Why India Needs A Sex Revolution (Part 1) - Hypocrisy & Social Stigma Around Sex
Talking about sex in India, for the most part, is like inviting trouble right on your doorstep. Fueled with hypocrisy and shame in their eyes for teens and young adults, leaders in India surely don't let us forget that they still exist.
It's ironic how people in the 2nd most populated country of the world still consider sex as a taboo topic, while almost all the other developed countries that we look up to as ideals have already gained freedom of sexual expression.
It's shameful how we live in a country where rape criminals roam free but people who just want to be intimate with their consensual partners are punished, looked down upon, and publicly humiliated by the society.
A lot of young folks like me try to raise our voices to bring light to this topic so we can start up conversations, but most of us are shunned out by our parents because they fear social judgment and being treated like an outcast.
Indian Parents, Politicians, and Hypocrisy
For some reason, Indian parents think even talking about sex with their children will "ruin" them. What's funny is that these same parents will force their children to have kids as soon as they get married.
This fact alone annoys me so damn much. How can you expect your children to have kids on command if you never even gave them the chance or freedom to teach themselves about sex or STDs in the first place? Let alone teaching them about it yourself.
What's even more disturbing is that they expect this from couples who had an arranged marriage and who don't know each other that well enough. It's almost like, "Got married? Your next task is to shoot out a kid from inside you in the next 9 months."
Almost every single Indian parent gives the same excuse for not talking or letting their children talk about sex openly, because "it's not culturally appropriate."
First of all, if a culture denies its people basic freedom of expression, including sexual expression, then it's time to rethink those cultural values. Secondly, it's not even our culture that denies us of sexual expression, but our hypocritical politics and political leaders.
Believe it or not, ancient India was extremely open about sex. So much so that we wrote the Kamasutra. Students used to be taught about sex in schools and it was seen as an essential element of being a human, as it is.
So, no. Our culture isn't what created this mess. The real problem is how our political leaders have molded our culture in the way that it is now. I'm not even kidding, some of our politicians even claim that rape is a consequence for girls who wear short dresses!
What's even worse is that these politicians have a strong following and as you guessed it, a lot of political power too. Their followers, naively so, believe in their leaders without ever doubting them which makes it harder for us to explain to them why they need a different perspective.
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