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Banning porn is no solution; sex education is the key: Experts

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New Delhi: Terming the government’s crackdown on 857 pornographic websites an “act in haste”, the country’s top sex and behavioral experts have favored making sex education mandatory for young Indian teenagers so that crimes like rape and child molestation can be efficiently curbed.
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According to experts, a crackdown is not the solution as adults have a right to watch porn in the privacy of their homes and that right should not be taken away.

“Banning porn websites is not the solution at all. Educating the youth about what sex and related behaviors are must be on the agenda of the present government,” said Dr Prakash Kothari, one of India’s leading sexologists based in Mumbai.

The ministry of communications and information and technology, in its order on July 31 under section 79(3)(b) of the IT Act 2000, banned 857 websites terming their content “immoral and indecent”.

The ban will only result in a boom for the pirated porn industry, experts say.

“One doubts if this ban can be a fool-proof solution. It will probably increase the sale of pirated porn DVDs. A ban of this kind might actually increase sexual frustration and lead to other sexual and social problems,” warned Dr Madhuri Singh, consulting psychiatrist at Nanavati Super Speciality Hospital in Mumbai.

The experts, however, feel that when it comes to child pornography, prompt action is required.

“Throughout the world, child porn is banned and generally stays off the internet. Problem is that some adult websites have links that lead to child pornography and those must be dealt sternly with,” noted Dr Samir Parikh, director of mental health and behavioral sciences at Fortis Hospital in New Delhi.

Objectification of women and child abuse are growing in our society, says Dr Parikh, but there has to be a proper mechanism to ensure that young adults do not get easy access to porn.

“With the proliferation of technology, kids have easy access to porn and related materials and this issue has to be brought to the fore,” he contended.

A recent study revealed that due to the growth in the smartphone sector, online porn viewing is going to see an explosion in the next five years.

According to Britain-based digital market research specialist firm Juniper Research, online porn watching will grow by nearly 42 percent in the next five years.

The porn video hits will grow to 193 billion a year by 2020 from around 136 billion this year, it said.

Growth is taking place in the video chat and webcam content area in the global porn industry that is worth $97 billion.

Sexual literacy may be the need of the hour, feel others.

“In the absence of proper sex education, ignorance prevails because porn is a double-edged sword,” said Dr Sudhakar Krishnamurti, director of world-famous Andromeda Andrology Centre in Hyderabad.

“Responsibility lies with all the stakeholders — government, media houses, social scientists, doctors, teachers — to ensure that sex education becomes the key to tackle rising cases of sexual abuse,” Dr Parikh stressed.

According to Dr Sameer Malhotra, director of the department of mental health and behavioural sciences at Max Super Speciality Hospital in New Delhi, “age-appropriate and sensitively handled sex education can help in preventing risky behaviour and addressing myths” associated with sexual issues.

“Sex education will actually limit porn viewing among adults,” said Dr Manish Jain, senior consultant (psychiatrist) at BLK Super Speciality Hospital in New Delhi.

Parental guidance of age-appropriate surfing may also help.

“Adults websites can be blocked on any computer and in any browser to prevent adult-themed content from showing up in web searches and on specific websites. Modify your computers with parental guidance,” Dr Jain advised.

(IANS)

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Are Sexual Wellness Products still a Taboo in India or People are getting Adventurous in their Bedrooms? Let’s Find out!

Instead of promoting an open environment regarding sexuality, India has become reserved and conservative about it

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A sex shop,, Wikimedia

November 12, 2016: Ancient India was a land of liberal thoughts and accepting attitude. The level of conservatism was low as compared to the present times. In fact, India is known as the land of Kamasutra. Our bodies were not something to be ashamed of. Openness regarding sexuality was encouraged. There was no discrimination against lesbians, gays, transgender and queers. That’s how India was—a country which accepted every individual as they were.

Our ancient stories are filled with numerous instances. Like, Vishnu turned into a woman named Mohini. Karna took birth before Kunti was married. And a demigod named Kamadeva is an integral part of ancient India myths. None of these instances were seen with a degrading perception, as they are seen now. The ancient statues and pictures are the proof that India wasn’t reserved about sexual topics.

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But now, the situation has come to the point that people are shamed for their own bodies. Parents can’t discuss about sexuality to their kids openly. Sex education is non-existent in schools. By the time, kids hit puberty, they have to figure everything out on their own. This process can be isolating and guilt-inducing as well.

Kamasutra vatsyayana, Wikimedia
Kamasutra vatsyayana, Wikimedia

Instead of promoting an open environment regarding sexuality, India has become reserved and conservative about it. The biggest taboo that exists in our society is talking about sexual wellness products. These products and supplements are available at many stores in India, but they are not sold and purchased openly. Moreover, whosoever indulges in buying these products receive umpteen judgemental eyes.

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People cannot explore their own sexuality. They cannot take significant steps to maintain their sexual wellness. They cannot discuss their sexual problems with windows wide open. Ultimately, it has led people to feel ashamed of their bodies and its functions. They do not know how to deal with its biological demands.

Ultimately, it’s really important to promote the use of these products. A few men and women indulge in physical activities, but due to lack of awareness regarding these products, the women end up getting pregnant. It’s not only harmful to women but it also puts strain on the unborn child. Many families feel stressed out due to sexual problems. But again, due to the taboo nature of this topic, many males and females are ashamed of going to doctors and taking help.

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As per a report published by healthsite, impotency is leading sexual problem that Indian men face. Sexologist Dr Mahinder Watsa reveals that due to smoking, drinking, and work-related stress, many young men are facing erectile dysfunction.  In fact, myths like ‘masturbation is sinful’ plagues Indians. Dr. Watsa stated that it is important for men to masturbate in order to get rid of unwanted sperms. Women can masturbate to explore their bodies more. There is nothing sinful about this act.

Such issues often go unnoticed and young people are ashamed of talking about these issues. It’s high time that we remove the taboo label we have stamped over sexual topics and help people to pay more focus on their sex-related health.

– by Shivani Vohra of NewsGram. Twitter: @shivanivohra26

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HRD Ministry to Ban word ‘SEX’ from Sex Education at School level to avoid offending People

The HRD Ministry has asked to avoid the use of the words 'sex' and 'sexual' in the document for the Sex Education Programme

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October 26, 2016: The Narendra Modi Government has decided to discard the usage of the word ‘sex’ from the sex education programme at the school level and HRD (Human Resource Development) Ministry has forced a panel of experts to condense it into one sentence. They said, that words like ‘sex’ or ‘sexual’ could not be allowed and the section had to be condensed into just one sentence.”

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HRD has also asked to abandon the use of words such as ‘sex’ and ‘sexual’ in the document for framing the policy on sex education for the students and said that the mention of the word ‘sex’ in the document might offend people, mentioned mensxp.com report.

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According to the Telegraph, when Smriti Irani had headed the HRD Ministry, the original draft which was given out in May used the word ‘sex’ twice.

Later it was reported that the expert panel has been asked to reduce the recommendations on adolescent education and asked not to use phrases like “sexual health needs,” as the word ‘sex’ is a taboo in India and instead of taking a step ahead and working forward to eradicate this, to the surprise, the government says, the mention of this word in the document might not be liked by people and offend them.

On the other side, experts have requested and urged upon a more explicit form of education where sex is talked about freely which will help solve the existing issues in this part of our lives.

According to the reports, the half a page in the draft earlier mainly advocated more thorough and explained lessons against unprotected sex but the Ministry raised objections on this as well during the last round of discussions.

– prepared by Chesta Ahuja, NewsGram.  Twitter: @ahuja_chesta