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: TARSHI

Editorial: Labour and Sexuality

Carrying a load of bricks is considered labour. As is sawing wood, or shovelling coal. But zari work? Taking calls at a call centre? And, how about making the daily meal? Washing clothes? Tending to the sick at home?

Editorial: Intersectionality and Sexuality

Intersectionality, put simply means that our location on different dimensions such as those of gender identity, caste, class, ethnicity, and sexual orientation, to name just a few, weaves an intricate criss-crossing that determines our privileges and marginalisations. Shweta Krishnan, in an examination of desire and caste, shows how this criss-crossing is not between mutually exclusive…
A photograph of a purple-coloured board on grass. The board, in white, has a symbol for a person using a wheelchair and underneath it, the typography: Step free Route. Below it is an arrow pointing to the right.

Editorial: Disability and Sexuality

Both sexuality and disability are complex terrains, offering a realm of possibilities that are often made unnecessarily complicated and unattainable by the mental maps we draw of them and the artificial barriers we erect.
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Editorial: Sexuality and Self-care

Continuing with our theme of self-care being about sustaining ourselves, our work, our movements, keeping the fires lit, and relating with love to ourselves, in our mid-month issue we bring you more articles looking at self-care from different perspectives – individual, queer, activist, collective, organisational, not necessarily separated, or in this order, of course.
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Editorial: Representation and Sexuality

We are, all of us, trying to hold steady, and to hold space for each other and for ourselves. And so, instead of trying to put together a collection of ‘all new’ articles, this time we are republishing some ‘ever fresh’ ones on the theme of Sexuality and Representation.
A screenshot of Kalki Koechlin's rendition of 'The Printing Machine'. The background has a fade-effect of newspaper headlines. To the left is Kalki's face till the beginning of her shoulders. She is looking directly at the camera. Her hair is tied with strands across her face. To the left, in big red lettering: KALKI an underneath it, in black and strikethrough: UNBLUSHED. 'BLUSH' is bold.

Video: Kalki Koechlin: The Printing Machine | Unblushed

Sharp and evocative, Kalki Koechlin’s spoken-word poem The Printing Machine lays bare the cycle of ceaseless and desensitised consumption engendered by the media. Kalki’s short and hard-hitting sentences, keys tap-tap-tapping, and the chrrs and grrs of printing machines bring out the urgency and sensationalism media narratives embody, turning incidents of violence into a stream of headlines that make us gasp and forget, gasp and forget.

मीडिया और दायित्वपूर्ण चित्रण 

यह बात 2013 की सर्दियों के समय की है। एक शाम मैं और मेरे पिता, घर की बैठक में सोफ़े पर साथ बैठे टेलीविज़न देख रहे थे। टीवी पर उस समय प्राइम टाइम की न्यूज़ डीबेट में समलैंगिकता के विषय पर गर्मागर्म बहस चल रही थी। यह एक ऐसा विषय था जिस पर हम, पिता…

प्यार ऑनलाइन – प्रेम की तलाश इंटरनेट पर 

सदीयों से हम सबकी प्रेम पाने की आशा जस की तस बनी हुई है।  इस सहस्त्राब्दी के आरंभिक वर्षों में नई पीढ़ी के अधिकांश लोगों नें शायद अपनी पहली ईमेल आइडी बनाई होगी या अकाउंट तैयार किया होगा। वर्ष 2004 आते-आते ऑर्कुट की सोशल नेटवर्किंग वेबसाईट शुरू हो चुकी थी जो अब शायद चलन में…
A digital illustration of networks, with many white lines criss-crossing, intersecting, and branching out across a grey-blue background. Wherever the lines intersect in the web of networks is a small white dot.

Editorial: Data and Sexuality

While we are struggling with the vicissitudes brought on by the pandemic we are also forced to spend more time online, to look for resources in terms of health care or caregivers, to reach out to people and build a communities of care, to take a break, or to try and hook-up online for a while.
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Editorial: Vulnerability and Sexuality

Vulnerability – is it a condition we find ourselves in? A state of being we choose? Let’s keep it very simple: it depends on the approach we take to defining it. In the former approach, we are ‘done to’, while in the latter we are consciously ‘doing’.