1. Rape on sale: Why watch rape videos when porn is available for free?

Rape on sale: Why watch rape videos when porn is available for free?

Rape is not about sex. It is about power. The power that a man asserts on the woman to make her submissive and to submit to his superiority.

By: | Updated: November 8, 2016 3:20 PM
video-reu-l There is a certain ‘reality’ factor that plays into a rape video while porn gives it a seemingly embellished look. (Reuters)

A woman shrieks and cries out in pain while three men pin her down on the floor, disrobing her savagely. The screams go louder and louder while the viewer refuses to lower the volume of his laptop. Rape videos like these are doing rounds in the market of Uttar Pradesh and cost from Rs 20 to Rs 200. In a report published by Al Jazeera, it reveals how these videos are often recorded by the perpetrators in order to blackmail the victim later or to earn some extra money by selling it to shopkeepers.

Why is there an urge to watch rape videos when pornography is available?

Rape is not about sex. It is about power. The power that a man asserts on the woman to make her submissive and to submit to his superiority. And the spontaneity with which it is done, often gives the ‘viewers’ a gratification. Moreover, it is not just the act of rape that is powerful for its viewers but also the fact that the man was able to film and it and sell it while the identities of those involved in the act remains uncensored.

People who buy these rape videos, pay some amount for it while they could have seen the porn video for free online. The sense of masculinity that is inflicted from rape doesn’t come from ‘blue films.’ People who purchase ‘rape films’ often admire the show of strength that the rapist exhibits how he tames the woman. There is a certain ‘reality’ factor that plays into this while porn gives it a seemingly embellished look.

The fact that a man records such an act and later sells it, is no less ‘powerful.’ He wants the assertion of his sexuality to be replayed and sold like a wildfire. Sometimes, these videos are recorded and saved as a ‘memory’ in order to blackmail the victim or for the ‘self-appreciation’ of the rapist. Nonetheless, if it isn’t sold, a ‘memory’ like this isn’t worth keeping.

You cannot mistake a rape clip for sex or pornography. It is an act of patriarchy that has masculinity,desire, power as its cast, camera renders a supporting role while the protagonist makes an action/romantic/thriller out if it.

It’s a pity, that we have descended to a level so low, where rape is not just carried out, it is recorded, sold, watched, enjoyed and definitely not objected to. Has India really stooped to a level like this?

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