Are We Still Chasing Amy?
The premise of Kevin Smith’s 1997 film was that the lead male character had big problems with the sexual history of his girlfriend. His girlfriend had extensive sexual experiences with men and women, sometimes at the same time.
In the 12 years since the film was released, maybe times have changed fast. Maybe the internet and cable television have given us so much exposure to and familiarity with sexual issues (aka ”alternatives”) and imagery that fears of the unknown and puritanical concerns have decreased. Maybe I’m so liberal that I’m out of touch with the average person’s sexual sensibilities, but my question is:
Do people really care about the sexual histories of their partners anymore?
Would it matter to you if your significant other had previously had sexual relations with a gender other than your gender?
If your significant other didn’t bring any STDs, emotional baggage, or attachment issues to your relationship, would their sexual history alone be a negative quality? Would you care?
I can’t highly recommend the film because the direction, acting, screenwriting, and more are below average. But the film is interesting as a starting point for discussions about American culture in the last 15 years.
Please don’t misunderstand me. I’m keenly aware that many people in the U.S. and around the world are mortally opposed to so many things “sexual.” This week I watched a good documentary about Afghanistan women, titled “Beyond Belief.” It is horrific how so many women are still insanely mistreated every day in so many parts of the “modern” world.
But are moral standards and concerns about female “purity” and “chastity” changing in the U.S.? I hope so.
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