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Food, Drink and Sexuality

Various non-veg food items printed on a page of a book.

The Editorial: Food, Drink and Sexuality

“Beauty should be edible, or not at all.” ― Salvador Dalí A Google search with the keywords “food sexuality India” spills telling, though unsurprising, results: the pleasures of food are inextricably linked to the pleasures of sex. The common links could be sensory pleasure derived from looking, tasting, smelling, and touching, or from the fulfilment…
Still from a black and white Indian film, "Aurat" (1940). A mother with her three kids.

खान पान और यौनिकता

श्वेता कृष्णन द्वारा मैं लामाय* से बैंकाक के एक स्पा में मिली थी। वो बात करने को उत्सुक थी और उसने मुझे बताया था कि उसका गाँव बैंकाक से आठ घंटे की दूरी पर उत्तर में है। उसके पिता एक किसान थे जिनके पास अपनी ज़मीनें थी। जब तक वो स्कूल में पढ़ती थी तब…
A close up photo of a bunch of clams

Interview: Food and Sexuality Via Email with Radhika Chandiramani

Radhika Chandiramani founded TARSHI in 1996. She is a recipient of the MacArthur Fellowship for Leadership Development and the Soros Reproductive Health and Rights Fellowship. Radhika trained as a clinical psychologist at the National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences (NIMHANS) and is the author of the book Good Times for Everyone: Sexuality Questions, Feminist Answers.…
Still from a black and white Indian film, "Aurat" (1940). A mother with her three kids.

Issue In Focus: Food, Drink and Sexuality

I met Lamai[1] at a spa in Bangkok. She was eager to talk, and told me about her village eight hours to the north of Bangkok. Her father was a farmer who owned land. She had worked with him until she had finished school and moved to Bangkok to start college. When she was finishing…
A Korean woman eating noodles using chopsticks. Over the photo is written in white and bold, "South Korea's food porn fad". Screen reader support enabled. A Korean woman eating noodles using chopsticks. Over the photo is written in white and bold, "South Korea's food porn fad".

Did You Know South Koreans Love Food Porn?

"Food porn, the glorification of food as a substitute for sex, is not an entirely new phenomenon. Nor, perhaps, is the 'objectification' of food: displays or descriptions of food -- and its preparation -- for an audience that has no intention of actually cooking or eating any of it." - Anthony Bourdain[1] [inlinetweet prefix="" tweeter=""…
Drawing of an aloe vera plant in red colour. On top of it is written "Gather" in blue. In the background is written in blue, "Theodore Priscianus, a 4th century Roman doctor, documented a mixture of aloe, apopanax root, and myrrh to induce an abortion. It was used 'when a woman was too young or the opening of the womb was too small.' Aloe had over thirty different medicinal uses in ancient times, and continued to be used by midwives and pharmacists to "stimulate" menstruation through the 1800s."

Brushstrokes: 4000 Years for Choice

Foods of various kinds have been historically used to prevent conception and to induce abortion. 4000 Years For Choice celebrates the practices of abortion and contraception as positive, historical acts through visual art. Visit the website for more. These posters were earlier published as our Food Corner for December 2014. We curate videos and images based on our monthly…
Screenshot of a YouTube page. The video still shows a husband sitting at a dining table. His wife stands nearby, talking to him, pointing to a mixer kept on the table.

A Chicken Tikka Roll For Real Men

Bakasura Chicken Tikka Roll. 100% Wholesome. Made for Real Men. In the home delivery menu card of a local restaurant, this is the name and description of a particular meat-some delight. Bakasura was an asura of mythological fame. He ate like a demon, he was a demon, he ate people too. So people made a…
Sushi on a white plate.

Review: East Side Sushi (2015)

Time: 1hr 47min In English, Spanish and Japanese, with English subtitles "One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well." Virginia Woolf "If you really want to make a friend, go to someone's house and eat with him… the people who give you their food give you their heart." Cesar…
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