Who gains from the #PornBan? In Kerala it’s Santosh Pandit

If you have time, you should read this fascinating study by Navaneetha Mokkil Maruthur titled “Sexual Figures of Kerala: Cultural Practices, Regionality and the Politics of Sexuality.” The dissertation submitted in 2010 as partial fulfillmentof the requirements for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy (English and Women’s Studies) in The University of Michigan 2010.

Here is a reference quote from the study:

The “opening up” of the sexual, a possibility inaugurated by liberalization and globalization for India‟s middle classes (John 1998), seems nowhere in the horizon in Kerala. However, the very possibility has sparked dystopic visions of sexual chaos and the breakdown of social order, resulting in differential, though equally regressive, consequences for women variously located within Malayalee society (Devika 2009: 40).

This chaos has given rise to creative [cough*CRAP*cough] efforts of Shakkila, and now Santosh Pandit. Have a sample of alien star (yes, that is a real superstar status title he goes by):

Puke much?

Santosh Pandit is so popular in Kerala that he was re-invited back to Malayalee House (Malayalam, not official, version of reality show Big Brother) after eviction due to public demand. The makers of the show admitted that evicting Santhosh was a mistake.

What makes him and his movies popular?

Dystopic visions of sexual chaos and the breakdown of social order, resulting in differential, though equally regressive, consequences for women variously located within Malayalee society

It’s not fair to single out Santosh Pandit but we are going to see more people emulating him. Having a ban on porn will encourage many like him to make content to fill a demand. They don’t need theatres, most of these videos are consumed on mobile via Youtube.

Not having a system in place to channel erotic works leads to the likes of this alien star creating the above type of nonsense which leads to an entire generation young men who think this is how they should behave around women. According to Pornhub, Indians are the top five comsumers of porn worldwide.

Such huge demand, shouldn’t we #MakeInIndia better than the likes of Shakkila and the alien star?

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