A digital magazine on sexuality in the Global South

The I Column

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Is Privacy Merely An Illusion To Be Rejected?

Is there anything about my sexuality that is private anymore? What happened to the unspoken rule of not discussing one’s sexual life in the open? What happened to the sleazy jokes and the complete silence around sexuality that I remember from the previous generation?
Red lipstick stains on a white napkin

Following Aladdin’s Genie

It is this camaraderie with sexualness that made my mother uncomfortable about my comfort with lipsticks. Stains become metonyms for the woman herself, and her sexuality. It is possible that this stain might stay on someone’s mind as they encounter a stained cup. It is possible that even if they never have seen the person, they would now be compelled to imagine them.
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Porn, Not Erotica

Porn is able to express the ‘yummy yucky’ nature of many of our fantasies.  I use the term ‘yummy yucky’ because I feel it captures a mix of that which is both “hot and disturbing”
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Coming Out as a Kinkster in Public

Will I write openly about what is or is not done, what is or is not meaningful when it comes to sexuality? Yes. Will I talk about BDSM and kink as a way of life, despite it being taboo for discussion? Yes, I will talk about BDSM and kink, and many other things as well, but I will not evangelise for them.
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Sex in the Times of Menopause

Sashwati Banerjee is the Managing Director of Sesame Workshop in India. Ms. Banerjee leads the organisation in its mission to create innovative, engaging content that maximises the educational power of all media to help kids grow smarter, stronger and kinder. Prior to joining Sesame Workshop in India, Ms. Banerjee was the Program Director and Communications…
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