Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Why Are Things Taboo?

Wikipedia defines 'taboo' as:  a strong social prohibition (or ban) relating to any area of human activity or social custom that is sacred and or forbidden based on moral judgment, religious beliefs and or scientific consensus.


So that tells us something right there.  It's society's views on certain things that make it taboo.  But why?  Why have some things that are so normal become such a horrible thing to talk about, or admit to?  It can be anything from having certain illnesses, to certain things that turn you on, to your religious preferences.  And things that are taboo here in America, are considered taboo in other places and vice versa.  


It seems like certain things that are taboo tend to become the norm, or at least socially accepted, over time.  Things like divorce, mental disorders, equal rights, amongst others, are now more socially acceptable to bring up at the dinner table than they were, say, 20 years ago.  Just look at the things that are on television now, and in music lyrics, compared to 20 years ago.  


We may not ever understand why there is a certain stigma about certain things that make them so hard to talk about, or make us feel so ashamed.  But one thing is for certain:  It doesn't matter what it is, there are other people like you, that have a tie to that same stigma.  Whether it be a sexual fetish that turn you both on, a secret disease you are hiding from your family, the fact that you are into cannibalism, that you secretly like Twilight, or whatever.  You are not alone.  The only thing that makes you feel alone is the shame and guilt that society puts on the things that you want to talk about, but feel like you can't.  


Feel alone no more.  This is why I'm here.  I'm going to attempt to bring into the mainstream, some of the things that people just don't want to talk about.  I'm going to make people know that they are not alone.  


So please, if you have something you would like me to cover, send me an email at tessataboo@gmail.com, or use the handy form here on my blog.  Rest assured, I will never use your name unless you ask me to.  


Also, I'm going to start a feature called Fantasy Fridays.  If you have a fantasy that you would like to write about, feel free to email it to me, and I will put it up anonymously, or link back to your blog, if you like!


Yours Truly,
Tessa Taboo ~xoxo~

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