A digital magazine on sexuality in the Global South

Anniversary Issue – January 2018

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…

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…

BEAUTY

And all my life I’ve lived alone. What it means to be beautiful, I’ve never known. I’ve had partners but I pushed them all away, My sense of ugliness was like a fort to keep love at bay. Now, at fifty three, I take marriage vows again. Love can kiss wrinkles, scars and sagging breasts.…

COMING UP FOR AIR: WHAT WOULD IT BE LIKE TO GROW UP QUEER?

Why are boys afraid to cry? Why don’t people associate boxers with women? Because ‘boys don’t cry’, and fighting ‘like a girl’ is considered an insult. When parents tell their children to do things a certain way, they don’t realise that they’re setting a precedent that the child will likely follow for the rest of…

I COLUMN : FICTION AND SEXUALITY

Her eyes are open now, she looks at him. There is sadness there. “What my love? What happened?” he asks. “Nothing,” she lies, her heart not in the lie. “Something, tell me,” he holds her, insisting. “The bull,” she whispers, “I dreamt of her.” He stares at her, mute. Rolls out of bed and walks…

NIVEDITA MENON: ON FEMINISM IN THE 21ST CENTURY

Nivedita Menon is a feminist writer and a political and social activist. She is a professor of political thought at Jawaharlal Nehru University, and writes for newspapers, the Economic and Political Weekly and for Kafila.org. She is also the author of Recovering Subversion: Feminist Politics Beyond the Law (2004) and Seeing Like A Feminist (2012).…
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