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Freedom and Sexuality

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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…
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Interview: Shilpa Phadke

‘Why would you want to loiter?’ is an excellent question to ask feminist researcher, parent, educator and activist Dr. Shilpa Phadke. Shilpa believes loitering, just being, just hanging out in public places, is about ‘claiming the city with your body’. One of the co-authors of the book, ‘Why Loiter: Women and Risk on Mumbai’s Streets’…

A Café of Our Own?: The Politics of Queer Spatiality in Urban India

This essay is a brief rumination about queer café’s in urban India. Written as part reflection, part recollection, this essay began as a conversation between two scholars/activists who make their life between New Delhi, Kolkata, and two different university campuses in the United States. Both of us are interested in the materiality of queer spaces…
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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.…
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The Blindness to my Desire

I won’t shy away from a kiss, In my head I have already devoured you. I don’t want you to write paeans On how my hair dreamily cascades down my waist Or how the wind plays with my earrings Or how my beauty stopped you in your tracks And rendered you unable to function. I…
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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…
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‘From Son to Father’

Dear Dad, There are times when I find writing a largely unproductive and tiresome exercise. For much of what is intended is often lost in translation from memory to text. And then there is always the nagging fear of words being misconstrued, blocked by prejudices, lack of knowledge, and often, the language barrier itself. Unfortunately,…
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Angry Indian Goddesses

Men hijack women’s happiness and sexuality even in their freest moments: Review of five films released in 2015-17

The women in Parched (2015) are sitting and chatting, seemingly free from their daily oppression for once, when a cell phone rings. Rani laughs as she realises that she is sitting on the vibrating phone. Bijli says, “Who needs a man when a mobile can get us off!” A joke about finding sexual freedom has…
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