24 January, 2021

Each Journey Is Different And Valid, As Long As There Is Consent: Paromita Vohra

Filmmaker and writer Paromita Vohra speaks on themes of sexuality in India, the effect patriarchy has on it and why there is liberation in folks filming themselves having sex.

Photograph by Apoorva Salkade
Each Journey Is Different And Valid, As Long As There Is Consent: Paromita Vohra
outlookindia.com
2018-07-13T14:41:42+05:30

Paromita Vohra is a filmmaker and writer associated with the much-acclaimed Khamosh Pani. She is working on Agents of Ishq, a multimedia project about love, sex and desire. She spoke with Outlook’s Siddhartha Mishra on themes of sexuality in India, the effect patriarchy has on it, why there is liberation in folks filming themselves having sex and the associations we make with commercial porn.

How do sex and sexuality play themselves out in a patriarchal society like India?

It’s not just Indian society; most soc­ieties think about sex as a concept more than an activity. Concept and activity become intertwined, they impact each other. From my experiences on Agents of Ishq and a long engagement with the themes of sex, love and desire I see parallel narratives in sexual culture. The blanket narrative—one projec­ted by patriarchy but also certain market processes—is based on peno-vaginal intercourse. People use penetrative intercourse and sex...

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