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21. Posted by tway (Travel Guru 7273 posts) 11y

Did somebody say... martinis????

Wait, wait - Anne will be here any second now...

22. Posted by Cupcake (Travel Guru 8468 posts) 11y

Quoting tway

Polite conversation should steer clear of sex, politics and religion.

Politics and religion are a slippery slope...they are issues that people feel very strongly about...but sex??!!!! I will argue that one to the death....;)

23. Posted by tway (Travel Guru 7273 posts) 11y

What I meant was that we were raised to steer clear of those three subjects. I don't think sex per se is a taboo subject, but rather the political/religious conotations that sex can have.

Which is why some people may be embarassed if you talk about the ins and outs of your personal sex life, but others get downright upset if you discuss what's "wrong" and what's "right".

24. Posted by Brendan (Respected Member 1824 posts) 11y

I beleive people should more openly discuss the things they feel strongly about. Talking about the weather is nice when you are visiting Grandma, but why not talk about the "meat" of life when you have the chance?

Everyone of us has important opinions on the issues that face all of us, why keep it inside? or worse yet, why only converse with people of the same opinion?

Getting the other "side" of the story is a must.

25. Posted by Isadora (Travel Guru 13926 posts) 11y

Did I hear a martini being shaken????

You will argue sex until death??? Clarification, please. Sex? Death? Sounds kind of....

One's sexual preferences should not define someone elses' opinion of them. Anymore than (as Brendan so aptly put it) looks, color, religion, etc.

As far as sur-names go, whatever floats their boat - as it is in any union.

26. Posted by Cupcake (Travel Guru 8468 posts) 11y

Quoting isadora

Did I hear a martini being shaken????

You will argue sex until death??? Clarification, please. Sex? Death? Sounds kind of....

One's sexual preferences should not define someone elses' opinion of them. Anymore than (as Brendan so aptly put it) looks, color, religion, etc.

As far as sur-names go, whatever floats their boat - as it is in any union.

  • Anne is making the martinis
  • I mean sex is not taboo, I don't care if your humping your dog, if it doesn't effect my life-Have a field day! To each their own;)
  • Sexual preferences are as individual as we are!
  • Thats what I said :)
27. Posted by tway (Travel Guru 7273 posts) 11y

Well put, Brendan. We should share and be open about these things, with due respect to those who participate.

My point - which seems to have gone all over the place - is that some bright fellow some time ago said that those 3 subjects were best left out of dinner conversations. I just wanted to put a little sand on the fire that was building here, but I seem to have stoked it instead. My bad!

28. Posted by Brendan (Respected Member 1824 posts) 11y

Perhaps it wasn't sand but cocoa powder?

29. Posted by Cupcake (Travel Guru 8468 posts) 11y

You didn't Tina! :)
I have heard the saying many times before...but not with the sex part. It was always "To keep friends, never discuss politics or religion" Or to not irritate the locals...etc...I for one have always thought no subject was taboo....we can discuss anything! As long as there is respect for the others point of view. We may not agree with it, but that certainly doesn't make it wrong.

30. Posted by Isadora (Travel Guru 13926 posts) 11y

Quoting Brendan

Perhaps it wasn't sand but cocoa powder?

Possibly cocao butter - which burns better.

We agree with you Tway, some subjects do trigger intense emotional responses and this could be one of them if it strays too far.

So, instead of fueling the fire any further - it's martini time. (28,000 martinis coming up... No Mr Isa, that's not your glass!)