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Editorial: Innovations and Sexuality

Innovation is about coming up with new ways – new ways of solving a problem or meeting a need, new approaches to an issue long-considered in a set manner, and even new ways of using a familiar object. Innovation is most obvious in the field of technology and as science and technology reach farther and farther, innovations have seeped into our everyday lives – from medical infrastructure to satellite communication to sex toys and menstrual products...

Innovating Sexuality

bell hooks writes that when she first became a teacher and had to use the restroom in the middle of class, she had no precedent to follow[1]. None of her professors in the past had drawn attention to their bodies in such a manner, no instructor had stepped out in the middle of a lecture…

The Mask of Age

All it takes is that one moment when our erotic escapades are blown to minuscule smithereens because we were not alert enough. As single persons hopeful of meeting someone, either for sex or possibly a relationship, there are certain aspects we negotiate depending on our circumstances. There is time, emotion, desire, loneliness, lust, hopefulness, rejection,…

Technically, thanks to the techies

Being born in the latter part of the 90s does not give you much of anything, really. You can neither proudly call yourself a ‘true-blue 90s kid’ nor can you relate to the nostalgia that comes with the popular series of memes floating around on social media. One thing, however, that I can boast about is witnessing the evolution of the Internet. And through it, my own...

A class on porn, anyone?

I realised recently that we have become so comfortable with our virtual selves that we have taken technology and innovation for granted. In fact, most of us don’t think or even know about the nineteenth-century Maxwell equations that not only made electricity a reality but also harnessed the power of electromagnetic waves. You might not see them but it’s these waves that light up your device and enable you to read from it, and it’s also these microwaves that carry Wi-Fi signals, and you already know what the latter powers...

Hot Girls Wanted – Keeping up with the times

These past few weeks my organisation, Red Dot Foundation, has partnered with Supreme Court advocate Nappinai NS on a programme called ‘CyberSaathi’ which explains the responsible use of technology, the impact of online harassment, and the remedial measures available. It covers various topics including sexting, pornography and the misuse of nude photographs and videos. We…

A Garden of One’s Own

It took me years of bumpy rides through days or even weeks of existing as a living and breathing list of anxiety symptoms before I realised something was most definitely wrong. Despite studying psychology day in and day out, when it came to seeing the shackles around my own ankles, I pulled out my smartphone,…

Do we dare?

Exploring sexuality is innovative in itself. What does that mean? Well at the outset, the very fact that we are willing to explore our bodies, their sexual expression, their ability to experience pleasure in so many different ways, and that we go beyond social norms is groundbreaking in itself. It’s innovative for multiple reasons. To…

सेक्स टॉय? हाँ क्यों नहीं, पर किसी को पता ना चले

जब मैंने पहली बार भारतीय बाजार में सेक्स टॉय संबंधित जरूरतों को पूरा करने का फैसला किया, तो मुझे एक बात पता थी - मेरे लिए सबसे बड़ी चिंता गोपनीयता बकरार रखने की होगी। मैं लोगों को आनंद पाने के लिए और अपने स्वयं की यौनिकता का पता लगाने के लिए स्वतंत्र महसूस करने के…

Here is how Anti- Feminist Trolls would ‘Save’ Free Speech

Originally published in Everyday Feminism: Here is how Anti- Feminist Trolls would ‘Save’ Free Speech In an increasingly digital world, online platforms have opened spaces for activism, conversations and community building. Individuals, collectives and organisations have been using this space to amplify voices, highlight issues faced by marginalised communities and lead social change. However, these…

Video Page: Sisak

Faraz Ansari’s short film Sisak weaves an unspoken romantic narrative between two strangers who meet on a Mumbai local. The film uses silence as a powerful metaphor. The intimacy created without physical touch in a transitory space becomes a political statement and an act of dissent.
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