A digital magazine on sexuality 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

Violence

Image of mannequins with orange and pink ductapes. On one of the mannequins ‘Your body belongs to you’ is written

STAY SINGLE. STAY SAFE.

The largest contingent of voiceless, lonely women with limited agency in the subcontinent must be its married women. If they’re fortunate enough to be born and reach adulthood, a woman’s parents and society make sure she becomes an adult brainwashed into self-alienation and self-loathing.
Poster of the Netflix series ‘The Bold Type’ Three girls can be seen standing confidently. On top of the poster, the tile ‘Bold Type is written in purple colour

Circle of Trust

None of these characters is perfect but in their imperfections we can learn more about body positivity, gender sensitivity, privilege, consent, unconscious and implicit bias, sexuality, masculinity, their intersections with class, religion, race, age, and more.
A photograph of the eye of a needle and many differently coloured threads passing through it, on a black background.

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.
Photo of activist Nandini Rao. She has white hair and is wearing a jacket and scarf.

Interview: Nandini Rao

Feminist, activist, writer, counsellor and trainer, Nandini Rao, focuses on issues of gender-based violence and discrimination, sexuality and disability and on incest and child sexual abuse.
To the Beat of Activism on Gender and Violence in India

To the Beat of Activism on Gender and Violence in India

As someone who was surrounded by the sounds of music at home from my early childhood and with a parent who worked in rural education programmes, forming connections between art and (social) change wasn’t too difficult, albeit extremely challenging to explain to many other people who didn’t necessarily see the power that art has to deliver a message or be used as a tool for change.
An illustration of a boy facing a tiger, while they're both on a boat, with a quote from Life of Pi written above.

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…
A photo of a woman standing in the middle of a green meadow, leaning against a brown tree bark. She has shoulder length black hair and is wearing a light blue kurta

Am I ‘The Man’ On The Court?

I find that sports spaces demand that all athletes, irrespective of their gender, ‘play like men’. I was recently coaching a beginner in badminton, and I repeatedly told her to hit harder (even asking her to imagine that she was hitting someone she did not like). I later wondered why I was asking her to…
A series of photos of Indian goddesses shown with bruises on various parts of their face.

Review: Women We Worship, Women We Abuse

It is almost a year old, but the Abused Goddesses campaign created ripples in the fabric of activism that are worth revisiting. You’ve probably seen them too many times now, but I remember looking at the images for the first time and thinking how dramatic they were. Here were mythological characters from my grandmother’s stories,…
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