Monday, January 08, 2007

The Vagina Obsession

I was seeing a movie yesterday and there is this girl who says 'naan oru appanukku poranthavala iruntha unnai naan summa vida matten' (if I were born to one father, i wont let you get away). She is fighting with someone on a property related dispute. That someone apparently has cheated her or turned hostile and is on the verge of stealing her property. So she shouts these words to him. I can understand there would be angry words fight etc. But seriously! why drag her birth issues into this? I am sure the property dispute and its resolution is completely unrelated to the number of file systems mounted on her mom's operating system some 20 years ago. Why has our country made this such a big deal? This whole 'my mother slept with only one man' dialog has been used to define the virtue, bravery, result-oriented'ness, competence, handwriting, and tactical ability of the child. How is her mom's sex life in anyway connected to all these things?

Why are we so obsessed with the vagina, the hymen, virginity? People are obsessed with talking about it. It comes masked as feminism, honor, valor, dignity and before you know you would have had your first vagina conversation. Have we run out of things to talk about. So many thousand years of existence and human beings have become bored? I mean - it is not even logical. Lets suppose this girl's mom slept with the entire population of Bombay. Among all the sperm cells that was ever deposited in her vagina, only one little sperm cell is gonna crawly-crawl-crawl up her fallopian tube and mate with her egg. So it is a biological impossibility that her daughter be born of multiple fathers. Even if sperms of 70,000 men were mashed in a blender and sent up via a fire hose into the fallopian tube - only one man's sperm will eventually mate. But our country apparently does not know this and makes a big deal out this. It attaches virtue to vagina and a whole lot of emotions, which simply a puny little vagina cannot handle. Little do all these dialog writers know that some N generations ago most of their ancestors were either raped by moghuls or some 2000 years ago they lived in tribal systems where mating with multiple partners was not so uncommon. Given all I am still not able to figure a direct relation ship between that girl's mom's sex life and her ability to win the property dispute.
Maybe among animals it would be a shame if the female parent of a lion cub just mated with one lion. So the threateneing words you would typically hear from a lion cub would be 'naan pala appanukku poranthavala iruntha..." (if I am really born to multiple fathers I will not let you getaway easily)

12 comments:

Harish said...

LOL!!

B a l a said...

Good one..
biological that usage is wrong as u pointed out..its very similar to saying that something u must go by what your heart says...though its the brain which decides the signals and reflexive pulses..
in this context, the concept of Karma holds the major gist i guess..if u have a good karma (A Parent's Karma inherits to his child) then its believed that the elements of the universe work in sync with you so that u have ur revenge or outperform the opponent..
"Oru Unmayana Patini"..like the Kanagi was able to destroy Madurai (historical proof irrukaanu kekadinga ?)..its more related to karma..
but the usage is diluted and skewed ..probably dramatization of the concept

Anonymous said...

In indian context it is still very much relevant whether somebody has sex with one or multiple partners. But you are right in saying that such credibility need not be used under all circumstances by children, grand children, great grand children..

Anonymous said...

ur not fit to watch tamil movies.

cardinal rule of watching tamil movies is when watching them donot aapply logicalthinking nor look for logical falacies. indha idu follow pannati, ur not fit to watch tamil movies.

Ada-Paavi

Anonymous said...

cant help...

tamil movie dialogue writers are obseesed with it..

Bala
not sure how karma comes into play here...
a person's mom having sex partner is the mom's karma!!!

Srivathsan

B a l a said...

to the last anonymous...
Its normally believed that child inherits the karma'a of parents..does that logic sound ok ?

Malvika said...

i totally agree with u. a lot of importance is given to virginity in our country. it has changed slightly over the past few years. people are becoming more broad-minded, but we still have a long way to go!

Anu said...

ROTFL!! Truly hilarious post!

~Anu

B a l a said...

malvika,

"people are becoming more broad-minded, but we still have a long way to go!"
Can u say what broad-minded means in the context with virginity ? I think this is one aspect that still indians can be proud of.....we have become westernised...but certainly in this regard we shud change i guess...i didn't get what "broad-minded" u mean here.

B a l a said...

correction in my previous response...
i meant we shudn't ..a typo.
so this is the one..

...we have become westernised...but certainly in this regard we shudn't change i guess.

Anonymous said...

Logic--liya adikiranga....

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