I was talking to a friend the other night and trying to convince him that there is a huge business opportunity in sex-toys. I mean, I've read enough stories about how the Chinese sex-toy industry is booming, but out here I've never seen a dildo on sale even in the shadiest of shops I have been to. Well, actually I did see a 'Fleshlight' on sale once at Palika, but it looked fairly cheap. I mean, this is the land of the Kama Sutra and all and people rave about Tantric sex out in the West, but Indians on the face of things seem like a very repressed culture, north to south. Why this is surprising is that Indians are on general hornier than most other cuiltures - and I'm not just talking about the men over here. We may talk about the social malaise of call-centres (Phooey!) but unless BPO management starts some sex-education classes in their call-centres soon, a certain epidemic could spread far faster than it already is. OK, with costs being cut the way they are, I would just suggest that they at least start condom vending machines. Have you ever been to a Abortion Clinic in India? It is unbelievable how many abortions Indians have every year (especially after festive seasons?) - and I'm not even looking into the deliberate abortion of female embryos over here. In hedonism central - Bombay - its like a sex-festioval sometimes, even when you step out of glitz and glamour world.
And then, when a woman advises young people to use condoms, a bunch of frustrated people go denouncing her? I don't get it. We bang like no-one else on earth (and bang a lot - there are a billion of us) and there is no concept of sex magazines, or even good sex advice columns. Heck, Playboy in India will be 'bunny-less' because they don't want to offend 'Indian sensibilities'. But what on earth is this much vaunted 'Indian sensibilities'? A millenia ago, when our ancestors were putting up scupltures of naked people banging, no-one spoke of sensibilities? But nowadays, even a slight show of nipple is said to effect the minds of our young. I have no idea why a bunch of 50-year olds get so offended, when their sons and daughters are going around fucking like rabbits.
What is even stranger in the way we treat sexual content on TV. We'll ban cable operators from playing the movies but not control the sale of DVD's and VCD's at railway stations. Not unless some cop hasn't been given his cut. If you want to find porn in this country and don't have access to broadband, you still can (but I doubt a housewife can find a good dildo).
Because sexuality is seen a thing that must be hidden, it has been driven underground and we all knew it was there - HT and ToI have been carrying Massage and Friendship adverts for years. Only now with the advent of Mobile Phone cameras can we get a glimpse into this world. And my god, giving Indians cheap video cameras has taken the sexuality out of the bedroom and onto the mobile phone. The amount of porn video clips available is not funny. And a cursory glance at my keywords also alerts me to the fact that Indian men are obsessed with seeing naked celebs - Mallika Sherawat, Sania Mirza, Priety Zinta etc. The vids that are out there - other than the Riya Sen (ugh!) clip are all so obviously fake its not funny, but people still want to see them - so much so that people will go to great lengths to make a new 'mobile-phone blue film' as these are called nowadays. The only way to combat this is to somehow liberalise the entire 'sex' business in India - I'm not saying legalise prostitution (though that would help too) but allow a porn magazine into the country for gods sake. I mean, why are we in denial over here.
By the 2011 census it is predicted that a quarter of India's population will be between the ages of 15-24 - prime banging age. Hopefully, the moral policing of the golden oldies would have stopped by then, but just like the 'stop sex' advocates of today were frustro's in their youth (not getting any in the 60's and 70's), I wonder if the frustro's of today won't become the moral police of tomorrow. All I know is that banging will continue, hopefully we'll just be a bit more open about it and lose as much of the sense of denial of sex that we have nowadays. Being a repressed nation any longer will only make us even more perverted.
Which is why I think my idea for a sex-toy chain will do very well. I must get some VC funding for this. Where is Scott Adam's desperate VC Vijay when you need him?