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23rd Apr '18 12:45:25 AM LaughingGiraffe
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* The narrator of Creator/JohnWyndham 's "Consider Her Ways" [[TimeTravel time travels]] into the future, about a hundred and fifty years after a plague wiped out all men. She's nearly arrested for talking about sexual dimorphism.
13th Apr '18 8:12:08 AM DoctorDetective
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** Alethi culture holds that women have a "freehand" (right) and a "safehand" (left), and exposing the safehand is compared to going topless. Women of high birth basically aren't supposed to use it at all and keep it hidden in a sleeve, while common women wear a glove over it. Several non-Alethi {{lampshade|Hanging}} the absurdity of the taboo.



*** Vorin culture holds that women have a "freehand" (right) and a "safehand" (left), and exposing the safehand is compared to going topless. Women of high birth basically aren't supposed to use it at all and keep it hidden in a sleeve, while common women wear a glove over it. Several non-Vorin {{lampshade|Hanging}} the absurdity of the taboo.



*** Vorinism has some strange hangups regarding in-laws. When Dalinar's Brother's widow starts expressing interest in him, he acts as though they are actually related.

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*** Vorinism has Also, like some strange hangups regarding in-laws.real-world cultures, they consider in-laws to be blood relatives. When Dalinar's Brother's widow starts expressing interest in him, he acts as though they are actually related.
13th Apr '18 7:22:25 AM DoctorDetective
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* Countries like Germany and the Netherlands consider religious cussing to be ''eons'' less offensive than say, the United States. Even in first grade, one can get away with terms like 'hell', 'damn', 'devil' and 'Satan' without so much as a judging glare.

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Countries like Germany and the Netherlands consider religious cussing to be ''eons'' less offensive than say, the United States. Even in first grade, one can get away with terms like 'hell', 'damn', 'devil' and 'Satan' without so much as a judging glare.
13th Apr '18 7:21:31 AM DoctorDetective
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** You don't even have to get that far from the USA. In Mexico and other Spanish-speaking countries, phrases like "¡maldición!" ("damn!"), "¿Qué diablos?" (roughly corresponds to "what the hell?"; literally means "what devils?") and even "(vete) al diablo!" and "vete al Infierno" (literally "(go) to the devil" and "go to hell"), can be heard in family-friendly media. The word "Infierno", used to refer to Hell as a place, is never censored or even afraid upon at all; "jokes" where characters can't say the word "hell" fall completely flat after dubbing. However, words like "estúpido" and "idiota" ("stupid" and "idiot") are much stronger than in English; "son of a bitch" is also ''much'' stronger than in American English; it's translated as "hijo de puta" (literally "son of a whore"). "Puta" is usually bleeped or not said at all on TV; its synonym, "ramera", won't get bleeped, but it's still considered a demeaning word, and hardly ever heard on TV as well. The literal translation of "son of a bitch", "hijo de perra", is also very strong.

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** You don't even have to get that far from the USA. In Mexico and other Spanish-speaking countries, phrases like "¡maldición!" ("damn!"), "¿Qué diablos?" (roughly corresponds to "what the hell?"; literally means "what devils?") and even "(vete) al diablo!" and "vete al Infierno" (literally "(go) to the devil" and "go to hell"), can be heard in family-friendly media. The word "Infierno", used to refer to Hell as a place, is never censored or even afraid upon avoided at all; "jokes" where characters can't say the word "hell" fall completely flat after dubbing. However, words like "estúpido" and "idiota" ("stupid" and "idiot") are much stronger than in English; "son of a bitch" is also ''much'' stronger than in American English; it's translated as "hijo de puta" (literally "son of a whore"). "Puta" is usually bleeped or not said at all on TV; its synonym, "ramera", won't get bleeped, but it's still considered a demeaning word, and hardly ever heard on TV as well. The literal translation of "son of a bitch", "hijo de perra", is also very strong.
9th Apr '18 5:23:38 AM TuppuP
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*** Same with eating horse meat. Perfectly sensible in most of world, but taboo in many english speaking countries.
5th Apr '18 1:05:50 AM Anduryen
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* In ancient Greece, a "Real Man" would find his pleasure with teenage boys, since apparently, that was the macho thing to do. Women were mainly for procreation, and a man who ''preferred'' to sleep with them was considered something of a sissy, or just downright weird.

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* In ancient Greece, a "Real Man" would find his pleasure with teenage boys, since apparently, that was the macho thing to do. Women were mainly for procreation, and a man who ''preferred'' to sleep with them was considered something of a sissy, [[HetIsEw or just downright weird.weird]].
29th Mar '18 10:54:55 PM nurikokairu
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** Eating dogs or cats is considered normal in Asia (as long as they are dogs and cats you ''own'' and not ''stolen'' from others), but in places who value pets such as Europe or America, this is ''terrifying'' because how could you eat those ''pets''?! Talking about [[BrokenBase this can]] result in massive InternetBackdraft. And it should be noted that even though only older generations (people who were born pre-1990s] still eat dogs due to ValuesDissonance and the fact that younger people find those animals unappetizing nowadays, it is still normal and should not be frowned at in Asia.
25th Mar '18 6:14:07 PM Carliro
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* Assuming it isn't just propaganda by mainstream christians, the Borborite gnostic sect would have hit this button to the extreme, since their version of the Eucharist included eating semen, menstrual blood and abortions...
19th Mar '18 2:43:01 PM margdean56
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** The Solarians have a wider taboo forbidding physical presence of another human in the same room for all but the most utterly necessary occasions. They feel disgusted by breathing the air which just went through someone's else lungs. Compare it to our disgust to drink water from a brook someone has just urinated into in our presence.
* ''Literature/TheWheelOfTime'' has several examples, but one of the most noted is the difference between Aiel and "Wetlanders". To Aiel, nakedness is not taboo, they use co-ed sweat tents as a fill-in for showers in their desert homeland-Wetlanders find this scandalous. And this trope occurs for both sides-to Aiel displaying affection in public is taboo. Kissing your spouse with others watching would apparently be viewed similar to how a Wetlander might view having sex with them in public.

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** The Solarians have a wider taboo forbidding physical presence of another human in the same room for all but the most utterly necessary occasions. They feel disgusted by breathing the air which just went through someone's else lungs. Compare it to our disgust to drink at drinking water from a brook someone has just urinated into in our presence.
* ''Literature/TheWheelOfTime'' has several examples, but one of the most noted is the difference between Aiel and "Wetlanders". To Aiel, nakedness is not taboo, they use co-ed sweat tents as a fill-in for showers in their desert homeland-Wetlanders homeland--Wetlanders find this scandalous. And this trope occurs for both sides-to sides--to Aiel displaying affection in public is taboo. Kissing your spouse with others watching would apparently be viewed similar to how a Wetlander might view having sex with them in public.



* In the ''Literature/SwordOfTruth'' series, the Mud People have very different ideas from most others about what constitutes, say, an appropriate compliment--where most might consider it rude, to a Mud Person, telling a woman she has nice breasts just means they think she will make a good mother (whereas asking a Mud Person woman to clean the mud out of her hair is basically propositioning her). When one character is asked to help translate this for a Mud Person smitten with someone from another land, the translator instructs him that he should instead complement things that aren't covered by clothes.

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* In the ''Literature/SwordOfTruth'' series, the Mud People have very different ideas from most others about what constitutes, say, an appropriate compliment--where most might consider it rude, to a Mud Person, telling a woman she has nice breasts just means they think she will make a good mother (whereas asking a Mud Person woman to clean the mud out of her hair is basically propositioning her). When one character is asked to help translate this for a Mud Person smitten with someone from another land, the translator instructs him that he should instead complement compliment things that aren't covered by clothes.



*** Vorinism has some strange hang ups regarding in-laws. When Dalinar's Brother's widow starts expressing interest in him, he acts as though they are actually related

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*** Vorinism has some strange hang ups hangups regarding in-laws. When Dalinar's Brother's widow starts expressing interest in him, he acts as though they are actually relatedrelated.



* In the country of Adara in Gail Dayton's ''Literature/OneRoseTrilogy'', people marry into groups called "Ilians", which consist of no less than four (and no more than twelve) partners of any combination of sexes. The main character just can't figure out why a member of her Ilian from another country is so insecure and jealous until he explains the concept of monogamy. Earlier in the series, the protagonist herself had considered marrying another character, then rejected the idea because they had no one else to join them, and what kind of half-formed Ilian would ''that'' be?

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* In the country of Adara in Gail Dayton's ''Literature/OneRoseTrilogy'', people marry into groups called "Ilians", which consist of no less fewer than four (and no more than twelve) partners of any combination of sexes. The main character just can't figure out why a member of her Ilian from another country is so insecure and jealous until he explains the concept of monogamy. Earlier in the series, the protagonist herself had considered marrying another character, then rejected the idea because they had no one else to join them, and what kind of half-formed Ilian would ''that'' be?
19th Mar '18 2:31:36 PM margdean56
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Whoever you are, whatever you do, there will always be those who disapprove. Some people will start considering you too fat before others stop considering you too thin. There will always be ''someone'' who consider your sexuality (or lack thereof) to be plain ''wrong''. And so on. In some settings, this is codified into entire cultures that disapprove of things that are mainstream for the intended audience (and vice versa). Sometimes dodged by the idea that CultureJustifiesAnything.

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Whoever you are, whatever you do, there will always be those who disapprove. Some people will start considering you too fat before others stop considering you too thin. There will always be ''someone'' who consider considers your sexuality (or lack thereof) to be plain ''wrong''. And so on. In some settings, this is codified into entire cultures that disapprove of things that are mainstream for the intended audience (and vice versa). Sometimes dodged by the idea that CultureJustifiesAnything.
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