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Maybe he was just upset because Italy is now out of the World Cup.Emotion: crying

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I agree with you in most of your points. Things are different everywhere. No two countries are alike. I live in Ecuador and initiating discussions about sexuality are generally taboo here. However I've been teaching English here for some time now and I've discovered that once the subject of sexuality is broached Ecuadorians will discuss the matter in such depth and detail as to make an Englishman's ears turn red.
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In Italy, what are the taboos about showing tattoos in the workplace? I will be in Milan over the summer and have an anchor tattoo on the top of my foot and would want to wear pumps but im afraid when im working I shouldnt be showing it. Would it be best to cover it up?
i'm from England as well and i'm in my last year of high school but i have never had an issue about religion with anyone i know and i wouldn't really consider it a taboo subject as in lessons such as pshe and religious studies we are encouraged by teachers to discuss our opinions on religion and politics, in school we talk about it a lot as well we talk about it like we talk about science theory's its just one of those things and iv'e never had someone come up to me and say hey don't mention religion i do get your view point that you have to be careful about what you say as it can seem offensive when what you mean isn't ...
Here in the United States, the biggest taboo is racial matters.

Everybody walks on eggshells here when it comes to that topic.

The American government itself has predicted that by 2050, less than 50% of Americans will be of European ancestry.

Also, -- of course -- sex is always a taboo subject. Some years back, one of our presidents did something naughty in the

White House with a female employee. Many of our friends in other countries said, "So what?" Those friends said

something like: "In our countries, many leaders have both wives and girlfriends. No big deal!" But here in the United States, it is

a big deal. (As you know, people are now upset because some of the American president's bodyguards recently paid for

"romance" while they were in South America.)
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Emotion: movieEmotion: zip itI agree, but I have also found that talking about drugs; prescription ones or illegal ones, usually gets people quite hot headed........its no ones business, so you can only talk with people who understand the medical need for them.
I'm from the Midwestern United States, and I have to say that it depends on the person about some things. I won't talk about money except to my family and that's because I am a dependent and they have to know about that stuff.
Here's a list of things not to talk about in public:
Religion beyond denomination
Politics beyond Conservative or Liberal and the latest election.
Sex, sexuality, deviancy, fetishes
Psychological Disorders
Bodily functions- farting or burping in public is rude. Apologies are necessary.
Not all members of groups that are discriminated against or oppressed necessarily turn stereotypes inward. Many remain proud of their heritage, or are able to take prominent places in the larger society through their exercise of effort, intelligence, talent, interpersonal skill, and self-respect. Many members of oppressed groups try to escape their situations by emigration or other means, and many succeed. Some rise up and overthrow their oppressors, although this can cause nearly as many problems as it solves.
Don’t assume that just because someone is a member of a group that has experienced bias, he is suffering from the results of internal oppression. Individuals are different, and have different experiences and backgrounds. If you assume internal oppression in all cases without getting to know the individual at least a little, you may, in trying to be helpful and empathetic, find that instead you’re being condescending or insulting.
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Immigrants should not seek to change the US
I am a refugee from the 1956 Russian oppression. I’m very proud and grateful to be an American. But I would not have been able to come here if I did not have a sponsor who guaranteed shelter and a job for me (and my mother). I also had to be healthy and politically not anti-American, which I never was. What is wrong with this? Nothing. I came here to accept the new life, laws and opportunities. How can any immigrant or refugee, who is not a citizen, have any right to try to change the American way and undermine the country that took them in? And try to change the Constitution to suit their religion? They should all be deported back where they came from! If you don’t like our Christian country, go back to your own country. The rest of us like America and the Constitution just fine. We love this country and love the fact that government and religion are separate. If President Obama would have acted and not pulled the troops out, ISIS could have not grown so much and caused all these refugees. He never had ISIS under control. He would like to have this as his legacy — but it failed miserably, like everything else he has done. He should have been impeached; if he was white and Republican, he would have been long ago. Now he is hiding under the cause of global warming. Let’s see if he fails there, too.
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