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: Shweta Krishnan

Issue in Focus: Colouring Within the Lines

When colours spill across, when a little bit of the red house-paint spills into the blue sky, or the brown door seems to meld in with the green grass, we see ‘errors’ that must be corrected in another attempt to preserve the perfect order of that emergent world.
Against the backdrop of the Taj Mahal, a field with trees and birds

Travelling

Note: Travelling is a poem by Eunice de Souza. I find it impossible to read a poem without layering it with my own memories. Here I read de Souza to explore privilege, gender divides and nostalgia, all of which I encountered while trying to figure out what exactly travelling was meant to be. Elephanta, Feb…
Picture of British comedian Miranda Hart sitting down

Issue In Focus: What’s In a Joke?

Last January, armed gunmen stormed the Paris office of the French magazine Charlie Hebdo, killing 12 and injuring 11, because the magazine published a satirical cartoon of the Prophet Mohammed. While the world condemned the violence and mourned the death of the artists, we were also forced to ask ourselves if joking sometimes goes too…
Book cover with white background. Line drawing of a woman from waist to thighs, naked. On top is written the author's name in black "Emily Nayoski". Below it in red in cursive is written, "COME as you are".

Book Review: Come As You Are

You should venture to read Emily Nagoski’s book, Come As You Are in public. Not because you want to make your sex life public, but because the cover with the outline of a naked woman’s body makes a powerful statement. It says you don’t care much for patriarchal notions of shame. (And it will honestly…
Still from a black and white Indian film, "Aurat" (1940). A mother with her three kids.

खान पान और यौनिकता

श्वेता कृष्णन द्वारा मैं लामाय* से बैंकाक के एक स्पा में मिली थी। वो बात करने को उत्सुक थी और उसने मुझे बताया था कि उसका गाँव बैंकाक से आठ घंटे की दूरी पर उत्तर में है। उसके पिता एक किसान थे जिनके पास अपनी ज़मीनें थी। जब तक वो स्कूल में पढ़ती थी तब…
Still from a black and white Indian film, "Aurat" (1940). A mother with her three kids.

Issue In Focus: Food, Drink and Sexuality

I met Lamai[1] at a spa in Bangkok. She was eager to talk, and told me about her village eight hours to the north of Bangkok. Her father was a farmer who owned land. She had worked with him until she had finished school and moved to Bangkok to start college. When she was finishing…
A amn lying in a hospital bed, while a nurse stands near him and says 'I don't need informed consent to give you a sponge bath.'

Bodies Intercepted: Inside Medical Wards

The medical ward is often continuous with the world around it. One would like to think of it as an insulated space, because of the role it plays in keeping disease out. But social prejudices and apprehensions we carry do not stop at the threshold. Neither can they be wiped clean with an antiseptic. They…
Collage of posters of three films - Omkara, Maqbool and Haider. The first poster shows a man and woman embracing, the second shows a man intimately caressing the head of a woman and the thirs shows a man holding up a human skull

Man, His Madness, and the Mad Woman

Mad adj. crazy, nuts, loony, mental, insane. adj. angry, frustrated, raging. No one is a better drama queen than William Shakespeare. Buried in the thousands of pages he has written are men and women whose throes of passion take them to the edge of sanity and back. An unlucky few fall off the edge. Some…
Nivedita Menon, wearing a green turtle-neck sweater, sitting on a chair, smiling.

Nivedita Menon: On Feminism in the 21st Century

Nivedita Menon is a feminist writer and a political and social activist. She is a professor of political thought at Jawaharlal Nehru University, and writes for newspapers, the Economic and Political Weekly and for Kafila.org. She is also the author of Recovering Subversion: Feminist Politics Beyond the Law (2004) and Seeing Like A Feminist (2012).…
Nivedita Menon speaking into a mike of Constitution Club at a gathering. She is wearing a green kurta, and earring. She and others are sititng on ground cross-legged.

Nivedita Menon: On Feminism and Feminist Conundrums

Nivedita Menon is a feminist writer and a political and social activist. She is a professor of political thought at Jawaharlal Nehru University, and writes for newspapers, the Economic and Political Weekly and for Kafila.org. She is also the author of 'Recovering Subversion: Feminist Politics Beyond the Law’ (2004) and 'Seeing Like A Feminist’ (2012).…
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