A digital magazine on sexuality in the Global South

Love and Sexuality

Album cover of Rihanna's album 'Anti'. A little boy wearing a gold-plated eye mask as red paint is falling over him and the wall behind.

I Wish This Album Had Come Out When I Was Still a Teenager

How did those of us who wanted to have sex back then manage? Carefully. Clandestinely. Money and mobility made a big difference—being able to pay off police men, watchmen, drivers, and servants was an accepted practice, and a huge bonus. If you were middle class like me, that meant being as inventive as you could be. The goal was to always maintain a shining halo of decency.
A roadside board reads, "Have your awkward Tinder dates here.

Why I’ve Stopped Going on Tinder Dates

I ressurected my account to be more pointed about who should swipe me left or right. But the problem wasn’t my bio, strategy or the app. It’s one thing to have loved and lost. It’s another thing to have gone on a spree of Tinder dates and gained nothing at all. Not even a perspective…
A woman in a white sleeveless tee shirt.

कहे अनकहे संवाद

प्यार की अभिव्यक्ति कई रूपों में की जा सकती है और इसी तरह यौनिकता और इसे व्यक्त करने के भी कई तरीके होते हैं। हम सच्चाई को अधिक करीब से देख सकते हैं अगर हम इन सभी तरीकों को समझे और समग्र रूप से जाने।
Black and white sketch of a girl sitting on a sofa. She has shoulder-length hair and is wearing a casual tunic and jeans

POSTMODERN LONELINESS

Recurring themes of women and loneliness occur in the illustrations of Idalia Candelas. Her drawings are a mix of ink, watercolor, and collage combined with digital illustration. We see loneliness at the door, as the only visitor in these seductive and silent works of women in repose. And it’s not just the women who are…
In Plainspeak English Audit In Plainspeak English Audit 100% 10 "I saw you on Tinder" written in red over a dusty yellow wall. Screen reader support enabled. "I saw you on Tinder" written in red over a dusty yellow wall.

The Tindering of Our Lives

My friends thought I would never get onto Tinder. They thought I was too ‘cautious’ and ‘unadventurous’ for it. Well, “Challenge accepted,” I said.
Two women kissing each other.

How Lesbians in India Redefine the Idea of Community

I have always loved the Internet. Its potential to provide information and connect people has always amazed and enthralled me. Hence, I decided to look at how queer women in India, lesbian and bisexual women in particular, use the Internet to meet other queer women. I looked at three dating sites in particular, PinkSofa, OKCupid and Mingle2, apart from the usual social media sites.
A fist. A heart is drawn on the wrist.

The Editorial: Love and Sexuality

The Love and Sexuality issues this month have a few more articles than usual, and it probably reflects on how every one of us has something to say on the matter. Our writers attempt to crawl out of the tunnel of ‘legitimate’ love and sexuality.
A woman in a white sleeveless tee shirt.

Issue In Focus: The Conversations We Don’t Have

A long, long time ago, in a room far, far away, I remember playing at being a mythological hero I cannot name for fear of mass hysteria. My childhood friend was wife to my hero. As I, hero, stepped toward the edge of the room, on my way to the forest to hunt (!?) and…
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