Good afternoon, Dr
Rohin Rohan here, PORN FIEND. Well clearly that’s what the BBC Asian Network thought. For yesterday I got a ring ‘pon me celly from them telling me that they were planning a show about pornography. I asked “so you called me?”
They wanted someone to stand up for porn, so – let’s not beat around the bush – I said yeah what the hell and rose to the occasion. This is what it has cum to. Apparently Sunny was at the bottom of this. I didn’t want to sound too in-your-face; I was worried my argument might suck, or that the show might blow.
Anyway, you can listen to the show, hosted by the lovely Anita Rani here. I’m just listening to it now. I’ve never been on the radio before, I sound like a complete numpty. I downed half a bottle of codeine to stop my cough, so let me off. I don’t really get involved until after 15 minutes. Qassim Afzal, Lib Dem PPC, and a former half-Indian pornstar are amongst my fellow guests.
I didn’t work in a quote from Salman Rushdie who said a free and civilised society should be judged by its willingness to accept pornography:
â€œPornography exists everywhere, of course, but when it comes into societies in which itâ€™s difficult for young men and women to get together and do what young men and women often like doing, it satisfies a more general need.â€ He adds: â€œWhile doing so, it sometimes becomes a kind of standard-bearer for freedom, even civilisationâ€¦.â€
The subject was sparked by a discussion on Anita Rani’s own messageboard about Asians in porn. My beloved Picklers are quite a different breed to the people there, so I kind of know what most of you will say, but what are your views? What’s wrong with porn?
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