I came across an interesting blog (http://alternativereading.blogspot.com/) by British journalist and writer Gary Dexter the other day, on the subject of books written by famous people outside their fields of expertise. Isaac Asimov, believe it or not, has authored a book called Lecherous Limericks. Gary quotes just one limerick, which is on rape:
Annabelle turned beet-red in the face
At having been raped. Such disgrace!
Yet although it was terrible
It was not quite unbearable
She had taken her pill just in case.
Gary writes that the limericks are not “particularly good as dirty limericks go; their value is partly historical, since it’s unlikely that anyone now could write on theme of rape in precisely the sunny way they did 30 years ago.”
True, but our former chief minister, the late Comrade E.K. Nayanar (1919–2004), had no compunctions about trivializing rape. His response (in the 1990s, I think) to complaints about the increasing incidence of rape in Kerala was the observation that in America rape was as common as drinking tea. The implication is that rape was nothing to lose sleep over! He also said that where there were women, there would be sex scandals.
Nowadays our politicians have become more politically correct, thanks to alert women’s organizations that cry foul and try their best to ensure that a heavy political price is paid for such infractions.
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