I can understand why sex so fascinates our species. It probably fascinates nearly every species with a brain. Sex, after all, is the means to reproduction. Thus it is reasonable to suppose evolution would select for individuals who were just short of being fascinated by it to the point of being dysfunctional.
However, what I do not understand is America's near panic and hysteria regarding all things sexual. I recognize that not all Americans are set off by the merest whiff of sexuality. Yes, I know there are many reasonable people among us. Perhaps even a majority of reasonable people. But if so, why does not that majority of reasonable people seem to calm the crazies among us? Why is that majority not more outspoken? And why are the crazies the dominant voices?
I know it's old history, but please consider for a moment Janet Jackson's 2004 Superbowl mishap in which a single one of her nipples was flashed on TV for less than half a second. Did you know the FCC received over a half million complaints for that incident? Moreover, the FCC itself took the matter so seriously that it fined CBS a record amount of money. All for showing the mere glimpse of a nipple.
The propensity of at least a sizable minority of Americans to go bonkers at the merest suggestion of sexuality has been explained to me in various ways. It is a legacy of our Puritan ancestry. A legacy of the Victorian Age. A hold over from the repressed 1950s. Something rooted in Evangelicalism. A reactionary backlash to the 60s and 70s. A sign of true decadence, when the semblance of morality has become more important than the substance of morality. Or, evidence that Americans never really graduate from middle school.
Perhaps. Maybe. Who knows. Some, or even all, of those theories may have a bit of truth to them. But I myself am not sure. I wish I understood the sexual panic and hysteria in America, but I do not. So what am I missing? Are there any notable reasons for it? If so, what are they?