A digital magazine on sexuality, based in the Global South: We are working towards cultivating safe, inclusive, and self-affirming spaces in which all individuals can express themselves without fear, judgement or shame

Beauty

A drawing of a face with closed eyes. The face has been coloured with pink, blue, black, mustard, yellow and red crayons.

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.
A collage of the covers of various Nacy Drew books
Mills & Boons Covers

The Unlovable Love Handles

Each time I would look into the mirror, I would see the love handles bulging through my shirt and cringe inwardly. Mills and Boon had convinced me that my body was not loveable like that of the thin, beautiful protagonists, and thus, there would no knights coming for me on horses, now or later.
beauty and Sexuality: Picture of a flower with a thick green stem and little pink buds emerging from all directions

Editorial: Beauty and Sexuality

Beauty gleams in unexpected places, but its effulgence turns to tawdry glitter when it is shaped and squeezed into form-fitting frames. Rigid ideas of what is beautiful or desirable can reinforce oppressive structures. However, when these concepts are more flexible they can be subversive as well.
Picture of a woman on a billboard, half of her face is fair-complexion, the other half is dark-complexioned

Bleached Girls: India and its Love for Light Skin

Bleaching syndrome is not a superficial fashion, it’s a strategy of assimilating a superior identity that reflects a deep-set belief that fair skin is better, more powerful, prettier. And it’s not limited to India; skin bleaching is also common in the rest of Asia and in Africa.
The first design is dedicated to Ismat Chugtai’s bold, fearless attemp at telling a story like it is - raw! Photo courtesy: Piktag

Review: Lihaaf

A woman can be more than something that just exists in a marital home, a woman can be more than just a beautiful body used as a mere decoration in the household. Isn't it high time we talked about the problems of the terminology used to define beauty and the association of it with sexuality if Chughtai tried doing this in 1941?
a woman's silhouette

Too Beautiful to be Faithful

“It’s fascinating Yasmina, but also scary how sex or sexualising something can be ignited from our need for beauty that probably stirs positive emotions that we consider beautiful, such as feeling pleasure. But you know as well, desiring what we think is beautiful can generate fluidity: I can never know what I am exactly. All I know is that I was with men, and I was with women, and all of them tickled something within me. "
Picture of a wooden door and door knocker, painted bright blue

Beauty Dictated; Beauty Discovered

Should we train it to think well, all these minds would see reason in similar things and they would come up with the same absolute reality – a universal Truth. That Truth would be a reflection of the Natural order for all humankind. That Truth alone would be beautiful.
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