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Cover Image Forbidden Cookies Taste Sweet - Falling In Love With My Older Married Aunt It didn't bother me that she was married because I just wanted to be with her for whatever time I could. 07, Jun 2022 Cover Image Ageing Through A Queer Eye - What is Queer Gerontology? Can a queer lens change how we think about old age? 25, Mar 2022 Cover Image The Many Journeys of an Old-Fashioned Butch: An Interview With Dr. Shruti Chakravarty Dr. Shruti Chakravarty talks to us about queerness, gender, labels, community and love. 22, Mar 2022 Cover Image End of Period (Beginning of Another)- Stuff Menopause Does Menopause is more an easy sexist butt of jokes, than a phenomenon we take seriously. 23, Mar 2022 Cover Image This Month at AOI - Who Is A #GrownAssWoman? 04, Mar 2022 Cover Image Things Changing In My Body & I As We Grow Older (For the better, for the worse, for the sexier!) Cover Image My Wobbly Bits: Making Friends with My New-Old Body In my 50's, I'm rearing a kid by myself and greeting new body parts ever so frequently. Cover Image Stories From A Survey: Manju's Story 01, Nov 2021 Cover Image Stories From A Survey: Chandu's Story 01, Nov 2021 Cover Image My Body, My Confusion My idea of the feminine was intrinsic to the experience of heterosexuality. 20, Sep 2021 Cover Image My Best Friend, My Wedding and Other Breakup Stories Can BFF's getting coupled up throw your dosti into crisis? 23, Aug 2021 Cover Image You Are My Di! What keeps an intense friendship alive in a world that defines love & friendship separately? 04, Aug 2021 Cover Image 5 Laws and Policies That Were Meant To Help Adolescents - So Why Didn't They? Do these laws #Care for Indian adolescents? Or do they just seek to #Control? 24, Jun 2021 Cover Image This Was My Adolescence! 7 People Tell Us How Their Youth Shaped their Adult Lives 03, Jun 2021 Cover Image Who Is the Indian Adolescent? 02, Jun 2021 Cover Image Of Simps, Sluts and Societal Pressure - My Time in a 'Boys Club' Nayana talks about conditioning, internalized misogyny and self-hate through her experiences in a “boys club” in school.   04, Jun 2021 Cover Image What Is Heteronormativity And How Does It Decide What's Normal? An Explainer A saral explainer of a complicated system! 07, Mar 2021 Cover Image Happy Ending - A Poem A poem about moving on from emotionally unavailable people 06, Mar 2021 Cover Image The Story of My “Diagnosis”: What if Nothing is Wrong With Me? How is absence of shaadi or coupledom an 'abnormality' for the society and for oneself? 09, Mar 2021 Cover Image Looking For Love on a Dating App…And What It Taught Me How experiences of dishonesty sour dating in the digital world 07, Jan 2021 Cover Image NON BINARY PEOPLE'S DAY - A PRIMER 21, Oct 2020 Cover Image S.W.A.G (Secretly We Are Gay) 2: Till We Meet Again Revisiting an old lover with new realisations and self-admission. 23, Jul 2020 Cover Image Lockdown Diaries: There's A Naked Woman In My Mirror! F*** It's ME! When there is nobody to call us beautiful, what might we discover while binge-watching ourselves? 29, May 2020 Cover Image My Sexy Sapna - Poems from the AOI No.1 Masturbation Fantasies Contest 15, May 2020 Cover Image Love Stole My Heart, Caste Broke It If caste were not a factor, I would have been married to my first boyfriend because there was no other issue. 17, Apr 2020 Cover Image "Enough, Let's Fuck" and Other Poems of Art and Lust 22, Mar 2020 Cover Image S.W.A.G. Secretly We Are Gay Two closeted gay men, who are married to women, fall in love with each other. 01, Mar 2020 Cover Image Couplets From The Uncoupled! #HappyValentinesDay Two-liners from our Agents on celebrating singlehood! 14, Feb 2020 Cover Image Stuff People Said They Miss In Porn! What people wish porn also included. 31, Jan 2020 Cover Image The (Secret) Porn That Turns Me On Must our fantasies mirror our real-life sexual preferences? 27, Jan 2020 Cover Image 100 Things in My Body What else do we have in this world apart from our bodies? 25, Jul 2019 Cover Image Here's How Laws on Sexual Autonomy Have Changed for Women Sometimes the law is ahead of how people actually live, and sometimes it’s behind 12, Sep 2019 Cover Image Hair, There and Everywhere: The AOI Body Hair Survey What we learned from 665 people's answers about body hair 09, Jul 2019 Cover Image How Can You Escape from the Body Image House of Mirrors? #SexEdFundas about body image and how we can tackle problems related to it 03, Jul 2019 Cover Image A Mudblood Child of a Love Marriage From my parents’ inter-caste marriage, I learned that love was worth hardship  24, Nov 2019 Cover Image Personal Life aur Political Empowerment Linked Hai Kya? The stories of these five women show us how they reimagined their adult lives 24, Apr 2019 Cover Image Watch These #GrownUpGirls Re-Define Adulthood Seven young women talk about the sparkling futures they envision for themselves 30, Apr 2019 Cover Image How Do Women's Bodies Change With Age? We rarely talk about it, so we’re often clueless about what to expect. 20, Mar 2019 Cover Image Quotes from The Courts About Women and the Right to Consent! When courtrooms recognize women as individuals and their right to choose, the quotes are bound to be dhamakedar! 14, Mar 2019 Cover Image Know These 19th Century folks and Their Hatke Ideas on Marriage, Sex and Women? Here's some people who stirred up the the debate on child marriage and women's rights! 09, Mar 2019 Cover Image Dil Ki Rani, Rishton Ka Rajya A look at the many kinds of relationships in the realm of rishtas! 28, Feb 2019 Cover Image Do You Have A Chosen Family? A Few Agents Tell Us About Their Family Like Bonds We asked you about your closest rishtas and here's love you expressed! 22, Feb 2019 Cover Image Menopause: A Poem "My tongue has sharpened." 19, Mar 2019 Cover Image What the Law Tells Us about Relationships in India You might be surprised – in good and bad ways. 19, Feb 2019 Cover Image When it Comes to Sex-Ed, What Do Young People Want to Talk About? At a workshop for adolescents, we saw young people work through their fears and apprehensions to speak about their crushes. 29, Jan 2019 Cover Image What is the Age of Consent in India? A series of handy cards to help you figure out the ins and outs of what the law says. 22, Jan 2019 Cover Image Why are People Opposing the Surrogacy Bill? Here’s a guide to help you out. 11, Jan 2019 Cover Image Hugs in Many Languages, From Us to You! Have you ever been able to say no to a nice warm hug? 01, Jan 2019 Cover Image A Crowd Sourced List On Consent A crowd sourced list of important material on consent. 02, Dec 2018 Cover Image I Thought Dye-ing Young Would Make Me More Desirable. Twenty-Three Years Later, I’m Ready to Stop Trying to hide white hair now seems like an avoidable agony 21, Aug 2018 Cover Image Hamara Sanskar: How Much Do You Know About India’s Erotic Heritage? You thought it was only us modern cool types who thought about pyaar-vyaar, sex-vex- Aiyoh puh-leez! 18, Apr 2018 Cover Image I Dreamed of Having a Suhaag Raat Straight Out of the Movie Kama Sutra. My Actual Experience Was Nothing Like It It’s been a decade since I had sex with a man. 20, Mar 2018 Cover Image Love In Indian Love in different Indian languages. 14, Aug 2018 Cover Image Is It Better To Have Loved and Lost Than Never To Have Loved At All? While we sometimes have the pleasure and good luck of finding a “Truly, madly, deeply” wala love, we may not always find the “Forever and always” kind. 04, Feb 2018 Cover Image ROMANTIC ADVICE FROM MANY RAMAYANAS While researching many Ramayanas for my new book of poems, I discovered some wise counsel for matters of the heart…. 20, Dec 2017 Cover Image Dating an Older Woman Made Me Take Myself and Relationships More Seriously It made me do a lot of prioritizing and reorganizing. It was stabilizing. 08, Jan 2018 Cover Image Belly Laughter Goddesses with bellies full of love and laughter! 06, Dec 2017 Cover Image CHADDI PEHEN KE DUDE KHILA HAI A history of masculinity through chaddi ads 28, Nov 2017 Cover Image #MardonWaliBaatein: A Twitter Conversation About Men and Sexual Emotions Twitter chat with Manak Matiyani and Devanik Saha storified 19, Nov 2017 Cover Image Kahaani Ghar Ghar Ki? The Big Fat Indian Break-Up Two love stories in which Family played very different roles. 10, Nov 2017 Cover Image Kiss... Ek Kavita 15, Nov 2017 Cover Image The women I love A love poem to women who laugh out loud 28, Nov 2017 Cover Image PUBIC AND PRIVATE: THE PROS AND CONS OF REMOVING BODY HAIR To remove or not to remove? 24, Nov 2017 Cover Image My First Break-Up Was Nothing Like The Movies We just sat down, wringing our hands. I said, “We have to confront reality. I don’t think we should be together anymore.” 13, Oct 2017 Cover Image How I Helped My Mother Watch Porn and Other Stories Can a young woman learn to accept her mother too is a sexual being? 28, Aug 2017 Cover Image I LEARNT HOW TO EXPRESS AFFECTION AND LOVE IN FRIENDSHIP THE HARD WAY Sometimes I think that friendship and hugging are oddly co-related. Both exist in a place of love which is somewhere between sexual love and cordial acquaintance. 06, Aug 2017 Cover Image NICEST ISHQ MOVES STORIFIED What is the nicest ishq move or overture someone ever made on you? 21, Jul 2017 Cover Image MILITANT HUGGER A drought of hugs? Why? When did this ground water deplete? 18, Jul 2017 Cover Image I Felt Humiliated for Contracting an STI But I Know I'm Touchable, Lovable and More-Than-Sexable Getting an STI is surrounded by shame and shaming, even at times, by doctors. 03, Aug 2017 Cover Image Making Sense of An Ending 27, Jul 2017 Cover Image THE STAGES OF CONSENT 14, Jul 2017 Cover Image Things People Tell Me About Sex: Diary Of A Gynaecologist A gynaecologist gives us an insight into how (little) sex is understood even in marriage 01, Aug 2017 Cover Image For 25 Years I've Stayed Faithful To A Husband Who Refused Me Sex Do I need sex? Well not really but I’d definitely like some. 17, Jul 2017 Cover Image The AOI Guide For Lady-People To Be Sure Your Ishq Moves Aren't Creepy 13, Jul 2017 Cover Image WHAT 'NO STRINGS ATTACHED' TAUGHT ME ABOUT LOVE AND SEX A young woman asks some 'un-cool' questions about NSA relationships 25, Jul 2017 Cover Image How To Have THAT Awkward Conversation 28, Jun 2017 Cover Image BODY AND OTHER REQUIREMENTS FOR SEX Penises long or slender Breasts soft and tender For some chemistry, we vouch! In the bedroom or the couch! 07, Jun 2017 Cover Image How To Get Naked In Front Of Another Person And Be Cool With It We feel suspense, anxiety, uncertainty, excitement and maybe even a little fear about what getting naked will mean. Should we? Shouldn’t we? 02, Jun 2017 Cover Image Hum Aapke Hain, Porn 26, May 2017 Cover Image How To Understand Your Body As You Grow Older 13, Jun 2017 Cover Image Watch Me As I Fall In Love: 5 Trans Persons Talk About Dating Love is supposed to be the simplest thing, but it isn’t. 17, May 2017 Cover Image Hot Mama: Or How I Went from Comfortably Numb to Shape of You 13, May 2017 Cover Image 15 LOVE POEMS TO SELF LOVE 10, May 2017 Cover Image WHAT INDIAN MEN FEEL ABOUT THEIR PENIS 26, Apr 2017 Cover Image Why I Love The Big, Bad, Bold 70s 03, Apr 2017 Cover Image WHY I DECIDED TO PAINT SEXY PICTURES OF MALE MOVIE STARS 24, Mar 2017 Cover Image MY 1.2 FOOT VAGINA 21, Mar 2017 Cover Image Dear MTV, Please Excuse But Orgasms DO Have A Gender 10, Mar 2017 Cover Image Fantasy Mein Kya Sharmana: My Secret Crushes 16, Mar 2017 Cover Image UNFUCKABLE ME (OR, “YOU’RE NOT LIKE OTHER GIRLS”) 13, Feb 2017 Cover Image Ishq Year Planner - Your #SexRes2017 Storified 04, Jan 2017 Cover Image Sexual Resolutions For A Sexual Revolution Tell us your sexual resolution for 2017 and share with the hashtag #sexres2017 02, Jan 2017 Cover Image "I've slowly learnt to keep the lights on." Body, Images and Sex: A Storified Conversation Body, Images and Sex: A Storified Conversation with Kripa Joshi, Rani Dhaschainey and Ratna Devi Manokaran 19, Dec 2016 Cover Image Artist Tarini Sethi: "Everyone is the same, we all have imperfections" Everyone is awkward about themselves in some way or another. It’s okay to hate parts of your body, but these parts are what define you and one has to learn to love them instead of hide them. 18, Dec 2016 Cover Image Her Lovely Naked Body “It’s the curves of her body, the stillness in her eyes and the long, cascading hair that I find very beautiful.” 11, Dec 2016 Cover Image Let's Talk About Masturbation 28, Jul 2016 Cover Image TELEPHONE PYAAR When Rohit's crush writers her cell number on a form he quickly memorises it. Then it's love in full gear. They act like strangers in the coaching class and spend hours on the phone. And then, one day, there's a cross-connection and the line goes dead. Did love have to turn into hate? Listen to this podcast and see what you think. 04, Nov 2016 Cover Image EK LADKI BHOLI BHALI SI 21, Oct 2016 Cover Image Don't Miss These Nine Stories About Young Girls' Periods! What if we could move on to talking about periods as just another part of our lives? 03, Oct 2016 Cover Image RECLAIM MENSTRUATION! SAY BOO TO TABOO! 28, Sep 2016 Cover Image Grim Hairy Tales: A Depilator’s Diary - Plain Text 14, Sep 2016 Cover Image BAS EK KISS... 16, Sep 2016 Cover Image GRIM HAIRY TALES: A DEPILATOR'S DIARY Mummy never needed to wax or shave her legs or underarms. Her lower leg was quite hairy, but were always concealed from view, as were those of all desi aunties we knew. 14, Sep 2016 Cover Image MARDON WALI BAATEIN: Things Boys Told Us About Their Feelings We tried to unpack what the young men felt about love, sex, relationships, society and a man's place vis-a-vis these things. 21, Sep 2016 Cover Image WHITE PUBIC HAIR 08, Sep 2016 Cover Image Body Hair. Do You Care? The AOI Body Hair Survey The AOI Body Hair survey is here! 06, Sep 2016 Cover Image NOT A HAIR IN PLACE: SEX, WAXING AND THE BODY IN MY MIND Body hair and sex - that complicated relationship! 06, Sep 2016 Cover Image I DIDN’T BELIEVE IN LOVE – THEN I FOUND POLYAMORY Well. Polyamory done right, as it turns out, is a lot of work! 31, Aug 2016 Cover Image Birds Do It. Bees Do It. 19, Aug 2016 Cover Image The A Film or Maybe It's OK to be Lost: On BR Ishara's Chetna (1970) Cover Image Qayanat Ka Romancenama “A board was flashing a sign: Qayanat*, I love you. It was like a film. I could not believe this was all happening for me, to me.” Qayanat’s romance, begins like a film, proceeds like a film, complete with shayris, desperation, twists and turns, 100 free sms a day, ice-cream in the mall, and her reflection in her boyfriend’s eyes. How does this filmi Romance-nama culminate? Not at all as you would expect – listen here to this podcast full of fizz and glitter: Qayanat ka Romancenama. 12, Aug 2016 Cover Image ISHQ KE AAM, KHAANE KE AUR, DIKHANE KE AUR Sweety, growing into a beautiful young woman in a small town, admired herself in the mirror, longed for love. But did she dare taste this forbidden fruit? A bittersweet story of longing and regret from Muzaffarpur, Bihar. 09, Sep 2016 Cover Image JEEP MEIN BEEP, DIL MEIN DHAK DHAK “He winked at me in the rear-view mirror and I was overcome with shyness.” Once Chandni meets this jeep driver and their love story gathers speed, it’s heart-in-the-mouth romantic twists and turns and the speedbreaker of respectability cannot slow it down. A story of passionate romance from Banda, UP. 05, Aug 2016 Cover Image WHAT INDIAN MEN FEEL ABOUT THEIR PENIS: RESULTS OF THE GREAT INDIAN PENIS SURVEY Cover Image March on Women: In conversation with columnist Paromita Vohra, activist Trupti Desai - CNN IBN 12, Mar 2016 Cover Image The Lover's Pilgrimage Loves are always represented as a male-female couple. But in life, people live in many different combinations of relationships. Here is one set of these combinations in this depiction of the Valentine’s Day Lover’s Pilgrimage. 14, Feb 2016 Cover Image Images and Imaginations of Sex The segregation of sex in this world. The boundaries of porn and the erotic art. The notions of beauty, desirability and sexuality, as they differ, for industry and the individual. An essay by graphic artist Orijit Sen on his way of imaging and imagining sex.