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Sexy Times Survey: Preliminary Results

TARSHI has been running a survey (we're still accepting responses) to understand how people feel about their sexual lives during the pandemic and how (and if) they have been getting sexual pleasure. Here are key results from our first batch of responses (250 people). Respondents identified as women (66%), men (28%), queer/non-binary/gender fluid (2%). A majority…

Humanitarian crisis, women and health: A perspective from Nepal

A humanitarian crisis situation has different impacts at the individual and community level and is also differently experienced by different individuals. In humanitarian crisis situations, discussions on women’s health and wellbeing are often overlooked even though it is critical that services be provided particularly during such situations. The past experience of Nepal during the massive…

Desirability and Caste

When the pressure started to mount on Surekha, from all corners, to get married, she thought of reconsidering Kishore’s proposal which was made a year or two before. She had not accepted the proposal at the time as she was in her early twenties and she felt she was too young to be getting married.…

Dating in the Time of Social Distancing

At first glance, dating and social distancing appear to be oxymorons. But, as the last few weeks have shown us, that isn’t necessarily the case. We have adapted to the limitations of our time, figuring out how to connect with others in a time when we cannot physically meet. While we cannot replicate a physical…

Polyamory: A Desire for a New Self

If not him, there is his brother – Mir, are there any restrictions in love? Mir Taqi Mir, 18th century Urdu poet[1] I had come from work early one day. I knew that my partner had plans to meet her date who she had been seeing regularly for a few weeks. I set up the…
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Safe Sex In The Time of Abundance

I want it, I got it. Right? Except, what I often get is some approximation of erotic pleasure, which has more to do with my own conditioning about what good sex looks like, and little to do with my body’s erotic mechanisms. This very peculiar condition is often lumped under ‘sexual frustration’, when it should really be addressed under safety.
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Sexuality And Looking Beyond Safety

We all talk of ‘safe’ as some place where we are not in danger. Well, the truth is there is danger everywhere. So, maybe before we even delve into the subject of safety and sexuality, it is imperative that we take a moment to pause and see what safety and sexuality could even mean.
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