A digital magazine on sexuality in the Global South

Author: Radhika Chandiramani

A hazy black-and-white picture of a branched tree swaying in a storm.
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Freedom and an F Word

What do you think of when you put the words freedom and sexuality together? Orgies? Polyamory? Sex with no unwanted consequences? Acceptance of all sorts of sexual desires? The freedom to be free of sex (as in the act, as well as sex as determined by genitals, chromosomes and hormones)? Perhaps you think of all…
Shohini Ghosh at a film set. Lights, cameras, and reltaed instruments are hanging from the ceiling.

Interview: Shohini Ghosh

Both fiction and non-fiction are capable of great complexity if the making is in the hands of someone capable and complex. I have always held that good films – fiction, non-fiction or hybrid– emerge not from a familiarity with the subject, though that’s essential – but an understanding of the language of cinema.
Picture of feminist activist Pramada Menon, she ihas short hair and is wearing a maroon kurta, black waistcoat and a red dupatta

प्रमदा मेनन : क्यों परिवार हमारे हमारे दिलो-दिमाग पर इस कदर छाए रहते हैं?

प्रमदा मेनन एक क्विअर नारीवादी एक्टिविस्ट हैं जो हर उस विषय पर विवेचना करती हैं जिसे वे जटिल मानती हैं। जब वे विवेचना नहीं कर रही होती हैं तब वे जेंडर, यौनिकता और महिला अधिकारों पर कंसलटेंट के रूप में काम करती है और कभी-कभी Fat, Feminist and Free का मंचन भी करती हैं जिसमें…
Illustration of a woman in a dance pose of stretching herself up effortlessly. Her one knee is bent up at 90 degree to the waist, chest pointing out, head thrown back downward, and the opposite side arm going up.

कल्पनाएँ – हमारा आनंद, हमारा मामला, हमारा अधिकार

जो वर्जित है उससे मन ही मन सोचकर ख़ुशी पाने के अलावा, यौन कल्पनाएँ हमें सुरक्षित रूप से खोज करने का और बिना किसी प्रतिबद्धता के, बिना किसी परिणाम की चिंता के, विभिन्न तरीकों से रहने और उनका आनंद लेने का मौका देती हैं। यह कुछ-कुछ ऐसा है जैसे हम बिना खाना बनाने की झंझट के, या बर्तन साफ़ करने या अपच और वज़न बढ़ने की चिंता के भी अपने मन की चीज़ खाने का मज़ा ले सकते है।
Illustration of a woman in a dance pose of stretching herself up effortlessly. Her one knee is bent up at 90 degree to the waist, chest pointing out, head thrown back downward, and the opposite side arm going up.

Issue In Focus: Fantasies – Our Pleasure, Our Business, Our Right

Sexual fantasies allow us to conjure up worlds that we want to play with, but in reality, we may not really want. A fantasy is different from a wish. So people may have sexual fantasies about things that they may never act out – like having sex in front of a multitude of onlookers, or with a zebra, or a famous film star or the neighbour next door. And it’s all safe.
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