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Postpartum Depression: Deromanticising Motherhood

As depicted in various forms of media, society has unrealistic expectations of how mothers and motherhood should be – enamoured by their babies, to feel only happiness at being a mother, being completely focused on their babies, living in the ‘glow of motherhood’. Being depressed is simply not seen as an acceptable response.

Brushstrokes: Birth Control Tales

Framed as fun conversations between friends, a series of comic strips on different birth control methods –implants, intrauterine devices, injectable, and pill, patch and ring –aim to educate young adults. By Dr. Aparna Sridhar MD MPH, an academic physician who specializes in Obstetrics and Gynecology and Rebecca Roher, Master of Fine Arts, the comic strips discuss how…
A photograph of Kaathala Kaathala , where the man wearing a heavily dressed head gearis trying to grope a woman from behond, while the woman is trying to get rid of his hold. She is also dressed in saree and a heavy head gear. Screen reader support enabled. A photograph of Kaathala Kaathala , where the man wearing a heavily dressed head gearis trying to grope a woman from behond, while the woman is trying to get rid of his hold. She is also dressed in saree and a heavy head gear.

Issue in Focus: Money, Money, Money – Must be Funny

A few days ago, we were doing a self-reflective exercise at work on what gives us power, how we demonstrate power, and what (or who) has power over us. Surprisingly, but not much, I found money featuring across the board for me: be it through financial independence or financial constraints. Power, as exercised by me or as exercised over me, has been intricately tied with my sexuality – ranging from job options to travel decisions to reproductive choices – and money seemed to lord over it all. It wasn’t the only lord, but it was quite a powerful lord.
A poster from organisation RedTraSex.

Walk in Our Shoes

"How different it would be if for a moment health care providers could feel what we feel when we go to a hospital and are challenged..." And so, the women sex workers of RedTraSex (Network of Women Sex Workers from Latin America and the Caribbean) developed Ponte en Nuestros Zapatos (re-edited 2015). Now, reaching out to a wider community, is the brand new English version Walk in our Shoes: Good Practices Guide for Health Care Staff (2016, translated by Alejandra Sardá-Chandiramani). Yes, it is so brand new that it is not up on their website as yet, though we have permission to use it here.
Coloured condoms.

‘When A Condom Broke’: The Story Of How ‘We’ Learnt About Birth Control

This post is part of TARSHI’s #TalkSexuality campaign on Comprehensive Sexuality Education in collaboration with Youth Ki Awaaz. The author chose to remain anonymous. College is a strange, conflicting sort of time. I remember how refreshingly liberating it felt to find a good paying guest accommodation, and then discover that it came with a side order of potentially good friends. It’s…
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