A digital magazine on sexuality in the Global South

Freedom and Sexuality

Scene from a Hindi movie 'Angry Indian Goddesses'. The six protagonists are standing together laughing, in a disco with bright lighting.
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…
A human and a robot shaking hands. Only see the hands and arms of both is seen.
The International Congress on Love and Sex with Robots

Freedom and sexuality: walking hand in hand with robots

Where we are now: In August this year the Supreme Court of India declared that privacy at its core includes the “preservation of personal intimacies, the sanctity of family life, marriage, procreation, the home and sexual orientation”. However just a few weeks ago, the government defended its inability to recognize marital rape saying  it would…
Photo from a queer pride march. We can see the back of two men holding hands. On the back of one's tee shirt is witten "Human rights for all" in caps by a red marker. The photo is cropped such that we can see only their torso and hands. In the background we can see more people walking in the march.
The Bengaluru Pride and Karnataka Queer Habba 2008 Organizing Committee

Freedom’s Pride: Looking Back Ten Years On

In 2008, there were two important sets of events that happened: six weeks of intense hearings at the final arguments stage in the Naz Foundation case at the Delhi High Court, where section 377 of the Indian Penal Code was being challenged, and a bunch of folks in Delhi deciding that they were going to organize a Pride March. While these don’t seem obviously connected, they were both expressions of freedom, one in constitutional terms within the courtroom, and the other, a very public expression of freedom, taking to the streets.
Nimisha Bhanot's painting titled "Money, Kitty Parties & Clothes Is All A Bahu Knows". A brown woman sits on a stool with her legs crossed, red wine in right hand, and cards in the left. She wears a cut-sleeves lehnga; heavy white jewellery in the neck and wrists; and mehndi in hands, full arms, and feet. The lehnga is pulled-up till the knee, showing her legs. She weas a bindi, a nose ring, and a red lisptick, and is staring straight-ahead expression-less.

This Pinup Series Portrays Indian Women (Accurately) As Sexually Liberated Badasses

"Badass Indian Pinups" - a series of paintings by Indo-Canadian artist Nimisha Bhanot shows Indian women breaking traditional stereotypes. Women stare boldly and confidently at the viewer through pin-up style paintings with cheeky titles like ‘Not Your Mom’s Bahu’, 'Sweeping Patriarchy Under the Rug' and 'Ironing out Wrinkles in your Perception'. We curate videos and images…
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