A digital magazine on sexuality in the Global South

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The Mask of Age

All it takes is that one moment when our erotic escapades are blown to minuscule smithereens because we were not alert enough. As single persons hopeful of meeting someone, either for sex or possibly a relationship, there are certain aspects we negotiate depending on our circumstances. There is time, emotion, desire, loneliness, lust, hopefulness, rejection,…

Technically, thanks to the techies

Being born in the latter part of the 90s does not give you much of anything, really. You can neither proudly call yourself a ‘true-blue 90s kid’ nor can you relate to the nostalgia that comes with the popular series of memes floating around on social media. One thing, however, that I can boast about is witnessing the evolution of the Internet. And through it, my own...

A class on porn, anyone?

I realised recently that we have become so comfortable with our virtual selves that we have taken technology and innovation for granted. In fact, most of us don’t think or even know about the nineteenth-century Maxwell equations that not only made electricity a reality but also harnessed the power of electromagnetic waves. You might not see them but it’s these waves that light up your device and enable you to read from it, and it’s also these microwaves that carry Wi-Fi signals, and you already know what the latter powers...

A Garden of One’s Own

It took me years of bumpy rides through days or even weeks of existing as a living and breathing list of anxiety symptoms before I realised something was most definitely wrong. Despite studying psychology day in and day out, when it came to seeing the shackles around my own ankles, I pulled out my smartphone,…

Adolescence: A tumultuous time in my life

Experiences and learnings from the immediate surroundings such as the school and the family leave a deep impact on the development of an adolescent. They have shaped my own learnings and understanding about sexuality. I studied in a public co-educational school in New Delhi. The terms ‘attraction’ and ‘dating’ were introduced to me back in…

Reel vs Real: Lessons from the Netflix series, Sex Education

I finally got around to watching Laurie Nunn’s debut series Sex Education that premiered in 2019 on Netflix. With its unflinchingly honest narrative and bold character depictions, the show dives deep into the lives of young teenagers as they navigate their struggles in high school, explore themselves as sexual beings and come to terms with…

How would it be if we grew up embracing sexuality?

Growing up is a tedious task in our society because of the institutionalised practices, societal constructs and boxed identities and expressions that we are expected to adhere to. Anything beyond these implies harm, danger, and deviance. Throughout the course of our childhood, we are taught to abide by the norms around our assigned gender, around…
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Poems by Nhylar

1. A Certain Type of Life  since the age of 16 I idealised a certain type of life involving certain type of women who loved women they were the kind of people who looked perfectly content stooped over a book and their lover in a park on a beautiful Sunday morning the kind of people…
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