A digital magazine on sexuality in the Global South

Work and Sexuality

फिर उसने कहा, ‘आई लव यू, मस्ती’

5 जून, 2016 स्मृति धींगरा वे गर्मियों के दिन थे जब दिल्ली यूनिवर्सिटी का लगभग हर छात्र इंटर्नशिप करने के अवसर की तलाश में रहता है और मैं भी इन सभी की तरह इंटर्नशिप करना चाह रही थी। मैंने अपनी इंटर्नशिप के लिए एक संगठन में काम करना शुरू किया जहाँ उनके गुडगाँव (अब गुरुग्राम)…
Photo of an empty classroom. Chairs, desks, teacher's table and a clean blackboard are visible.

The Editorial: Work and Sexuality

Sexuality can be said to influence and be influenced by every aspect of our lives. Talking about sexuality, however, is widely tabooed, especially at the workplace. Anything that evinces sexuality is at once mired in controversy – from clothing choices (of women, especially) to sexual harassment cases, from gender role-challenging career choices to sex work. Why is anything to do with sexuality seen as taking away the gravitas of work?
Rath Wang in professional attire of white shirt and black coat. His hands are crossed, and he is smiling. The image is from the torso up.

Interview: Rath Wang on LGBT Inclusiveness at Workplaces in Japan

Rath Wang is a founding member of Nijiiro Diversity (Rainbow Diversity), Japan’s first non-profit organization promoting LGBT equality in the workplace. He leads the Ernst and Young Unity Network for LGBT employees and allies in Japan. Rath appeared at number 4 in the OUTstanding and The Financial Times 2015 listing of The Top 30 LGBT Future Leaders.
Black-and-white photo of Indian bharatnatyma dancer Rukmini Devi holding a mudra. She is wearing traditional dance clothing with flowers in her head, and jewellery on the forehead, ears, and neck. The image is from the chest up.

Illegally Adult: The Strange Case of Alisha Major

She was 17 when she was rescued from a dance bar. Now she's 18 and she wants to go back. As an adult. And dance again. That's what Alisha wrote in a letter to the Child Welfare Committee. Alisha’s letter may be one of a kind. It doesn’t matter. It may even be a scam of sorts, in that she was pushed to write it. Doesn't matter. What’s interesting is the jumble that it throws up, if you look at her choices through eyes that are not hers.
A water-colour drawing of two bull dogs on a red background approaching each other face-to-face with anger.

Marked Women, Unmarked Men

If a woman's clothing is tight or revealing (in other words, sexy), it sends a message -- an intended one of wanting to be attractive, but also a possibly unintended one of availability. If her clothes are not sexy, that too sends a message, lent meaning by the knowledge that they could have been. There are thousands of cosmetic products from which women can choose and myriad ways of applying them. Yet no makeup at all is anything but unmarked. Some men see it as a hostile refusal to please them.
Screenshot from a video. A middle-aged Indian woman sitting in a crowded bus. She is wearing orange saree, red bindi, and specks.

Video Page: A Day in the Life of India

A short movie with a twist ending, Belle de Jour (meaning ‘Beauty of the Day’, and this one is not the 1967 film by Luis Buñuel) begins by showing a stereotypical middle-class Indian woman who goes to work after taking care of her household.
A black-and-white photo of a woman in jeans and tee-shirt bent down to clean a glass vitrine in a museum.

Review: Art in the Age of Maintenance Work

Written in one sitting in Philadelphia, Ukeles’ manifesto was a manifestation of the rage she felt when she was pregnant with her first child and a male mentor proclaimed, “Well, Mierle, I guess you know you can’t be an artist now.”
Psychedelic art

And He Said, ‘I Love You, Masti’

One morning at the programme, I found he was ignoring me. I was also busy with my assigned work so I was not able to follow up with him until the break. During the break, he came and sat next to me, came closer and suddenly kissed me on the cheek.