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Wednesday, Sep 22, 2021
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Where Holding Back Is A Virtue

Smug in our restraint, we delight when sex goeth before a fall

Where Holding Back Is A Virtue
Illustration by Sorit
Where Holding Back Is A Virtue
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The sight of a man in his 80s lying in bed with three young girls ostensibly trying to pleasure him isn’t news—at least not in India. Not even if the recipient of these unusual erotic ministrations happens to be a public figure holding high constitutional office. Elsewhere, he would have either been the object of endless gossip and ridicule or seen as the very embodiment of machismo and interminable virility. But here, rather than causing great outrage or shock, the N.D. Tiwari saga only generated serious misgivings about the ability of a man in his late 80s to ‘do anything’ at that stage of decrepitude and visible physical infirmity. “He can hardly walk,” said a friend, “so what could he have possibly done?” It is then futile to argue that all sex manuals locate sexual activity between two ears and not between two legs!

The seeming disinterest in the sexual peccadilloes of politicians has nothing to do with us being prudish, Victorian or generally squeamish about sex. The reasons lie...

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