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Comprehensive Sexuality Education

The Editorial: Comprehensive Sexuality Education

Remember the ‘first time’? And probably, you, like many of us, were plagued by fears of  ‘What if…?’ But instead of that, what if we had known all that we needed to know? By and large, we humans are sexual beings throughout our lives. This means that learning about sexuality is a lifelong process –…
A line drawing of a fountain of water. Over different parts of the fountain are written the following words: "ovary", "stigma", "anther", "filament", "androgenophore".

From Knowing To Doing

At 13, I could (correctly!) explain the reproductive system of a plant. I’d been rather intimate with the anatomy of a flower, drawing awful nudes of stamens and filaments and anthers. I used to think I’d get extra marks for effort – the shading took a while to get just right. I’ve never needed nor…
A cartoon sketch showing a community of people belonging to various ages and genders - two women in sarees, one girl child, one male child sitting in a wheelchair, and four adult men - holding up placards with various solgans about child protection

It Takes A Community To Protect A Child

TULIR uses these posters in their advocacy work to prevent sexual violence against children. These posters address children and adults and create a community that recognises a child's rights to discover and explore his or her sexuality without the fear of violence. We curate videos and images based on our monthly theme, and credit and link…
"Free XXX movie" written in bold. A small photo over it reads "censored". Two more small blurred pictures are dropped over it.

Porn For All Its Pleasures, Is Not Reality. It’s Entertainment.

By Karthik Shankar This post is part of TARSHI's #TalkSexuality campaign on Comprehensive Sexuality Education in collaboration with Youth Ki Awaaz.  It was fifth grade; the time of hopeless misinformation and burgeoning puberty. The mornings were reserved for droning lectures that put us to sleep but our lunch hours were reserved for erudite discussions about history, art and politics. No,…
A woman holding a green-cloured tooothpaste tube, on which is written "expert" with the letter "s" prefixed before it manually by a pasting a piece of paper after drawing an S.

Are ‘Sexpert’ Columns The Only Options Left For Our Deepest, Most Intimate Doubts?

By Kirrat Sachdeva This post is part of TARSHI's #TalkSexuality campaign on Comprehensive Sexuality Education in collaboration with Youth Ki Awaaz.  As soon as I hit my 20s, the adolescence that I had barely emerged from became the very center of amusing conversations. These throwback conversations were largely centered on how each of us stumbled upon sex and its knowhow.…
Stage performance of a few women in white coats holding down a woman on a table to commit Female Genital Mutilation, while others throw red rose pertals in air. One woman stands in the front and centre of the stage looking solemnly.

Brushstrokes: Price of Silence’s ‘Cutting Tradition’ piece

Female genital mutilation, commonly referred to as FGM, is the partial or total removal of the female genitalia or any other cosmetic procedure to alter the female genitalia for non-medical, cosmetic cultural circumstances. In a way, this takes away the women’s right to enjoy sexual pleasure and freedom. Their ability to control their own sexuality…
People moving on an Indian road. Fruitsellers, young boys, a woman. On both side are yellow-coloured buildings for flats. Subtitle reads, "This question... this cry... may be heard by someone."

Aahung’s Music Video ‘Dil ki Awaz’

This music video was developed in 2013 as an awareness raising tool to highlight the impact of gender discrimination, sexual harassment, and peer pressure on Pakistani youth. It encourages young people to communicate with family and friends, in order to gain their support in tackling commonly faced Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights issues. The…
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