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Sex: Can anything good ever come of it?

(Tread gently. This article has some potentially disturbing content) If the first words that come to your mind when someone says ‘sex’ are syphilis, rape and unsafe abortions, then one can safely say that you are not exactly in a sex-positive frame of mind. As a young medical student in the late 1980s, accurate information…

Video: Why we shouldn’t shy away from sexual education | Dr. V. Chandra-Mouli | TEDxChisinau

Dr. V. Chandra-Mouli makes a powerful case for sexuality education for young people and why it is important for their physical, psychological and social development. As he emphasises, sexuality education helps to prepare young people have a healthy sexual and reproductive life, build social skills, prevent infections and unwanted pregnancies, develop equitable relationships, and become assertive…
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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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The Editorial: Fiction and Sexuality

For many of us, it was fiction that fed our souls as children, and now as adults who are still ‘growing up’, it feeds us still. Fiction makes, remakes and unmakes us who walk in worlds of the imagination. It liberates us to dream various versions of ourselves and others into being as the articles in this month’s In Plainspeak eloquently reveal.
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We Need More Sexuality Education in Nepal

There has been so much discourse about sex and sexuality education all over the world that I perhaps may not be the only one to retrospect about it, in the context of my country, Nepal, before it became the Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal as recently as 2008. I don't remember when I heard the…
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Learning to Be an Honest Parent

One of the very first stories my daughter wanted to be told was how she was born. It was easy for me because I had a caesarean section but I knew that at some point I had to share with her that children come out of the vagina.
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एक नारीवादी माँ के रूप में जेंडर और यौनिकता पर बात करना : मामले को और भी पेचीदा कर देता है

सामान्य तौर पर एक नारीवादी माँ का काम, जो रोज़मर्रा की चर्चा में यौनिकता के बारे में बात करने के लिए दृढ संकल्पी हो, अनिश्चितता से भरा है। अन्य नारीवादी दोस्तों के साथ बातचीत और संसाधनों जैसे तारशी की अभिभावकों के लिए लिखी गई उत्कृष्ठ किताब द यलो बुक से उत्पन्न मेरी रणनीति है कि सवालों का ठीक-ठीक जवाब देना, जब भी वे पूछे जाएँ। हालाँकि, मुझे उम्र के हिसाब से जानकारी देना सीखने में समय लगा।
A meme of a woman with her finger pointing outward speaking angrily. Text written reads, "Meaningful youth participation means involving young people in decision making process, not just making them as decoration!"

Nothing for us without us: Young People and Development

There are many mechanism, agendas and processes such as the post-2015 mechanism in development to ensure gender equality and ‘to leave no one behind.’ These are meant to work together with national strategies, global development discourse, Civil society, UN bodies, grassroots organisations, the corporate sector, etc. Human rights are not a gift and certainly not…
Youngsters wearing red shirts with "Enough is enough" written in black march on a road, carrying placards reading "Child sexual abuse - what are you doing about it?"; "The most public secret needs to be told"; and "it takes a community to protect a child."

INTERVIEW: SEXUALITY AND ADOLESCENTS

Our interview section this month features excerpts from three of our past interviews on issues in dealing with adolescent sexuality: I. Vidya Reddy is one of the co-founders of TULIR - Centre for Prevention and Healing of Child Sexual Abuse. She talks here about what sexual consent means among older teens. She was interviewed in January…
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‘I Am A Woman, And I Masturbate. Stop Demonising Me For It’

By Nishtha Relan This post is part of TARSHI's #TalkSexuality campaign on Comprehensive Sexuality Education in collaboration with Youth Ki Awaaz. I have faint memories of my mother telling me, when I was a kid, to not touch my privates unnecessarily. Like a lot of my friends I have discussed this with, I don’t remember when exactly I realised that touching…
A cartoon sketch showing a community of people belonging to various ages and genders - two women in sarees, one girl child, one male child sitting in a wheelchair, and four adult men - holding up placards with various solgans about child protection

It Takes A Community To Protect A Child

TULIR uses these posters in their advocacy work to prevent sexual violence against children. These posters address children and adults and create a community that recognises a child's rights to discover and explore his or her sexuality without the fear of violence. We curate videos and images based on our monthly theme, and credit and link…
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