Hot and Sexy

The most conspicuous signs of modernity can be seen in the area of human sexual mores. The expression “sexy” and “hot” are central to the rise in social enlightenment. For as our interests in scientific studies increase, moralistic restrictions on human sexual behavior decrease. The expression “hot” seems to indicate a more active interest in sexual behaviour than the more passive “sexy” for sexy seems to suggest a kind of attractiveness that may include both personal and physical qualities; “hot” is less ambiguous, and indicates a mostly physical attractiveness based on a perceived willingness to engage in unrestrained physical contact. In a less enlightened, less scientific age, the term “hot” as an epithet predicting someones sexual interests was not heard though the less invasive “sexy” was spoken by speakers hiding safely behind its playful ambiguity. And the kind of person to which the terms are applied highlight a kind of old fashionedness in appearance and manner of someone described as sexy possessing perhaps the playful prettiness of the mythical Aphrodite, as contrasted with one depicted as more real and functionally “hot” by our contemporaries.

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