Has anyone been following this story? I read the article and everyone’s pointing at a lot of stuff, like blaming India’s urbanization and porn for these attacks. Given that the article also states that India is like number three on the list for watching porn, well, I suppose it’s easier to blame what’s happening on what amounts to a lot of male frustration because they can’t get any poontang.
It does speak to a saying I heard when I was young: A lack of pussy will make a motherfucker crazy.
It made me frown to read that some officials over there are taking an unpopular stance, namely, blaming the victims for what happened to them, like women are just walking around this country wearing a sign that says, “Please rape me” or something equally idiotic.
A women’s rights activist says of India’s thriving porn industry, “…the porn narrative here is one of sexual violence and domination, which is sending signals to men to associate sex with violence.” Well, okay, but India isn’t the only country perusing porn that has such a narrative or sends such signals to men; our own homegrown porn is full of depictions of sexual violence and domination of women by men so, to that end, India’s porn seems to be in line with everyone else’s porn (you should watch Japanese porn if you really want to see this at work) and while one could point to the negative messages porn delivers, I’m not so sure that this is the gist of the problem (not that I have a clue what is the real problem).
I know I’ve watched porn and have been taken aback at the messages being displayed and it doesn’t take a genius to figure out that there are some guys – and maybe gals – who really believe that this ‘art’ reflects real life behaviors; I mean, you can’t watch the sex taking place without seeing shit that kinda takes the fun out of watching porn.
But, again, is this really the problem in India? Well, what I should be asking is that is this really the whole problem or is there something else going on here and perhaps something their cultural pride won’t let them speak about?
So, okay, let’s just blame porn for this. If it is a contributing factor of the attacks, you’d think that if you made the porn go away, you know, stop the narrative and all that, then perhaps it removes a fuel from the fire… except, hmm, porn is a big-time industry, too – doesn’t make sense to shoot yourself in the foot on this one, right? I don’t think making rape a death penalty offense is the answer because while that important survival instinct can be strong enough in India’s men – or most men period – to decide that raping a woman ain’t worth getting killed over, there will be some guys who just might continue to believe that their right to take sex from a woman by force is not only their divine right but is, indeed, worth dying over.
Is their problem a moral one? I don’t pretend to understand their morality but if it’s anything like an Indian co-worker once told me it was, it’s quite possible that their morality is the reason why these rapes are occurring given that it’s both biased against women and restrictive (or so I was told).
This is just some really insane shit. Even legalizing prostitution isn’t much of an answer because like we see here and in other countries, a prostitute stands a better chance of being brutalized and raped – and all because the guy’s paying for it; with the price of some good pussy can command, some men are gonna be damned sure to get their money’s worth – and at the expense of some hapless sex worker – and workers that governments aren’t too keen about protecting since said sex workers are considered to be lower than low in a lot of cultures.
- “How Porn Has Destroyed My Generation” Guest Post by James Marchant, age 17. (thevenusenvy.wordpress.com)
- Porn Is Not the Problem – You Are (psychologytoday.com)