What Has Taken the Pleasure Out of Porn?

Love and Sex

What Has Taken the Pleasure Out of Porn?

Illustration: Akshita Monga

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here was a swiftness to his movement despite the heavy backpack as he made his way through the narrow school corridors. His palms are sweaty, knees weak, arms are heavy. Eminem’s voice from that year’s biggest hit was pounding in his head, reflecting his own stressful state. He slipped inside the boys’ washroom, took out a black plastic bag from inside his backpack and handed it over to the boy he has just met. The smile on the receiver’s face – and the relief on the delivery guy’s – said it all. “Sabse naya wala aaya hai. Sania Mirza ki duplicate hai,” I whispered as I passed a scratched VCD to my waiting friend.

About 10-15 years ago, in the glory days before the Internet and the ubiquitous tik-tik-tik-ing of dial-up modems, this is how porn was exchanged and distributed in boys’ schools in small towns. Just like contraband. And the rush from this exchange matched that of any other controlled substance.

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