A digital magazine on sexuality in the Global South

Mental Health and Sexuality

चर्चा का विषय – देखभाल, स्वयं की देखभाल और यौनिकता के बीच बोझिल संबंध

जब इन प्लेनस्पीक के संपादकों ने पहले-पहल मुझसे स्वयं की देखभाल और यौनिकता के विचार को साथ जोड़कर कुछ लिखने की बात की, तो कुछ पल के लिए मुझे समझ नहीं आया कि मैं क्या लिखूं। ‘देखभाल’ एक ऐसा विषय था जो विधि, विचार-विमर्श, सावधानी से जुड़ा था, जबकि ‘यौन’ आवेग और अभिव्यक्ति, अनायास आनंद…
Edvard Munch's 'The Scream', an abstract painting of a man with an abstract face seemingly letting out a scream

The Editorial: Mental Health and Sexuality

“Was I ever crazy? Maybe. Or maybe life is… Crazy isn’t being broken or swallowing a dark secret. It’s you or me amplified.”  ― Susanna Kaysen, Girl, Interrupted The human mind is as fascinating as it is elusive. In our everyday lives we navigate a range of emotions that is closely linked with our perceptions…
Headshot of Mental Health advocate Reshma Valliapan, where the upper half of her face is visible, and the text 'my life as a schizophrenist - Reshma Valliapan' is written on top/

How I live ‒ and try to die ‒ with schizophrenia

The following is an excerpt from Fallen, Standing: My Life as a Schizophrenist by Reshma Valliappan. This was first excerpted on Scroll. I was diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia when I was 22. I could hardly pronounce the darn word. I had no clue what it meant but I know that people were chasing me. There…
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‘बीमार’ होने को विवश

लम्बे समय तक, हमारे समाज के एक बड़े हिस्से द्वारा यौनिक ‘अल्पसंख्यकों’ को मानसिक रोगी माना जाता था। यह माना जाता था कि उनकी यौनिकता का थेरेपी, मनोरोग चिकित्सीय सलाह, दवाइयों एवं काउन्सलिंग द्वारा ‘इलाज’ किया जा सकता है। आज भी कई लोग इन बातों को मानते हैं और इस बात को नकारा नहीं जा…
Headshot of actress Deepika Padukone. Her hair is tied back in a bun, and she is wearing gold earrings and a pastel pink salwar.

From Reshma Valliappan to Deepika Padukone

We don't have an original I-Column this month. Instead we feature the voices of two women, Deepika Padukone and Reshma Valliappan, sharing their experiences and insights on battling mental illness. While Deepika speaks to a journalist about her experience, Reshma writes Deepika an open letter. Read on. Recently actor and model Deepika Padukon spoke publically…
Black and white picture of psychologist Sigmund Freud. He has a white beard, is wearing dark round glasses along with a tweed jacket

The Invisible Feminism in Freud?

Should it have been a full stop or a question mark that finished the above title? It deeply confused me. And then it hit me. How does it matter? Why am I writing this anyway? Inherent within grammar and punctuation has always been the ability to give meaning and to strip it away, instantly and…
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Brushstrokes: Sigmund Freud on Homosexuality

The most common jab taken at someone who is not heteronormative is that they are insane, and need treatment. In recent years, as the LGBTQI community struggles to repeal Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code, it is not at all uncommon for politicians, sadhus and others to claim that homosexuality can be ‘cured.’ Under…
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Equality of Sex In a Relationship

“At the same time, eroticism in the home requires active engagement and willful intent. It is an ongoing resistance to the message that marriage is serious, more work than play; and that passion is for teenagers and the immature. We must unpack our ambivalence about pleasure, and challenge our pervasive discomfort with sexuality, particularly in…
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