Talk:Pornography in India

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Use Pornography in Japan as model?[edit]

Pornography in Japan goes into history in some detail. There's a lot if history in India too. From classics like Kamasutra, sculpture (Khajuraho and many other temples), mughal miniature paintings. Then events in the British colonial era, and finally post-Independence.

There's also an important cultural dimension. Themes in Indian pornography differ, because underlying realities differ. Extended families in India handle sexuality differently from nuclear families in the West, and Indian pornography reflects this. Different castes have different norms, and sexual relationships across caste lines are problematic. Hindu society may have borrowed from Islam to a considerable extent, for example isolating upper-caste women in a similar manner. These factors all show up in pornography. LADave (talk) 20:49, 21 November 2009 (UTC)

Well, as a Japan-porn specialist, the Pornography in Japan article has long been a thorn in my side. I think it's a very poor article: Biased in several ways, poorly sourced, written "off the cuff", etc. I've long thought about re-writing it from scratch, but the size of the project is daunting. So, no, I don't think any article should use Pornography in Japan as a model... it is awesome to have it in the subject and enough sourcing, I'd encourage you to re-write Pornography in India sufficiently that Pornography in Japan could take this one as its model for re-writing :) Dekkappai (talk) 21:19, 21 November 2009 (UTC)
Even if the Japan article could be improved with more references, etc. etc. I think the breadth of its coverage is positive. I was we should have it cultures in the case of India -- handles sexuality. So far the India article fails to address this, although extended families characteristic of Hindu -- and perhaps also Muslim and other religions in India -- manage sexuality differently than what Western audiences of the English version of WP are accustomed to and may tend to assume unless differences are discussed in the text.
India was most intensively colonized during the Victorian era when sexual repression was the norm, especially in England and its derivatives (U.S., Canada, Australia etc.). Although India's cultural diversity may make generalizations suspect, there are indications that local mores were in some ways more humane and liberal. These departures were condemned and legislated against by the British, so Indians became very sensitive on such matters and a conspiracy of silence developed that apparently still remains. Nevertheless these differences are not suppressed in Indian pornography, so this article could be an exceptional opportunity to look at them. LADave (talk) 20:42, 24 November 2009 (UTC)