Why Glance And Giggle When A Porn Star Is Mentioned?

The Indian Culture And The Porn Star Taboo

 
Why Glance And Giggle When A Porn Star Is Mentioned?
Why Glance And Giggle When A Porn Star Is Mentioned?

Porn stars are to the society what lord Voldemort was to the Ministry of Magic- we know they exist, we know what they do and yet, we would not acknowledge all that because it is almost a taboo. In fact, for once, you may be spared for saying out loud the name of the dark lord in the Hogwarts hall, but try saying out the names of Mia Khalifa or Manuel Ferrara and you will earn some deathly glances from people around you, especially if it is your family.

It is true that among friends, perhaps the most intimate circle only, this topic might not arouse cold glances or awkward giggles. But try it anywhere else, and the results would be either of the two (actually, I would not recommend you try it, especially if you have a hyper-sanskari family with an elderly member ready with a wooden spoon to smack some Indian culture into your head). But why is it so? Why do we shy away from acknowledging porn stars even though most of us do watch porn from time to time?

You can watch porn, but must never mention about it!

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Well, I think we all know the answer but have never paid much thought to it. Growing up in a culture where even the slightest display of affection is taken with a scoff rather than admiration, it is only expected that sex would be a hush-hush topic. I can say from my personal observations that it is not that our parents or family members are not aware that porn exists or that a lot of people, watch it, but it is rather a code of conduct in public where they do not acknowledge it.

Sunny Leone in a light mood in the Bigg Boss house

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This reminds of a funny anecdote that someone on the internet shared a few years ago when the famous porn star Sunny Leone was brought into the famous Indian reality show Big Boss. Apparently, a guy blurted out in front of his whole family, that the name Sunny Leone sounds too familiar but he cannot put his finger on exactly why. Well, it is not hard to imagine what would have happened once the reality had dawned upon him. But it is safe to assume that he and his family, as a whole, did move on in life.

I guess what I am trying to say is, when we hear someone say a porn star’s name, the reason of all the awkward body shifting and blushing and giggling comes from growing up in an environment where you don’t wash dirty laundry in public. I can only imagine what would happen in my school if I ever gave a presentation on my favorite porn star like Gaga Thomas, a student of Trinity High School did for his school project. I mean, even if I would have been saved from getting expelled by the power of some holy miracle, nothing could stop the holy flying slipper of my very Indian family from landing right on top of my head. Maybe this attitude will change with the progression of generations but as the very wise K-pop band BTS has said in one of their songs, “Not Today”.

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