A digital magazine on sexuality in the Global South

Sexual Rights

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Issue In Focus: Sexual Rights

It may be useful to visualize sexual rights as a large tree with deep roots and a vast canopy of leaves. Or as a giant umbrella. Or a big tent. Whatever tickles your imagination and allows you to see it as a conceptual and practical tool to make claims for any aspect that relates to…
The text "17 Years of TARSHI some highlights" against a background of newspaper articles relating to sexuality. Source: TARSHI

The Editorial: Sexual Rights

Greetings from TARSHI! We are very pleased to bring to you the first issue of In Plainspeak, our new monthly blog. Taking off from TARSHI’s seventeen plus years of work in sexual and reproductive health and rights, our blog is an attempt to engage extensively and constructively with many issues, age-old and emerging – issues…
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Review: The Yellow Book

After the endless media coverage of the horrific gangrape in December 2012, words like rape, sex, vagina and so on have made far more appearance in common parlance than they ever had before. With a very curious 6 year old and an 8 year old on the verge of his tweens, I’ve worked hard to…

यौनिक अधिकार

यौनिक अधिकार यौनिक अधिकार मानव अधिकारों के मूलभूत तत्व हैं। इनमें आनंदमय यौनिकता को अनुभव करने का अधिकार शामिल है, जो अपने आप में आवश्यक है और इसके साथ ही यह लोगों के बीच संवाद और प्रेम का मूल माध्यम है। यौनिक अधिकार, यौनिकता के ज़िम्मेदार प्रयोग में स्वाधीनता और स्वायत्ता के अधिकार को सम्मिलित…
A still from the song "Choli Ke Peeche Kya Hai" - a person wearing white bangles and an orange lehenga is dancing, with background dancers wearing brown lehengas in the back. An orange dupatta covers the person's head.

Choli Ke Peeche

Introduction: In 1993, a huge debate was triggered by the song 'choli ke peechhe kya hai' from the film Khalnayak. The controversy around the central lyrics of the song translating to ‘what’s behind the blouse'  throws light on the ways in which censorship works to curtail the scope for sexual rights. While for many the…