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12th Jun '17 5:20:25 PM ConnorMcLay
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** Played straight in New Zealand. Flash a peace sign and you'll get faces of stone.
17th May '17 4:25:38 PM WildeOscar
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* Dietary law? Try having an interfaith dinner with the Hindu who can't eat beef (and may be a vegetarian), the Jew who has to eat food prepared ritually (and won't eat pork, shellfish, and meat-dairy combos), the Muslim who has to have food prepared ritually according to other rituals (also no pork, but no alcohol too; meat-dairy combos are OK), and the Sikh who can't have any meat that has been prepared ritualistically. Oh, and did we mention that if you have more than one Muslim, they might end up arguing about whether the Jewish rituals are "close enough"? Also, Mormons believe coffee (and anything with caffeine for some) and some forms of tea are very addictive and unwise to drink, and therefore avoid it at all cost, to the point of some not eating chocolate (where caffeine is also extracted from). The Muslims, Mormons and depending on the domination, some of the other Christians can't drink alcohol. Meat in general can be taken off the menu if it's Friday during Lent and you've got Catholics around.

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* Dietary law? Try having an interfaith dinner with the Hindu who can't eat beef (and may be a vegetarian), the Jew who has to eat food prepared ritually (and won't eat pork, shellfish, and meat-dairy combos), the Muslim who has to have food prepared ritually according to other rituals (also no pork, but no alcohol too; meat-dairy combos and shellfish are OK), and the Sikh who can't have any meat that has been prepared ritualistically. Oh, and did we mention that if you have more than one Muslim, they might end up arguing about whether the Jewish rituals are "close enough"? Also, Mormons believe coffee (and anything with caffeine for some) and some forms of tea are very addictive and unwise to drink, and therefore avoid it at all cost, to the point of some not eating chocolate (where caffeine is also extracted from). The Muslims, Mormons and depending on the domination, some of the other Christians can't drink alcohol. Meat in general can be taken off the menu if it's Friday during Lent and you've got Catholics around.
20th Apr '17 6:44:47 PM TravisWells
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** Another episode has a species which lacks gender, where identifying ''as'' one gender or another is viewed as an illness to be cured--forcibly. The parallel to historical (and often continuing) [[CureYourGays treatment]] of LGBT people was very obvious, though [[BrokenAesop somewhat undermined]] with the fact that all the "genderless" aliens were played by female actors, and the character which identifies as female is also played by a woman, desiring a heterosexual relationship with Riker. Still, they tried.
29th Mar '17 10:44:42 PM DavidDelony
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* Dietary law? Try having an interfaith dinner with the Hindu who can't eat beef (and may be a vegetarian), the Jew who has to eat food prepared ritually (and won't eat pork, shellfish, and meat-dairy combos), the Muslim who has to have food prepared ritually according to other rituals (also no pork, but no alcohol too; meat-dairy combos are OK), and the Sikh who can't have any meat that has been prepared ritualistically. Oh, and did we mention that if you have more than one Muslim, they might end up arguing about whether the Jewish rituals are "close enough"? Also, Mormons believe coffee (and anything with caffeine for some) and some forms of tea are very addictive and unwise to drink, and therefore avoid it at all cost, to the point of some not eating chocolate (where caffeine is also extracted from). The Muslims and depending on the domination, some of the Christians can't drink alcohol. Meat in general can be taken off the menu if it's Friday during Lent and you've got Catholics around.

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* Dietary law? Try having an interfaith dinner with the Hindu who can't eat beef (and may be a vegetarian), the Jew who has to eat food prepared ritually (and won't eat pork, shellfish, and meat-dairy combos), the Muslim who has to have food prepared ritually according to other rituals (also no pork, but no alcohol too; meat-dairy combos are OK), and the Sikh who can't have any meat that has been prepared ritualistically. Oh, and did we mention that if you have more than one Muslim, they might end up arguing about whether the Jewish rituals are "close enough"? Also, Mormons believe coffee (and anything with caffeine for some) and some forms of tea are very addictive and unwise to drink, and therefore avoid it at all cost, to the point of some not eating chocolate (where caffeine is also extracted from). The Muslims Muslims, Mormons and depending on the domination, some of the other Christians can't drink alcohol. Meat in general can be taken off the menu if it's Friday during Lent and you've got Catholics around.
29th Mar '17 10:44:10 PM DavidDelony
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* Dietary law? Try having an interfaith dinner with the Hindu who can't eat beef (and may be a vegetarian), the Jew who has to eat food prepared ritually (and won't eat pork, shellfish, and meat-dairy combos), the Muslim who has to have food prepared ritually according to other rituals (also no pork, but no alcohol too; meat-dairy combos are OK), and the Sikh who can't have any meat that has been prepared ritualistically. Oh, and did we mention that if you have more than one Muslim, they might end up arguing about whether the Jewish rituals are "close enough"? Also, Mormons believe coffee (and anything with caffeine for some) and some forms of tea are very addictive and unwise to drink, and therefore avoid it at all cost, to the point of some not eating chocolate (where caffeine is also extracted from). Meat in general can be taken off the menu if it's Friday during Lent and you've got Catholics around.

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* Dietary law? Try having an interfaith dinner with the Hindu who can't eat beef (and may be a vegetarian), the Jew who has to eat food prepared ritually (and won't eat pork, shellfish, and meat-dairy combos), the Muslim who has to have food prepared ritually according to other rituals (also no pork, but no alcohol too; meat-dairy combos are OK), and the Sikh who can't have any meat that has been prepared ritualistically. Oh, and did we mention that if you have more than one Muslim, they might end up arguing about whether the Jewish rituals are "close enough"? Also, Mormons believe coffee (and anything with caffeine for some) and some forms of tea are very addictive and unwise to drink, and therefore avoid it at all cost, to the point of some not eating chocolate (where caffeine is also extracted from). The Muslims and depending on the domination, some of the Christians can't drink alcohol. Meat in general can be taken off the menu if it's Friday during Lent and you've got Catholics around.
27th Mar '17 4:49:05 PM TheDocCC
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*** Notable exception to the "similar weight" of sexual swearwords: the Dutch word for "cunt" ("kut") is usually used as an adjective or an exclamation, and is nowhere near as offensive as in english - it's used more like "shit(ty)", to describe weather, behaviour, situations, misbehaving appliances... More offensive if used on people though.

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*** Notable exception to the "similar weight" of sexual swearwords: the Dutch word for "cunt" ("kut") is usually used as an adjective or an exclamation, and is nowhere near as offensive as in english - it's used more like "shit(ty)", to describe weather, behaviour, situations, misbehaving appliances... More offensive if used on people though.people
*** The same word in the United States is quite obscene. In England and Australia, it gets thrown around a lot more casually.
27th Mar '17 5:58:59 AM hszmv1
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*** Gets a hilarious gag in one DS9 episode where Quark and Rom return home to deal with their mother, who is quite the feminist. They find her in her house, clothed, and react as one would expect any human coming home to find their elderly mother naked.
*** In Ferengi Culture, Marriage isn't tied to procreation. A child is conceived with a contract and the womb is seen as a rental by the father.
*** Ferengi also can be baffled by the fact that most other societies aren't impressed by financial conquests, which they liken to military conquests. Most of the rest of the Galaxy is a post-scarcity society, but the concept of scarcity is a deeply sacred part of Ferengi Culture. And while most cultures do have some concept of money, most really do not care much about it. (Case in point, Klingons still have currency trade for goods and services, but they view using economics to ruin a rival to be underhanded and dishonorable. The accusation of such resulted in one offender being outcast from Klingon Culture. Using economics to buy military might to ruin a rival is much more preferable).
** One of the reasons that the Original Series Klingon/Romulan alliance fell apart was because, while both were warrior based cultures, the Klingons viewed the Romulans as arrogant and chronic violators of EvilHasStandards where as Romulans felt that Klingons had HonorBeforeReason to a fault and were backwards. The Human/Klingon Alliance formed out of the Klingon-Romulan conflict when the Klingons realized that humans may not have the same rules as they did, but they at least had rules, which was better than Romulans.
24th Mar '17 1:07:41 AM PaulA
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OurNudityIsDifferent is a subtrope.
18th Mar '17 11:38:18 AM nombretomado
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* Kissing. Not taboo ''per se'', but its level of [[SeriousBusiness seriousness]] varies A LOT from culture to culture, as well as the kind of kiss-a warrant was put out for Richard Gere's arrest after he kissed an Indian actress on the cheek, and NataliePortman and a co-star were chased away from the Western Wall after filming a kissing scene-behavior that wouldn't have batted an eye in the US.

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* Kissing. Not taboo ''per se'', but its level of [[SeriousBusiness seriousness]] varies A LOT from culture to culture, as well as the kind of kiss-a warrant was put out for Richard Gere's arrest after he kissed an Indian actress on the cheek, and NataliePortman Creator/NataliePortman and a co-star were chased away from the Western Wall after filming a kissing scene-behavior that wouldn't have batted an eye in the US.
3rd Mar '17 11:27:45 AM intastiel
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* In Heinlein's ''Literature/TheMoonIsAHarshMistress'' there are a bunch of different varieties of marriage, but pretty much all of them involve multiple people due to the skewed gender ratio and general living conditions on the Moon. One of the main characters is arrested for polygamy while visiting Earth, but it's revealed that the polygamy might actually have been overlooked by the judge who issued the warrant if it hadn't been for the racial diversity shown in a picture of his family. However, it's also noted that not all of Earth is so judgemental, and this was actually a deliberate ploy to gain sympathy from the less prejudiced Earthlings.

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* In Heinlein's ''Literature/TheMoonIsAHarshMistress'' there are a bunch of different varieties of marriage, but pretty much all of them involve multiple people due to the skewed gender ratio and general living conditions on the Moon. One of the main characters is arrested for polygamy while visiting Earth, but it's revealed that the polygamy might actually have been overlooked by the judge who issued the warrant if it hadn't been for the racial diversity shown in a picture of his family. However, it's also noted that not all of Earth is so judgemental, judgmental, and this was actually a deliberate ploy to gain sympathy from the less prejudiced Earthlings.


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* In the ''[[Literature/AncillaryJustice Imperial Radch]]'' series, Radchaai always wear gloves in public and are moderately scandalized by people who go around bare-handed. At one point, Breq offers to buy a pair for a self-conscious acquaintance but is quickly told that it would be seen as inappropriately intimate to do so.
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