Tuesday, January 17, 2006
sexual revolution: happening or hype?
With all the movies and articles about couples living together before marriage, premarital sex, debunking the myth of the virgin bride, gay men coming out of the closet, etc, one can get the impression that a sexual revolution is underway in India. But are the prominent blips—kissing in films / the concerted attack of the industry on Mallika Sherawat, sexy cellphone videoclips circulating through schools, new daring dress and ensuing crackdown, the launch of Indian Playboy and Indian Maxim—real signs or just media hype? Is India really loosening up? Are more kids dating than, say, ten years ago? Are more people having sex before marriage? Are women saying no to virginity? Taking control of their sex lives in other ways?