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Tumhara Ishq Ishq…? The Double Meanings Of Desire, Porn And Erotica

Not taste and aesthetics, but class and power draw the line between porn and erotica. Exploitation happens everywhere in the world of real-world sex—not just in porn.

Tumhara Ishq Ishq…? The Double Meanings Of Desire, Porn And Erotica

The Other F Word Illustration by Akriti Sharma. Image courtesy Agents of Ishq. Follow them on Instagram @agentsofishq
Tumhara Ishq Ishq…? The Double Meanings Of Desire, Porn And Erotica
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2021-08-13T08:54:21+05:30

What are we really talking about when we talk about the division between porn and erotica? Why does this division keep returning to our conversations with slippery futility?

Perhaps the most succinct essay on the topic can be found in the film Ishqiya (2010). The character Babban, played by Arshad Warsi, says to Khalu, the character played by Naseeruddin Shah: “Yeh sahi hai Khalu. Tumhara ishq ishq huh, aur humara ishq sex?” Because Khalu has been imagining waltzes and making eyes at Vidya Balan’s character while Warsi has been making whoopee in an actual bed with her. What marks one as more lofty than the other, Babban asks? That one was consummated? That one involved physical sex and the other merely an erotic charge? When it comes to desire, everything has a double meaning—sex and love, a sticky twosome, are difficult to keep apart. The elites have been trying for years, and one way they do it is through a division of erotica and porn. But it is not only love and sex they are trying to separate.

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