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28th May '16 10:56:00 PM 10-13-2
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Note that the word "kinky" is used here to refer to general sexual liberality and/or promiscuity. [[CasualKink Kinky]] is often associated with unconventional sexual practices, such as UsefulNotes/{{BDSM}}, but they aren't necessarily a part of this trope (though they can be). For related tropes about specific parts of Europe, see EveryoneLooksSexierIfFrench, EverythingSoundsSexierInFrench, SexyScandinavian, FreestateAmsterdam, SpicyLatina, LatinLover, and SensualSlavs.

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Note that the word "kinky" is used here to refer to general sexual liberality and/or promiscuity. [[CasualKink Kinky]] is often associated with unconventional sexual practices, such as UsefulNotes/{{BDSM}}, but they aren't necessarily a part of this trope (though they can be). For related tropes about specific parts of Europe, Europe (or Europeanized continents), see EveryoneLooksSexierIfFrench, EverythingSoundsSexierInFrench, SexyScandinavian, FreestateAmsterdam, SpicyLatina, LatinLover, and SensualSlavs.
28th May '16 10:54:10 PM 10-13-2
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This trope can sometimes be TruthInTelevision, as in many European countries nudity and sexuality are indeed considered less taboo than in the United States, making them look more kinky in the eyes of Americans. The "kinkiness" of Europeans also has some scientific proof: in [[http://psych.mcmaster.ca/dalywilson/commentary_schmitt.pdf a study published in 2005]], citizens of 48 different countries across the world were asked about their attitudes towards multiple sex partners and casual sex. When these countries were put in order based of how promiscuous they are, 13 of the top 20 countries were in Europe, whereas the US placed 22nd. However, 11 European countries also placed lower than the US. Most of these were Catholic countries, such as Italy, Spain, and Portugal, whereas the European countries in the top 20 were mostly [[SensualSlavs former Eastern Bloc states]] and Protestant countries. A more truthful way of formulating this trope would therefore be "non-Catholic Europeans are kinkier than most other nationalites", but fiction rarely deals with these things with such a level of nuance. This lack of nuance might be attributed to ancient LatinLover trope, which covers the aforementioned Catholic countries.

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This trope can sometimes be TruthInTelevision, as in many European countries nudity and sexuality are indeed considered less taboo than in the United States, making them look more kinky in the eyes of Americans. The "kinkiness" of Europeans also has some scientific proof: in [[http://psych.mcmaster.ca/dalywilson/commentary_schmitt.pdf a study published in 2005]], citizens of 48 different countries across the world were asked about their attitudes towards multiple sex partners and casual sex. When these countries were put in order based of how promiscuous they are, 13 of the top 20 countries were in Europe, whereas the US placed 22nd. However, 11 European countries also placed lower than the US. Most of these were Catholic countries, such as Italy, Spain, and Portugal, whereas the European countries in the top 20 were mostly [[SensualSlavs former Eastern Bloc states]] and Protestant countries. (France, a nominally Catholic country whose inhabitants are less ethnically Latin than in other lands that border the Mediterranean, is in something of a class by itself.) A more truthful way of formulating this trope would therefore be "non-Catholic Europeans are kinkier than most other nationalites", but fiction rarely deals with these things with such a level of nuance. This lack of nuance might be attributed to ancient LatinLover trope, which covers the aforementioned Catholic countries.
countries. Still, the "sexy European" is most likely to be ethnically (non-Anglo-Saxon) Nordic instead of Celtic, Latin or Slavic.
7th May '16 5:52:51 AM livestockgeorge
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* ''Film/BitterMoon'': Mimi is a French girl and she's into kinky sex. She's a dominatrix, bounds Oscar, they visit a sex shop and so on. Oscar (who is American) is bewichted with her oozing sexuality. Oscar and Mimi are also put in contrast with Brits Fiona and Nigel who appeared very prim and proper.

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* ''Film/BitterMoon'': Mimi is a French girl and she's into kinky sex. She's a dominatrix, bounds binds Oscar, they visit a sex shop and so on. Oscar (who is American) is bewichted with her oozing sexuality. Oscar and Mimi are also put in contrast with Brits Fiona and Nigel who appeared very prim and proper.
13th Jan '16 4:03:50 AM DreamerCynist2
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* Referenced in ''Film/TheLeagueOfExtraordinaryGentlemen''. After Tom Sawyer sees Mina Harker [[OurVampiresAreDifferent bite a man's throat open]], he sardonically notes, "They told me European women had funny ways."
** Even though Mina is British and normally fits the aversion.

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* Referenced in ''Film/TheLeagueOfExtraordinaryGentlemen''. After Tom Sawyer sees Mina Harker [[OurVampiresAreDifferent bite a man's throat open]], he sardonically notes, "They told me European women had funny ways."
** Even though
" Though Mina is British and normally fits the aversion.



** Konrad Schlotz, a German ChubbyChaser hot for Pam. [[spoiler: Though Malorie is able to seduce him.]]

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** Konrad Schlotz, a German ChubbyChaser hot for Pam. [[spoiler: Though Malorie is able to seduce him.him into a threesome.]]
30th Dec '15 9:04:22 AM Kitchen90
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14th Nov '15 3:59:38 AM LentilSandEater
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* Lampshaded in an episode of ''Series/SonOfTheBeach'', where the word "European" is used as a stand in for "gay". ItMakesSenseInContext.

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* Lampshaded Used in an episode of ''Series/SonOfTheBeach'', where the word "European" is used as a stand in for "gay". ItMakesSenseInContext.
8th Oct '15 4:28:51 PM nombretomado
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* In ''JusticeLeagueInternational'', Crimson Fox is always trying to seduce ComicBook/CaptainAtom. He replies with the "American military are [[TheStoic stoic]]" trope.

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* In ''JusticeLeagueInternational'', ''ComicBook/JusticeLeagueInternational'', Crimson Fox is always trying to seduce ComicBook/CaptainAtom. He replies with the "American military are [[TheStoic stoic]]" trope.
6th Oct '15 1:57:47 AM Imperios
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Even though the aforementioned movies helped establish the image of the sexually straightforward European in the US, they are not examples of this trope as such. Europeans Are Kinky doesn't usually appear in works produced in Europe itself, as a vital part of the trope is that the European character is seen from an outside perspective as an exotic [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Other Other]]. The exceptions are, again, British and Irish works, since the British and Irish rarely tend to think of themselves as Europeans, and usually use the term "Europe" to mean "continental Europe" and cultures very much distinct from their own. Indeed, a big part of British national identity is bound up in being different from those crazy, libertine and morally lax Europeans, so this trope tends to show up a lot in British works especially in those from the 60s, 70s and 80s.

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Even though the aforementioned movies helped establish the image of the sexually straightforward European in the US, they are not examples of this trope as such. Europeans Are Kinky doesn't usually appear in works produced in Europe itself, as a vital part of the trope is that the European character is seen from an outside perspective as an exotic [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Other Other]]. The exceptions are, again, British and Irish works, since the British and Irish rarely tend to think of themselves as Europeans, and usually use the term "Europe" to mean "continental Europe" and cultures very much distinct from their own. Indeed, a big part of British national identity is bound up in being different from those crazy, libertine and morally lax Europeans, so this trope tends to show up a lot in British works especially in those from the 60s, 70s and 80s.
80s. Also, while {{Russia}} is generally lumped in with the rest of Europe in regards to that trope in American works, Russian authors usually distance themselves from it, owing to the Soviet Union's puritanical morals, the socially conservative, HeteronormativeCrusader policies of VladimirPutin, and the general desire of Russia to stay apart from the rest of the continent. Instead, kinkiness in Russian culture is a common quality of the EuropeanUnion specifically.
13th Sep '15 3:13:25 PM Kitchen90
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* ''Film/CarryOn'':
** ''Film/CarryOnHenry'' had UsefulNotes/HenryVIII marry a French woman for this reason. He is absolutely delighted all the way to the bedroom to consumate their marriage, until the new Queen ate garlic before sex.
** ''Film/CarryOnEmmannuelle'' had the titular Emmannuelle and her husband being sex crazy (the wife moreso) and ending up with practically a "litter" of children.
12th Sep '15 7:50:36 PM igordebraga
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* In ''Film/KingsmanTheSecretService'', after Eggsy jokingly asks if the imprisoned Swedish princess will give him a kiss for breaking her out, she instantly says she'll give much more than that. When Eggsy has to head off to actually save the world, she says they can do it in the arse if he succeeds. [[spoiler:It is made very clear she doesn't have any problem keeping her word]].

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* In ''Film/KingsmanTheSecretService'', after Eggsy jokingly asks if the imprisoned Swedish princess will give him a kiss for breaking her out, she instantly says she'll give much more than that. When Eggsy has to head off to actually save the world, she says they can do it in the arse if he succeeds. [[spoiler:It is made very clear she doesn't have any problem keeping her word]]. (director Matthew Vaughn [[http://www.ew.com/article/2015/02/13/kingsman-director-matthew-vaughn-reveals-secrets-behind-church-scene-sex-joke-and was impressed]] that people [[FelonyMisdemeanor managed to get offended by that instead of the film's copious swearing and violence]])
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