I was recently invited to be part of a panel discussion by the Debating Society of Netaji Subhash Institute of Technology, University of Delhi as part of their Debating and Literary Festival of NSIT – Colloquium.
This year’s Panel Discussion was centred on the theme:
“50 Shades of Feminism”
A discourse on the coexistence of feminism and pornography
Pornography, both in the Indian and global context, is viewed as a taboo, and has been at the centre of a raging debate for a while now. An interesting contributor to this fulmination is the dichotomy that exists between the sects of who are considered to be women’s greatest proponents – feminists. With feminists dividing themselves as sex-positive and anti-pornography feminists, insight into their opposing and myriad views highlights a panorama of the moralistic considerations pornography engenders, and raises the question of whether pornography can coexist with feminism.
Apart from me, other panelists included Bishakha Datta, a feminist, filmmaker and the founder of pointofview.org, Vaishna Roy, the Senior Dy. Editor of The Hindu and Rajni Palriwala, a Professor of Sociology at Delhi University, specializing in Gender Studies. The discussion explored the following sub-topics:
- The belief that pornographic objectification isn’t limited to females, but extends to men as well?
- The thought that there’s a very fine line between the expression of a woman’s sexuality and objectifying her
- Human trafficking ties to pornography.
- Influence of pornography on sexual crimes such as rape, violence, eave teasing?
- Women who watch porn.
- Pornography empowering women?
- Idea of feminist or women-centric pornography or erotica and the lack of it.
Here are some of the pictures from the discussion.