London, August 10 (NNN): London-based writer of Indian origin, Salman Rushdie is at it again.
Interestingly Rushdie is said to support his argument with statistics about the volume of porn traffic on the internet in Pakistan.
And in this campaign to welcome pornography in mainstream, Rushdie is joined by some of the most prominent figures in American literature, music and cinema, according to a Sunday Times report.
His essay in praise of pornography, to be published alongside images of US porno stars in a book called XXX:30 Porn Star, is bound to kick up frenzied protests, if not some thing more harmful.
In an extract from his essay, The East is Blue, he implies that Muslims are avid consumers of pornography because of the sex segregation they have to endure.
Gore Vidal, the grand old man of American letters has written in the foreword to XXX:30 that America is a puritanical society fettered with unnecessary constraints.
Timothy Greenfield-Sanders, the book's photographer, has told the Sunday paper that Rushdie supports his argument with statistics about the volume of porn traffic on the internet in Pakistan.
The writer has asserted that pornography exists everywhere but when it comes to societies in which it is difficult for young men and women to get together and do what young men and women often like doing, pornography satisfies a more general need.
Rushdie's arguments are a twist on a debate he started after September 11 attacks to define what aspects of western society should be defended against the ideology of Muslim terrorism. He had insisted that the fundamentalist seeks "to bring down a great deal more than buildings." And queried "What will we risk our lives to defend?"
The London-based writer argued then "Can we unanimously concur? that even short skirts and dancing are worth dying for?" He argued that fundamentalist were against pluralism, secularism and sex.
However, critics have said that Rushdie's eagerness to write about sex detracts from his literary strength. Ziauddin Sarda, a Muslim academic is cited saying that a character in The Satanic Verses seemed sex-crazed. " Rushdie portrays Mohammad as a banal, frantic man obsessed with sex."
Whatever the arguments, nevertheless Rushdie is set to stir up the issue of acceptability and limits to pornography.