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Disability and Sexuality 2

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.

An invisible disability: My partner for life

Fifteen percent of the global population lives with a disability1, and these are the recorded numbers only for officially recognized disabilities. There are thousands of others living with invisible disabilities that are not even recognized by the official healthcare systems in various countries. These include psychosocial disabilities. People with disabilities (PWDs) are often subjected to infantilization…

विकलांग महिलाओं के यौन एवं प्रजनन अधिकार – अभी बहुत कुछ करना बाकी है 

भारतीय समाज में मातृत्व को पवित्र माना गया है – यहाँ आपको संतान पैदा करने के अयोग्य महिलाओं को चुड़ैल आदि नामों से पुकारने से जुड़ी अनेक किंवदंतियाँ और कहानियाँ सुनने को मिल जाएंगी। घरेलू हिंसा पर बनाए गए वर्तमान कानून (घरेलू हिंसा से महिलाओं की सुरक्षा का कानून) में इस बारे में भी अलग…

The Rebellious, Radical Act Of Queer, Disabled Love

Editor’s Note: Criplentine’s Day is a project by Revival Disability Magazine rooted in the belief that all kinds of love should be celebrated because love is a revolution. An accessible Valentine’s Day should be one that not only includes an able-bodied kind of love between two heteronormative lovers. As a part of the project, Revival Disability…
A photograph of disability rights activist Srinidhi Raghavan. She is wearing a blue top with a white pattern, black-rimmed spectacles, and a yellow hair-band.

Interview – Srinidhi Raghavan

Disabled people might not have many spaces where they can speak openly about their sexual experiences or even sexual curiosity. There is a heavy monitoring of disabled young people especially, and this can mean that exploration, which is often how many of us discover sexuality, can be limited. Moreover, since the experiences of disabled people are not seen in popular media such as films, we can (and probably do) imagine we will have the same or similar experiences as non-disabled people  – which is often not possible.
An illustration of a blue flower. The tips of its petals are dark blue and lighten as they meet at the yellow-brown centre. A long spindly green stem supports the flower and has three dark and light green round leaves and a dark green bud.. Behind it, on a grey-blue background is a cityscape dotted with buildings and palm trees with muted colour and grey overtones.

Camouflage

I cannot let anyone see the stretch marks, the cellulite, the saggy breasts. I cannot reveal my hideous body. I feel anxiety well up inside me even as I visualise this eventuality. I read about ten ways for a fat person to have meaningful sex. I learn that throwing a cloth over the bedside lamp will help hide my flaws.
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