Banning Porn = Less Rapes? Wtf.

The Indian government has gone back to trying to get Internet service providers (ISPs) to block all porn sites, a mission it has deemed impossible in the past, all because of a revelation that a teenager had surfed porn before raping a girl.

It’s surprising that the authorities have taken up the issue again since servers on which pornography is hosted are usually located outside the Indian borders.

But would banning pornsites or making “watching porn a non-bailable offence” really affect the number of rapes we have in our country?

If that is indeed true, we should probably make the following non-bailable offences too:

1) Watching movies like Ocean series – will help reduce the number of high-profile thefts.
2) Watching TV shows like Breaking Bad – will reduce the number of Drug Lords.

Sounds absurd, yes?

Firstly, rapes occured everywhere around the world even 100 years before porn websites were first introduced. Infact prostitution is one of the oldest professions in the whole world.

To harass or rape women comes naturally to a human being by what he chooses. Moreover, mainstream porn depicts consensual sex.

Secondly, contrary to how films and popular media portrays it – most people do not usually go marauding on the streets looking for sexual targets after watching a bout of porn.

If this really happens after all what would be the difference between us and those Stupid Illogical Islamic states. Moreover, if a person is unable to differentiate between reality and acting, it is the fault of the person as he/she is an idiot who lives in a dreamy world.

A fair share of these offences happen in villages, where people generally wont have access to such things. The issue is, the mentality of the people who commit the offense. Most of these people would never have been thought to respect women.

I can bring you up hundreds of men who watch porn and entirely respect women.

At the end of the day, it’s more about whether such a move pays heed to or completely tramples over Internet freedom, something that’s believed to be a basic human right in the modern world.

Let’s hope the government doesn’t stomp all over our Internet freedom in an attempt to ban pornography sites in India. When it comes to content such as this, we’re talking about a many-headed monster which can’t be tackled with a simple strategy such as a list of portals to be blocked.

The best way to reduce sexual crimes is not to attempt to eliminate sex, or eliminate lust, or to demonize it. This never works. It’s hardwired into human beings to be interested in sex, and there’s no realistic way of removing that, nor would it be a good thing if we could.

Making and distributing porn is already illegal in India and most of the places in the world. Did it stop an esteemed Member of Legislative Assemble of ours from watching it during a session?

The best way of reducing sexual crimes is to do the opposite thing: remove taboos. Increase information. Make sex something one can talk about, not something hidden and secret and shameful.

The same kind of thinking is behind it when some cultures try to reduce “sin” by requiring women to dress extremely conservatively in public. And yet this does not work at all in practice.

If such policies worked, then sexual harassment would be less common in Egypt than in Sweden.

Precisely the opposite is the case.

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One thought on “Banning Porn = Less Rapes? Wtf.

  1. You are absolutely right.. banning the porn is not the way to stop Porn. However, I dont think that this action will meet its course.
    The structure of Internet is such that Banning all the stuff is almost an impossible work

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