What If Porn Was Used In Schools To Teach Sex Education To Kids In India?

By Eshna Gupta

In our society, sex and sexuality are highly tabooed. Sex education is considered worthless as merely talking about sex might corrupt young minds.

Porn is condemned for more obvious reasons. In this special case, can the proximity between these two be established and made good use of?!

If we are to talk about conventional sex education, it focuses more on convincing teenagers for not having sex. Comprehensive sex education, on the other hand, fully acknowledges that teens would be more sexually active as they grow up.

The latter is indeed comprehensive in the sense that it covers a wide range of issues—relationships, safe sex, contraceptives, mental and physical health during puberty, sexual violence being a few to name.

But how would any kind of sex education come off well in our country when the parents and teachers are not even willing to acknowledge that kids do grow up!

Parents in India do not want their children to acknowledge that sex is a part of an ordinary person’s life; its very existence is meant to be a secret until they get married. According to experts (who happen to be your pados-wali-aunties), if your daughter knows what sex is, she’s hanging out with perverts for sure and is already on her way to ruin her life!

Porn can work to burst this bubble of theirs and many more. It would show teenagers that sex is normal and not to a taboo.

They would be more comfortable with talking about sex and thus better equipped to receive sex education. To expect the least, changing the channel during kissing scenes would not be a part of their moral ideals anymore.

It would also teach girls that it is perfectly fine for them to be sexually active and take the initiative in relationships. Young minds would understand that homosexual intercourse is as natural as heterosexual intercourse. If certain things are taken care of, it would help them mark the most important distinction—between intercourse in the normal course of life and unnatural pervert sex.

Teenagers never take initiatives for their sex education but they do start watching porn on their own in due course of time. If porn is used for sex education, it would be most useful in attracting teenagers towards it.

Marking this distinction is very importance but when porn is proposed as the tool for it, it seems rather unlikely. There is a huge difference between porn and videos purposely made for education.

If we wish to use porn as a tool for sex education, it would require a radical change in both the mainstream script of porn and the curriculum of sex education followed in schools.

Porn videos cast sex as merely a means of physical pleasure and cannot introduce it to young adults as an expression of love and intimate companionship.

One cannot forget that porn is not merely sexually explicit but it explores the heights of creativity when it comes to displaying perversion!

On a more serious stance, a lot of porn scripts glorify incest and sadism. It can convince the young and innocent minds against the gravity of involuntary intercourse and register sadomasochistic bondage in their good books.

Porn made for education would require a lot of planning from psychological as well as strategic point of view. Just imagine, the Government of India drafting committees for pornography and advertising it on Doordarshan as ‘janhit mein jaari’!!!

All these ideas are quite utopian but a perquisite for the implementing porn as a tool for sex education. Even after necessary changes are made, the amalgamation of the two is possible only to a certain limit.

In any case, the conventional porn can’t be stricken out because the browsers don’t consist of adolescents only. Also, there’s no effective way of making sure that students browse only educational porn. In any case, there would always be a fine line between porn and sex education.

We all have had our schooling and we know the condition of sex-education in our country. Despite numerous efforts by the government, even the basic sex education has not reached most parts of the country. If the educational institutions have failed in the attempt, giving the alternatives a chance isn’t a very bad idea—especially when the alternative seems promising despite its drawbacks.


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