The big fuss about porn and its banning by the Indian government

One wonders whether all the fuss about 800+ odd porn websites being banned in India had something to do with the sort of government we have (BJP-led) at the centre or it actually had to do something with freedom of personal choice. After the so-called “furore” by the so-called “liberals” the government is known to have retracted and according to this BBC link, has instructed the Internet service providers to ban just those porn websites that have kids in them.

I find the entire brouhaha stupid at best. All these people chest beating about the porn ban are really worried about personal choice or they are simply ululating because it is the wrong sort of government that has taken the “draconian” step.

Porn is bad and very few people will disagree. It’s not about what is shown, it’s about how most of the porn content is made. This link explains, in all the gory details, how women are treated while making porn movies. They are dehumanised. Most of the male participants and porn filmmakers are women haters. Once these women agreed to act in a porn movie, it’s free game for the producers, directors and the male actors. The women can be raped, they can be beaten, they can be gagged, they can be burned and according to one female actor, one of the women was also disembowelled.

My initiation into porn was a gang rape by five men, arranged by Mr. Traynor. It was the turning point in my life. He threatened to shoot me with the pistol if I didn’t go through with it. I had never experienced anal sex before and it ripped me apart. They treated me like an inflatable plastic doll, picking me up and moving me here and there. They spread my legs this way and that, shoving their things at me and into me, they were playing musical chairs with parts of my body. I have never been so frightened and disgraced and humiliated in my life. I felt like garbage. I engaged in sex acts for pornography against my will to avoid being killed. The lives of my family were threatened.

Most supposedly educated people protested against the porn ban must surely be aware of how most of the porn content is created so it is a safe bet that it was mostly the political agenda that drove them to speak up against the ban. In the name of freedom of choice, it won’t surprise you that one day they will also support the freedom of choice of the ISIS members uploading videos of various beheadings they carry out on weekly basis.

In the wake of the ban, renowned journalist Pritish Nandy tweeted

Although I asked him if he had some data to back his claim but naturally he didn’t respond because these journalists have gotten used to saying anything that comes to their mind because until the arrival of the social media, nobody could question them. But that’s different issue. Recently a survey was carried out among the prostitutes and call girls and more than 99% claimed that their clients often demand weird and dangerous stuff because they had previously seen that stuff in the porn clips. Incidents of minors committing rapes have increased because they see porn videos online and then want to enact those scenes no matter what. So it is highly outrageous and moronic to claim that abundance of porn on the Internet has no significantly negative impact on the society.

Personal freedom, yes it matters and ideally, the government shouldn’t decide what we can watch and what we cannot watch. Even the thought of a dozen snooty babus deciding what we can see on the Internet is cringing. That’s another topic and it has got nothing to do with my aversion to porn websites.

Talking about morality puts people off these days because nobody likes to be lectured upon. But I like what Swapan Dasgupta writes here:

Pornography was always something that was surreptitiously circulated and sold and never for public flaunting. Maybe this was evidence of Victorian double standards or even hypocrisy, but it corresponded to existing cultural mores. The internet disturbed this equilibrium by making pornography available on demand. The sense of social awkwardness that accompanied the ‘consumption’ of pornography in an earlier age was removed by technology. The ban doesn’t put an end to pornography; it restores its deviant status.

Far more disturbing are the objections of those who have linked the ban to a supposed state-sponsored erosion of liberal values. Rather than examine the specific facets of pornography, the government directive has been juxtaposed against a libertarian ideal where the state leaves individual tastes outside any regulatory framework.

One thought on “The big fuss about porn and its banning by the Indian government

  1. Ashish

    I think lot of BJP supporters too questioned the ban, at least I did and from reddit my perception is so, so first theory is that it’s those sikular liberals who did is wrong in this case.

    Second what you indicate as forced porn is likely much small proportion. Most porn is from US which has this as thriving industry and economic activity.

    Third, if sweet is made with adulterated milk would you stop adulteration or catch sweet maker or just ban sweet? Porn ban is like last knee-jerk reaction.

    Fourthly, world is complex place and what seems intuitive isn’t always so. There is pretty decent academic literature on how porn doesn’t contribute to whatever people think it does. People are free to take do their own scientific study as well. Banning on perceived moralistic principle often is wrong and has no limit.

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