Day Cabbie

San Francisco taxi stories from one of the very rare female drivers

Germans and the porn industry

I was driving on Brannan, approaching 2nd Street. A guy was standing at the intersection I was approaching, trying to flag a cab. Two cabs drove by him. I pulled over to pick him up. When he saw me, he raised his arm again and looked at me with a question mark on his face. I waved him towards me.

"It's funny how sometimes you know you are going to be somebody's cab before they do," I said after a couple of blocks.

"Oh yeah?"

"Yeah."

"Where are you from?"

"Germany."

"Where in Germany?"

"A small town near Düsseldorf," I went through the motions, secretly sighing with boredom.

"You like it better here?"

"Yes, much," I said, still secretly sighing with boredom.

"Hm."

"This is something that didn't really occur to me until recently: I think there is still a lot of severity left in Germany after the war."

"Yeah, that kind of thing takes generations to disappear."

"Yeah."

"But you'll also find some very open-minded individuals in Germany."

"Sure."

"I produce adult films, and Germans are very influential in that area."

"Really?"

"Yeah, I find them to be very open sexually."

"Huh."

"I think it's because Germany is not very religious. Isn't that true?"

"Yes, it is. Religion is sort of just a formality there. It's there but nobody really cares about it. It's totally on the sidelines."

"I think that's exactly why people are so open sexually."

"Wow. I always thought that Germans were rather closed and repressed."

"Yes, I think they are, on the outside, as a formality."

"But once you get past that--"

"--they are very open."

"And you think it's the absence of religion that creates that?"

"Yes."

"Wow. I'm actually proud of my people right now."

"Haha."

"Thank you for giving me that new perspective."

"You're welcome."

2 Comments:

At 10/05/2007 12:32:00 PM, Blogger jkomush said...

I had a similiar conversation with a young man from germany a few weeks back. . . at least the religion part. . . from his persepctive americans are very prudish. . . I'd have to say I agree with him (to a certain extent)

 
At 10/08/2007 10:50:00 PM, Anonymous Kai said...

I'd agree somehow - Religion is some sort of sidelined in Germany although most Germans are either protestants or catholics and even pay taxes through the government :)

But: I wouldn't consider Germany or the typical German to be very open-minded when it comes to sexuality. Well - probably depends on the perspective, compared to a lot of people in the US - yes, they are. Still, the country and the society overall is prudish in Germany as well, particular when it comes to off-mainstream sexual preferences. Gay and Lesbian might be at the border of being accepted in urban areas, but that's pretty much it. Actually we both changed a wee bit after not living in Germany anymore.

But then again - not sure how and if being sexually open-minded goes along with consuming or producing porn necessarily. I agree that Germany must be the mecca for all producers of adult movies - each video rental store usually has a larger area for adult movies than for family movies. Sadly 99.9% of those adult movies are crap and it's a hassle to find the good and "entertaining" ones :)

 

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