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Cover Image Dharmendra Made Me Gay - Vivek Anand's Sexy Saturday Songs My 5 fav Sexy Saturday Songs from the bold 1970’s! Cover Image What Are We Really Asking For When We Say We Want To Be Touched? An Interview with Ratnaboli Ray Psychologist and mental health activist Ratnaboli Ray discusses skin hunger, touch and mental health. Cover Image My Clients Celebrate Relationships With Me That They Can’t Even Mention Outside The Therapy Room: A Therapist’s Diary A therapist wonders if we can relook how we approach 'problematic' relationships 14, Jul 2022 Cover Image Reckless In Love, Powerful In Sisterhood - Vijeta Kumar Interviews Asha Kowtal Asha was General Secretary of All India Dalit Mahila Adhikar Manch (AIDMAM) for eleven years 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 Bad Habits, Good Women: My Conversations with Nuns Unmarried, celibate, religious – is every nun the same kind of woman? Nikhita finds out! 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 Not Seeing You Later, Ovulator : What Happens To 'U' When The Uterus is Removed? Let's talk about the hysterectomy - what happens before, during and after! 15, Mar 2022 Cover Image “It’s simple, to live life emotions are very important so why should you suppress them?” Lesbian Love and Freedom Journeys with Maya Sharma An interview with Maya Sharma 13, 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 The Woman In The Closet "I never considered my ajji was not always my ajji" 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 SLUT METRO : The Many Journeys to Sexual Confidence! 18, Jan 2022 Cover Image Bodies in Pain: Reclaim, not Shame Angel's journey of accepting that her period pain was real, not imaginary or inconsequential. 30, Apr 2022 Cover Image Stories From A Survey: Mohan's Story 01, Nov 2021 Cover Image Stories From A Survey: Manju's Story 01, Nov 2021 Cover Image "The Talk Of The Heart, It’s Not As Easy As It Looks" : Saleem Kidwai’s Friendship with Begum Akhtar An interview with the late Saleem Kidwai about his life and friendship with Begum. 12, Sep 2021 Cover Image What Does Science Say About Friendship? 13, Aug 2021 Cover Image “Being well-adjusted to this world is no measure of being well”- Vulnerability, Strength and Mental Health A conversation with Sonal Giani! 26, Jul 2021 Cover Image How Do Vulnerabilities Play Out in Sex? Why do we make sexual choices that make us vulnerable? Can one #VulnerABILITY lead to another? 12, Jul 2021 Cover Image Six People on What They Learned About Vulnerability By Working At A Helpline What listening to people at their most vulnerable moment can teach us about resilience. 07, Jul 2021 Cover Image How Do You Solve a ‘Problem’ Like Adolescence? A Guide to Adolescent Mental Health! 08, Jun 2021 Cover Image Oh Boy! That's a Sex Toy (For Penis Owners) Toys to please your P's - Penis and Prostate! 25, May 2021 Cover Image Love Was Not A Cure For My Masculine Anxieties “Pyaar ka sitam means love comes to us with great promise, to fill our lives, but the truth is it can only fill very little of us,” says Anand Yadav, battling with the pressure that the idea of ‘love’ brings with it. 21, May 2021 Cover Image Some of us need to be understood differently: Breaking Up and Mental Illness Rukmini writes about her relationship and break-up, and how as a person with mental-illness, she wishes it could have been done differently. 29, Jul 2021 Cover Image What Does Queerness Care About Productivity? A Poem The mind was kept busy while the body craved attention. The more it craved, the more I got busy.  22, 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 WHY MEN DON'T TALK ABOUT MASTURBATORS - AND OTHER QUESTIONS YOU NEVER THOUGHT TO ASK How restricting sex to peno-vaginal intercourse hinders possibilities of self-pleasure 04, Mar 2021 Cover Image “Be like Belinda How a porn character can make one rethink sex 18, Feb 2021 Cover Image How to Muse a Man  Why are always men finding muse in women in books and films? 08, Feb 2021 Cover Image The Curious Case of Absent Serenading Heroines in My Life Where to find those Bollywood heroines who serenade the hero? 03, Feb 2021 Cover Image To Think Of All the Bisexual Love I’ve Missed! I’m 28 and I recently realized I’m bisexual. 22, Feb 2021 Cover Image I am Big and Beautiful A fat woman rises to own her sexuality, desire and desirability 21, Nov 2020 Cover Image “If He Does 'This', Girl You Need To Let Go Of Him!” How the Discussion on 'Toxic' stuff can become toxic to live with 06, Nov 2020 Cover Image How Masturbation Helped Me Cope With Heartbreak Masturbation and other remedies for rejection. 29, Oct 2020 Cover Image READING MINDS - 8 Indian Books About Experiencing Mental Illness Books to help understand mental and emotional turmoil 22, Oct 2020 Cover Image SIX SIMPLE SUGGESTIONS TO HELP PARENTS LOOK OUT FOR THEIR CHILD’S MENTAL HEALTH A little help for parents to understand for their children's mental health. 19, Oct 2020 Cover Image My Body In Bed Isn’t Any Kind of Map To Pleasure What is intimacy like when it’s traumatic to live in your body/head? 12, Oct 2020 Cover Image AOI GUIDE TO #MENTALHELP RESOURCES  Looking for help with mental health? Here's where to get started. 10, Oct 2020 Cover Image Some Mental Health Fundas and FAQs Helping your mental health through fundas and FAQs! 10, Oct 2020 Cover Image My Struggle To Live and Love With Vaginismus How does trauma manifest in our bodies and our intimacies 04, Oct 2020 Cover Image Teens Write #NotesToMyGenitals If Teens could write letters to their private parts, what would they say? 25, Sep 2020 Cover Image Sex Sure Doesn't Need #PeriodLeaves What's so special about the flow period sex can take? 18, Sep 2020 Cover Image The Adorable Boys Who Love ‘Papa Bear’ Who decided that desire is only for the young? 21, Aug 2020 Cover Image Tamil films! Where’s The Single Ladies, The Soup Girls, The Un-settled Women? What is Tamil cinema's relationship with messy, complicated, thriving Single Women? 17, Aug 2020 Cover Image Memories of Touch- Poem In A Pandemic In the protected rooms where people are intubated there are no last hugs and the only thing to touch may be the glass of the window through which you can look at them  27, Jul 2020 Cover Image I Took A Nude Selfie. It Changed My Life. After years of hiding, can a nude selfie get Ini to see her body in a new light? 13, Jul 2020 Cover Image Can I Open The Window And Let Go Of The Past? A journey back to a room full of a traumatic memory to seek reconciliation. 07, Jul 2020 Cover Image June Rewind - #WhenWomenLoveWomen, All In One Place Stories, histories and resources for queer women - ek dhamakedar package! 30, Jun 2020 Cover Image Satrangi Ladki, Atrangi Khiladi: A Comic About Shiela The many romances and realities of this dashing woman! 28, Jun 2020 Cover Image Steamy Shayari Alert! #WhenWomenLoveWomen in 19th Century Awadh Some seductive Chapti poems from India's past! 23, Jun 2020 Cover Image Pehle App! Online Dating Tips for Queer Ladies from Queer Ladies Confused about how to begin? Here's some tips from our queer Agents! 19, Jun 2020 Cover Image ‘Not because I have wisdom, but because I care’: An Interview with Suniti Namjoshi Poet, fabulist, lesbian - She tells AOI about her journey as a writer, lover & person! 17, Jun 2020 Cover Image Shiela Ki Jawaani Ki Anokhi Kahaani An excerpt from Maya Sharma's Loving Women: Being Lesbian in Unprivileged India 13, Jun 2020 Cover Image I Kissed A Girl And I Liked It - 7 Queer Women Tell Us About Their First Kiss With A Girl Stories of people's first taste of pleasure and tenderness 01, Jun 2020 Cover Image Safe Sex for Queer Women? Yes, Yes, Yes! Many ways to have sex, many ways to stay safe! 04, Jun 2020 Cover Image What Falling For My Friend As A Lesbian Taught Me About How We Express Friendship Does queerness complicate the experience of falling for a friend? 15, Jun 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 Stuff People Said They Miss In Porn! What people wish porn also included. 31, Jan 2020 Cover Image Skin Hunger: The AOI Guide to Mental Health and Touch A fun explainer, in comics form, about why touch is so important for our well-being. 03, Oct 2019 Cover Image How My Girlfriend's Abortion Made Me A Better Man: A Comic M's story about a life-changing incident. 02, Oct 2019 Cover Image Small Doubts: What Do I Do if Someone Refuses to See Me After a One-Night Stand? Our Sex Ett column. This time, on dealing with rejection! 13, Nov 2019 Cover Image Small Doubts: How Do I Respond to Unsolicited Advice About My Weight? Our #SexEtt column, this time about annoying nuskas. 23, 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 Masculinity and Femininity Are Up For Grabs! - An Interview with The Patchworks Ensemble A conversation with theatre artists Puja Sarup and Sheena Khalid on how they used the form to expand the ideas of gender and sexuality. 25, Jun 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 Remembering the Life of Sweet Maria Through Art A unique monument to the murdered trans activist reminds us of her life as well as the violence that trans people face in India 19, Jun 2019 Cover Image Is There a Secret Masturbation Message in Your Ad? We’re only kidding! Brands aren’t trying to get you masturbate... or are they? 08, May 2019 Cover Image Caster Semenya, Hormone Fallacies and Some Not-So-Sporting Double Standards Is everything we think we know about gender wrong? 06, May 2019 Cover Image Genital Jaankari Have you wondered what pushes their pleasure buttons, but felt too unsure to ask? 02, May 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 How Shru Stopped Hating Herself (With A Little Help From Her Dad) From self-harm and shame, to learning to be your own hero! 18, Apr 2019 Cover Image Main Apni Sabse Favourite Hoon: Chronicles of an Instaspam Queen What is it about being a woman on Instagram that is so joyous, so satisfying – and so annoying to men? 25, 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 They Get an Angina When They See a Vagina My Facebook is a nation, That needs sex education 06, Mar 2019 Cover Image Small Doubts: I Like Older Women, Is That Okay? A young man's burning question. 01, Mar 2019 Cover Image This Month on AOI: What Kind of Woman Would You Like to Be? We're finding new ways of thinking what it means to be a woman 01, Mar 2019 Cover Image I Make the Kind of Goddesses that I Want to See A Brooklyn-based artist and sculptor on six works that mean a lot to her 07, Mar 2019 Cover Image Menopause: A Poem "My tongue has sharpened." 19, Mar 2019 Cover Image Why are People Opposing the Surrogacy Bill? Here’s a guide to help you out. 11, Jan 2019 Cover Image How I Grew Out of My Turbulent Teens Life as a schoolgirl was about trying to fit in; to be seen and not seen; self-hate and self-harm. Talking about it to other people was the first step in a new direction 17, Jan 2019 Cover Image STI Jaldi 5 : HIV A refresher course on the most commonly known STI 01, Dec 2018 Cover Image We Asked: Has #MeToo Changed Anything for You? Here’s What You Told Us 29, Nov 2018 Cover Image The Masculinity Detox Diet Easy tips to cleanse your system of toxic masculinity. 22, Nov 2018 Cover Image My Male Friends and I Talked About Sex Constantly, But Not How We Really Felt About It I’m trying to unlearn everything I’d absorbed in predominantly male spaces. It’s making me a better person. 13, Nov 2018 Cover Image Are You a Man? Has #MeToo Changed Anything for You? If you identify as a man, this is for you. 01, Nov 2018 Cover Image If You're Unsure What POSH, LoSHA, ICC & Other Terms Are, This Is For You. Some common terms being used in the #MeToo conversation, explained. 20, Oct 2018 Cover Image How Ideas of Purity Damage Our Mental Sexual Health (And Happiness) The unconscious sexual caste system that undercuts our relationships with self and others. 10, Oct 2018 Cover Image What is a Normal Period? Let’s talk about periods beyond the menstruation shame business. 04, Oct 2018 Cover Image Why My Photo for My Lover Ruffled So Many Feathers I had taken the photo years ago on my phone and sent it to my boyfriend, but it had stayed with me in my head. 11, Jun 2018 Cover Image Sex Actually: Of Broken Vaginas and Negotiating Consent New stories of women's unforgettable sexual encounters. 19, Apr 2018 Cover Image I Stopped a Man From Harassing a Young Boy on a Bus, Because it's Happened to Me Too Think about all the hotel rooms, offices, malls, streets, building blocks and so many other places all over the world where similar things might be happening at this very moment. 03, Apr 2018 Cover Image What Makes Your Sexual Confidence Go Up and Down Sexual confidence is like a Snakes and Ladders Game 26, Mar 2018 Cover Image Why Flirting Without Agenda Matters: Lessons from the Caribbean There is a way to verbally and non-verbally gauge another person’s interest without harassing them. It’s called flirting 13, Mar 2018 Cover Image Why I Believe Love is Like Quantum Physics (But in a Good Way) The strange similarities between love and the theory of quantum entaglement. 28, Feb 2018 Cover Image I Want It That Way! Women, Tell Us What Makes Sex Good! What's the one thing you like most in bed? 21, Feb 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 Sex Actually 2.0 : Stories of women's sexual experiences and thoughts... continued. 31, Jan 2018 Cover Image Sex Actually: The Sexual Encounter Women Say They Can't Forget Women make sense of their diverse sexual experiences. 26, Jan 2018 Cover Image LOVE, SEX AND KHICHDI I just wanted to hold him tight and never let go. I wanted to make sure he would come back and I wanted to scream at him for untangling the ‘not’s in my chest. 12, Dec 2017 Cover Image CHADDI PEHEN KE DUDE KHILA HAI A history of masculinity through chaddi ads 28, Nov 2017 Cover Image LONGING IS THE SPICE THAT MAKES A MEAL OF SEX FOR ME Longing is a spice. Its essence pulls you close, teases the appetite at the slightest taste. What is love without longing? 04, Dec 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 What Men Talk About When They Talk About Sex As boys grow up and start having their first experiences, the conversation is similar to sharing newfound facts about sex in childhood: “You won’t believe what I did!” “how did it feel?” “this is how it is.” 17, 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 #QueerlyHeartbroken: A Twitter Chat With Sonal Giani Queer Rights Activist Sonal Giani, on being Queer and Heartbroken, the common issues faced by queer people during break ups and how to deal with it. 01, Nov 2017 Cover Image Mard, Mann Aur Jealousy: 5 Men Talk about Dealing With Unusual Jealousies Unusual jealousies men experience and how it affects the way they look at themselves as sexual beings. 16, Nov 2017 Cover Image #Unfinished Business: A Conversation about Sudden Heartbreaks Expert tips on dealing with a broken heart. 17, Oct 2017 Cover Image LOVE, SEX AUR DIMAAG: A VIDEO ABOUT MENTAL SEXUAL HEALTH 16, Oct 2017 Cover Image WE MET ON GRINDR. NOW THE INTIMACY OF THE SEX WE HAD MAKES IT HARD FOR ME TO FORGET HIM Some loves are sexual, where emotion, body and connection become powerfully joined in the intimacy of sex more than anything else. It is an intoxication, a nasha that’s hard to forget, because it runs deep. 08, Nov 2017 Cover Image THE AOI GUIDE TO DIFFERENT TYPES OF DOCTORS FOR SEX-RELATED PROBLEMS Agents of Ishq’s handy guide to what type of doctor attends to what kind of ailments. 21, Nov 2017 Cover Image my mother does not know i am wearing her sari. how long must I hide? poetry and poetic prose by soz 29, Sep 2017 Cover Image THINGS PEOPLE TOLD US ABOUT THEIR FIRST TIME 15, Sep 2016 Cover Image NIGHTS FULL OF WOMEN Women out at night, filling it up, in the pictures of Anushree Fadnavis 10, Aug 2017 Cover Image Dosti is Pyaar: Being Lost and Finding Friends If pyaar is dosti, it took me a while to understand that that dosti is also pyaar, but more forgiving. 04, Aug 2017 Cover Image Diary of An Indian Sex Educator It was a co-ed school. But the boys were not going to learn about the body. 31, Jul 2017 Cover Image How To Understand Your Body As You Grow Older 13, Jun 2017 Cover Image HOW NORMAL IS YOUR SEX DRIVE? (PROBABLY VERY NORMAL) 16, May 2017 Cover Image What Makes Women Feel Hot? - The Answers May Surprise You 04, Apr 2017 Cover Image Six Sexy Things Women Want. OK? Equality, justice, pleasure and fun! 08, Mar 2017 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 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 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 Jewels like Flowers: About Men's Bodies and Women's Desires We are always made aware of the beauty of the feminine, but what about the masculine figures? Read this essay by Elisa Brune to know a woman’s love for the opposite sex.