Everybody likes sex, but I suppose not everyone is getting it. According to Google, Sri Lanka is number one in regional interest for search terms relating to sex. By a mile – Sri Lanka scores 100 (out of 100) and Bangladesh and India are number two and three with 87. In response, the National Child Protection Authority has taken the sensible step of asking for sex education to be taught in schools, rather than people Googling for it (or, more likely, learning from porn).
Sri Lankans and South Asian men seem to be deeply sex deprived, ranging from the positively rapey culture of Delhi and much of India to the casual harassment in places like Sri Lanka. Everybody likes sex and men like porn, but there’s something weird going on here that makes us number one.
I think it’s partly because Sri Lanka is a middle income country, ie, people have left the old culture and aren’t marrying so early but they’re not yet independent enough to date and live alone. In between, they have Internet.
At the same time, however, it’s not so innocuous. From Parliament on down, there are horrific attitudes towards women and the dark side of Internet pornography (harassment, abuse, trafficking, rape) is also all to prevalent in our society today. Hence it’s good that the NCPA is calling for sex education, which is at least a start to a more healthy sexual culture.