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Comprehensive Sexuality Education

Photo of TARSHI's founder Radhika Chandiramani. She has curly shoulder length hair and is wearing a grey sweater over a maroon top

Interview: Radhika Chandiramani

In December, 2014, Shikha Aleya interviewed Radhika Chandiramani  on the present state of Sexuality Education in India. During the interview, Radhika points out that although there are some individual efforts by some private schools and organisations, however, there is a lack of a uniform curriculum or framework for Sexuality Education for students across the country.…
A man sits leisurely with his legs on his chair in a theatre. The audience chairs are coloured red, and are numbered. Many more men who are out-of-focus in this picture sit in similar fashion in rows behind him, looking at the screen.

Issue in Focus: Sex And Modern Prudery

I have great respect for Michel Foucault and his views on sexuality in our present era. While speaking on the subject we inevitably engage in a modernist and yet anachronistic notion of a repressive past. Foucault challenges this idea, turns these arguments around and questions our present understanding of the issue. Human Sexuality and Sexuality…
A young woman smiling. She is wearing a white top, and has her hair open.

“Is there anything you want to ask me?”

A lot of research concludes that globally, young people aren’t learning enough about sexuality, and that they would like to learn more. My own PhD research will probably conclude something similar, at least in part. But I thought I would take this idea as the starting point for my post, rather than the conclusion –…
Screenshot of an online forum discussing socialists "training boys to be good girlfriends and not to act like men."

CSE and Online Hot Bath Scenes

No matter how many optional ways I’ve considered for starting this piece, I keep returning to ‘hot’ and ‘masala’. I’ve been reviewing sites online to understand the meaning of Comprehensive Sexuality Education (CSE) and cannot get a video posted on YouTube out of my head. Oddly enough, I didn’t note down the URL though I…
A young woman in a white Indian suit and red chunni standing on a balcony with a coffee mug in her hands. Her hair is let down and pulled over the left shoulder. She is smiling broadly.

लव मैटर्स – सुरक्षित, संतोषजनक और निरपेक्ष

सेक्स और यौनिकता को लेकर हमारे समाज में बहुत सारी वर्जित बातें हैं – चाहे वो हस्तमैथुन के बारे में हो, या गर्भपात, समलैंगिकता या शादी से पहले सेक्स के बारे में। इन मुद्दों को कभी समाज और संस्कृति के नाम पर, तो कभी राजनीति, सियासत और धर्म के नाम पर और भी निषेध बना…
Book cover. "The Orange Book" written in orange, and "A teacher's workbook on sexuality education" as its subtitle written in black below it on a white background. The box with the white background takes the centre of the book, the remaining part of the book is coloured orange.

Review: TARSHI’s Orange Book

TARSHI's 'The Orange Book : A Teacher’s Workbook on Sexuality', ensures that we acknowledge the presence of the ‘elephant in the room’ and that in fact, also take a good look at it. Much like the famous story about the blind men and the elephant – the one in which each of the men feels…