Saturday, January 15, 2011

Living In Malaysia: Want Blue?

"All the computers at work are loaded with viruses because everyone is downloading porn," one friend moaned a few months ago.  It sparked immediate interest - with only a handful asking for tips on where to find the good stuff. 

I grew up in Amsterdam so I'm used to seeing a few girly mags and films about.  But you know, I've never seen so much porn in my life as I have in Malaysia.

Porn is illegal here (even pictures of female underwear, bikinis, navels etc are routinely censored!) but porn filled PCs are common.  In fact, it's practically impossible not to see the stuff because of the peddlers who sidle up to you in restaurants, pubs and on the street asking, "Want blue?"  and showing you lurid DVD covers. 


Seeing my mate started the subject, I took the opportunity to ask the gang what sort is popular here.  To cut a long story short, the answer is, "Everything - except for male-on-male stuff!"

Japanese, Korean, Chinese, Dutch, American, British, Swedish, German... hetero, lesbian, group, ......straight, freaky.... it's all grist to the mill.  However, nobody seems to read books or text; it's pictures and films that are popular.

I asked questions, Why do you watch it?  Do you see yourself as the man in it?  If so, do you prefer if the man star is your own race so you can identify?  Do you watch it with your date/wife/girlfriend?

The boys looked at me, and shook their heads.  "We don't think about it, we just watch it when we're alone at home. Because we're men!"

It got me wondering though about differences between East and West.  I didn't notice any porn last time I was in the UK or Spain even though decency laws there are much more lenient and the people generally more open about sex.  So I'm curious to know, is porn common where you live?

PS: my mate tells me that since our chat, his company fired a dozen or so people, including senior managers, for downloading porn, and the PCs are now virus-free and usable.  He's delighted.

14 comments:

Wyatt's Corner said...

Sounds to me like the more prohibitted it is the more desired it is. Here in the US I have heard of one of tow people at the university getting in trouble for it but we have about 1200 workers.

exiledwildcatwoods said...

I have to agree with Wyatt - the more it is forbidden. the more it is desired. In US there are so many ways to obtain porn, downloading it at work doesn't seem to be as much of an issue as blogging or using Facebook and Twitter on work time.

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sully86 said...

ahem!!

lupie said...

The more restriction the authority imposes, the more everyone wants to break free!

Forbidden fruit always taste better! heheheh!

photojoy said...

Is that so? About the difference between the West and the East. I thought there is just about the same how men behave. Yet I'm not sure of it. I agree there are too many chances to get into trouble for anyone in the Internet.In Japan, it is serious for parents how to protect their children from running into porn sites just by clicking without knowing what this is all about.

Katnip Lounge said...

Good Lord, here in Las Vegas porn is ubiquitous...at least on the Strip! I live out in the boonies far away from the maddening billboards...We,ve had a couple employees sacked for downloading porn (that I know of.)

mizzyN said...

like you said in Malaysia it's a taboo. So I guess the more forbidden it is the more popular it is to be watched underground.

Khyra And Sometimes Her Mom said...

Making things illegal only generates more of a 'call' for them -

Of course, I'm an advocate of legalising most illegal activities -

Thanks for another snapshot into this part of the world -

Gattina said...

I think it is so commun that nobody thinks it's worthwhile to talk about. It's just there. When my son was in puberty age he probably watched it too. Did him no harm. I personally find it so ridiculous that it makes me laugh !
Apparently some men need some inspiration or have to learn some techniques, lol !

Kea said...

It's VERY common here. But a no-no to download at work. I don't think that happens *too* often -- once in a while you hear a news story, but not often. But it's definitely illegal when underage children are involved.

Brian said...

Oh my, I'm not a fan, my first two blogs were hijacked by porn bandits and I lots everything!

MoMo said...

Probably related to the attitude towards porn. More prohibited = more desirable.

It's present here in Australia but not to any great extent. You certainly wouldn't use you work computer to do it. In most public institutions and companies many of these sites would be blocked.

Anya said...

Oh..oh.. Amsterdam
dan was je wel wat gewend hihihi...

~Covert_Operations'78~ said...

I watched it because I was 13.
I lost interest because I turned 18.

Does it answer your question? ;)