Good or bad porn?

28 . Mar . 2017
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Madhureeta Anand tells you the difference

“I hope people start having a conversation on porn.”

Filmmaker Madhureeta Anand has activism at the heart of almost everything that she creates. In June 2017, she wants to get people talking on porn, for all the right reasons, with the launch of her crowd-funded, five-episode web series Know Your Porn

You have chosen a provocative topic. Are eyebrows raised already?

Let’s face it—most everybody is either watching porn or curious about it. But no one wants to talk about it. Porn needs informed viewing today, even more so today with the rise in crimes against women and children. But we do not want to talk about something that has pervaded our homes for so long now.

The research must have been tough. Were people willing to talk openly?

I was out to make a feature film, which takes a rather tongue-in-cheek view of the sexual habits of Indians. While I was doing research for it online, I was aghast at the number of sites that popped up and the kind of content on some of those! There are reams of pornographic material out there that legitimizes rape and punishment and abuse. Imagine a group of men just sharing a rape video. I am sure it must be doing some crazy things to their minds!

What do you plan to achieve through this series?

So much of porn material is circulated so freely on WhatsApp today, and shared among men’s group chatrooms. There are so many men who may not want to watch rape porn and child porn, and feel harassed about it. Watching sexual content quite indiscriminately can have huge psychological effects on the individual and far-reaching negative effects on our society. Through this series, I want men and to make informed choices. I want them to be aware that watching rape porn and child porn is not just NOT okay but also illegal. There is a thin line between sexual pleasure and sexual abuse. I am not taking a moral judgement here and targeting people’s sexual fetishes such as BDSM, which I am against ideologically anyway because it is degrading to women.

How do you plan to handle the content? It seems to be a tricky one.

I want them to be comfortable watching it at home. So I am only going to use text, visuals and music. I will address legalities, and use views of educationists, lawyers and researchers to explain things. We have employed the filmmaking language of pornography without any of the nudity or graphic detail. I don’t want to be preachy here, so I have kept it all under three minutes for each episode. I am just hoping this starts a discussion that we have avoided for too long.

Will it be available online freely?

It should be out by the first week of June, and I plan to use the same medium that men use to watch porn films—WhatsApp groups. I will also have it on my YouTube channel.