A digital magazine on sexuality in the Global South

Body Image

Illustration of a boy sleeping

Editorial: Masculinities and Sexuality

In this mid-month issue we bring you some more interesting and intriguing articles on masculinities and sexuality starting with Mona Mishra’s thoughtful take on masculinities and vulnerabilities. Shikha Aleya interviews Daniel Mendonca who self-identifies as intersex and is a gender rights activist who engages with diverse groups of people in India and other countries to expand awareness, build empathy and foster an environment that is accepting of diversity.
image from the photoseries 'Body' by Veer Mishra

Brushstrokes: Body

“Every type of body is beautiful, and more importantly every type of body is different,” says artist Veer Mishra while describing Body, his series of illustrations. This ‘difference’ is the essence of what he tries to portray through his art.
A collage of the covers of various Nacy Drew books
Mills & Boons Covers

The Unlovable Love Handles

Each time I would look into the mirror, I would see the love handles bulging through my shirt and cringe inwardly. Mills and Boon had convinced me that my body was not loveable like that of the thin, beautiful protagonists, and thus, there would no knights coming for me on horses, now or later.
Screenshot from the video, "Naked Feelings", showing the illustration of a naked woman with a flower in her hair with the words "Belhauf, bebaak, besharam" written on it

Video Page: Naked Feelings

In a world where the body and its desires often become a site for personal insecurities and external policing, confronting the same body in its raw, physical nakedness, and feeling utterly, irrevocably comfortable with it is almost a revolutionary act
A woman with curly hair faced away from the camera

My Complicated Love Story

Today I do not know whether I want to grow out my hair or keep it short; I am just trying to breathe and be in the moment. To enjoy the journey rather than worrying, and waiting for the destination!
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