The Kamasutra is not (just) about sex Why the Soviets doctored this iconic 1 day ago   06:15

Here’s what the Kamasutra really says.

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It’s one of the world’s earliest books on sex — but not actually that sexy. We took a deeper look at the Kamasutra, its history, and how it got the reputation it has today. Popularized by British “orientalist” Richard Francis Burton, the book has spread across cultures and continents. While people tend to focus on the chapters involving sex positions, the rest of the seven-part treatise is a fascinating look at ancient Indian power structures, gender roles, and yes -- pleasure. is a news website that helps you cut through the noise and understand what's really driving the events in the headlines. Check out

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The factors that affect love have changed drastically since the Kamasutra was published. Check out our video on how the economy shapes our love lives here:
Neazy Army
Why am i here?
Krishna Baliwada
This is a conflict of civilization. Vox should try to understand the culture, tradition and intentions involving soul rather than being materialistic. In India tattooing is not done for style, it is an expression of love and affection.
Criminology 101
Despite my previous criticisms this video is okay for the most part. I also appreciate the narrator's attempt to pronounce the Sanskrit (though with a Hindi accent) words. And the interesting videographics.
Criminology 101
As for the interview of Dr. Doniger of the University of Chicago I'm not surprised at her nonsense. She's notorious in academia for a reason. Even by her own admission "I am neither an archaeologist nor a historian; I am a Sanskritist, ". So no she's not a historian. As for her Sanskrit scholarship she's known for shoddy work and exaggerations of pornographic nature. Wendy doniger "PhD" is a disgrace to the academic tradition of Oxford University and UoC. She's been criticised by actual Sanskritist for her dishonest translations and sensationalism. These include actual professional scholars like Dr Michael Witzel of Harvard, Dr Nicholas Kazanas of OMCI, Dr Köenraad Elst of Ghent U and BHU, Dr Jagadacarya of RSU, Dr SN Misra, Dr. SB Kak, Dr. Danino, Dr. Patrick Olivelle is Texas University, and so on. Wendy doniger has also been criticised by cultural/religious activists like R Malhotra, VS Agrawal, Dr Goyal, Dr. VJuluro and so on. I'm saddened by the presence of this disgraceful scholar on this otherwise decent video.
Criminology 101
I'm really surprised to see Shonalekha Kaul make so many pre-graduate/laymen errors in this video, really not her best moment as an academic. There are literally millions of Sanskrit manuscripts in India (2-6 million?) Untranslated alone. This isn't abnormal for typical JNU academic of history but totally unexpected from Dr. Kaul. She should stick to Kashmir which is her specialty instead of wandering away.
Criminology 101
What people don't understand about the Kāma Sūtra is that it was basically an academic work geared towards the wealthy upper classes. Ordinary people in India (Shūdras) and the aesthetic peoples (BrāhmaNās) never would have lived so decedently. Mostly wealthy people of the mercantile class (Vaishya) and the ruling class (Kshatriya) would have lived in similar fashion to the Kāma Sūtra. It should also be noted that the Kāma Sūtra isn't "contradictory" as it is a compendium of Indian ideas in Sanskrit from different works which included sexuality, eroticism, desire, luxury etc. So it's natural to have opposing views present in the text, it's after all not simply the views of Vatsyāyana. It should also be noted that this wasn't a text that was widely read or studied like the Arthashāstra, Shrutis etc. So you cannot assume this formed the notions and taboos on sexuality.
Ryu Jin
In short the British are to be blamed for this nuance.
R Sahota
Any man that needs a book to learn how to have sex is a disgrace to mankind
Dante Ele
Awang Budiman
My girl is so fat it's impossible to do kamasutra positions. I'm talking about my hand.
The list of "women who are not to be enjoyed" has me in tears 😂
Rose is a Door
Natasha Tercera
ok but... where can i get one
Indian is a country of culture not like uraguay
Xy 24
The art of teaching parrots and starlings to speak? I see...
*mind blown* the western media has fooled me, yet, again!!!!
Even Brown
Most Indians are saying they got conservative under Islamic rule but Spain was under Muslim rule they are one of the most progressive countries when it comes sex.
Vikapita Murangi
Who’s the voice over in this video.
xele fonte
I think Bill Cosby added that part at (4:50).
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Why the Soviets doctored this iconic The Kamasutra is not (just) about sex 1 day ago   04:47

This photo conceals a clue to a brutal story of vengeance.

Correction: Many of you pointed out that we erroneously used “Russia” and “Russian” interchangeably with “Soviet Union” and “Soviet” in this video. The Soviet Union was a multiethnic federation, and indeed many non-Russians bore the brunt of Hitler’s initial invasion in 1941. We regret the error — especially in reference to the Soviet soldier raising the flag in the photo, Alexei Kovalev, who is Ukrainian.

Additionally, we inaccurately stated that Rosenthal’s photo was taken following the Battle of Iwo Jima. While the capture of Mt. Suribachi was a significant point in the battle, it was not the end, and in fact three of the six Marines pictured were later killed in action on Iwo Jima.

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“Raising the Flag on Iwo Jima” and “Raising a Flag over the Reichstag” are similarly iconic photos from World War II. They’re both beloved images of victory, and they’re both taken after the fighting ended in significant battles. But the Russian one is different, because parts of it are altered.

Specifically, a watch being worn by one of the soldiers is edited out, to cover up the possibility that he had been looting. The Soviet invasion of Germany saw brutal acts of civilian murder, rape, and looting as a vengeful act following Operation Barbarossa, Hitler’s 1941 invasion of Russia that left millions dead, including women and children. is a news website that helps you cut through the noise and understand what's really driving the events in the headlines. Check out

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