What’s New?

Check out our eMagazine In Plainspeak - our 100th issue is out now!

In Plainspeak is a digital magazine on sexuality in the Global South: we are working towards cultivating safe, inclusive, and self-affirming spaces in which all individuals can express themselves without fear, judgement or shame. Through our publication, we attempt to generate awareness and conversation on difficult and sensitive issues around sexuality, and to promote sexual and reproductive health and rights, and wellbeing. We publish content both in Hindi and English across various forms and genres.

Should you feel inspired to write for us, you can find the submission guidelines here.

The theme of our 100th issue (March 2022) is Celebrating Sexuality in which we would like to fiercely hold on to joy, to hope, and to celebrating sexuality, especially in the context of the ongoing pandemic. However, as we put on our party hats and sing and dance, we also ask, who gets invited and who is left out? Is celebrating sexuality easier for some than for others? What makes it so and what do we need to make celebrating sexuality  possible, safe and inclusive for everyone? How do we, all of us, nurture resilience, find joy, and keep celebrating sexuality?

Check out our Archives for all previous issues of In Plainspeak (since 2013)

Self-care Essentials: Resources for people doing people work

Nearly every individual faces stress in their life, and this is all the more the case for those doing “people work”. Prolonged stress could reduce our ability to be interested or motivated in areas that deeply engaged or inspired us – a state that is called burnout. What if we could find ways to manage stress before it becomes burnout? Self-care Essentials features ways to approach self-care, and resources to help those doing people work manage stress and prevent burnout.

Understanding and Preventing Workplace Sexual Harassment

A new online course from TARSHI that provides a comprehensive understanding of workplace sexual harassment - including how dynamics of gender, sexuality, and power contribute to a culture of impunity that facilitates harassment. Learners will also understand how to recognise the different ways in which sexual harassment may be perpetrated at the workplace and gain a practical know-how of rights.

SRHR in COVID Times

The massive impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on all aspects of people’s lives, including on sexual and reproductive health related aspects, is now well documented. In response to the pandemic, several organisations working on gender, sexuality, SRHR, and related issues, have developed resources, and held conversations on the impact of the pandemic on the different facets of people’s lives. We have compiled such resources and presented them under six broad categories for anyone looking for information on SRHR and COVID-19 specifically from India (and some from the Global South) - ‘Sexuality and SRHR’, ‘Gender’, ‘Self-care and Wellbeing’, ‘Marginalised Communities’, ‘General' and ‘Get Help or Contribute’.

Sexy Times During the Pandemic: A Report of Two Dipstick Surveys

A lot has been written and discussed about the impact of COVID-19 on SRHR, but there hasn’t been much on sex and pleasure during the pandemic. This report highlights findings from a survey and a series of polls conducted by TARSHI to understand if and how people’s sexual lives, and their sources and means of pleasure, have changed during the pandemic. The report has rich anecdotal information that demonstrates the many ways in which people have thought about and navigated sex and pleasure during COVID-19.

What Makes Sexuality Education Comprehensive? Exploring the Indian Context, 2019 – Working Paper 

This working paper documents the evolving nature and status of Sexuality Education (SE) in India. It examines how SE is currently understood, to what extent current SE programmes in India are comprehensive, and offers recommendations to consider towards adopting a comprehensive approach to SE for adolescents and young people. You can also find the paper online here

 

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In 2017

Check out our campaign in collaboration with Feminism in India called ‘#WhyCSE – CSE In The Classroom’ to emphasise the need for Comprehensive Sexuality Education in schools. Read more about the campaign here.

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In 2016

The Basics and Beyond Online Course on Sexuality and Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights Part 1, Summer 2016

The original 50-hour ‘Basics and Beyond’ eLearning course has been streamlined and is now being offered as two separate short courses: Part 1, Basics and Beyond Online Course on Sexuality and Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights and Part 2, Beyond Basics Online Course on Sexuality and Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights

Part 1, which addresses foundational-level concepts around sexuality, gender and SRHR ran from July 01 to 31, 2016 and is a pre-requisite for Part 2, which will be announced later in the year. 

The course was followed by a two day contact class in New Delhi, India. Read about it here.

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In 2015

Online Course on Sexuality and Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights, Fall 2015

After the successful completion of our Online Spring 2015 Session, we are happy to announce the Fall 2015 Session of the Online Course on Sexuality and Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights, from October 01, 2015 till November 20, 2015. For more details, click here. Applications closed.

Online Course on Sexuality and Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights, Spring 2015

We are happy to announce our first Online Course on Sexuality and Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights, Spring 2015 from February 16 till April 16, 2015. For details, click hereRegistrations Closed!

#TalkSexuality Campaign by TARSHI in collaboration with Youth Ki Awaaz

While growing up, any conversation that may be even remotely connected to sexuality is often evaded, be it in educational institutions or within our homes. Yet, these questions form a major part of our growing up years.
Through this campaign  #TalkSexuality, TARSHI in collaboration with Youth Ki Awaaz hopes to create conversations around these questions and discuss the need for Comprehensive Sexuality Education? Do join in!