India, United States, Iceland discussed on A Whole Lotta Gray
Nine hundred also rose to prominence and actually became a multimillionaire through racketeering and bootlegging the alcohol black market during the broom Bishen era era and now we're seeing similar effects for block. Markets for porn in India and black markets by their very nature are extremely dangerous because of how unregulated the art so the solution is not to ban porn or not to talk about sex. In fact. It's quite the opposite. It is to recognize the reality that these are fundamental needs that govern our society and to properly instructed educate both the adolescent as well as general populace on how to interact with these needs in a civilized and healthy fashion and a big component of being able to have these interactions is recognizing that women like sex too and sadly there shamed for or it in many parts of India the Indian Journalists Psychiatry states that roughly fifty five percent of Indian women across both rural as well as urban areas have been slut shamed aimed for expressing their enjoyment of sexual intercourse now obviously women enduring slut shaming is a global social problem that needs to to be addressed worldwide men collectively around the world need to do better and need to be a better educated but that said there are still places where women are not ought shamed as much for enjoying sex. The World Economic Forum found that Iceland for instance is the best country in the world for women as well as gender parody. The is Lyndyk sexology association. States that Icelandic women are known for their positive attitudes toward casual sex now. This has a pretty interesting origin. Urgent Story in the one thousand nine hundred seventies Scandinavia. There was a smallpox outbreak where the king of Denmark who ruled Iceland at the time declared it lawful for Icelandic women regardless of their marital status to have up to six children in an effort to repopulate the country. So historically sex was never associated with shame shame for women but rather with pride and patriotism and this today has led to the culture of Icelandic women and men having candid conversations about of female pleasure in sexual intercourse and Dave dismissed archaic ideas of slut shaming and having these candid conversations about such topics and recognizing that women enjoy sex taxes. Well does positively improve the situation of women safety and don't just take my word for it. New World Health which is an organization that analyzes both global global health as well as migration trends found in a two thousand seventeen report that Iceland along with New Zealand and Canada where the three safest countries in the world for women and the National Center for Biotech Information in the US founded these three countries also prioritized what they called comprehensive sexual education. Where where the todd? Both young men and women on how to approach members of the opposite sex the nature of female orgasm and other topics that are simply not talked about in India. Reversing the porn band making sad more comprehensive and having these candid conversations. These are the first steps in guaranteeing a more safe environment for women in India as we said at the start of this section allow access to sexually explicit content have the candid conversations about sex about how it's perfectly normal human human need and that women enjoy it as well pretending that this is not the case only creates a black market for sexual content. It makes women feel more unsafe. It increases the amount that slushing and a does absolutely nothing to address the issue of safety or healthy sexual relationships which brings me to my second point dispelling the Cultural Myth and discussing discussing the role of households in this equation. So many of you might be asking in India. Why is there such a taboo against sexual education and sexually explicit content content? What would the porn bannon everything? Many activists and many journalists alike have been content with saying that Indian culture is to blame. But let's take a step back and look at a couple of facts and see if Indian culture is to blame the first fact Hinduism which is India's oldest religion and some sources say that it's the world's oldest religion as well in the only major religion in the world which has goddesses as major deities and festivals dedicated to these goddesses and the nudity of both men and women in Hindu art is a commonplace phenomenon. The caves economic in western India and the nationally renowned cudgeon temple in central India are both testament to this the second fact so the exact timeframe is disputed ass sometime between the first and sixth century BC but that was around when ancient Indian philosophers wrote the Karma Sutra. And again for those of you who are going to pretend that you don't know what that is. It's an ancient Indian text taxed Sanskrit which explicitly talks about themes like Saks eroticism and their role and satisfaction fulfillment of human desires. So based on these facts. Loan it is shocking. That India is such a sexually repressed society today which experiences such great crime against women. Where did we go wrong? Well L. A. Large part of our sexually repressed present can be attributed to Victorian era history under British colonial rule and under their definitions of what constituted modesty a host of Archaic Laws Governing Social Intercourse in India where past for instance section three hundred. Seventy seven off the Indian penal little code which criminalised homosexual intercourse was actually struck down only recently by the Indians agreement. Court fun fact. It was passed at eight hundred sixty one by the British empire. The same can be said for section four hundred ninety seven of the Union penal code which criminalized adultery on the grounds of and I quote maintaining inning. The dignity of women again. This was a law that was struck down by the Indian Supreme Court in two thousand eighteen and this law also has its origin story dating back to eighteen in sixty again passed by the British Empire but despite all of this despite all this Victorian Era British legislation the messaging that surrounds Both religious and cultural influences in this fear is flawed. Rural India. For instance is where a lot of the crime and discrimination against women and Poor Sexual Education tends to happen. We've backed US up with UNICEF two thousand thirteen report. We talked about at the top of this episode now. In addition to that report a the center of the study of developing societies report in two thousand and thirty found that fifty two percent of people in rural India identified themselves as strictly Lee religious. Ms Doran Jacobson with the University of Chicago Press published a report in the early one thousand nine hundred eighty s where in large parts of rural India Associated Traditional Snow Practices of women's modesty with Indian culture and like I stated earlier. It is very hard to argue that something is intrinsic Indian culture. Given even that India host the only major religion in the world where women have been elevated to the status of goddess and we gave the world the Kama Sutra so given all of this and the fact that India's only been independent since nineteen forty seven. There is no denying that Victorian laws passed by the British Empire and dating back to the mid eighteen hundreds have surely had some residual social effects in terms of how Indian society views bode sacks and sexual intercourse again. It is important to no. I'm not blaming the British for our predicament. Today I've already said that. The free access to explicit content and better sex ED in schools is the need of the hour but the narrative that ideas governing a woman's modesty and the negative outcomes associated with sexual crime and the treatment of women D- Narrative that at these things are intrinsic Indian. Culture is what has to change and this starts by spreading greater awareness of the fact that Victorian era legislation during the British Raj is actually how a lot of these archaic laws came about in the first place and this messaging ought to be spread far and wide across the country country in schools in urban areas rural areas and villages honestly everywhere. Because the thing is this if one truly is a devout Hindu and and looks at Hinduism's artistic works and Literature Tax as past precedent. It is very hard to believe that the negative treatment of women in India Today it is rooted in Hinduism and Hindu culture. Sadly most people in India or religious or otherwise in urban or rural areas are simply not aww aware of any of these facts we need to take control of the story and that starts with dispelling the myth that Indian culture mandates a pathetic attitudes toward sex Ore Indian culture is the reason for our sexual repression in the twenty first century. Now in addition to dispelling these mitts. We have already spoken about how adolescence education programs in schools need to be more comprehensive and how governments can enforce already existing legislation far more strictly but again apart from all of this. What role can households play in this equation and the most damning indictment of how devoid of these conversations households holds it? India are comes from a Washington Post piece in two thousand and seventy which tracks miss mother. Mita Bondi who was a part of the criminology department at Anglia Ruskin University in the United Kingdom Miss Mother Mita Bondi interviewed. One hundred convicted rapists in India's capital city of New Delhi to understand what could prompt these people to commit such heinous crimes against humanity. She talks about how these interviews showed her demand stigmatization an of sexual conversations in Indian households both rural and urban alike. She learned how words such as sex or penis or vagina are intentionally smelly omitted and interactions regarding how to properly go about sexual intercourse simply are not hat. Concepts like consent toward women are unheard of and false notions of masculinity and femininity are paddled instead. So the idea that a woman's virginity somehow correlates to her purity dirty and that a man's inability to lose his virginity makes many less masculine are bold misconceptions. That need to be done away with immediately and households can start right and disregard. We've already shown you. Data which shows how a comprehensive sex education in schools leads to better outcomes both for men and for women limit so having similar education conversations at home with family members can only have positive outcomes as well Canada which keep in mind the new you world health report that we spoke about earlier found Canada as a top three country for women's safety so Canada has a Sexuality Education Resource Resource Center and they corroborated this by saying that the earlier household. Start having these conversations about sexual intimacy with their children. The more likely likely that these children will grow up without stigmatizing or attaching any sort of taboo to these topics and the reality is they will invariably deal with these topics once. They're older older. The Sexuality Education Resource Center of Canada also found that starting these conversations in the right manner will lead to a higher likelihood of children understanding how to navigate around having healthy sexual relationships households starting these conversations among their families brings me to my third and final Section which is ensuring that feminist movements are not restricted to privileged or urban circles. Now a big segue in ensuring that the above discussions are not restricted exclusively to urban and socio economically privileged areas is bringing individuals from rural backgrounds on board and. Don't worry I get. How audit is coming from me? Given that a lot of our listeners probably hail from urban upper middle class areas themselves me included. I'm only hoping thing that me doing. This episode is at the very least a very small step in the right direction but back to the point a big overlap that does see rural Labour interact act with urban households is the industry of domestic workers. And for those of you who are unaware especially our non Indian audience. Owing to India's cheap cost of labor a lot of households in urban India can employ domestic help such as cooks or maids or drivers at relatively nominal rates in two two thousand eighteen business standard report D estimated that there were at least fifty million domestic workers in India for perspective. That would be the if sixty percent of the United States was working as domestic help in urban Indian households given this insanely high number domestic workers who hail from rural areas and work in urban households are the perfect starting point for urban households to start these conversations. What is more telling? Is that more than thirty. Thirty five million of these workers are women so having these conversations really could go a long way. Ms Durga Tenaga who is an officer in. India's administrative administrative services wrote an Economic Times piece in two thousand sixteen about how a majority of women in rural India simply aren't aware of their rights to begin with starting these conversations with your domestic help and urban areas is a great start to bridging this rural urban divide. It is worth taking the onus as urban households in terms of starting these conversations especially since the economic resources of these domestic workers are extremely limited monthly income for domestic workers.