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Support Systems and Sexuality

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Editorial: Support Systems and Sexuality

Connection is essential for our survival – physical, mental, emotional and spiritual. We connect with people, form networks of care and support, and in a sense weave webs of safety and comfort that we can turn to when stressed or simply want to infuse a dose of joy into our day.
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Notes on seeing each other through

...even if people have little in common, once they enter these spaces of solidarity, they are connected to a larger community. These spaces become wellsprings of an unspoken sense of safety and mutual support between individuals of communities that share a sense of having been othered.
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Developing an Ethics of Care

Ethics of Care offers a normative paradigm that goes beyond the neat distinctions of morally guided ‘right’ or ‘wrong’ actions to incorporate social responsibility, wherein we learn how to shape our responses on the basis of the needs of a community’s members.
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DARE TO IMAGINE

This post was originally posted here underAttribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International (CC BY-NC-SA 4.0) . When is the last time that you daydreamed, spending hours imagining some unrealistic ideas? Have you found yourself continuously getting overwhelmed by different issues happening in this world as a feminist? Is it difficult for you to take a break, a break for fantasising,…

सावित्रीबाई फुले: ज़माने को बदला अपने विचारों से

This post was originally published here. हम अंदाज़ा लगा ही सकते हैं कि जब दलितों का आज भी इतना शोषण होता है तो आज से 150 साल पहले क्या हाल रहा होगा। ऐसे में ज्योतिबा और सावित्रीबाई फुले ने इनके हकों की बात उठाई। पति-पत्नी की इस जोड़ी ने मांगा और महार जातियों के बीच काम किया। महाराष्ट्र…

Why Queer Friendships Are Important To Queer People

This post was originally published here. Posted by Sohini Chatterjee Growing up in a queerphobic/queer invisibilising culture makes us search for unique ways of escaping from ourselves that frequently entail the performance of denial as our lived reality, figuring among the most potent but wearying survival strategies we employ to get through the days. Denying…

यौन संबंध और समाज – अभिव्यक्ति की कल्पना 

मानव जीवन का एक अभिन्न अंग है, यौनिकता। यौनिकता केवल शारीरिक या भौतिक स्तर पर ही सीमित न होकर हमारी सोच, अभिव्यक्ति और व्यवहार नीतियों को भी संबोधित करती है। क्योंकि मनुष्य केवल सामाजिक, राजनितिक, आर्थिक आदि न होकर लैगनिक भी होता है, इसलिए यौन संबंध में रुचि हमें लुभाती है और आकर्षित करती है। हमारे भीतर…
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Interview – Anahita Sarabhai

As a queer person, it’s hard not to think right away of chosen family. A term that has become relatively well-known by now, but not always understood I find. One of the primary support systems I personally, like many queer folx, depend on, are ones that we develop and nurture over time.
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Musings of a Sexuality Educator

To be a support system is to be a safe space for them where they can reflect upon, experiment with and understand themselves. A space where people not only come to terms with their individual selves, sexual or otherwise, but also where they become increasingly aware of their own rights.
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The importance of family

Family, immediate and extended, is usually who you turn to. They are the ones who provide stress relief and reduce anxiety by boosting self-confidence and self-esteem and providing a protective shield. There is a sense of belongingness in good times and in bad.
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How much support is enough?

In the middle of this pandemic, can one seek sexual support in the form of a hook up with one’s best friend, ‘just because’? Is it redefining boundaries, is it sympathy sex, is it simple indulgence, or is it something that one or both might later resent?
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TOGETHER, ALONE

It wasn’t that she had never heard of homosexuality; but, in her imagination, gay men and women were an exotic species, not real people who could, perchance, be fellow passengers on a bus, fellow shoppers at a mall, or a fellow beginner in a meditation class.
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