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Body Image

This section has a variety of articles, reviews and personal narratives on body image issues from a sexuality perspective in India and Global South.

Black and white photo of veteran actor Suchitra Sen where she is smiling

Beauty is The Beast: How Women Let Their Looks Matter

The young Suchitra Sen – then plain Krishna Dasgupta – apparently once sat on a school bench and announced that she would be remembered long after her death. An ordinary middle class girl who was one of nine siblings, and an average student bereft of any artistic talent, all Sen had was her looks. But apparently, that was enough. "She was conscious of her great beauty... and behaved as if she... deserved every bit of the natural selection," wrote Susmita Dasgupta in a thoughtful Facebook note.
Photo of queer feminist activist Pramada Menon. She has short hair and is leaning against a wall. She is wearing a blue kurta, and a necklace.

Interview: Pramada Menon

Pramada spoke to us about the many roles she has undertaken in her life - from her early days with Dastkar, to her well known performance ‘Fat, Feminist and Free’ and her latest stint as a filmmaker. Pramada’s retelling of her fascinating and diverse engagements with body politics and queer issues is both enjoyable and inspiring!
Photo of a woman in a pride parade, holding up a small queer pride flag

और जन्म हुआ गज़ल का !

पंजाब में रहने वाला गुनराज बचपन से ही प्यारा सा शर्मीला बच्चा था। अक्सर उसे लगता था कि इस दुनिया में वह ही एक मात्र ऐसा लड़का होगा जिसे लगता है कि वह एक लड़की है। जितना भी उसे उसके परिवार वाले या उसके दोस्त लड़के के रूप में देखते थे, उतना ही उसे लगता था कि वह लोग गलत हैं, क्योंकि वह तो एक लड़की है।
Illustration of a woman with larger blodily proportions and short hair carrying a shorter person on her back

Freak Shows: Looking at Human Bodies on Exhibit

No two human bodies are alike, and our different bodies arouse curiosity. But our fascination for the aesthetics of the perfect human body has historically created a space within art, science and religion for the examination of the 'abnormal' and the 'imperfect'. As a result, some bodies are normalised while others become oddities.