Why I support the ban on porn

Because a repressed society with easy access to porn is a ticking time bomb!

Not for any of the usual prudish reasons though. I honestly believe that if society would stop making such a big deal about consensual sex and let folks sleep with whoever they wanted to without judging them, the world would be a much better place. Yet I find myself inclined to support the current clampdown on porn, despite all the obvious concerns around free choice etc. Here is why:360px-Khajuraho_137

  1. Technically, transmission of pornographic online content is currently a crime under section 292 of the IPC. So the only choice in front of the government is to either decriminalize it through legislation. Or to enforce the law. We can at best say we do not like the law and lobby the government to change the law.

  1. Much more worryingly, today there is unrestricted mass access to pornography like never before. Almost 50% of India accesses the net only through their mobile phones, and this can be anyone from 12 year olds in school to people who have led extremely insulated lives and simply do not have the graduated exposure necessary to understand what porn really is. If you do not have normal healthy relationships and your only source of gratification is porn, it can certainly do weird things to your mind. And everyone who owns a mobile phone today knows how much porn is floating around even in the most mundane groups and mail lists. It is ubiquitous to say the least.
  1. Easy access to porn for children is particularly concerning. However much we may talk to them, is a 12 yr old ever going to be prepared for a graphic porn video? And yet they are inevitably going to come across it in the current scenario of free access. Children are innately curious and it would be the rare child who would not click the blinking side bar when it comes up. Recent Canadian research shows that most boys had encountered online porn by the time they were just 10 years old! In a society where we are unwilling to talk to children about sex and its positive aspects, children are now growing up learning everything that they know from pornography. And you can’t really filter deviant porn from regular porn. Wouldn’t it be simply better if the link did not work when the child clicked it?
  1. The same applies to repressed minds. Let’s face it, we may have come from the history of Vatsyayana but for generations large sections of our society have been sexually repressed, restricted and do not get to freely interact with the opposite sex. They simply do not have the maturity and exposure to understand that porn is not real life! Today it is presented to them as an experience that they must seek. An experience that is somehow available to the privileged, but not to them. With inevitable consequences.
  1. At a broad level, there is also the fact that the porn industry is joined at the hip to the human trafficking industry. And in a poor country like India, rising demand for “localized” content is bound to produce horrific tales of exploitation. Is our “free choice” worth the slavery and brutalization of someone else?
  1. Then there are the scientifically documented negative effects that porn has on the human brain. Especially on male sexual performance. Porn has been shown to be as addictive as drugs and affects neural pathways in the same manner. In simple terms, you need a higher and higher dose to get the same high over time. Now imagine a brain that has been dosed on cocaine being presented with weed. Get the picture? The following links capture the reality eloquently.

http://tedxtalks.ted.com/video/TEDxGlasgow-Gary-Wilson-The-G-2;search%3Agary%20wilson

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gRJ_QfP2mhU

http://yourbrainonporn.com/your-brain-on-porn-series

Yes I know the inevitable questions are going to be, so who gives us the right to decide which minds are ready for porn, do you think banning is actually going to be practical, it is going to happen anyway, might as well prepare better and regulate it etc. etc. Admittedly doubts that come to my mind as well. But I still instinctively feel that restricting the current situation of what can only be described as a flood of porn, is the only short term alternative available so that our society gets a little more time to adjust to the modern world. Before the wrong ideas are thrust down its throat (pun not intended 🙂

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