February 27, 2002

Show me the smut!

You must have taken a peek at it at least once in your life or have at least been tempted in those long/short years that you have lived on this earth since those adolescent years. I do not know about women, but this does apply to most men. Not much to figure out here, it is the simple thing called pornography.

Rain or sun porn has always had a ready and willing market. A simple search for sites that contains the word sex in their domain on Netcraft brings up more than 2000 sites in its initial listing.

And in the age of the dot, porn too has gone through the same high levels of exuberance and the eventual overcrowding that led to the final crash. Funnily enough, it seems that often what is fundamental to other websites staying profitable -- the traffic -- often leads to most sites closing shop.

Most operations just do not have ability to find the the money to scale up their infrastructure to handle the additional traffic. Most die on the long, winding and unending trail of keeping ahead of the competition and also keeping the password hackers away. Yes, smut sells, but can you handle it when demand overshoots what you can supply with ease?

Wired magazine, in its previous issue had done a story on the adult entertainment industry in the US. Being a not-so-desirable profession not many people were willing to admit that it was their line of work. You would normally expect it to be a sweatshop kind of place but stories about the industry ranges from the nice and homely couple at Wifeysworld to not so nice ones according to this detailed compilation done byPBS.

Then there is also the issue that most times erotica too passes off as porn, which is a sad thing as far as I am concerned.

Even in India where hard core pornography is 'officially banned' it is freely and readily available. Most of the cyber cafes in any given city/town/village are mostly frequented by teenaged boys and voyeuristic old men who want to have a visual orgy than really sticking to the excuse of checking out universities or e-mailing some distant relative.

Now, why have I posted this here? Well, you can consider this as a sort of a rude shock or something similar intended to shake up the generally cultured and refined topics that is normally discussed in the blogging community. Let me confess first of all that I am not on the path to reform to the society or anything like that. But hell yeah, if I enjoy or like something I do not have any problems admitting that I do.

During the years that I have spent back home I have known quite a few video rental outlets who used to stock the stuff [in fact most of their revenue comes from this illegal side of the business] and the best customers are those people who claim to be respectable citizens in public.

What is called as deviant behaviour by the majority of the society is so much of a taboo that we do not even acknowledge the existence of it. But the reality is that the good and the bad is as prevalent here as it is anywhere else. Most issues become worse if they are not discussed properly in the public domain [provided we leave the overinflated prudishness back home before arriving at the debating table].

If you look at it, our society is as corrupt as any of the Western ones. Child molestation, rape and whatever other horrible atrocities that the West is often blamed for, is present here too, if only in a much greater magnitude. Worse still, we sweep them neatly under the carpet and just look away as if it never existed. The most horrible thing I cannot come to terms with is how a woman raped is considered as being provocative one bringing it on herself. Yuck!

Maybe just accepting that we are not the most pristine of all the people in the world will be make a small start on the long road to actually facing up to the problems that plague us as a society.