SHOULD PORNOGRAPHY BE BANNED IN INDIA
Jada Pinkett Smith, a 47-year-old actress has recently, in an interview, admitted that opening up about her experiences with porn in front of her mother and 18-year-old daughter was a “TMI(too much information) moment”, but said the conversation was important to have because porn can be a tough subject for so many people.
Pornography has become an industry in itself today, and, is flourishing day by day. But what is the reason behind it? What has caused porn to be so popular, especially among the youth? Let’s see
What is Pornography?
Pornography is basically the depiction of sexually explicit material, for the exclusive purpose of sexual arousal. The matter may be depicted through images, audios or even videos.
The pornographic content has gained a very high demand, on the internet, for the past few years, and is still is on rise. There is a separate industry that has flourished, dedicated to making videos about porn. A lot of comics and jokes, memes, etc., about porn, are something that is highly appreciated by the youth, these days.
But, the growing popularity of porn or pornographic content, especially among the youth, can be a matter of stress and dismay, and that’s why there is heating debate nowadays, that should porn be banned in India?
“Beauty provokes harassment, the law says, but it looks through men’s eyes when deciding what provokes it”- Naomi Wolf, The Beauty Myth
“Guys watch porn too much porn, and no those girls do not exist. They are not real girls. That’s like women watching romantic movies, because that’s girl’s porn. And like, those guys do not exist.”- Miley Cyrus
“By saying there should be porn for women you are actually isolating women as a gender. It’s like saying, that’s how women should think, that’s how their sexuality should be.” – James Deen
STATISTICS –What Numbers have to Say?
1)Banning porn does not reduce sexual crime, say reports. In 2013, a petition was filed in the Supreme Court seeking a ban on porn, citing it as a major cause for crimes against women, which is believed to be the reasoning behind banning porn by the government. However, there is ample evidence that banning porn doesn’t lower crime rates. “The more repressed society is the more the acts of sexual violence. If you see examples of Congo, Somalia, Afghanistan, Pakistan, and India – these are places (where) sexuality is not out in the open and acts of sexual violence are high,” said Arundhati Ghosh, a woman activist.
2)64% of young people, ages 13–24, actively seek out pornography weekly or more often.
3) A study of 14 to 19-year-olds found that females who consumed pornographic videos were at a significantly greater likelihood of being victims of sexual harassment or sexual assault.
4)A 2015 meta-analysis of 22 studies from seven countries found that internationally the consumption of pornography was significantly associated with an increase in verbal and physical aggression, among males and females alike.
5)Despite blocking more than 3,500 porn websites by the government in India, statistics say that about 35-40% of the downloaded data is related to porn, as per the September 2017 reports.
6)The world’s most popular porn website released a series of statistics which said, “While Indians of every age group got a little taste of the smut, 44% of visitors in India were aged between 18 to 24 years, while 41% of them were aged between 25 years to 34 years. The average age for Indians exploring the world of porn in 2018 was 29.”
7)According to the survey, 40% of students watch rape porn, and after watching rape porn, 76% confessed that they wanted to rape a woman.
DESCRIPTION – Let’s take a Deep Dive
There has been a heating debate about the pornographic content available online, and it’s increasing use by the viewers. As shown in the above statistics, it can be said that watching porn or pornographic content is on the rise and is also leading to many unfortunate crimes like sexual harassments, child trafficking, human trafficking etc. But, is porn really, the only reason behind it? Or is it a combined effect of many other things? Will banning porn, reduce the sexual harassment incidences? Let’s have a detailed study of it.
Generally speaking, porn is a means of entertainment for adults, like any other type of entertainment. The use of pornographic images in comics, or what was called, “adult comics”, has been used since the 19th century. And also, we can’t deny or shy away from the fact that sex is an important part of everyone’s lives. And videos about sex or porn are just a means of expressing that important emotion. It’s so natural for a youngster or a teenager to have a keen desire for sex, at some point in life.
Watching pornographic content just entertains them, or pleases them for a while, which has no harm in itself. In fact, studies reveal that watching porn can actually reduce stress and anger to a higher level. And also it can be said that banning porn can be an infringement to personal freedom.
But, in places where sexuality is not discussed openly, like in our country, porn can actually prove to be a threat. According to a survey, the people who are addicted to porn can have a higher level of aggression and also, they can get violent or physical, very easily. It was also seen that “the young boys want their partners to be like the one in that video, to satisfy their physical needs”, according to reports. Also, increased women trafficking, child trafficking, and rape cases are a result of addiction to porn. It also encourages the same gender sex, violent sex, or sex with multiple partners, as some people debate.
Also, recently in India, the video making and editing app TikTok was banned, because it encouraged physical desires and increased physical offences, as the reason given by the government. Jokes, clips and footage related to India’s thriving movie industry dominate the app’s platform, along with memes and videos in which youngsters; some scantily clad, lip-sync and dance to popular music. The ban was however lifted after some days.
Honestly speaking, sex education is the only way out of these problems. In a country like ours, where the teenagers, who do not know much about sex, are attracted towards these pornographic sites, out of curiosity. And they might end up taking steps, at an early age that can harm them and society. Proper sex education helps them to find out the difference between the wrong and the right.
ADVANTAGES OF PORNOGRAPHY
1)As discussed above, watching porn can be healthy and it reduces stress.
2)It is considered to be safe sex and helps to normalize desires.
3)It can give a sense of physical satisfaction and therefore, there can be a significant decrease in the number of sex offences.
DISADVANTAGES OF PORNOGRAPHY
1)Addiction to pornography can lead to an increase in sexual offences.
2)It also encourages violations against women and women rights.
3)The exploitation of children, sexually, is also on rising because of addiction to porn.
4)Also, it has severe mental effects like increased verbal and physical aggression, varying mood swings, etc.
5)Increased rates of depression, anxiety, early sexual debut, and sexual promiscuity, etc.
From the above discussion, it can be said that watching porn or pornographic content is not a bad or a harmful thing, but getting addicted to it surely is. Putting a ban on porn might reduce sexual offences to some level, but it cannot completely stop these offences. The roots need to be fixed. Physical intimacy is a sensitive topic that needs to be discussed.
For that, proper sex education must be provided, especially to the youth, at an early age. School books should have the proper information for the children, so that they don’t get misguided, and thereby reducing the risks of future offences. Love is a beautiful emotion and physical involvement is just its expression. It should not be mistaken with just sex.
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Author – Shraddha Khaparde
Scrutiny – Riddhi Pansare