A digital magazine on sexuality in the Global South

Author: Bishakha Datta

ILLEGALLY ADULT: THE STRANGE CASE OF ALISHA MAJOR

She was 17 when she was rescued from a dance bar. Now she’s 18 and she wants to go back. As an adult. And dance again. That’s what Alisha wrote in a letter to the Child Welfare Committee. Alisha’s letter may be one of a kind. It doesn’t matter. It may even be a scam of sorts, in that she…
Black-and-white photo of Indian bharatnatyma dancer Rukmini Devi holding a mudra. She is wearing traditional dance clothing with flowers in her head, and jewellery on the forehead, ears, and neck. The image is from the chest up.

Illegally Adult: The Strange Case of Alisha Major

She was 17 when she was rescued from a dance bar. Now she's 18 and she wants to go back. As an adult. And dance again. That's what Alisha wrote in a letter to the Child Welfare Committee. Alisha’s letter may be one of a kind. It doesn’t matter. It may even be a scam of sorts, in that she was pushed to write it. Doesn't matter. What’s interesting is the jumble that it throws up, if you look at her choices through eyes that are not hers.
poster for the film 'blue is the warmest colour', which shows two young girls facing each other intimately

Reel Review: Blue Is The Warmest Color

There are many ways of looking at Blue is the Warmest Colour, last year’s French release about a love story between two young women that went on to win the highest award at the Cannes Film Festival. We could look at it as a love story, a timely twist on the classic Ali MacGraw-Ryan O’Neal genre-defining…
A cartoon illustration of a clitoris with a face drawn on it, the caption below it reads, 'making masturbation female friendly'

Never Mind The Nipples: Sex, Gender and Social Media

Five snippets from three months. In August, Indian actress Poonam Pandey dons a bikini for the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge and posts a video of it on Facebook. Facebook's reaction? Ban the page, which is followed by 2.1 million people. Why? We don't know. In July, American teenager Samantha Newman instagrams photos of herself in…
A hand holds up the cover of a book which reads, 'I, Kusama, am the modern Alice in Wonderland.'

Art and Activism: Strange bedfellows?

You’d think art and activism would be chummy pillow mates but they’re often strange bedfellows  Art. Activism. Aesthetics. Politics. This is the problem with words. Sometimes they snake up on you like cobras, twisting, turning, hissing and spitting right back at you. *** Problem no 1. The word ‘art’ is used too loosely. Is everything…
poster for the film 'blue is the warmest colour', which shows two young girls facing each other intimately

Reel Review: Blue Is The Warmest Color

There are many ways of looking at Blue is the Warmest Colour, last year’s French release about a love story between two young women that went on to win the highest award at the Cannes Film Festival. We could look at it as a love story, a timely twist on the classic Ali MacGraw-Ryan O’Neal…
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