Speaking solely in regards to the American tradition, we honkeys tend to take certain pleasure in stereotyping the races against which we hold animosity as sexually promiscuous, among other things. Sexual promiscuity is one of the most common cliches of bigotry; the Native Americans were savage and lustful brutes, the Mexicans scarcely elevate themselves to any activity unrelated to breeding and stealing, and the Jews, lovers of indulgence, have no respectable restraint in suppressing their own primal urges to breed. African Americans, as proof of their innately hyper-sexed nature (and in some cases of more bizarre Christian rhetoric, as incubus-like tempters of decent-yet-inherently-sinful women), have gigantic dongs with which they do nothing but bang all of our precious white bitches. It's interesting to note that these projections of sexual promiscuity are coming from a society that ultimately reveres sexual conservatism as belonging to those of higher standards and religious conviction; in this case, sexuality is the Other, and "invasive" races are the recipients of misdirected repression. That isn't to say that racism and stereotyping are the only ways in which we tend to express these fears and, in some cases, these subtle desires that we have to rebel against what is considered acceptable, but it's the one that I'm doing the most thinking about right now.
I think it's pretty telling that even now in 2011, so many people still think black guys all invariably have huge dicks and black women are all indiscriminately experienced and even deviant in the bedroom. These tropes are so ingrained in our culture that to the younger generations, they're not even considered offensive or racist due to some kind of counter-culture praise for overt sexuality; these are "positive" stereotypes and therefore acceptable, while the conservative moral majority still sees these cliches as further examples of inferiority and social Otherness. Couple this with more outward racial perceptions you'll hear if you hang around your grandpa or uncle too much - black people look like monkeys, they're naturally stupid except for the very few who put on business suits and have the good sense to go to Harvard, they're more prone to criminal activity because they have no impulse control or even a fundamentally immoral nature - and you're not only looking at some laughably archaic and repetitive patterns in cultural prejudice, but some pretty clear reflections of what we see in ourselves as alien and worthy of expulsion.
It's kinda sad. I wonder how we ended up cherry-picking sexuality, as all things, to be the end-all-be-all natural crime? "We" specifically meaning the U.S. cultural tradition. Not to get all Barrett up in here, but look at Japan as an example of another (and far older) culture developing a very different fundamental perspective on sexuality. Look at "The Tale of Genji", written in 1000 A.D., detailing the ideal Japanese noble: a physically beautiful, artistically inclined, highly intelligent man who went around falling in love with every married woman/goddess/15 year old girl this side of the anime and having adorable babies with all of them. Sex was okay in feudal Japan, where you were expected to kill yourself if you tarnished your honor. Part of their ancient courting ritual involved sneaking into your future-bride's house and making sweet love to her three times without getting caught. Come on.
The point here is that there are different cultural traditions regarding sexuality; not every other culture was built on the same perspective as ours. Japan's earliest civilizations saw sexuality as a healthy and even beautiful part of the tragicomedy of human existence, while our country was founded by Puritans who nailed their underwear on and accused the local !!UNMARRIED HARLOT!! of witchcraft. If our culture tends to be a bit schizophrenic with our moral standards, and arguably terrified and aroused by the idea of creative expression, then it's not terribly shocking. I donno. I'm mentioning this because I personally didn't think about how other societies differed from our own way back in the day on this stuff. I just kinda figured everyone in the world was a prude before (and including) the 1800s, and knowing that this is untrue and how different views influenced different moral standards is pretty fascinating.
Makes you think, doesn't it? Or maybe it's just me. The more I think about this stuff, the more I see in myself a very real need to examine my own perceptions. For example, obviously my own views of sex are horrendously negative and messed up and I've known this for a long time, but it's only now that I've started to gain a broader understanding of it. It's interesting from a sociological standpoint but mostly from the view of personal growth.
Sperglord over and out.