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Indian pharmaceutical company launches vaginal tightening cream, sparking a national debate

28 Aug

Another story (like the last one) about sexual relations in a Third World country, this time, in India.

The BBC reports that an Indian pharmaceutical company has launched a vaginal tightening cream, aimed at the growing number of young women there who don’t wait till marriage to have sex, but who still have to contend with being in a culture where men still desire their wives to be virgins until marriage.

Although that isn’t exactly how the pharmaceutical company is promoting this:

Ultratech’s owner, Rishi Bhatia, says the cream, which is selling for around $44 (£28), contains natural ingredients including gold dust, aloe vera, almond and pomegranate, and has been clinically tested.

“It’s a unique and revolutionary product which also works towards building inner confidence in a woman and boosting her self esteem,” says Mr Bhatia, adding that the goal of the product is to “empower women”.

Mr Bhatia says the product is not claiming to restore a woman’s virginity, but to restore the emotions of being a virgin.

“We are only saying, ‘feel like a virgin’ – it’s a metaphor. It tries to bring back that feeling when a person is 18.”

But the feminists don’t see this as ’empowering women’:

But the company’s advertising strategy has attracted criticism from some doctors, women’s groups and social media users, who say the product reinforces the widely held view in India that pre-marital sex is something to be frowned upon, a taboo which is even seen as sinful by some.

“This kind of cream is utter nonsense, and could give some women an inferiority complex,” argues Annie Raja from the National Federation of Indian Women, which fights for women’s rights in the country.

Ms Raja says that rather than empower women, the cream will do the opposite, by reaffirming a patriarchal view that is held by many here – the notion that men want all women to be virgins until their wedding night.

“Why should women remain a virgin until marriage? It is a woman’s right to have sexual relations with a man, but society here still says they should not until they are brides.”

But just as in the West, young women don’t want to be called sluts (but want to do as they please):

Another 27-year-old girl, who first had sex at the age of 20 and has had three sexual partners, believes a lot of the stigma comes from the idea that a man wants to feel like he owns a woman, adding that the idea that a women who sleeps with multiple partners might be called a “slut” is something all societies have to contend with.

So, despite the fact that for now, traditional mindsets largely remain amongst Indian men, India is nevertheless having to contend with feminism and the decline of morality, just as we are, here in the West.

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10 Comments

Posted by on August 28, 2012 in The Decline, The Kulturkampf

 

10 responses to “Indian pharmaceutical company launches vaginal tightening cream, sparking a national debate

  1. MNL

    August 28, 2012 at 11:25 am

    But the company’s advertising strategy has attracted criticism from some doctors, women’s groups and social media users, who say the product reinforces the widely held view in India that pre-marital sex is something to be frowned upon

    Looking at this objectively… I find it very odd that “doctors, women’s groups and social media users” do so much frowning upon the frowning of pre-marital sex. Nearly all modern civilizations have historically put social controls on sex. Yet in the MSM there’s no thoughtful reflection beyond simply blaming such norms on a “patriarchial view” (which is at its very best just proximal explanation and not a true cause)?

    There’s a profound ignorance among the MSM for why such sexual norms are/were the case historically. There’s a type of social amnesia at work; a collective lack of social introspection; a groupthink. In news reports like this there’s never any mention of the social fitness such sexual mores and norms provided. Rather, the norms are de-facto “bad” and “anti-empowering” This is all coupled with a keep-ones-head-in-the-sand reluctance to examine what is actually quite compelling and consistent data on the topic. See… http://socialpathology.blogspot.com/2012/08/more-promiscuity-data.html for an intro.

     
  2. herbie31

    August 28, 2012 at 11:44 am

    “Why should women remain a virgin until marriage? It is a woman’s right to have sexual relations with a man, but society here still says they should not until they are brides.”

    Sheesh, some women just can’t catch a break.

     
  3. Will S.

    August 28, 2012 at 11:45 am

    Agreed, MNL; they never bother to ask why such norms exist; they just decide they’re ‘bad’, and should be ended.

    The Social Pathologist is on our blogroll; we like his posts.

     
  4. Will S.

    August 28, 2012 at 11:50 am

    So they’d have us think, herbie31.

     
  5. chesterpoe

    August 28, 2012 at 3:57 pm

    So basically it is alright to trick a man into thinking a woman has never laid with another because they disapprove of men disapproving of sexual license. Lying is encouraged so long as it only harms men and traditional morality. Women are being manipulated by old hags and creepy fags.

     
  6. Will S.

    August 28, 2012 at 10:42 pm

    Indeed, chesterpoe.

     
  7. allamagoosa

    September 21, 2012 at 3:21 pm

     
  8. Will S.

    September 21, 2012 at 3:32 pm

    Yes, I’d known there were such things here in the West.

    Ugh, what a crazy story.

     

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