A digital magazine on sexuality in the Global South

Author: Parigya Sharma

इस्तांबूल में निर्वस्त्र होना – डव की ‘असली सुंदरता’ क्यों एक धोखा है

सम्पादक की ओर से: यह लेख सन् 2014 में डव कंपनी के 'रियल ब्यूटी' अभियान की प्रतिक्रिया के रूप में लिखा गया था पिछले साल जब मैंने पहली बार डव के 'सौंदर्य स्केच' अभियान का विज्ञापन देखा, जो उस साल के 'सबसे ज्यादा देखे गये विज्ञापन' में से एक था,  तो मुझे बहुत असहज महसूस…
Illustration of a turkish bath, where a group of women are bathing naked

Being Naked in Istanbul: Why Dove’s ‘Real Beauty’ is a Sham

I felt very uncomfortable the first time I saw the Dove ‘beauty sketches’ campaign ad or the ‘most watched ad ever’, last year. My discomfort became more apparent again this year when a stimulating discussion with a friend on a weekend trip turned sour when I was confounded by my inadequate explaining of how regressive…
Photo of queer feminist activist Pramada Menon. She has short hair and is leaning against a wall. She is wearing a blue kurta, and a necklace.

INTERVIEW: PRAMADA MENON

This post was originally published under this month, it is being republished for the anniversary issue. In April 2014, Parigya Sharma from TARSHI interviewed Pramada Menon, feminist activist and stand up performance artist, for the May issue of In Plainspeak. What do you think? Pramada spoke to us about the many roles she has undertaken in…
feminist theorist judith butler, wearing a black shirt and trousers, walks beside wheelchair-bound disability rights activit sunnaura taylor, who's wearing a bright red top.

When Sunaura Taylor and Judith Butler Go For a Walk

Disability activist Sunaura Taylor and post-structuralist philosopher Judith Butler decided to take a walk through the streets of San Francisco and the resultant video went viral on the Internet. The walk was featured in a film called ‘Examined Life’ directed by Astra Taylor, Sunaura’s sister, and deals mainly with the construction of spaces and bodies…
Photo of queer feminist activist Pramada Menon. She has short hair and is leaning against a wall. She is wearing a blue kurta, and a necklace.

Interview: Pramada Menon

Pramada spoke to us about the many roles she has undertaken in her life - from her early days with Dastkar, to her well known performance ‘Fat, Feminist and Free’ and her latest stint as a filmmaker. Pramada’s retelling of her fascinating and diverse engagements with body politics and queer issues is both enjoyable and inspiring!
A still from the movie "Tomboy", showing a young child in a white vest and blue jacket that's falling off her shoulders.

Reel Review: Tomboy – Innocent, Subversive, Powerful

Celine Sciamma’s ‘Tomboy’, is a brilliantly woven tale that dissolves rigid gender and sexual boundaries and defies quite a few dominant normative perceptions in the process. Laure (played by Zoe Heran) is 10, biologically assigned female but feels more comfortable in boys’ clothes. A tall, lanky body and cropped blonde hair aid her alternate personality…
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