Raquel Welch: Americans Are All Sex Addicts
The '60s sex symbol speaks out against America's addiction to orgasms, and what she calls our "era of porn."
Actress Raquel Welch thinks that Americans are all sex addicts. Calling today’s society an “era of porn,” she complains that there's no longer any anticipation or personalization in sex, only the exploitation of male libidos. “I think we’ve gotten to the point in our culture where we’re all sex addicts, literally," she tells Men's Health magazine. "We have equated happiness in life with as many orgasms as you can possibly pack in.” Her comments may cause surprise, given that 71-year-old Welch has been considered such a sex symbol herself. She's known for roles in films like Myra Breckinridge and One Million Years BC—for which she donned an ultra-skimpy animal skin bikini. She's also immortalized at the number two spot on Men’s Health's “Hottest 100 Women of All Time” list. But none of that alters her feeling that sexuality has become far too open in today's society. “Nobody remembers what it’s like to be left to form your own ideas about what’s erotic and sexual,” she says. “I don’t care if I’m being one of those old fogies who says, ‘Back in my day we didn’t have to hear about sex all the time.’ They’re ruining us with all the explanations and graphicness.”