Your Passport to Hotter
Sex This year, give your sex life a bold international flavour.
The world is getting smaller, more of us are travelling, and we know more about other cultures than ever before. But what happens behind their bedroom doors remains a bit of a mystery. So we asked Cosmo editors from our sexiest international editions to fill us in on their countries’ attitudes (and tips!) about everything sex-related. Read on to add a little international flavour to your love life—and get up to speed on what to expect if you’re planning a vacay abroad. Sexy travels!
How different countries feel about... SENDING SEXY PICS MAKING A SEX TAPE ONLINE DATING WHO PAYS ON DATES KINKY SEX TRENDS WATCHING PORN SAME-SEX EXPERIMENTING THE GAY SCENE MASTURBATION
In most cultures, cheating means kissing someone else, the end. But these lands have their variation.
NETHERLANDS “As soon as there is sexual tension in any way, that’s cheating.” THAILAND “Secretly talking to other people.” BRAZIL “Cheating is kissing someone, even if you’re drunk; going out with someone while travelling, even if you’re sure nobody’s going to find out; talking to someone in a bar for the whole evening without mentioning that you’re in a relationship; going out for drinks with a friend and meeting someone with whom you had a history; and online sex, online flirting, and sexting. But friendly talk with an ex on Facebook is okay, if you tell your partner about it. Funny fact: some men here consider this cheating.”
CHINA “It’s cheating when physical sex is involved. But a lot of women are talking about soul cheating, which is even worse. People will sometimes tolerate cheating if it happens only once. If it happens again, some people seek a revenge cheat in order to maintain the relationship.” SPAIN “Creating intimacy with someone you are attracted to. It doesn’t matter how: regular texting, having dinner... if you’re willing to do that, better to break up with your boyfriend before.” PHILIPPINES “It starts with emotional intimacy with others.”
UK “Anything that betrays trust in a relationship. There is debate about emotional cheating—more and more people flirt online or send pictures or content that might be deemed inappropriate.”
SENDING SEXY PICS
MAKING A SEX TAPE
Women in most countries are all about sending sexy pics to their significant other. Sex tapes, on the other hand? Not so much...
FRANCE “Making a sex tape? Unimaginable. Gross. Yeurk. Just a porn thing.” ITALY “It’s a nice idea, but the attitude is ‘Be careful if the story ends’.”
LATIN AMERICA “Cosmo readers here make a sex tape only [if they’ve been dating someone] for at least six months.”
THAILAND “Most of their partners have asked [if they could make a sex tape], but the women here do not think it is safe enough.” But if you and your man
do decide to make one, we suggest you follow this wise advice from the UK, Aussie, and Netherlands Cosmo editors.
UK “British women are well-versed in the rule that you should use your own phone to record anything and delete the video after you’ve watched it!” AUSTRALIA “A lot of women send sexties [sexts] and make sex tapes. We warn them to do it carefully and with someone they trust.” NETHERLANDS “Just don’t photograph your head!” Or, you know, scream each other’s first and last names during your performance!
2 AVERAGE NUMBER OF DATES MOST COUPLES WAIT BEFORE THEY ACTUALLY HAVE SEX. BUT IF YOU’RE CHINESE, THAI OR FILIPINO, IT’S AS MUCH AS TWO TO SIX MONTHS.
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