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Episode 3 & 4 resources

Special Guests

Michiel Baas:

Michiel Baas is a Research Fellow with the Asia Research Institute of the National University of Singapore, Singapore. He holds a PhD in anthropology from the University of Amsterdam. Most of his work centers on questions related to India, in particular with reference to the topics of migration, mobility and transnationalism. Michiel Baas has spent a decade studying gyms, trainers and bodybuilders, and finds in them a new way to investigate India. He walks us through the homes and workspaces of these men—yes, they are almost all men—to bodybuilding competitions and also into their most intimate worlds of ambitions, desires and struggles. An unusual study of an unusual subject, Baas unveils a fascinating world, hidden in plain sight.

Pradeep Bhatia

Pradeep Bhatia is the dynamic driving force behind the vision called ELIXIR FITNESS. In 2007, Pradeep won the coveted “Mr. Delhi” title in the Bodybuilding Championship and created a sensation. After completing a rigorous training schedule from Watson Fitness, Mumbai, Pradeep took on the challenge of heading Barbarian Power Gym. Within a span of 2 years, with clients like-Katrina Kaif, Sunita Kapoor, Amrita Arora, Ritesh Deshmukh, Singer Badshar, Ranbir Kapoor, Lara Dutta, Diljit Dosanjh, Siddharth Malhotra, Chitrangada, and Priyanka Chopra.

Sahuba Dhupar:

Sahuba Dhupar empowers people and enriches their skill set. She is an internationally Certified Communication skills trainer and a language expert by Cambridge & British Council, foft skills trainer by Scotland Qualifications Assurance, trainer accredited by NABET (National accredition board of education and training), an Image consultant and grooming etiquette coach and a member of IMPA (Image management professionals association), an etiquette Educator from British School of Etiquette and a transformation Coach from Transformation Academy, Florida. She strives to strengthen people’s motivation and guide them towards the establishment of their credibility, realize and build their potential whilst getting rid of their inhibitions in the process.

Sex stats

Agents of Ishq: link

  • Agents of Ishq is a multi-media project about sex, love and desire. Or, to put it another way, we make cool videos, beautiful images and great audio about sex, love and desire in India. Agents of Ishq is brought to you by Parodevi Pictures, an independent media and art company based in Mumbai.

  • Agents of Ishq sex survey: Link

Penis size/ relationship with the penis

  • Comfortable 65%

  • Proud 16%

  • Anxious 15%

  • Tender 12%

  • awkward 6.5%

  • Other 2%

Influences their attitudes

  • Porn 57%

  • Cultural attitudes 25%

  • Traditional attitudes 18%

  • Art 18%

  • Lifestyle magazines `10%

  • Have you ever been shamed for your penis

  • 88% no

  • 12% yes

  • What would you like to change about your penis?

  • 36.5% length

  • 22% girth

  • 12.5% - change that it is bent

  • 5% other

  • 46% it’s fine - wouldn't change

  • Do you compare your penis to others

  • Yes 53% - of that 21% worse, 15% better, 55% just different, 8% other

The body is not an apology - link

Muscular India: Michiel Baas link

Dr. Mahinder Watsa - sexpert link

  • For 15 years, Mahinder Watsa, 96, had been shocking Indian sensibilities with his Ask the Sexpert column for The Mumbai Mirror. Tens of thousands of people have sought advice on a variety of issues, including the size and shape of penises, fears of masturbation and hymen reconstruction. Following are selections from his correspondence published in The Mumbai Mirror and a site created by his fans.

The body keeps score - link

#BoysLockerRoom: Why We Need Sex Education Now More Than Ever link


  • “A recent sex survey by video content platform, Vitamin Stree, has revealed that though 46 percent of urban millennials in India learn about sex at the age of 13, a majority admitted to having had unprotected sex.” link

  • “Majority of our respondents said they learn about sex from their friends, since sex education is more or less absent in the Indian Education system. Porn and the internet come a close second when it comes to teaching young people about sex, with 30 percent men learning about sex via the two. Considering 99 percent of porn is a gross misrepresentation of sex, made only from and for the male gaze, it does not make for a great starting point” link

  • With the survey revealing that almost 50 percent of urban millennials lose their virginity between the age of 14 and 18 years, the study highlights the need to educate youngsters about sex. link

  • After the US and UK, India is the third biggest porn-watching nation and despite the ban on 857 porn sites by the government in 2015, 91 percent of urban millennials accepted that they watch porn. link

  • “In our survey, 91 percent of men said they watch porn, with more than half saying they watched porn three to four times a week. Women are also watching, and increasingly so. 65 percent of women who took the survey said that they watch porn, and at least 34 percent of them are watching porn three to four times a month.”link

India is one of the biggest contributors and consumers of child porn in the world and this doubled during the pandemic, despite a ban on porn. Kerala, the Human Development Report ranks number 1 in uploading child porn.

India today sex survey 2019 - more than 3/4ths of respondents admitted to watching porn. A high percentage of males (85.5%) accepted that they watch porn link

The Sexual Insecurities Of Indian Men - it was taken by 140 men. link

  • Talking to other men about sex

  • 42% of the men who took our survey admitted they don’t feel comfortable doing so, and more so with other men.

  • Finding a safe space

  • 58% of men shared their insecurities with somebody in the past

South India Youth’s On-Mass Addiction To Watching Rape and Child Molestation link

  • The survey was carried out in 272 colleges in 4 States of South India to 5800 students.

  • Boys start on average in year 9 high school and 69% watch 6 hours of sex videos per week including child porn and rape. Porn addiction is epidemic, even in rural areas and is the latest bad drug, more addictive than cocaine. - 36% of the college students watch violent porn, rape and gang rape. These watch an average of 19 rapes per week!

  • 84% of students said that porn is a progressive addiction just like drugs.

  • 69% of students said that watching rape gives the desire to actually do a rape.

In this silence, there is much abuse and violence of young boys and girls, and sexual assault of women and gay and trans men who are violated through force, through power rather than sexual desire. National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) 2019 link

  • - A total of 32,033 cases of rape were lodged in 2019 - against woman (India reported 4,05,861 cases of crimes against women in 2019 )

  • Majority of these cases under Indian Penal Code were registered under ‘cruelty by husband or his relatives’ (30.9 per cent) followed by ‘Assault on women with intent to outrage her modesty’ (21.8 per cent), ‘kidnapping and abduction of women’ (17.9 per cent),

  • actually stats for rapes committed by someone known to them/family 94 percent of the rape cases, the offenders were known to the victims family members, friends, live-in partners, employers or others

India today sex survey 2019 About 40% of respondents said they were not completely happy and satisfied with their sex life link

  • India today sex survey 2019 Only 51% of those surveyed said they knew where their partners G-spot was

Being Single in India Gendered Identities Class Mobilities and Personhoods in Flux -link

Group-Couples-Intervention-to-Improve-Sexual-Health-Among-Married-Women-in-a-Low-Income-Community-in-Mumbai-India link

The sex files link

Sharma, K. (2020, February 19). Sex education, breaking gender stereotypes in Modi govt’s new school curriculum. ThePrint. link

Smith, E. E. (2019, January 9). Your Flaws Are Probably More Attractive Than You Think They Are. The Atlantic. link

Willingham, E. (n.d.). Penis Size Has Nothing to Do with Masculinity. Scientific American. Retrieved October 15, 2020, from link

Guy Stuff: The Body Book for Boys: Natterson, Cara, Player, Micah: 9781683370260: Books. (n.d.). Retrieved February 10, 2021, from link

Scheper-Hughes, N., & Lock, M. M. (1987). The Mindful Body: A Prolegomenon to Future Work in Medical Anthropology. Medical Anthropology Quarterly, 1(1), 6–41. JSTOR. link

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