A digital magazine on sexuality in the Global South


Brush Strokes/photos/ cartoons – A display of artwork and photographs. A maximum of 5 photographs will be accepted in the case of visual art. Word Limit: The art work should be accompanied by a short note of 80 – 100 words describing the context – Word document (.doc or .docx); Times New Roman 12-point, single-spaced Format: visual art in .jpeg, pdf and tiff files Email: blogeditor@tarshi.net

Brushstrokes: Growing Up Matrilineally in Meghalaya

When patriarchy, patrilineality and patrilocality are the norm in most societies, those communities that do things differently tend to stand out, and the liberties afforded by this difference shape its people, as the photographers of these two series of portraits capture.

Brushstrokes: The Story of Amanirenas, the Fierce Kandake

This month, we’re excited about featuring the story of Amanirenas, one of the most famous Kushite Kandakes, queens of the ancient African kingdom of Kush (what is today the country of Sudan) and her valiant fight against the armies of Rome to defend the boundaries of her people’s land.
When Unconvential Things Happen in Conventional Settings: Gorgeous Transwoman’s Photographs With Her Husband

These Pictures Give Voice to a Transwoman’s Assertion of Her Right to Equality

In the middle of such tightness around who can marry whom, where and how one can marry, and what kind of marriages are given social and legal sanction, we came across the story of Madhuri Sarode, a transwoman, transgender rights activist and classical dancer, and Jay Sharma, a machine operator in a steel goods manufacturing unit, who married each other in December last year.
The Way to Wellbeing in These Happy Doodles!

Brushstrokes: Happy Doodles

We found these heart-warming doodles that are dedicated to staying conscious of things that matter for our personal well-being and our relationships with others but that we tend to lose touch with from time to time.
Alto a la violencia contra las mujeres //Stop the violence against women Sanya Hyland

Brushstrokes: Downloadable People’s Movements Posters by Justseeds Artists’ Cooperative

“We believe in the transformative power of personal expression in concert with collective action. To this end, we produce collective portfolios, contribute graphics to grassroots struggles for justice, work collaboratively both in- and outside the co-op, build large sculptural installations in galleries, and wheatpaste on the streets—all while offering each other daily support as allies and friends,” they say.
Erotica, Fantasy and Kink

Brushstrokes: Fantasy and Kink

No fantasy is wrong. Or sick. Or immoral. Just like good intentions are worthless unless they lead to fruitful actions, wicked fantasies aren’t wrong or sick unless they lead to wicked acts. And no, they don't have to. That is the point of kink.