A digital magazine on sexuality in the Global South

Author: Anita

Five transgender people walking down on an Indian road. Someone behind them is carrying a placard "Save us from saviors". They are wearing bright-coloured sareers, gajras, bindis, and jewelery.

मेरी अपनी बात

अनीता जो महाराष्ट्र में एक देवदासी हैं, के इस आत्म कथ्य से पता चलता है कि सहमति और हिंसा के मुद्दे हमेशा स्पष्ट और सीधे रूप में सामने नहीं आते। अनीता का कथ्य बताता है कि जीवन की कई परिस्थितियों में वो अपना रास्ता खुद मर्ज़ी अनुसार चुन पाई हैं ।
Five transgender women dressed in colourful sarees, standing in the middle of the street.

I Column: Shades of Grey

Introduction: As this first-person account of Anita, a Devadasi in Maharashtra, Western India illustrates, issues of consent and violence/coercion cannot always be clearly demarcated as black and white. Anita’s account shows that there were definite instances of coercion in her life and equally, there were spaces where she was able to exercise her choice and…