A digital magazine on sexuality in the Global South

Young People and Sexuality

Editorial: Young People and Sexuality

In our mid-month issue, Anjali Hans, in her mid-twenties, writes with insight and humour about learning and becoming a woman while navigating the terrain between the world as feminists want it to be and the world as it is. Manak Matiyani in an interview with Shikha Aleya tells us why he foregrounds his identity as a feminist...

Interview – Manak Matiyani

Manak Matiyani, feminist and queer activist, experienced in facilitating youth leadership for social change, is the Executive Director of the YP Foundation. His work focuses on sexuality rights, gender justice, violence prevention, and Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights awareness. Manak has worked with diverse civil society organisations, grassroots groups, educational institutions, volunteer collectives and…

Adolescence: A tumultuous time in my life

Experiences and learnings from the immediate surroundings such as the school and the family leave a deep impact on the development of an adolescent. They have shaped my own learnings and understanding about sexuality. I studied in a public co-educational school in New Delhi. The terms ‘attraction’ and ‘dating’ were introduced to me back in…

Reel vs Real: Lessons from the Netflix series, Sex Education

I finally got around to watching Laurie Nunn’s debut series Sex Education that premiered in 2019 on Netflix. With its unflinchingly honest narrative and bold character depictions, the show dives deep into the lives of young teenagers as they navigate their struggles in high school, explore themselves as sexual beings and come to terms with…

How would it be if we grew up embracing sexuality?

Growing up is a tedious task in our society because of the institutionalised practices, societal constructs and boxed identities and expressions that we are expected to adhere to. Anything beyond these implies harm, danger, and deviance. Throughout the course of our childhood, we are taught to abide by the norms around our assigned gender, around…

Introduction to Explore: Stories of Youth & Sexuality

This article was originally published in The Medium. Explore: Stories of Youth & Sexuality Growing up, I was a very sexually curious, open, and experimentative child. I had a sort of spirit surrounding it, an inquisitive drive to learn more about my own body, and the sexual world I had just recently discovered existed. Persistent…

The Man In The Saree

This article was originally published in Gaysi magazine, (CC BY-NC-ND 2.5 IN) Posted byAsfiyah Posted onJan 7 2020 To my astonishment, and fiendish delight, I witnessed a sight unbeknown to me. A man wearing a… saree? A spurt of giggles escaped my mouth as I prodded my mother, and pointed conspicuously towards the window. I don’t…
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