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

Sexual Rights

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Sex talk

Half an hour into the bus trip from Chisinau to the village where I served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in central Moldova, my seatmate beckoned to the book on my lap and asked if she could have a look. A friend of my host family, she was a well-educated woman in her early 30s…
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Providing sexual services to clients with disability

I’ve been a sex worker for over 20 years. I’m a migrant sex worker based in Sydney, Australia but have travelled for work opportunities both interstate and internationally during that time. The most important thing for sex workers is that our clients are respectful and courteous. It is a mutually consenting activity between two adults.…
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Beyond The Simple Formulas

‘Woman? It’s simple, say the fanciers of simple formulas: she is a womb, an ovary; she is a female – this word is sufficient to define her.’ -Simone de Beauvoir, The Second Sex These words were written in 1949. The world has changed the lens with which it views women many times over, mostly because…
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The Fearless Campaign

In India, we are constantly confronted by images of what Indian women should be. Goddess on walls portray the perfectly beautiful, extremely strong kind of woman. Then there’s the image that Bollywood projects; the coy sex-kitten who will act shy until you stalk the crap out of her, at which point she realizes she is…
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Issue In Focus: Sexual Rights

It may be useful to visualize sexual rights as a large tree with deep roots and a vast canopy of leaves. Or as a giant umbrella. Or a big tent. Whatever tickles your imagination and allows you to see it as a conceptual and practical tool to make claims for any aspect that relates to…
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The Editorial: Sexual Rights

Greetings from TARSHI! We are very pleased to bring to you the first issue of In Plainspeak, our new monthly blog. Taking off from TARSHI’s seventeen plus years of work in sexual and reproductive health and rights, our blog is an attempt to engage extensively and constructively with many issues, age-old and emerging – issues…

यौनिक अधिकार

यौनिक अधिकार यौनिक अधिकार मानव अधिकारों के मूलभूत तत्व हैं। इनमें आनंदमय यौनिकता को अनुभव करने का अधिकार शामिल है, जो अपने आप में आवश्यक है और इसके साथ ही यह लोगों के बीच संवाद और प्रेम का मूल माध्यम है। यौनिक अधिकार, यौनिकता के ज़िम्मेदार प्रयोग में स्वाधीनता और स्वायत्ता के अधिकार को सम्मिलित…
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