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Sexuality and Law

A still from the film 'Queen' showing actress Kangana Ranaut browsing various sex toys in a sex shop.

Sex Toys and Law – The Unexplored Opportunity

 Sex toys are an exception to the basic understanding of toys. First of all, these toys are generally used by the adult population. Some people use them for spicing up their sexual lives, and some people find them entertaining. For persons looking for varieties of sexual expression, these can be useful as well as fulfilling.…
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The Editorial: Law and Sexuality

Is Law restrictive and limiting or can it be liberating and provide people a sense of agency when it comes to sexual expression and sexual rights? In this issue of In Plainspeak, we encounter varied viewpoints that highlight the power as well as the limitation of law in terms of sexuality. In the Issue in…
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यौनिक सम्बन्धों में चयन का अधिकार

आली द्वारा प्रकाशित आली द्वारा 6 राज्यों में (जिसमें उ.प्र., म.प्र., हरियाणा, महाराष्ट्र, पश्चिम बंगाल व केरल शामिल हैं) इस विषय पर किए गए एक अध्ययन , से यह निकल कर आया कि इन सभी राज्यों की क्षेत्रीय एवं सांस्कृतिक विविधताओं के बावजूद इन सभी राज्यों में औरतों के यौनिक रिश्तों में चयन के अधिकार का…
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Laws, Consent and Implications for CSE

Providing Comprehensive Sexuality Education (CSE) remains one of the most contested and complex issues within the sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) discourse. The central challenge lies in the inherent contestation that CSE is seen to pose to the legal definition of consent vis a vis minors (those below 18 years). Within families and…

Desire Against Desire

Post the historic Naz Foundation judgment of the Delhi High Court in July 2009, a prominent English news magazine carried a photograph my friend and activist Anindya Hajra celebrating the decision carrying a placard which read: ‘Just had my first legal sex.’ Needless to say, the placard was being displayed with specific regard to a…

Interview : Arvind Narrain

JG: As a founder member of The Alternative Law Forum (ALF) you have engaged with conventional law and at the same time looked for spaces which are beyond the law. Do tell us a little bit about how ALF came about and how it has evolved over the years. Arvind Narain (AN): ALF was started…
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