because it is what is done at funerals.


Don't point with your chopsticks.

Don't, while talking to a superior, refer to them with "you."
Lennon
When everything has to be done through your parents, your boss, your supervisor et. There's such a taboo against doing your own thing sometimes.
jogjafotografi
taboo is when people think they have moral, but they don't really know
Lacerate-
Well I live in America and most everything has already be posted but around where I live their is so much racial descrmination its not funny. I have seen many people qualified for jobs and haven't got the job not because of their resume nor interview just because they are infact different. If you are different here you will be an outkast and there is nothing you can really do about it except deal with it. Even though the laws say we aren't suppose to it happens here anyway and getting worse everyday. Crying or Very sad
fragment
The taboo in my culture is mortification of freedom of speech. The big guys wont even say sorry! Damn these!
Dustin
Canada
- see america
ralphbefree
it is taboo among my peers to go into a concert with a spare ticket. sometimes the concert will be starting and I will have an extra ticket, from my friend that couldn't make it or something. I would have to give the ticket away before going into the show with the ticket. that's just how it is.
lockbox
Culture A

customary greeting: firm two shake handshake, arm's length away
taboo: do NOT hug
name: formal by last name, with honorific, mrs. , sir, mr. ms, etc
gifts: accept, open right away and comment on
business cards: accept, put away in pocket

Culture B

customary greeting: long lasting handshake (likes to shake and talk), likes shoulders touching
taboo: do NOT open gifts in front of
name: formal last name only, but when comfortable first name okay
gifts: accept, don't open
business cards: accept, draw picture on

Culture C

customary greeting: patting someone on the head
taboo: do NOT draw on business card
name: informal, nicknames only
gifts: accept, give away to closest friend in front of gift giver
business cards: accept, keep holding and referring to during conversation

Culture D

customary greeting: head nod side to side,
taboo: men and women do not greet each other, walk away if opposite greets
name: names are taboo with strangers
gifts: refuse until offered 4 times then accept
business cards: accept, but only if presented with two hands, otherwise decline

Culture E

customary greeting: big hug
taboo: do NOT pat on the head
name: first names only
gifts: accept, do not open in public
business cards: accept, throw in the air if lands name side up, become friends, if lands name side down walk away in a huff. This is considered bad karma, no relationship will occur.
cnotation
I feel like everyone knows America's culture already. But me being American I have trouble identifying the small things that make people American. Everyone things we are ethnocentric and only enjoy eating hamburgers. Perhaps that is true but we are the great inventors of the world as well. Most of the unique inventions come from America. If anyone can succeed in business here, they can be successful anywhere else in the world. Competition here is high, but the reward is very sweet. What more interesting for me is going to visit other countries. I would like to thank everyone for providing intimate details of their culture to the board. Dollar willing I would like to visit all around the world.
mxmbt2
Yeah I'd have to agree that humping your sister is a definite no-no pretty much everywhere. Actaully it is very rare that you meet anyone who openly declares they are incestuous. But maybe as our societies get more and more liberal... and more and more things become acceptable, it may not be such an issue in 50 years time. A bit of a freak out actually. But if you break everything down to basics in terms of science, in a physical sense ie atoms reacting with atoms, a back massage is really no different to sex, and likewise, in scientific sense there would be no difference between having sex with a non-relative rather than a relative. It really is just a human built concept... I'm sure that animals don't put much thought into humping your sister... But maybe I'm too conditioned to be so open minded.
blcklude97
i just don't agree with drugs of any sort. I have lost many family members to addiction. I HATE george buch with a passion i hope dies 2morrow of some random flu. I'm all for equal rights for everyone because we are all people and need to be treated equal. I don't believe that child rapists should get released from prison ever they should get the death penlty and die in jail after i watched a dateline special i just got completely sick of those bastards plus my old city i lived in spokane, wa was paid 36k per sexual offender they house in city limits. spokane is gay don't move there guys its a waste of space. anywho thats what i believe in and i'm i able to have my site now?
Agnostic
It is a taboo in some places to stare at another person. Especially in crammed public places, like buses and elevators. And especially to stare at a person of opposite sex. Except little kids. It's usually more tolerated when little kids stare at people. (I wonder why they do that?)
Tom Davidson
I've seen a lot of taboos on this web site, however in the United States as in most of the world the big taboo his cannibalism.
And quite frankly I don't understand that with so much of the world starving from thef lack of protein, and we put the protein right in the ground.
Now don't get me wrong I understand nobody wishes to eat their loved one at least as a meal, but with living human beings dropping like flies in Third World countries it seems to me it should at least be an option.
LukeakaDanish
Denmark (at the moment)

Saying that you think anyone in this whole affair should have said sorry
Saying that the pictures shouldnt have been printed.
Saying that the priminister could have prevented all the bullshit by being actively against the pictures from day one

Denmark (always)

Expressing communist thoughts
Being teenager (some people (?most people?) think your violent, drunk and drug addict because your around 16 years old.

HAha

ok...maybe thats excesive...Very Happy

Just some thoughts anyway...
LukeakaDanish
Agnostic wrote:
It is a taboo in some places to stare at another person. Especially in crammed public places, like buses and elevators. And especially to stare at a person of opposite sex. Except little kids. It's usually more tolerated when little kids stare at people. (I wonder why they do that?)


The world is an exciting place...there is so much to see...small kids realize this and arent scared to show it.

Other people are exciting. You can never guess their reaction. Sometimes they smile back. That is nice.

Thats why small kids look freely. We all should. I try...

Luke
Shake
On a previous post: Who buys the newspaper? Who pays for that wad of nasty trash?

In other news: Ok...look: taboos are what gives a culture its culture. If everyone is the same, nobody would know when they're in another country like ... Canada. Its the people who want to fit in that are protesting about taboos. People who are afraid to go outside on a bright and sunny day. Be unique, and stand out from the crowd. Don't spend your leisure time worrying about taboos on FriHost forums. Razz
wilma
Im from India and over here there are a lot of taboos when it comes to sexuality
- Homosexuality is frowned upon severely
- Public Display of Affection
- Having a Live - In relationship
- Having a child outside wedlock
- Single Parenthood

This is all so ridiculous... but true
Lied
In greece where i live in it should be Civil War,both times in our history.Homosexuality on the other hand tends to be judged by only older generations.The more openminded(the majority of ppl under 50 years old) tend to be humurus about homosexuality.

The examples am going to give below i dont know if they are taboos or luck of information.

-Dicline of the Kioto Agreement by the US (Even in 2005 when the tornadoes hit vastly the US nobody talked about the enviromental damage even when the majority of the scientist community said that this must be one of the major reasons this happend)
-Turky Genoside of Armenians( some tens of thousand killed turks cannot justify the 3 million killed Arenians)
Magicoman
In New Zealand the main Taboos seem to be:
1: ANYTHING nuclear
2: ANYTHING genetically modified

Although the GE issue is a hot debate topic ALWAYS!!
fckarlsberg
Taboos regulate our sexual conduct, race relations, political institutions, and economic mechanisms - virtually every realm of our life. According to the 2002 edition of the "Encyclopedia Britannica", taboos are "the prohibition of an action or the use of an object based on ritualistic distinctions of them either as being sacred and consecrated or as being dangerous, unclean, and accursed".

Jews are instructed to ritually cleanse themselves after having been in contact with a Torah scroll - or a corpse. This association of the sacred with the accursed and the holy with the depraved is the key to the guilt and sense of danger which accompany the violation of a taboo.

In Polynesia, where the term originated, says the Britannica, "taboos could include prohibitions on fishing or picking fruit at certain seasons; food taboos that restrict the diet of pregnant women; prohibitions on talking to or touching chiefs or members of other high social classes; taboos on walking or traveling in certain areas, such as forests; and various taboos that function during important life events such as birth, marriage, and death".

Political correctness in all its manifestations – in academe, the media, and in politics - is a particularly pernicious kind of taboo enforcement. It entails an all-pervasive self-censorship coupled with social sanctions. Consider the treatment of the right to life, incest, suicide, and race.

Meanwhile, these muhammed issue are taking place-that´s a taboo in itself-whereby Iran and the danish paper agreed on a holocaust cartoon. That my friend-is freedom.
grimcss
i dont have a clue what aboo are but i will search up and see what it is in the uk weird i have never heard of the word before this sounds a bit gay :S anyway on with the search haha
desertwind
India.

Dowry. Oh I'm so ashamed of this taboo. How can a MAN ask for money/gold for marrying a girl. Isn't that selling themselves.

Well have a look at the following picture. No comments, it speaks by itself.

Mishona
I have seen that several cultures have taboos related to former dictatorships, etc... We in Spain do not have any problem to talk about our dictatorship, or about our civil war. But strangely, almost no one will recognize in public that they had supported dictatorship. It is the same with the political affiliations, in many groups of people, specially in my area (Catalunya), it is a taboo to recognize that you support the right-wing, it is like a kind of fashion to be left-wing. I have a friend who votes right-wing and he only told me after being friends for 3 years

Apart from these strange taboos, other taboos are related to monarchy, you cannot make some kind of jokes out of the king or his family. Anyway, this has improved a lot in the last years, some years ago a TV program was closed because they made jokes all time about the king's daughter. Now you can even see some people imitating the royal family. Joking about the Pope or religion in general is not very well seen either.
Dragonfly
leat397 wrote:

n less than a month, this most significant Chinese traditional festival will arrive. The whole nation is going to have at least seven days off
to celebrate.


That's cool man. 7 days off to celebrate and enjoy the festivities. There can be no better days off than that.

I'm counting the taboos. Hm I have seen many people going back home after they saw a black cat crossing the road.

More to come.
geyikkutuphanesi
LukeakaDanish wrote:
Denmark (at the moment)

Saying that you think anyone in this whole affair should have said sorry
Saying that the pictures shouldnt have been printed.
Saying that the priminister could have prevented all the bullshit by being actively against the pictures from day one

Denmark (always)

Expressing communist thoughts
Being teenager (some people (?most people?) think your violent, drunk and drug addict because your around 16 years old.

HAha

ok...maybe thats excesive...Very Happy

Just some thoughts anyway...


Your new taboo is cartoon Confused
Injuring people's believes is not press freedom! and it can't explain in-no-case
dragonduke
CONCERNING "VEGIMITE"

ITS CORRECT SPELLING IS VEGEMITE

http://www.vegemite.com.au/ is the main site for vegemite.

Its baically a black, tar like paste that is usually spread on toast. Most foreigners make the mistake of applying it like peanut butter, then having a very salty aftertaste left in their mouthes. Applying a very thin layer of vegemite over toast is ideal, and its a matter of taste whether its "disgusting" or "delicious". I personally dont mind it, but dont sing about it either.

Some people will argue its one of those "HATE OR LOVE" issues, but i dont agree. As far as im concerned, its simply another breakfast spread. ITs easy to find in AUS, but foreigners REALLY curious could probably import some. I personally dont think VEGEMITE is something special.
toronja
some taboo are ok, becaouse are social filters for dangerous things or that can deliver to unhappyness.
Those taboos are some backed with wisdom, but that inmature of us, we can't undertand until es too late.
Arnie
I agree with that, you don't have to keep talking about everything. It reminds me of this strange group in Holland that wants to legalize sexual relationships between adults and children. Thankfully they're not getting too much attention as well. It's a good argument against the "everything must be discussable" theory.
Karo
Hello!
I'm new here and as I was introducing myself ("sort of" in another forum) I realized that al least in Argentina, women are a bit concerned about telling their age... (I'm no exception now!)
To be honest, this wasn't so all my life. I lived in many countries before coming here (Patagonia to be more precise...). The U.S., U.K., Venezuela and several provinces in Argentina... I never minded telling my age but grew a bit tired of people telling me I shouldn't do so (besides, now they have started saying "Oh, really??? - you don't seem to be XX years old"... and it makes me feels as if "XX years old" were a lot!). I guess they mean it as a compliment (rather common I must add) but it works the other way round for me... Embarassed
r.b.ink
I'd say cannibalism and incest must be the top two that come to mind. These seem to be universal.

Althogh around here...the bible belt...teaching creationism in science classes is the big debate...so teaching purely evolution would seem taboo to some. Gotta love livin in the sticks Smile
insolent1
Lied wrote:
In greece where i live in it should be Civil War,both times in our history.Homosexuality on the other hand tends to be judged by only older generations.The more openminded(the majority of ppl under 50 years old) tend to be humurus about homosexuality.

The examples am going to give below i dont know if they are taboos or luck of information.

-Dicline of the Kioto Agreement by the US (Even in 2005 when the tornadoes hit vastly the US nobody talked about the enviromental damage even when the majority of the scientist community said that this must be one of the major reasons this happend)
-Turky Genoside of Armenians( some tens of thousand killed turks cannot justify the 3 million killed Arenians)


There is not Armenian genocide.Lots of Armenians lived in Turkey.They must have been moved to south of Turkey because of the first world war.This war wasnt between Turks and Armenians.Armenians killed people,fired the house where they had gone.So populace killed them but not all of them.Because some Armenians didnt kill anyone,so these Armenians werent killed.They were death because conditions (of moving and hunger) werent good.They died.

The government didnt want kill anyone.There wasnt any Turkish soldier.If Hitler had been ruler of Turkey,all Armenians would have been in oven and they would have been soap or button.
The government wanted they to move to south Turkey in order not to rebel.Because big countries was fighting with Turkey in 1stWorldWar..


Arrow Tell everyone what real is true.
benwhite
I'm pretty sure most of the world views Armenia genocide as a genocide. Even Bush called it a "tragedy." The turks themselves are the only people I've ever heard of disputing how awful what happened really was.

In fact, there's a court case right now of some Turkish professors suing the state government over using a history textbook that refers to the genocide, saying that it wasn't giving both sides of the debate. So the issue is not dead.
Arnie
r.b.ink wrote:
Althogh around here...the bible belt...teaching creationism in science classes is the big debate...so teaching purely evolution would seem taboo to some. Gotta love livin in the sticks Smile
It's the opposite here and nearly nobody seems to have a problem with that. They probably think "As long as the taboo is on your side, why expose it?"
StyledeTos
In my culture there are no taboos (portuguese )
Pavlosco
ik zou ook de frihost hosts willen bedanken omda ik deze topic gewoon gezien had en ik dacht ik ga hier ne keer nene hgele lange post zetten zoda ik goe veel punte krijg want ik moe 5 posts emme en 10 punte en dees is mn derde post ma ik em ng ma 0.5 punte en ik dnek da het aantal punte afhankelijk is van de groote van uwe post dsu da zal ik nu ma ne keer uitteste door nen hele lange psot hier te posten e, ja zo zimpel is het , ik zal dan ma beginne e, waarom ik dus bij dees ding ben gelome e, wel ja ik moe webspace emme om video'kes enzo up te loade zoda mn vrinde enzo die ook kunne zien en de video was eerst 2.2GB ma da kon ik nerges uplaode en dan em ik het formaat veranderd en een beetje verkleind en zo is de groote tog al sterk an benede gegaan en is nu 241MB en dees is daar ideaal vo om da op interne te zette e?
alle jo ik hoop da deze post lang genoeg wasik zou ook de frihost hosts willen bedanken omda ik deze topic gewoon gezien had en ik dacht ik ga hier ne keer nene hgele lange post zetten zoda ik goe veel punte krijg want ik moe 5 posts emme en 10 punte en dees is mn derde post ma ik em ng ma 0.5 punte en ik dnek da het aantal punte afhankelijk is van de groote van uwe post dsu da zal ik nu ma ne keer uitteste door nen hele lange psot hier te posten e, ja zo zimpel is het , ik zal dan ma beginne e, waarom ik dus bij dees ding ben gelome e, wel ja ik moe webspace emme om video'kes enzo up te loade zoda mn vrinde enzo die ook kunne zien en de video was eerst 2.2GB ma da kon ik nerges uplaode en dan em ik het formaat veranderd en een beetje verkleind en zo is de groote tog al sterk an benede gegaan en is nu 241MB en dees is daar ideaal vo om da op interne te zette e?
alle jo ik hoop da deze post lang genoeg wasik zou ook de frihost hosts willen bedanken omda ik deze topic gewoon gezien had en ik dacht ik ga hier ne keer nene hgele lange post zetten zoda ik goe veel punte krijg want ik moe 5 posts emme en 10 punte en dees is mn derde post ma ik em ng ma 0.5 punte en ik dnek da het aantal punte afhankelijk is van de groote van uwe post dsu da zal ik nu ma ne keer uitteste door nen hele lange psot hier te posten e, ja zo zimpel is het , ik zal dan ma beginne e, waarom ik dus bij dees ding ben gelome e, wel ja ik moe webspace emme om video'kes enzo up te loade zoda mn vrinde enzo die ook kunne zien en de video was eerst 2.2GB ma da kon ik nerges uplaode en dan em ik het formaat veranderd en een beetje verkleind en zo is de groote tog al sterk an benede gegaan en is nu 241MB en dees is daar ideaal vo om da op interne te zette e?
alle jo ik hoop da deze post lang genoeg was
insolent1
benwhite wrote:
I'm pretty sure most of the world views Armenia genocide as a genocide. Even Bush called it a "tragedy." The turks themselves are the only people I've ever heard of disputing how awful what happened really was.

In fact, there's a court case right now of some Turkish professors suing the state government over using a history textbook that refers to the genocide, saying that it wasn't giving both sides of the debate. So the issue is not dead.


Armenian government also had claimed some documents about genocide.It have been lied.That proofs werent real.
Ms.Pseudo
I'm from Finland, and there's not so many taboos in generally, but maybe the World War II is one of them, but only by some perspectives or some of the events.

Things, that have almost never really spoked about

Finland was ally of Nazi-Germany
Finland lost part of its territory to Soviet Union. This is ok to discuss, but what is taboo, is restitution of those areas. Russian is still too big and dreadful neighbour, that we could even talk about that.
olafsson
Whoa! The advertisement to the right of this textfield... its an advertisement of a Canon 350D camera. Exactly the one I bought last summer. I think I should delete my cookies or something. Or just shoot the computer. Now I just need a gun.

As an Icelander living in Germany, whalehunting seems to be a tabu. Nobody ever asks my opinion to the matter or discusses it.
In general the germans are against it and in general the icelanders are for it.
hyperviktor
Taboo is sometinh you don't sepak about...
In my country there a few taboos i think...
For example holocaust is an interesting theme to speak about...it's a part of history...
hyperviktor
Why should World War II be a taboo ? You learn about it at the school... I mean it's history, and really interesting! There are many films on the TV about World War II ! And it's really exciting!
hyperviktor
alle jo ik hoop da deze post lang genoeg wasik zou ook de frihost hosts willen bedanken omda ik deze topic gewoon gezien had en ik dacht ik ga hier ne keer nene hgele lange post zetten zoda ik goe veel punte krijg want ik moe 5 posts emme en 10 punte en dees is mn derde post ma ik em ng ma 0.5 punte en ik dnek da het aantal punte afhankelijk is van de groote van uwe post dsu da zal ik nu ma ne keer uitteste door nen hele lange psot hier te posten e, ja zo zimpel is het , ik zal dan ma beginne e, waarom ik dus bij dees ding ben gelome e, wel ja ik moe webspace emme om video'kes enzo up te loade zoda mn vrinde enzo die ook kunne zien en de video was eerst 2.2GB ma da kon ik nerges uplaode en dan em ik het formaat veranderd en een beetje verkleind en zo is de groote tog al sterk an benede gegaan en is nu 241MB en dees is daar ideaal vo om da op interne te zette e?
alle jo ik hoop da deze post lang genoeg wasik zou ook de frihost hosts willen bedanken omda ik deze topic gewoon gezien had en ik dacht ik ga hier ne keer nene hgele lange post zetten zoda ik goe veel punte krijg want ik moe 5 posts emme en 10 punte en dees is mn derde post ma ik em ng ma 0.5 punte en ik dnek da het aantal punte afhankelijk is van de groote van uwe post dsu da zal ik nu ma ne keer uitteste door nen hele lange psot hier te posten e, ja zo zimpel is het , ik zal dan ma beginne e, waarom ik dus bij dees ding ben gelome e, wel ja ik moe webspace emme om video'kes enzo up te loade zoda mn vrinde enzo die ook kunne zien en de video was eerst 2.2GB ma da kon ik nerges uplaode en dan em ik het formaat veranderd en een beetje verkleind en zo is de groote tog al sterk an benede gegaan en is nu 241MB en dees is daar ideaal vo om da op interne te zette e?

ik zou ook de frihost hosts willen bedanken omda ik deze topic gewoon gezien had en ik dacht ik ga hier ne keer nene hgele lange post zetten zoda ik goe veel punte krijg want ik moe 5 posts emme en 10 punte en dees is mn derde post ma ik em ng ma 0.5 punte en ik dnek da het aantal punte afhankelijk is van de groote van uwe post dsu da zal ik nu ma ne keer uitteste door nen hele lange psot hier te posten e, ja zo zimpel is het , ik zal dan ma beginne e, waarom ik dus bij dees ding ben gelome e, wel ja ik moe webspace emme om video'kes enzo up te loade zoda mn vrinde enzo die ook kunne zien en de video was eerst 2.2GB ma da kon ik nerges uplaode en dan em ik het formaat veranderd en een beetje verkleind en zo is de groote tog al sterk an benede gegaan en is nu 241MB en dees is daar ideaal vo om da op interne te zette e?
Morten
In Norway (and maybe in many other western countries as well..??) it is ok to talk about overweight and obese people. But it is kind of a taboo to tell someone they are fat. But telling people they are thin/lean/skinny, is ok. Kind of strange actually considering that skinny people might have problems with gaining weight like many fat people have problem loosing weight.
And often the feelings they have when someone tell them off because of their weight, they might share the same feelings about it. Fat or skinny.

M.
rocky
i'm romanian ... i dont think we have many taboo's but most important i think are the gipsy's (small comunity with romanian citizenship whitch where ever they've gone in Europe they made us look bad cause of begging/stiling and so on) and on the other half are the politicians who have the only intrest to avoid the law and get more richer then they are
tony
svecia wrote:
Driving druk is taboo or at lest it used to be.
Now theres mostley a problem if Your a celberty and get
cautgh by the law , Then the tabloids start writing about it


driving drunk is still taboo in sweden.
smalls
I'm in the US. I think it's very taboo here to point out the failings of our public school system. Americans are very proud of being THE major superpower, and many point to our public education system as the reason. I always get chastised when I point out that we are incredibly successful IN SPITE of our education system.
To all the Canadians out there. I've been bashed pretty hard for insulting the Canadian socialized medical system, so I'm sure that's a pretty big taboo up north.

Side note....I just found frihost, and I'm already a big fan.
smalls
I think driving drunk is pretty taboo here in the US also. Unfortunately, although everyone seems to agree it's insane to do, I see lots of people stumble out of bars and head straight for the parking lot. Maybe some things just aren't taboo enough.
Bengt
Belgium:
not too many, but Holocaust is one, death too,...
calva
hmm, an interesting note... death is taboo in many modern societies, I think.. maybe, modern people don't face death so closely (in many aspects of life) as before, so often it is simply kept taboo.. but probably most people go through various events when they realise that it is a part of human life, actually. Nice day to all of you
Lied
tony wrote:
svecia wrote:
Driving druk is taboo or at lest it used to be.
Now theres mostley a problem if Your a celberty and get
cautgh by the law , Then the tabloids start writing about it


driving drunk is still taboo in sweden.


Damn Swe ppl! Every Friday or saturday i cannot find my friends (not irl) because they go get drunk! (Thank god they do not drive afterwards!) Laughing
~tang~
SunburnedCactus wrote:
Jeslyn wrote:
Ultima1080 wrote:


VEGEMITE

I list Vegemite because it frankly is vile and wrong and souldn't be produced. Sorry Aussies, but that stuff is so disgusting that it should be banned from the world. Wink


What is Vegemite?


It's vegetarian marmite, isn't it?


This is going back a bit, but I'd personally be horrorfied if marmite wasn't vegetarian.... shudder........... I like vegemite though. But there's nothing more I can say about it that hasn't been said by other aussies already.

Australian taboos? Dunno. We talk about almost anything. We have a pretty relaxed culture, but we still have the "universal" taboos: like incest (except for Tasmania.... that's an australian joke there), and various other perverted things. But hell, we even talk jokingly about them! It's just when people start to get serious that they become taboo.

Oh yeah, and don't say anything about the stolen generation to Aboriginals...

bastard australian government.
madamex-7
I'm in Miami, one of the most liberal and simultaneously conservative cities in the US.
When I think of taboos, i think...
-socks with sandals
-bigotry (which is a double-edged sword, because the conservative local government here is full of them, yet many of the people are open-minded in every sense of the word)
-intolerance
-obnoxious PDA
-fake boobs
tolgaist
I am from Turkey and will tell some taboos or non taboos:

First of all as an outsider you are RIGHT to see armenian suicide is a taboo for Turkey because WE don't have enough PUBLICITY for publishing truths. All the europe and other countries still think that we killed those armenian just for fun. We didn't killed them of course. they were living for decades in peace but outsourced incitements provoked them to mix up all the country and our commander had to send them away. AND NOBODY KNOWS HOW MANY TURKS KILLED BY THOSE ANGEL ARMENIANS!? Just seek for armenian cases on the net to find truth. Look for Turkish sites also to see the "reality" pls.

The real taboo in turkey is scarf crises that is currently have a wide arguements on it. Unfortunately it's forbidden to wear scarf(that god orders muslim womans to have wrapped their head) even within HOSPITALS sometime. In my opion this is the foremost handicap on her way to EU.

Another taboo is collapse of moral in people. Day by day our culture is being eliminated by other countries and we are as citizen can't do anything just to cross our finger and wait for better days.

This is what reality goes in Turkey.
rasputinrockband
I am a Minority everywhere I go except, disease ridden government concentration camps called Indian Reservations. Reservations that have a poverty perpetuating imprisonment effect, not to mention contain contaminated water, are dog infested, and lay upon unwanted infertile lands.

I was born in 1984 yet, I was alive during the era of Indian oppression as the last federally run residential school closed in 1996. As many as 50,000 aboriginal children lost their lives at these schools, and many of the individuals who attended these schools and felt their traumatizing effects are alive today, including my Mother and Grandmother.

I am a Full Status Indian under the Indian Act, yet I pay full taxes, am tolled fully by income tax, am currently paying my own way through college, and have never received a job because of employment equity.

I am not in the least concerned about the percentage of “Indian Blood” contained by your great, great, great, great, Grandmother who was a Cherokee princess.

I am overjoyed to constantly inform ‘Canadians’ who seem to be experts on aboriginal culture and history, dating back to the 1800’s, that there are not, nor have there ever been narcotics in a Peace Pipe Ceremony.

I am continually surprised by the malice the White Canadian immigrants bestow upon the new immigrant community that is balancing the countries shrinking population, in turn rescuing the economy.

I am dismayed by the fact that people just might protest me building a golf course on the graves of Pierre Elliot Trudeau or Terry Fox, but are completely content with building one on the graves of my hero’s and ancestors at Oka.

I am aware of the large amount of government monetary funds allegedly provided for the betterment of the aboriginal community, but am also not impressed by the waste of these funds in government red tape systems, that cannot even manage to provide clean drinking water, or fight third world diseases like shigelloses on Canadian Indian Reservations.
empower
Hi,

I am a Chinese too ...
However where I live, there is no holidays for Chinese New Year.
Nonetheless it was great. Great food and great fellowship and collecting of red packets.

We had a family reunion as usual. This year we went had a beach retreat.
That's not part of the taboo ...

Back to the taboo. Food Lots of Food.
The taboo is that you must have more than enough food during the celebration so that you will have more than enough through the year.
Next there are specific foods you should have.
- This fungi that looks like hair called Fa Cai which soons like being prospoerous
- Fish - which chinese sounds like good things
- Yu San - which is a dish of raw vegetables and salmon that you toss and utter good wishes

There are also several don'ts during Chinese New Year:
Don't break anything
If you don't sweep it away. Definitely no sweeping or vacuming.
Don't wash your hair on the New Year's day
(Somehow if you do, it washes away or sweeps away your wealth).

I actually don't follow these taboos because I am not superstitious but I enjoy the food. Laughing
Jack_Hammer
English Culture, (Victorian), the same kinda culture we spread across the world...
Indyan
I dont think that there is much Hindu Muslim dischord in India.Infact India's president is a Muslim.So I definitely disagree with the topic creator.

However a big taboo in India is romantisizing in public.Acts like kissing in public is a big taboo.
Sizzle
Do we have Taboos in the USA? I think so. Remember the Janet Jackson "wardrobe malfunction"? Censorship has reached all time records here in the USA. You have to remember the culture here though- we are decendants of religous groups that were SO uptight that they basically left Europe before they were kicked out.

When I was in Italy in 1992, they had full frontal nudity on TV (and actually showing intercourse) during dinner (on a regular channel). It was funny- I was embarassed at the time too because I was sitting at the dinner table with a girlfriend, her mother and her grandmother. When I looked up at the TV and saw uglies bumping, her grandmother just waved it off like it was no big deal. At night on cable you can find more than 10 live nude girls stripping on TV.

* DISCLAIMER: I AM NOT ADVOCATING DOING ANYTHING ILLEGAL NOR CAN I COMMENT ON SUCH ACTIVITIES *
MalvagioAddict
Taboos at certain part of a world might have been considered taboo at one form or another during the earlier period, but what we used to consider as taboo is not as unpleasant as it was before.

for example, kissing on public places would be frowned upon when you see it about 10 years, and now its not something that you raise an eyebrow, couples do it and its the norm.

haha...maybe someday nothing would be taboo anymore.
placebogirl
I'm from NZ. People here would probably tell you don't have a lot of taboos, and compared to some places they would be right. It's a complete nonsense to say we have none though; and the two major ones I can think of are:


    *race relations -- there has been some debate over who owns the foreshore and seabed, whether it belongs to the crown (who want to guarantee access for all New Zealanders) or the Maori, who are the native people here and who signed a treaty that guaranteed them right of ownership to anything they did not sell -- a treaty that has been ill-honoured I might add.

    *Nuclear power. At the moment, New Zealand's largest city, Auckland, cannot supply its own power. They are looking into all sorts of generation sources, and there has been talk of gigantic pylons running up the central north island showering electromagentic radiation on all in their path. The one thing that has no been disucssed, and will not be discussed, is nuclear power. From my understanding it would be uneconomical anyway... but it is a conversation I feel we should have.

navadey
In Israel, and i guess for Jews all over - holocaust is of course the biggest taboo.
although i love black holocause humor.\i don't think it shows disrespect but on the contrary, a little humanity.

Embarassed
SkullPizza
navadey wrote:
In Israel, and i guess for Jews all over - holocaust is of course the biggest taboo.
although i love black holocause humor.\i don't think it shows disrespect but on the contrary, a little humanity.

Embarassed


You wouldn't say that about some of the jokes I know. TRUST me
muzz
Hey guys, I'm from Australia and we don't have many taboos but there a few to mention:

Australia is currently in a draught at the moment, and have been for several years now. Water has become a very precious thing and the government are spending large amounts of money to cover for the large projects so that we can save water. Now, if someone is seen watering their driveway or using excessive amounts of water for no good reason, then they are frowned upon in the neighbourhood.

Another taboo is racism; especially when it's against the Aborigines. Not long ago thre was controversy on the beach for a protest angainst Lebanese people in Australia. Though its very controversal...
gentine
Sinning, me being a christain and all, also anal sex.
aciminsk
Well, not exactly taboo, better say things to avoid.
Do not shake hands in gloves.
Do not shake hands across a doorway.
Do not whistle inside a building.
Do not ask somebody to come to you by this gesture of the forefinger.
Do not make jokes regarding WWII.
ibay
Hi, I am from Pakistan, there are many taboos in Pakistan.
But it is wrong to say that Kashmir is the biggest taboo.
In my opinion religion is the biggest taboo in Pakistan. You cannot express your own religious ideas. Other than that, any physical relationship between a man and a woman is a big taboo. Drinking Alcohol is also a taboo. Incest is also common and is a taboo.
shadedflame
Yah humping dead things is a taboo, and porn...yeah I bet if you go to the top of the sears tower with a megaphone and yell porn at the top of your lungs, ithout dying from lack of oxygen, you'll get wierd looks...
shadedflame
gentine wrote:
anal sex.
yeah anal sex would be a taboo...Even though alot of people do it... Laughing
schizolo
But why the anal must be a taboo ??
Its a XXI century and sex its a normal thing in almost all cultures and when someone speaks of it its nothing Unnormal...

That is my point of look .... Wink
Mgccl
there a a lot taboo in China. but none of them is bigger than anti-chinese goverment
if you anti-chinese goverment, everyone in the country will go angienst you
Arnie
That's what happens in Holland when you're for your government, or even worse for the US government
Jeslyn
Hmmm.... I can't remember if I posted here already, de'ja vu.

Anyway, my family due to cultural reasons are very strict, so the biggest taboo is:
Never marry, date, etc. a white man.
Any other race is acceptable except for white.

Country taboos:
Racial issues, it seems like to me. I've even seen it on here. It's ironic I'm even saying this because of my above statement, but people seem to be SO hung up about not "looking racist" that they quickly add "I'm not being racist" after every statement regarding someone of another race. I.E. "I was in the store today, and I bumped into an asian girl, but I'm not being racist!"

It's rather annoying.
shadedflame
Jeslyn wrote:
Hmmm.... I can't remember if I posted here already, de'ja vu.

Anyway, my family due to cultural reasons are very strict, so the biggest taboo is:
Never marry, date, etc. a white man.
Any other race is acceptable except for white.

Country taboos:
Racial issues, it seems like to me. I've even seen it on here. It's ironic I'm even saying this because of my above statement, but people seem to be SO hung up about not "looking racist" that they quickly add "I'm not being racist" after every statement regarding someone of another race. I.E. "I was in the store today, and I bumped into an asian girl, but I'm not being racist!"

It's rather annoying.

what country do you live in?
opulentdesign
I dont know if this is a taboo, but it makes me wonder what is going on in the world today. In the 1950's in the USA, women were curvy and very vivacious women. Now adays however, it seems that women are so skinny and anti-curves. In a lot of cultures around the world, the more curvy you are, the healthier and more desirable you are. I dont know how women in this country went from being a Marilyn Monroe to a Mary Kate Olsen. I just dont get it. I think this would be a taboo though, to be curvy that is.
rafix
Incest is the only one you can't get around here.
Jesica
The biggest 2 Taboos in our culture are talking in politics & religion.
dexterius
I'm living in Slovakia. And we dont have such problems, because we dont have any culture yet Shocked . No i'm just kiding, i dont know any taboos here.
Ashis Kumar
Indyan wrote:
I dont think that there is much Hindu Muslim dischord in India.Infact India's president is a Muslim.So I definitely disagree with the topic creator.

However a big taboo in India is romantisizing in public.Acts like kissing in public is a big taboo.


I agree with Indyan.
And as it is an Hindu dominated country....eating Beef is strictly no no no! Laughing

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The cultural practices of other people often seem strange, irrational, and even inexplicable to outsiders. In fact, the members of the culture in question may be unable to give a rationally satisfying explanation of why they behave as they do: they may say that "the gods wish it so," or that "it is always done that way." Yet a fundamental assumption of social science is that no matter how peculiar or even bizarre human cultures may appear, they can be understood at least in part.

To Americans and Europeans, the attitude of most people in India toward cows is perplexing. Hindus regard the animals as sacred and will not kill or eat them. In India a large population of cows wanders freely through both rural areas and city streets, undisturbed by the millions of hungry and malnourished people. Why?

Marvin Harris suggests an answer to such puzzles. In this quite famous article, he suggests that India's sacred cow is in fact quite a rational cultural adaptation -- because the cow is so extraordinarily useful.

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unexplained
There are so many taboos like kissing in public, silence and no discussion abt sex education , poverty , corruption etc etc and the list goes on
RRRR
Well, I know the Hindu cultural taboo of not eating beef. They believe that cow is like the mother.
RRRR
A taboo is a strong social prohibition (or ban) relating to any area of human activity or social custom declared as sacred and forbidden; breaking of the taboo is usually considered objectionable or abhorrent by society. The term was borrowed from the Tongan language and appears in many Polynesian cultures. In those cultures, a tabu (or tapu or kapu) often has specific religious associations. Its first use in English was recorded by James Cook in 1777.

When an activity or custom is classified as taboo it is forbidden and interdictions are implemented concerning the topic, such as the ground set apart as a sanctuary for criminals. Some taboo activities or customs are prohibited under law and transgressions may lead to severe penalties. Other taboos result in embarrassment, shame, and rudeness.

Taboos can include dietary restrictions (halal and kosher diets, religious vegetarianism, and the prohibition of cannibalism), restrictions on sexual activities and relationships (intermarriage, miscegenation, sex between people of the same sex, incest, animal-human sex, adult-child sex, sex with the dead), restrictions of bodily functions (burping, flatulence), restrictions on the use of psychoactive drugs, restrictions on state of genitalia (circumcision, sex reassignment), exposure of body parts (ankles in the Victorian British Empire, women's faces in Saudi Arabia and Afghanistan, nudity in the US), and restrictions on the use of offensive language.

No taboo is known to be universal, but some (such as the incest taboo) occur in the majority of societies. Taboos may serve many functions, and often remain in effect after the original reason behind them has expired. Some have argued that taboos therefore reveal the history of societies when other records are lacking.

Taboos often extend to cover discussion of taboo topics. This can result in taboo deformation (euphemism) or replacement of taboo words. Marvin Harris, a leading figure in cultural materialism, endeavoured to explain taboos as a consequence of the ecologic and economic conditions of their societies.

Also, Sigmund Freud provided an analysis of taboo behaviours, highlighting strong unconscious motivations driving such prohibitions. In this system, described in his collections of essays Totem and Taboo, Freud postulates a link between forbidden behaviours and the sanctification of objects to certain kinship groups. Freud also states here that the only two "universal" taboos are that of incest and patricide, which formed the eventual basis of modern society.
ternoah
publish cartoons regarding to mohammed
meet in rio
English taboos?

Well, disregarding all the universal ones:

- Talking about sex with one's parents.
- Overt patriotism. Of course some people are patriotic, but it seems to have gone out of fashion. I lived in Texas for two years and everyone on my street has a flag outside their house; we get the flags out for football matches, but I can't imagine that happening here.
- Saying anything too positive about the present government, at least in my world.
- Asking anyone over 30 how old they are, or asking anyone how much they weigh. Especially women.
- Pointing at people. ("Look at that man over there, etc.")
- Okay, I'm getting really desperate for these, now. Razz I guess we're quite a taboo-free country, if a little less friendly with strangers. Striking up a conversation with someone on the tube might be considered odd. People on public transport tend to keep themselves to themselves/not make eye contact.

I no longer consider homosexuality to be taboo, here.
j.c.vleugel
from the old calvinistic culture out

for example

feeling guilty if you enjoy a lazy day
kimrei
Hi, I'm a South African,

In terms of taboos originally South Africa was terrible, with legalised racism

Now however with the cultural mixing pot that it is the taboos have become superdefined to individual cultural groups which has caused many of them to die out due to the nescessity for communication.

Once in South Africa it was both taboo to not look someone in the eyes during conversation aswell as to maintain eye contact.


In the social structure of our culture almost ayn group has a counter group which forces its taboos to disappear.

Homosexuality is in many ways discriminated against but it is also a major economic force, the "pink rand" is a huge financial asset to our country due to the higher income rating of homosexuals in general (thanks mostly to the lack of children).

Some people date only outside their cultural groups while others do the reverse.

It's a hell of a lot of fun.

Sexual taboos all have a niche as do most forms of perversion and mental instability. It's almost as though by messing up for the countries childhood the culture has given itself the ability to ignore boundaries.

I'm glad I read this thread since it makes the culture here seem some healthy. (Albeit that the other cultural taboos are depressing)

Good luck in overcoming yours.
zoharnatan
Hi, I am Israeli.

I know that Israel is considered a religious country. But actually most of the people here are not, and this is one of the most liberal countries i've seen. we dont have many taboos, but still there are some, which are being broken everyday:

1. Army - every1 in Israel must go to the Army when he or she turns 18. however many people today find ways avoid this.

2. Circumcision - I guess i am spelling this wrong, so I hope you get the idea... Wink Most Jewish people in Israel still do that. I wont do that to my child, and I know many others that wont.

3. The Holocust - It is still kind of a taboo to talk about. but not like in Germany, and we do have many jokes about it. still... I guess it'll take several generations b4 it wont b a taboo altogether.

um... i think that's about it.
immoralist
Here in the UK Kiddie Fiddling is probably the major taboo. Most other forms of sexual transgression (animals, public exposure etc.) are treated as a bit of a joke by the tabloid press.

My Missus is Australian so I know of Vegimite, which is a cheap imitation of Marmite, a yeat extract by-product of the brewing industry. Whilst Marmite is the Coke of savoury products to spread thinly on your toast, Vegimite is the supermarket own brand version which misses the point on every level (not nearly strong enough and lacking something).
dragonflame
some taboo in the US, could be the following:
1) extreme obesity (i dont seem to hear this from other countries much)
2) serial killing (not sure if this is taboo since we love to talk about it, maybe even sensationalize it, but again, I dont hear much serial killers outside the US)
3) S&M (altho japan might have the claim to this one)
RoNiN
I think a taboo for America is that the world views us as dumb. We are though.. also Americans seem to be a bit more overweight than Europeans, probably because of McDonalds, but they probably have that in Europe..
Ms.Pseudo
hyperviktor wrote:
Why should World War II be a taboo ? You learn about it at the school... I mean it's history, and really interesting! There are many films on the TV about World War II ! And it's really exciting!

I think this was a quoestion for me?
Like I said, only part of it is a taboo, not the hole war. We know just about everything there is to know about holocaust and battlesof WW II, but it is not common subject to discuss about Finlands alliance with Nazi-Germany. I think it is pretty clear why we don't like to talk about it. I think there is only a few people in the world, who would like to confess oneself to be a nazi ally, or nazi... We know, that even germans said "we didn't know", so it's clear, that we Finns don't want to admit our partnership with Hitler.

It is also taboo to claim back Karelia or other parts of Finland, that we lost for U.S.S.R at war. If you would have lived next to Soviet Union, you would know why! And I think it was a right decision at the time, but now... I don't know. Russia is still quite threatening neighbour... And they do exclaim every time Finnish media takes Karelia under discustion.
glossee
paul_indo wrote:
I have been living in Indonesia for quite a few years now and, as Pikokola said, there are many taboos here.

The funniest one I know is this.
Kissing in public. Even your wife.

They nearly made a law against it last year but luckily I don't think it actually happened, as we have heard nothing about it for a few months.

Imagine, you could go to prison for kissing your wife goodbye at the airport.


that's rite, i hope they were only joking...its stupid and dont make sense at all..
dips0502
hi, taboos in india:

agree with kashmir issue, being an indian and not interested in cricket is considered abnormal, playing football is like - why are you doing something you are not good at..playing basketball is like - why play foreign stuff..defeating pakistan in cricket or just about anything - you are god..
Kees
Hi taboos in germany:
WE only eat "bradwurst", dink bear and nothing else, are fat, live in the mountains, are stupid except einstein, we started the WWOII, etc.

That last thing is not very nice. Crying or Very sad .
Klaas
In holland there a lot taboos as well like:

Dutch people live in windmills.
The love the tulip (a flower)
The eat a lot of cheese
All the dutch people have cows etc. quite stupid if you ask me Wink


greetz Klaas Very Happy .
w010255
I come from Greece and taboos are many and common to other EU countries.
1. Religion : Noone can say really anything christianism, not even free art are allowed on public exhibition, if it has to do with sex of religion. Da Vinci would commit suicide, had he been greek.
2. Sex: "...Adam and Eve, not Adam and Steve..." Philadelhia
3. Sex & Villages: Women are prostitutes if they have sex and villagers find out about it.
4. Porn: Anything about porn. Even laws since 1900 exist to prevent pornography in this country.
5. Turkey: You must learn to hate turks, not understand their culture.
6. Corruption: No honest politician, no honest businessman or lawyer or judge or public servant or policeman or newsman or doctor or anything with little or more power but who dares to say otherwise ?
...
List goes down alot...
Simulator
I come from Ireland, and a now non cathloic run one. So there are none, anything goes
hanay
Oddly enough, speaking about my cultures taboos is taboo...
robi
Taboo!

Great topic Smile

Most of you probably dont know where Slovenia is, because it is not much mentioned around the world.

Slovenia is in europe, right next to italy, just for the information Wink .

There arent many taboos in slovenia, but there are a few.
Uncensored porn isnt allowed on television, only I dont know how to say this, only porn that doesnt show female and male sexual organs are allowed on the TV. Otherwise dvd's and such stuff are available.
So I'd say porn is a taboo, politicians dont discuss about it much Smile.

What else? Well if I think about it, Slovenia is probably one of the most casual states around the world, almost everything is disccusionable. Smile
crasso
I live in Croatia.

Of course, we had war 10 years ago, so the many taboos become from that period. One of the most significant is our war with the muslims in Bosnia and Herzegovina from 1993. before all of us believed we are definetely allies against Serbs.

And again, I live in Zadar, town which has the huge taboo from WWII. Allies against fascism bombed our town (which was in Italian and German occupation) in catastrophic manner. The town 3000 years old has been bombed without tactical or any other kind of reason. They just thrown their bombs like garbagge in peregrination.
Zombit
Id you take taboo as a strong social prohibition relating to any area of human activity or social custom declared as sacred and forbidden, my culture doesnt have many taboos. nothis is sacred here anymore. there is nothing to break.

as far as I know the term "taboo" was borrowed from the Tongan language and appears in many Polynesian cultures. and it is usuallly connected with religion. When an activity or custom is classified as taboo it is forbidden and interdictions are implemented concerning the topic, such as the ground set apart as a sanctuary for criminals. Some taboo activities or customs are prohibited under law and transgressions may lead to severe penalties. Other taboos result in embarrassment, shame, and rudeness. No taboo is known to be universal, but some (such as the incest taboo) occur in the majority of societies. Taboos may serve many functions, and often remain in effect after the original reason behind them has expired. Some have argued that taboos therefore reveal the history of societies when other records are lacking.

But as I said, my culture seems now tabooless. And it's actually not a good thing at all. if everything is OK, than nothing is OK as well.

and think about it...
penguinslayer
India

-> Gay marriage
-> Open talk of sex
-> Ambedkar
-> Religion
Shewolf
I'm from this nothern land called Norway, where "every" ethnic Norwegian claims to be perfect. And of course this is not true at all... So since I live in such a perfect country, we have taboos of everything not so perfect:

    The discrimination of the homosexual, especially inside the church.
    The psycical heath and suecides among teenagers.
    The resent growth of racism.
    Every religion which is not the "world religions", they do simply not exist


And so on... Mad
hubertbakx
I'm from Germany, but this may be valid for all of europe: it is taboo to talk about the amount of money you earn. Nobody likes to talk about it.

And a lot of people don't like to talk about what party they vote for.
wsco
sex before marriage
homosexuality
Gieter
hubertbakx wrote:
I'm from Germany, but this may be valid for all of europe: it is taboo to talk about the amount of money you earn. Nobody likes to talk about it.

And a lot of people don't like to talk about what party they vote for.


I agree with that. Abortion and suicide are also two taboes I think.
doomz
glossee wrote:
paul_indo wrote:
I have been living in Indonesia for quite a few years now and, as Pikokola said, there are many taboos here.

The funniest one I know is this.
Kissing in public. Even your wife.

They nearly made a law against it last year but luckily I don't think it actually happened, as we have heard nothing about it for a few months.

Imagine, you could go to prison for kissing your wife goodbye at the airport.


that's rite, i hope they were only joking...its stupid and dont make sense at all..



Hi I'm Indonesian (Chinese) ^_^

He is right, Kissing in public is some Taboo act here.
but it will be all right for some other reason (exp: for tourist). just don't kiss too long ^^. I mean there will no complain or will not go in prison. so don't worried. but just impolite for Indonesian (native) thinking.


some others taboo here for Indonesian (native):

+ using your left hand when giving something to someone.
+ don't said "Permisi" (mean: Permisssion) to them when passing people who sitting/standing on mid of the narrow street and lower your shoulder when walk through them ^^ .
Hogwarts
SunburnedCactus wrote:
Jeslyn wrote:
Ultima1080 wrote:


VEGEMITE

I list Vegemite because it frankly is vile and wrong and souldn't be produced. Sorry Aussies, but that stuff is so disgusting that it should be banned from the world. Wink


What is Vegemite?


It's vegetarian marmite, isn't it?


Uh.. no... vegimite is Australian made but is not Australian owned... its owned by Kraft which is Asian. Oh, but unlike most Aussies, I think vegiemite tastes like c**p. Actually, I don't like alot of foods... Not rice, peanut butter, etc.
mikemao
there's alot of taboos of course, but they all seem to change up on the years, some for better and some for worse.
so many of what seems to be taboos today might be plain ordinary thing to do, eat, think...blabla.... in the future.
discussions about it might be good and can help people opening their eyes of what going around in the world and of course some will always be taboos, some things are naturally "not right to do". But some people are beeing pushed out on the side just by beeing a bit different from the others and doing things some call taboos but might not be more than something unusually.

keep your mind free and don't judge to fast.
amicalindia
essentialmedia wrote:
Humping your sister, or your brother for that matter

Humping your pets

Humping your mom

Or humping anything dead

Oh and don't eat babies.

Wink



You could use one single word 'in**st'

Oh yes...it is taboo in india too.

also humping underage (below 18 years in india)
Arnie
Haha, a typical western taboo I think is dead funny, is you aren't supposed to ask 30+ women their age.
Apolytes
*incest

those arguining about the genocide..i think you have missed the point which is to list taboo's not debate the topic.

someone listed religion-i wouldnt consider that a taboo
Smue
In the Uk, its pretty Taboo to discuss the Iraq War in any way other than as a mistake, 'a dreadful mistake'. I think the worst thing was how public opinion was divided about 2 years ago, but then as weapons of mass desruction were not found, everyone who supported the war suddenly jumped ship. I think thats pretty pathetic, since as a democracy we were represented, maye not evenly, but a whole lot of people backed the war and i believe they should accept responsibility for their opinions at the time.

Again, i suppose we've always hated bush, in many respects we are't represented fairly. To speak well of bush is social suicide.

I think its a touchy issue but since the London bombings people have a certain fear or uncertainty about the muslim community, especially on the tube. This is something which can't be helped, but also can't be expressed. Exclamation
Arnie
What Smue says even applies here in Holland. And then the same people who prejudice like that dare to accuse others like Bush of being short-sighted and whatever. :/
Juparis
I'm quite confident that one major taboo in the US (sorry if someone mentioned it earlier) is either being, acting, or even seeming like you'd be gay.

It seems to me that the US is composed of 99% homophobes, .02% of apathetic people, and then .98% of people that are actually homosexual. It's insane the way some people feel they have to prove themselves straight (mainly guys), and trying to talk seriously on the subject usually ends in laughter..

I'm not sure obesity is really a taboo because so many people are obese. It would be taboo to confront them about their problems anc calling them fat, however (even though that's what they are). Amazing, how so many people get fatter and fatter, yet all the celebrities just keep getting skinnier..

Ah, one last taboo: Calling African Americans "black" in their presence (though we all know that's what people use elsewhere), or for a white man to use the word "******." Somehow that's become property of the black man, who's only encouraging the hypersensitivity to racism and racial topics that, although they are avoided, remain a powerful force in society. I just wish I could say that outloud and be taken seriously for one..
Marston
Juparis wrote:
It seems to me that the US is composed of 99% homophobes, .02% of apathetic people, and then .98% of people that are actually homosexual. It's insane the way some people feel they have to prove themselves straight (mainly guys), and trying to talk seriously on the subject usually ends in laughter..
Correction: 99% of the US is right-wing Christians.
Juparis
How is that a correction? Firstly, I believe the percentage has slowly decreasing. The last figure I read was 94%, but I don't have the source with me (unless you do, that says 99%?)
I repeat: 99% of America is homophobic.

Being Christian doesn't change that fact (although, either way, I am exaggerating the percentage). In many cases, it amplifies the homophobia, because of a few cases within the Catholic Church (largely exaggerated, btw). Everyone hates these people more than blacks, for once.
Marston
I'm insinuating that Christians are homophobics.
Apolytes
Juparis:
most intelligent people are offended by the "n" word whether white or black or hispanic, or asian, or whatever. homosexuality is NOT a nationwide taboo, its a debate. please try and not use numbers without sources, those numbers are ridiculous and give the wrong idea and almost illegitimize your entire argument after reading them.
Juparis
Marston wrote:
I'm insinuating that Christians are homophobics.

Sorry; I misinterpreted your post (seems to be a trend, lately). In this case I would have to agree...

Apolytes wrote:
Juparis:
most intelligent people are offended by the "n" word whether white or black or hispanic, or asian, or whatever. homosexuality is NOT a nationwide taboo, its a debate. please try and not use numbers without sources, those numbers are ridiculous and give the wrong idea and almost illegitimize your entire argument after reading them.

1) I never understood their self-inflicted "offence" to 'that word.' I apologize if I wasn't suppose to use it, but it really is a tabboo, and that's what I thought this thread was about..

2) The debate concerning homosexuality is what makes it a tabboo. It may not stretch every square mile of American soil, but it is a major tabboo outside of the celebrity-idolized society.

3)I cited a TV news program, which, as far as I know, doesn't have a website containing that statistic. Though, just for your, I found this site which suggests a much lower 84%. Satisfied?
Apolytes
Quote:
What is a taboo?

You know how they say there's two sides to every issue? Well, a taboo is an issue where one side provokes so much anger, hysteria, and fear that nobody dares to admit having any other opinion on that issue than the one everyone else claims to have.


Quote:
Remember, not every controversial issue is a taboo. Only if there is a large majority opinion and those whose opinion is in the minority are afraid to speak out.


homosexuality in america is not a taboo, there are plenty who are NOT afraid to speak out on homosexuality. MILLIONS. Unlike things like child pornography, which has very little open defense for one side, its not really a debate its a taboo. Homosexuality is an open debate

thanks for the legit and realistic stats, yes i am satisfied
Juparis
Ugh! Once again, I seem to carry the wrong connotation of these vague words. Even after watch a season of the show "Taboo," I think I picked up on it wrong, and assumed I didn't need a dictionary for help..

My original thoughts of a taboo were something like this: A person begins acting like or becoming one of a group that commits socially unacceptable (and much-feared/hated) actions is committing a taboo.

Thanks, then, for the correction.
udaykamboj
Well I'm an Indian and Giving up Kashmir isn't a taboo for us. We admit that it's ours and if India pleases it could occupy it within a week but corruption is such that it doesn't let you do anything straight.

A taboo which i'll say in India which is dominant and is true with almost all Indians (including me to an extent) is that we're all Hypocrites. No one would agree to it here and thats the proof for it.

Everyone comments about whats going on but no one would actually make an effort to do something about it. The funny part is when someone tries to do something they all laugh on them..... It's crazy here. People are ashamed of their own land. Everyone treats there home and as a seperate country all together....

It's truely disgusting.
ibay
Texas Al wrote:


Pakistan
* Giving up Kashmir

Which ones have I missed? What about the country you live in, what are the taboos there?


Giving up kashmir is not a taboo in pakistan anymore. It is openly discussed now. I think the biggest taboo in pakistan is Sex and any sexual relationship.
Criticising Conservative values is also a big taboo.
Rebzie
Well im in aussie and there aren't many taboos. I guess one is Abortions there are clinics but you have to speak to a a doctor and they give you the address. There are alot of activists which you see everywhere in the centre of town which is brisbane for me. brothels are legal and there's even advertisements in the local papers for them but not really talked about. There's a few political issues that tend to be keep low key such as problems with aboriginals drinking and having a higher crime rate. There is also the illegal immagrints being detained and australian troops still in Iraq.
larkin_z
Apolytes wrote:

homosexuality in america is not a taboo, there are plenty who are NOT afraid to speak out on homosexuality.


I am Maltese and for our younger generation, being homosexual is not a taboo anymore. This cannot be said to the older generation where the majority of them homosexuality is still a taboo. This way of thinking is certainly due to their strong Christian faith and to them being conservative. This is changing also: it is normal for a male to be gay but it is still unacceptable for a female to be lesbian.
Rebzie
larkin_z wrote:
Apolytes wrote:

homosexuality in america is not a taboo, there are plenty who are NOT afraid to speak out on homosexuality.


I am Maltese and for our younger generation, being homosexual is not a taboo anymore. This cannot be said to the older generation where the majority of them homosexuality is still a taboo. This way of thinking is certainly due to their strong Christian faith and to them being conservative. This is changing also: it is normal for a male to be gay but it is still unacceptable for a female to be lesbian.


There's been alot of gay bashing in brisbane 17 since febuary in the valley which is where all the nightclubs are. 3 of the people bashed weren't gay they were just mistaken for being gay.
naamawaisel
I feel that the important ISRAELI TABOOS have already been broken. The most important of these are the dismantling of settlements and agreeing to have third-party forces deployed and involved in monitoring. These are major steps forward. The momentum of progress has been halted by the failure of the sides to reach agreements on the issues of passages and access from Gaza to the world. James Wolfensohn, the special envoy of the Quartet has already complained about the wasted time and the dangers imposed as a result of the freeze. Allowing despair to overtake hope in Gaza is a precarious wager that neither Sharon nor Abbas can afford to take.
mgumn
So probably been covered but i couldnt see it so. im British, or english or whatever, and we have some very strange taboos

Public transport - looking at or talking to strangers on the tube, or bus, is a big taboo, and makes most people feel uncomfertable, even eye contact is to be avoided if possible

being patriotic - being patriotic is a dirty thing in the UK basically because we are supposed to be ashamed of our colonial past, and racist parties like the BNP seize the iconography of the union flag. The only exception is football, and at the moment, due to world cup, everyone is going crazy with st george's crosses

Racism - isn't really a taboo in the UK, or not as i have experienced it, except when people are racist to white people, which happens alot. i worked in an inner city school, where white pupils were in a minority, and alot of the kids were pretty mean to me and the other white kids, about being white. I think alot of the time racism itself is ackknowledged, but kids dont actually understand why human beings look different.

Homosexuality - many people wouldnt hink of this as a taboo in the UK, but when was the last time you saw a gay (male) couple in the streets? Lesbianism is well accepted, maybe because it is seen as erotic, but homosexualtiy male-male wise is not. People have this 'they are okay as long as they keep it to themselves'. the british are very stoic, and will pretend they are accepting when they are not. I have been attacked 4 times in two years at home, a small town in the south, because of the way i dress, its gay aparantly, and i hears it is worse up north.[/list]
horseatingweeds
In my culture it is taboo to not support the taboo
freecitizen
Kuwait

Sex.
Pornography.
Alcohol.
Drugs.
Free speech.
Homosexuality.
Religious beliefs other than Islam.
Speaking against Islam/God.
Atheism.
Speaking against the Amir (Prince of Kuwait) or the royal family.
Liberalism.
Revealing clothes.
Marrying someone not of your religious sect. (Shiite, Sunni)
Marrying someone outside of your nationality.
Romantic relationships in general.
Getting involved with someone outside of your class.


I think i've broken pretty much every taboo. Well, almost.

I'll add more when I think of them.
palavra
Texas Al wrote:
*Turkey
* Armenian genocide



i think this is a taboo for armenian people, not for us.
we came to anotolia in 1071 and we fought against greeks.
we beat them and established our state
we lived 900 years with armenian people peacefully.
before world war I , armenian people started to kill turkish people.they trusted to russia and england.
then turkish government kicked them out to syria, iraq,lubenon.
lots of them emigrated to france,usa,russia.
palavra
LukeakaDanish wrote:
Denmark (at the moment)

Saying that you think anyone in this whole affair should have said sorry
Saying that the pictures shouldnt have been printed.
Saying that the priminister could have prevented all the bullshit by being actively against the pictures from day one

Denmark (always)

Expressing communist thoughts
Being teenager (some people (?most people?) think your violent, drunk and drug addict because your around 16 years old.

HAha

ok...maybe thats excesive...Very Happy

Just some thoughts anyway...


for a teenager , you seem very intelligent.
Laughing
palavra
benwhite wrote:
I'm pretty sure most of the world views Armenia genocide as a genocide. Even Bush called it a "tragedy." The turks themselves are the only people I've ever heard of disputing how awful what happened really was.

In fact, there's a court case right now of some Turkish professors suing the state government over using a history textbook that refers to the genocide, saying that it wasn't giving both sides of the debate. So the issue is not dead.


there is a story in turkish
two blinds men eat something together
one of them tells to another "don't eat two pieces at one time"
second blind man asks to first man "both of us blind, so how did you see i get double"
first blind man replies " i do like that"

lots of europen countries did lots of genoside
then
they think all the other coutries do the same
no
we are not like you!!!
aussiemel
This reply is for 'Jeslyn'- I would imagine that your probably American therefore believe that there is no-one else in the world except your country, however i am here to tell you that vegemite is an incredibly important icon in Aus. the same as 'peanut butter and jelly' is over there (I'd like to say that i find that offensive!). After visiting america in march i found that whenever i bought sandwichs/burgers etc They were covered in mayo!!! i was scraping it off every one and the same thing with mustard and cheese! no wonder americans are the fattest people in the world!!!! Vegemite is at least good for you and has very few calories and next to no fat....give me vegemite any day, at least it won't be clogging up my arteries and making me too fat to move off my couch!
cbf-cma
Quote:
There's no such thing as Armenian genocide. People still don't get it. It was a war: They killed Turks and Turks killed them. Considering that Turks won, Turks must have killed more Armenians then Armenians could kill Turks.


Hmmm... Your definition of war must include: the systematic slaughter of men, women, and children in concentration camps and the confiscation of all possessions belonging to the Armenian ethnic group because that's what happened. Maybe you should read about the genocide before you speak against it. God forbid people should say the same things if your family was ever tortured and killed for being a certain race.
randy
Has anyone mentioned B. F. Skinner style parenting? Here in the US, if I even mention operant conditioning around other teachers, I get glares. Oh, I am so thankful for behavioral psychologists.
Soulfire
Why are all Christians homophobic?

I'm Christian, and I'm nothing of the sort. It takes one counter-example to prove error, so therefore the theory that "All Christians are homophobic" fell through the roof.
traum
blackheart wrote:
Ultima1080 wrote:
Being from the USA...I can't think of too many taboos exactly that haven't been listed...though there are a few:

Making a joke that might "offend" someone (people need to learn to laugh at themselves)

VEGEMITE

I list Vegemite because it frankly is vile and wrong and souldn't be produced. Sorry Aussies, but that stuff is so disgusting that it should be banned from the world. Wink


That's because silly american and english people spread it on liek jam, when you are only supposed to have a VERY sparse/thin layer usually with butter, and on toast.


I know i know i know, this is TOTALLY off topic, none the less its pretty funny. I stayed in Australia for a few weeks, and when a friend and i stayed at a host family's home, they encouraged us to try vegemite... I steered clear of it because i had heard of american's reaction to it, but they dared my friend to try a tablespoon full... He put it in his mouth, and immediately turned green... Very Happy
Viktoria
So i never realize how many cultural taboos that there are. I just started a project for my Human relations class on cultral taboos, and I can't seem to think of any that would relate to living in the US. I am mexican my family has lived in the United states since forever and I think that a taboo in my case is not knowing spanish. But its not my fault. And for not knowing spanish Mexicans that do look down at me. Like as if I think that I am to good or something to learn. So now I am staring spanish class in the fall.

Oh yeah if you have any thing that I can use for my project let me know!
Da Rossa
My country is Brazil.

Our taboos are:
- Protection given to criminals: they are the ones that get protection from the system. It's a taboo because no one is up to change the faulty penal laws in here.

- Penal adulthood: every wise Brazilian knows that a 16 year old young man is capable of committing a serious offense and should be held responsible for their actions. This discussion is only arisen when something REALLY BAD occurs in here. Like the gang of 16 yo boys that stole a car with a 6 yo boy in the back, that stood hung by the seat belt and, like a chaotic pendulum, hit the ground, street and car wheel more than 100 times. His head stood, his body was cut into several pieces until the end of the trajectory.

"It's a mistake to change the ground age for criminal liability to 16 only because some tragedy happened" - Ellen Gracie, "THE" woman of the Supreme Brazilian Court.
tuncadogus
TabletPCUser wrote:
Texas Al wrote:

Turkey
* Armenian genocide


There's no such thing as Armenian genocide. Mad People still don't get it. It was a war: They killed Turks and Turks killed them. Considering that Turks won, Turks must have killed more Armenians then Armenians could kill Turks.

Got it now? Good. Now, please tell everyone what the truth is.



Thank You


EveryBody Look The Up Text THE TRUTH IS.
ganesh
I am from South India.. and there are countless classes / castes (not in the hackneyed ill represented to the West form) of people in India, each with distinctive culture and practices.

In my caste, the following things are taboo:

(1) Pre-marital sex
(2) Non-vegetarian food
(3) Alcohol / Tobacco (And any other form of addiction)

100 years or so back, it was taboo even to travel across the sea! Times have changed now, and in fact, so many nice distinct things which make certain groups of people differ from each other (in a good way) are getting blurred.
SJU2008
I have an interest in what are some words or actions that are Taboo in other cultures. In America I can think about giving the middle finger or the word '******'.

Could anyone offer some other ideas about words or actions for other cultures?
lmnop
Junparis wrote
Quote:


Ah, one last taboo: Calling African Americans "black" in their presence (though we all know that's what people use elsewhere), or for a white man to use the word "******." Somehow that's become property of the black man, who's only encouraging the hypersensitivity to racism and racial topics that, although they are avoided, remain a powerful force in society. I just wish I could say that outloud and be taken seriously for one..


Not sure where you're from, but calling a black person black, in front of their face or otherwise, is not taboo. Now for a non black person in general to use the N word (not just white people) IS a taboo, but there are also black people who feel offended by the word and don't use it.

And because the history of the word stems from racism in the first place explains the "hypersensitivity" black people feel when a non-black person uses it (especially a white person).

And the hypersensitivity of racism stems from history and even contemporary society. Please don't make it sound like black people getting offended at being called a N**** by a white person is the reason why people don't like to discuss race.
Hello_World
I'm from Australia. Some things have been mentioned.
I want to add.
1) If someone says they are aboriginal you absolutely can't fault it, even though you may be thinking, you look 100 per cent white to me.
2) we all really hate burquas but don't want to raise the issue in case we look racist.
3)call people by their given names. Unless they are teachers.
4)don't act superior.
5)don't act obsessive or overly passionate about politics or religion or work. Acting obsessive is okay if it is a sport or leisure activity.
6)don't take yourself seriously.
7)Being a good loser is better than a bragging winner.
8)treating the elderly or disabled badly is unthinkable.
9)don't waste water.
10)don't smoke if you are pregnant.
11)be fair
12)don't stand right in someones face if you are talking to them.
13)a white person cannot adopt an aboriginal child. I don't think this is law. But.. no. Can't do it.
EDIT: 7) being a good loser is better than a bragging winner... if it is YOURSELF. If it is the team you support on the other hand... feel free to rub it in... Bikerman is quite right lol.
14)Telling a lie for the sake of a good story is perfectly acceptable.
Bikerman
Here's a few more (I've spent some time in your country travelling);
1.Wind any passing Pom up to within an inch of his life about the cricket when you've just won the Ashes (my first visit), but go all silent when England have just beaten you and consider it very rude for the pom to call your team a bunch of pantywaisters (my second visit) Smile
2. Reckon us poms all drink Fosters crap, and that you can drink us under the table on VB or Crown (I remember leaving two occas snoring peacefully in a bar in Alexandria - one on the pool table and one under it Smile
3. Invented the phrase which was responsible for my being very very close to wetting myself. Having drunk a few tinnies and being a good stride out from the nearest toilets, I heard perhaps the funniest thing in my adult life, and laughed myself hoarse Whoever coined 'budgie smugglers' for trunks is a true genius.
tingkagol
I'll list some existing taboos in the Phils which have died out in other countries:
  1. Same sex marriage
  2. Divorce (although there are practically no divorcees since it's illegal)
  3. Abortion
  4. Pre-marital sex & contraception (though it's slowly becoming a fact of life in recent years)
  5. Unmarried couples living together
    ...
sjenneh
Some people seem to get confused about 'taboo' and 'prejudice' at times.
I've also seen some fellow Dutchies reply with nonsense answers.

In Holland we don't really have any strong taboos (aside from the usual such as pedophilia, necrophilia, racism etc)
We are quite open and liberated in our views to. I'd say (in general) everyone can say whatever the f**k they want.
lrj945
I just started a project for my Human relations class on cultral taboos, and I can't seem to think of any that would relate to living in the US. when you are only supposed to have a VERY sparse/thin layer usually with butter, and on toast. I steered clear of it because i had heard of american's reaction to it, but they dared my friend to try a tablespoon full... the systematic slaughter of men, women, and children in concentration camps and the confiscation of all possessions belonging to the Armenian ethnic group because that's what happened.

the same as 'peanut butter and jelly' is over there (I'd like to say that i find that offensive!). After visiting america in march i found that whenever i bought sandwichs/burgers etc They were covered in mayo!!! i was scraping it off every one and the same thing with mustard and cheese!
spinout
The biggest taboo in Sweden is to have a RELIGION!!!

If you do then you are totally crazy! Laughing
loremar
spinout wrote:
The biggest taboo in Sweden is to have a RELIGION!!!

If you do then you are totally crazy! Laughing

The biggest taboo in Philippines is to have no God.

If you don't have then you are totally crazy. Crying or Very sad
Hexes
tingkagol wrote:
I'll list some existing taboos in the Phils which have died out in other countries:
  1. Same sex marriage
  2. Divorce (although there are practically no divorcees since it's illegal)
  3. Abortion
  4. Pre-marital sex & contraception (though it's slowly becoming a fact of life in recent years)
  5. Unmarried couples living together
    ...


First, third and fourth positions are probably most common, no matter about what country we are talking about. But you have very restrictive society if divorce is taboo. In Russia you could take divorce even if one side is against. You could just go to registry office and say that you don't want to be married anymore. Thats all! So it is very strange for me to see that somewhere it is taboo.
spinout
loremar wrote:
spinout wrote:
The biggest taboo in Sweden is to have a RELIGION!!!

If you do then you are totally crazy! Laughing

The biggest taboo in Philippines is to have no God.

If you don't have then you are totally crazy. Crying or Very sad


This is quite fun actually! How different it is!
Still I am very happy to live where no religion exist (to normal people).
queer-eyre
Misbehaving badly overseas
Famous cricket players or olimpians who get in trouble with the law (sadly the taboo is not aplied to AFL players)
Tourists using the words, G'day, cricky, dunny etc
Trying to convince people that alcohole is not a drug (while your pissed as a parrot)
Asking people what religion they are
Admitting Henry Lawson isnt all that
Desexing your dog (isolated/rural)
Not desexing your dog (urban/city)
Hoons
Wearing your religion on your sleave
Drinking on trains
Filming tunnels and other transit structures
Wasting water
Littering
Speedo's
Racism and intolerance
Door-to-door anything (particuarly religion and amenities)
Discussing the concept of female preditors
Saying the "queen of england" rather than the "queen of australia"
Saying you hate boat people
popppy
MASTURBATION. its such a taboo no one mentioned it. especially female masturbation
nickfyoung
blackheart wrote:
I think alot of very basic things have been missed - I mean, everything above is very serious, and very valid in that but...

I would also have to add that taboo should also include actions that would be tabboo... i.e:

Australia:

- Big businesses running smaller ones out of business
- Big Australian companies (i.e. VEGEMITE) selling out to overseas
- Dobbing on your mates
- Bragging
- Sleeping with a mate's "partner"
- At least where I'm from: Going out with a close mate's ex (without asking first)
- Being a poser - ie saying you can surf when you can't - (you wouldn't believe the number of people who hang out at surf beaches and do this. I don't know if even all Australians know just how many of em there are - lol)
- Although there are little racist pockets of Australia here and there - it is considered VERY un-Australian to be racist or discriminatory (in any way) in the vast majority of the country



These are things that people do do... but is VERY greatly frowned upon by the majority. I mean - it's stuff you just don't do.

I mean, it might be taboo to walk around naked in public, but people streak and we have nude beaches.
So taboo can't be quite as black and white as what people do and do not do.


I remember growing up in Australia when being gay was taboo. Poofter bashing was quite common and considered OK. How things change.
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