"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.