VIDEO: ‘The Kama Sutra is not a dirty little text’

Paris's brand new exhibition on the legendary Kama Sutra takes visitors beyond its risqué reputation and shows the text is more about pleasure than sex. Our colleagues at Parisian News TV gives you an inside look.

VIDEO: 'The Kama Sutra is not a dirty little text'
"The Kama Sutra is not a dirty little text" - according to curator of new exhibition in Paris. Photo: Lionel Bonaventure/AFP

If you mention the words "Kama Sutra" in Europe or North America you're likely to draw a blush or knowing nod about what's considered in the west a sex manual.

But the exhibition at the private La Pinacothèque museum, which runs through January, gives viewers a broader perspective on the text that also serves as a guide to virtuous living, love, family and how humans can feel pleasure.

Co-curator Dr. Alka Pande said: "I want people to go away with the view that the Kama Sutra is not a dirty little text but a book of life." 

Here is a look inside the show from Parisian News TV:


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France taken to European Court over divorce ruling that woman had ‘marital duty’ to have sex with husband

A case has been brought against France at the European Court of Human Rights by a woman who lost a divorce case after judges ruled against her because she refused to have sex with her husband.

France taken to European Court over divorce ruling that woman had 'marital duty' to have sex with husband
Photo: Frederick Florin/AFP

The woman, who has not been named, has brought the case with the backing of two French feminist groups, arguing that the French court ruling contravened human rights legislation by “interference in private life” and “violation of physical integrity”.

It comes after a ruling in the Appeals Court in Versailles which pronounced a fault divorce in 2019 because of her refusal to have sex with her husband.

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The court ruled that the facts of the case “established by the admission of the wife, constitute a serious and renewed violation of the duties and obligations of marriage making intolerable the maintenance of a shared life”.

Feminist groups Fondation des femmes (Women’s Foundation) and Collectif féministe contre le viol (Feminist Collective against Rape) have backed her appeal, deploring the fact that French justice “continues to impose the marital duty” and “thus denying the right of women to consent or not to sexual relations”.

“Marriage is not and should not be a sexual servitude,” the joint statement says, pointing out that in 47 percent of the 94,000 recorded rapes and attempted rapes per year, the aggressor is the spouse or ex-spouse of the victim.