American Taboo

American Taboo

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Flatulence ... male nudity ... abortion ... masturbation: these are just a few of the taboo topics in the United States. What do culturally enforced silences about certain subjects say about our societya€”and our latent fears? This work provides a broad yet detailed overview of popular culture's most avoided topics to explain why they remain off-limits and examines how they are presented in contemporary mediaa€”or, in many cases, delicately explored using euphemism and innuendo. The author offers fascinating, in-depth analysis of the meaning behind these portrayals of a variety of both mundane and provocative taboos, and identifies how new television programs, films, and advertising campaigns intentionally violate longstanding cultural taboos to gain an edge in the marketplace.In an episode of sitcom Neda#39;s Declassified School Survival Guide (2004a€“2007), Ned (Devon Werkheiser) accidentally farted in class; he was laughed at and got the nickname a€œFarticus.a€ In an episode of the sitcom Roseanne (1988a€“1997), anbsp;...

Title:American Taboo
Author:Lauren Rosewarne
Publisher:ABC-CLIO - 2013-08-13


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