15 American Taboos We Rarely Address

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Are you ready to break the silence? Certain conversations can be uncomfortable but are often the most important. By tackling tricky topics, we can build stronger relationships, promote better understanding, and create a more inclusive world. So, take a deep breath and swipe to read about 15 American taboos we seldom discuss. 

End-of-life care and planning


Discussing end-of-life care and planning can be uncomfortable, but it’s essential for ensuring that loved ones’ wishes are respected. Advanced care planning, including living wills and power of attorney, can alleviate the burden and stress on family members.

Financial planning for retirement


Starting early, setting realistic goals, and diversifying investments can lead to a comfortable retirement and reduce stress and anxiety. Financial planning for retirement may seem daunting, but it’s necessary for a secure future.

Mental health and therapy


Sadly, mental health and therapy are vital for well-being yet often stigmatized. Open conversations and seeking help can improve mental health, build stronger relationships, and increase resilience.

Sexual health and STI prevention


Talking about sexual health and STI prevention may be difficult, but it’s a crucial aspect of taking care of our bodies and minds. Practicing safe sex, getting regular testing, and open communication can prevent STIs and promote healthy relationships.

Body image and self-acceptance


People often evade discussing body image and self-acceptance, perpetuating harmful beauty standards and unrealistic expectations. Honest dialogues can help challenge societal norms and promote inclusivity and self-love, enhancing mental health, self-esteem, and a more encompassing definition of beauty.

Healthy communication in relationships


All successful relationships depend on healthy communication to thrive. This involves active listening, expressing empathy, and addressing conflicts. Healthy communication can strengthen bonds, build trust, and enhance mutual growth.

Consent and boundaries


We often avoid conversations about consent and boundaries, but we have seen friends, family, and colleagues struggle with violations, shame, and guilt. Let’s create a space to share our raw stories, listen without judgment, and support each other in setting boundaries and respecting them. 

Grief and loss of support


When grief and loss touch our lives, we often don’t know what to say or do. But simply being present, listening, and acknowledging the pain can be a powerful comfort. We need to find a way to connect through our struggles, tears, and memories without fear and find comfort in each other’s company.

Body odor and personal hygiene


Let’s get real, folks! Body odor and personal hygiene can be a real stink bomb (pun intended)! But instead of overlooking and ignoring it, let’s own it and stock up on deodorant and mints, shall we? After all, a fresh scent is just a stick away!

Death and mourning


The final goodbye is a painful reality we all face, yet discussing death and mourning remains a cultural taboo. By sharing our grief, supporting those who mourn, and acknowledging the beauty of a life well-lived, we will make a society that honors the departed and comforts those left behind.

Addiction and recovery


Shame and stigma surround the struggles of addiction, hushing those who suffer and hindering their path to recovery. Openly sharing our struggles and supporting those who seek help is essential. Everyone should experience a culture that encourages healing, understanding, and second chances and celebrates stories of redemption.

Awkward family dynamics


Family gatherings can be a minefield of awkwardness, characterized by avoidance of sensitive topics, passive-aggressive comments, and overly critical interactions. Examples include families avoiding discussions on divorce, loss of job or debt, siblings arguing over inheritance, and generational differences causing tension. These dynamics create a stressful and tense family environment.

Career Changes as an Adult


Fear of failure and societal pressure to pursue a single career often discourage adults from pursuing new passions. We must recognize that career evolution is a natural part of growth and development. Certain transitions may birth more fulfilling lives and paths of lifelong learning.

Menstrual health and hygiene


Millions of Americans experience menstrual cycles every year, yet discussions about menstrual health and hygiene remain scarce. Regular check-ups, honest conversations with healthcare providers, and access to affordable products can make a significant difference. 

Suicide prevention and support


According to the CDC WISQARS (2020), each year, over 47,000 Americans die by suicide, making it the 10th leading cause of death. Access to crisis resources like the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (1-800-273-TALK) and reduced stigma around seeking help can save lives and support those affected by suicide loss.

Written by Johann H