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

Author: Asmi

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Are they people or just a number?

You see, numbers are tricky, data is tricky. More importantly, data is dehumanising. Add sexuality and intimacy to this and the waters get even murkier. Maybe it’s good to leave a few things unaffected by too much data. Maybe we do not want to talk about data and sexuality. Maybe we instead want to talk about why data around gender and sexuality must not be recorded, and instead, maybe focus on why we should honour every kind of sexual preference which is within the purview of the safe and consensual.

सहयोग कितना हो?

ये लेख किसी रिपोर्ट या रिसर्च पर आधारित नहीं है, लेकिन सच ये है,  कि हम जानते भी तो बहुत ही थोड़ा हैं।  ऐसे में सिर्फ रिसर्च या रिपोर्ट्स पर निर्भर न रह कर मानव अनुभव अत्यधिक को महत्त्वपूर्ण हो जाता है। जैसे मेरा अनुभव ये कहता है, कि वे सभी लोग  जो या तो…

डर के आगे जीत है!

अपनी यौनिकता को समझने की कोशिश,अपने आप में एक नए किस्म का प्रयास है। इस बात का मतलब क्या है? आइये इस नूतनता को समझते हैं। सबसे पहले तो यही, कि हम अपने शरीर, उसकी यौन अभिव्यक्ति, और अलग-अलग तरीकों से आनंद का अनुभव करने की उसकी क्षमता को समझना चाहते हैं। इतना भर भी…
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How much support is enough?

In the middle of this pandemic, can one seek sexual support in the form of a hook up with one’s best friend, ‘just because’? Is it redefining boundaries, is it sympathy sex, is it simple indulgence, or is it something that one or both might later resent?
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Do we dare?

Exploring sexuality is innovative in itself. What does that mean? Well at the outset, the very fact that we are willing to explore our bodies, their sexual expression, their ability to experience pleasure in so many different ways, and that we go beyond social norms is groundbreaking in itself.

क्यों हर यौन व्यवहार क्विअर व्यवहार नहीं है?

अपने क्वीयर मित्रों की सहयोगी होने के कारण जब लोग मुझसे यह पूछते हैं कि क्या मैं भी क्विअर हूँ, तो मेरा मन खिन्न हो जाता है, विशेषकर तब जब मैं स्वयं को अपने क्विअर मित्रों की पक्षधर मानती हूँ। मैं क्विअर नहीं हूँ। क्विअर लोगों की पक्षधर होने का यह अर्थ तो नहीं है…
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Sexuality And Looking Beyond Safety

We all talk of ‘safe’ as some place where we are not in danger. Well, the truth is there is danger everywhere. So, maybe before we even delve into the subject of safety and sexuality, it is imperative that we take a moment to pause and see what safety and sexuality could even mean.
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Movie Review: Delta of Venus

Lawrence may have given Elena a world and a voice. But it was she who chose to delve into the unknown world of sexuality. It was she who chose to see the beauty and the richness of pleasure within communities of sex workers, soldiers, the elite, all alike. She alone chose to discern as well as reconcile love, as we commonly seem to know it, with a life in which she is capable of many loves.

Sexuality and Spirituality – Coming Full Circle

What do we create for ourselves in that moment of acute awareness? Do we create empowerment, love, care, self-expression; or do we manipulate it to create abuse, distrust and disharmony? For, what is spirituality if not the uplifting of the human spirit? If sexuality is the medium for someone, what’s the problem?
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Is Privacy Merely An Illusion To Be Rejected?

Is there anything about my sexuality that is private anymore? What happened to the unspoken rule of not discussing one’s sexual life in the open? What happened to the sleazy jokes and the complete silence around sexuality that I remember from the previous generation?