What is Taboo?

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What is Taboo? I'm 26 & should know this but I'm having a blonde moment I guess. What is erotica taboo?

I just need to know what it is. Examples I guess of what it is. Can someone please help me on this one? Thanks for the help.

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Taboo erotica can be quite broad(depending on standards, or the current times) In the not so distant past interracial relationships, relationships between much older people and much younger(still adult), or relationships between people of the same sex would have been considered taboo, now generally erotica featuring: heavy bondage(kidnapping for sexual purposes, holding hostage for sexual purposes)bestiality, incest, snuff, necrophilia, rape, or pedophilia,  would be considered erotic taboo to the general consensus, though morally and ethically this will greatly depend on the area one is raised in or what they base their morals on.
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Each erotica publisher will have its own taboos in place, but there are several that pretty much all print publishers share.

They don't want children or babies as sexual objects or partners. In fact, many want all sexually active characters to be 18 or older, because it limits their legal liability. Odd, considering the sexual activity of younger people as a reality.

They don't want animal-human sex, except with shape-shifters or other paranormal elements, or as erotic retelling of ancient mythology. You could rewrite Leda and the Swan, but not Farmer John gets Hot Barn Action.

They don't want rape as eroticism, although it can be a plot element that drives characters to act as they do.

They don't want incest, although step-brothers and -sisters is okay at some since they're not really related.

No sex with those unable to give informed consent, such as the person in a coma, the mentally retarded or brain-damaged, the seriously drunk or drugged, or the dead.

Several common fetishes may be green-lighted at one publisher and absolutely not allowed at another. The best way to know what a given publisher doesn't want, if their submission guidelines are not specific enough, is to either ask them outright or to read what they're publishing to see what's included and what's missing.
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There are several definitions of taboo, but the most recognized one is "declare as sacred and forbidden."  It can also be something that is not mentioned or done by people of a certain culture.

For instance, for a Muslim, it is taboo to show any drawing or representation of Mohammed (or depict him in any way, I think).

To both Jewish people and Muslims, the eating of any product from a pig is taboo.  They are forbidden to eat ham, pork, etc.
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Taboo subjects in erotica actually vary from place to place, but generally, taboos in erotica are subjects like children, animals (Beastiality), dead bodies (necrophilia), etc. and since erotica is involving sex, sex acts with the above-mentioned entities are pretty much taboo, at least for publishers who want to stay in business.
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Taboo comes from a polynesian word "tapu" in the original sense of the word it means - something that is holy or sacred. Thus (usually) forbidden to strangers

The popular meaning is - a strong social ban, or something going against an established societal norm, something; an act or an object considered to be so reprehensible that they are usually unnamed so referred to as "taboo".

This might include cannibalism, incest, sodomy, etc.
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If something is taboo, that usually means that it is considered improper or unacceptable by society at large.

Examples of erotica would be stuff like incest and pedophilia.
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This article is about cultural prohibitions in general, for other uses, see Taboo (disambiguation).

For the Polynesian religious concept (from which the word "Taboo" is derived), see Tapu.

A taboo is a strong social prohibition (or ban) against words, objects, actions, discussions, or people that are considered undesirable or offensive by a group, culture, or society. Breaking a taboo is usually considered objectionable or abhorrent. Some taboo activities or customs are prohibited by law and transgressions may lead to severe penalties. Other taboos result in embarrassment, shame and rudeness.

Contents [hide]

1 Etymology

2 Examples

3 Origin

3.1 Sigmund Freud

4 Taboo on the dead

4.1 Examples

4.1.1 Corpses

4.1.2 Mourners

4.1.3 Naming the dead

4.2 Origins and causes

5 Taboo on rulers

5.1 Examples

6 Taboo on warriors

6.1 Examples

7 See also

8 Notes

9 References

10 External links


[edit] Etymology

Common etymology traces the word back to the Tongan tabu (or tapu)[1][2] meaning "under prohibition" or "not allowed". In its modern use in Tonga, the word "tapu" also means "sacred" or "holy", although often in the sense of being restricted or protected by custom or by law. For example, the main island in the Kingdom of Tonga, where the capital Nuku'alofa is situated and most of the population resides, is called "Tongatapu". In this context, it means "Sacred South", rather than "forbidden south".

The use of the word "taboo" drawn from "tapu" meaning "not allowed" dates back to 1777 and an English explorer, Captain James Cook, visiting a place he named "the Friendly Islands" (now Tonga). Describing the Tongans, he wrote:

"Not one of them would sit down, or eat a bit of any thing.... On expressing my surprise at this, they were all taboo, as they said; which word has a very comprehensive meaning; but, in general, signifies that a thing is forbidden.... When any thing is forbidden to be eat, or made use of, they say, that it is taboo."

Other sources indicate the word can also be derived from the Fijian word tabu.[2]

Some Solomon Islanders say that their languages have a word tabu (pronounced tam-boo) that means holy. It refers to places in the bush where holy spirits reside (usually marked with an object, such as a giant clam shell or stone carving). Those areas should not be disturbed unless a ceremony is taking place, therefore they are places that should not be touched.

[edit] Examples

Taboos can include dietary restrictions (halal and kosher diets, religious vegetarianism, and the prohibition of cannibalism), restrictions on sexual activities, gender roles and relationships (sex outside of marriage, adultery, intermarriage, miscegenation, homosexuality, incest, animal-human sex, pedophilia, necrophilia and paraphilias), restrictions of bodily functions (burping, flatulence, defecation, urination, masturbation, nosepicking, and spitting), restrictions on state of genitalia (circumcision or sex reassignment, exposure of body parts, pornography and nudity), illicit drugs, substance abuse, alcoholism, bodily pain, medical surgery, satanism or devil worship, restrictions on the use of offensive language also known as obscenity and vulgarity, and other topics/subjects that provoke emotional angst or may disturb people to discomfort. Some taboos originated by acts of authority, be it legal, social or religious, over a period of time.

"Common courtesy" taboos have more to do with etiquette and respect, including topics on sexuality, religion, death, suicide, disease, natural disasters, divorce, politics, crime, justice, money issues, gender, race/ethnicity, human rights, oppression, animal abuse, child abuse, domestic violence, abortion, miscarriage, pregnancy, childbirth, age, income, height, weight, appearance, and a variety of religious sins. Environmentalism, other ecology-related issues and scientific controversies (human evolution, eugenics, in-vitro fertilization, human cloning and stem cell research) are often treated like a taboo by their controversial and divisive nature in the realm of politics, morality and religious belief. When not in "polite society", discussions on taboos are allowed in humorous expression, such as comedy and satire.