A digital magazine on sexuality in the Global South

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Editorial: The Anniversary Issue

Happy New Year! May we all have more to celebrate, enjoy and be happy about! We bring you this anniversary issue of In Plainspeak with a selection of articles from older issues. As we walk into a new year, many of us reflect on the journeys, both actual and metaphorical, that we have made in…
VIDEO PAGE: SITA SINGS THE BLUES

VIDEO PAGE: SITA SINGS THE BLUES

Sita Sings the Blues is an animated retelling of the Ramayana, an ancient Indian epic about the Hindu god Rama and his quest to save his wife Sita from Ravana, the king of Lanka. The Ramayana has been retold through many different media – live performance, TV, movies – but this representation is unique in…
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Editorial: Freedom and Sexuality

Freedom and sexuality – it sounds so liberating to some. But to some others, freedom is the spark that can light the powder keg of sexuality. And that is why the sexual freedoms we have are so precious. In Freedom and an F word, Radhika Chandiramani brings us face to face with a thought that…

100 Women: ‘Disabled women have sexual needs too’

Up to 10 million people in Iran are living with disabilities, campaigners say, but the culture surrounding the issue is largely one of shame, writes BBC Near East Women's Affairs journalist Feranak Amidi. One area which is particularly taboo in the socially conservative country is sex, and more so the sexual needs of disabled women.…

We need a sexual revolution in the Middle East – Mona Ethawi

Mona Eltahawy, author of 'Headscarves and Hymens: Why the Middle East Needs a Sexual Revolution', speaks about how any social revolution, any where in the world, will fail unless accompanied by a sexual revolution which has consent and agency at its heart. Removing regimes from the presidential houses that oppress both men and women does…

Editorial: Time and Sexuality

Take Time. Add Sexuality to it. How does it move? In a straight line, in circles, or does it zig and then zag? Does it loop around to the very beginning? Move in spirals? Wind down and stop? Going by the articles this month, it seems to do all this and more. Most people consider…
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Video Page: Khaney Mein Kya Hai?

The engaging and humorous short film Khaney Mein Kya Hai (What's to eat?) focuses on a seemingly mundane conversation between a newly-wed woman and her mother during the couple’s first visit after their honeymoon. As mother and daughter prepare lunch along with their domestic help, their discussion about food quickly turns into something else…
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The Editorial : Caste and Sexuality

A deeply entrenched issue in Indian society, the monster of caste, as Dr. Ambedkar called it, derides, tramples upon, rips asunder, and rapaciously brutalizes not only potential matings and marriages but also the most delicate and fragile burgeonings of desire as well as the aspirations of those who seek being other than what they are…

Video Page: The Issue of Trans Victimization – Bittu

Is Brahminical patriarchy present in queer spaces? How can marginalised groups effectively advocate for themselves without relying too heavily on the ‘victimization’ narrative? Does the movement to end caste interact with the fight for queer rights? In this video, Dalit queer activist and academic Bittu explains the ways in which caste hierarchy appears in queer…
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Brushstrokes: When Ganja fell in love with Mahua

The Ganja-Mahua Chronicles is an art project that draws attention to the role that marriage plays in upholding India’s caste system. By illustrating four stories of inter-caste love, project creators Venkat Raman Singh Shyam and S Anand highlight not only the resilience of people who break caste boundaries, but also society’s violent reactions to these…
fiction and sexuality

The Editorial: Fiction and Sexuality

For many of us, it was fiction that fed our souls as children, and now as adults who are still ‘growing up’, it feeds us still. Fiction makes, remakes and unmakes us who walk in worlds of the imagination. It liberates us to dream various versions of ourselves and others into being as the articles in this month’s In Plainspeak eloquently reveal.

Video Page: In A Heartbeat

In the short animated film In A Heartbeat, a young man is quite literally torn between his heart and his mind when he develops feelings for one of his male classmates. The film has garnered praise worldwide for its honest portrayal of the internal struggle that many queer people go through from a young age,…
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