I was reading about a recent case of a seventy-year-old man in Australia, who had introduced a fork in his private part, during a sexual adventure which had gone horribly wrong. Ouch! This triggered me to think about the situation in Dodoland, notorious for its taboos, especially concerning matters pertaining to sex. Shocking, disgusting, secretive; so many adjectives to allude to sex, which must be kept a hushed affair! The rigid ones like to kid themselves that babies are born in cabbages. The morality of the population regarding sex must be confined to the sanctity of nunnery practices. Missionary anyone?
So, for many Mauritians, including those who have lived abroad for a while, imagine the disbelief we felt when the police swooped on a pharmacy and seized some sex toys. It was with amazement that we learnt that the import and sale of sex toys were illegal in our dear Dodoland. For some obscure reason, authorities claim that it is in the population’s interest, that these toys could have been manufactured in seedy circumstances, which would pose a hazard to the islanders’ (physical) health. Now, if the toys were shaped like ‘filao’ seeds or ‘fatak’, it would have been perfectly understandable but then, this is Dodoland! The land where everything is possible! So, logically, the best thing to do would be to ensure that the toys in question have been manufactured in tiptop conditions and the necessary licenses delivered! Problem solved…except that some are still reluctant to accept the legal presence of these toys on the Mauritian territory. So, like the anecdote given above, would our islanders resort to using ‘belnas’ or ‘pooknis’ to add some fun to their bedroom antics, given that sex toys are illegal?
I spoke to a few people about this (burning) issue and was shocked with the responses I got from a minority, which is fiercely against. Among their arguments, which I found highly amusing, are as follows:
-Sex toys encourage more women to be single, bypassing the need for men.
-People buying sex toys may be negatively viewed and labelled.
-Sex toys are incompatible with the Mauritian mindset.
Well! Ignorance is still rife in Dodoland! Suffice to say that sex toys are designed for both males and females, for the kind information of those who are blissfully unaware. Concerning privacy in buying these, many lingerie shops in the UK, for instance, have a section at the back, devoted to the sale of these toys, adult magazines and DVDs. So, discretion is assured! Why can’t the same be applied to Mauritius?
And, most importantly, what goes on between the sheets of consenting adults is the business of no-one, certainly not that of the snooping authorities who feel the need to have the upper hand in dictating the dos and don’ts of bedroom rules. I suppose there are more pressing issues to take care of, rather than regulating the sexual practices of people. We live in 21st century Mauritius, for heaven’s sake! Give it the semblance of that at least and let toys be toys! And banish taboos to cloud nine!