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Cover Image Healing, Not The Law, Gave Me My Justice - This is My Survivor Story M tells us a complex story about violence, justice and ideal victims! 28, Jun 2022 Cover Image Breaking My Heart And Finding Myself Imran on why queer break-ups are hard, but you can't lose yourself entirely in love. Cover Image Love Paranoia After every rejection I ask, is it my disability? Cover Image QUESTIONS. RUMINATION. CONVERSATION Or What is he doing right now? 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 The Case Of The Missing Butterflies In My Tummy I thought if I gave myself a push, I’d fall into the hormone pool everyone was swimming in. Cover Image See-Saw Sexual Confidence Ka! What people said brought their sexual confidence up or down! 07, 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 Can Your Vulnerability Make You Mean? Mine Did. What memories can a unexpected apology from a childhood bully bring up? 22, Jul 2021 Cover Image A Live-In In Lockdown What does lockdown mean for a couple living-in in a big city? 24, 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 TWO OR THREE THINGS I LEARNED FROM BEING ALONE How living alone during a pandemic changes how we think of our wellness. 17, 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 My Struggle To Live and Love With Vaginismus How does trauma manifest in our bodies and our intimacies 04, Oct 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 Being A Sub Made Me Bloom And Widened My Perspective What sharing intimacy with strangers online may reveal about your kinky self. 09, Sep 2020 Cover Image Dear Girls Who Sent Nudes, Thank You What leaking of nude pictures says about betrayal of consent and privacy. 03, Sep 2020 Cover Image Romantic Sensual Asexual - That’s Me Can one be asexual and terribly romantic too? 24, Aug 2020 Cover Image The Adorable Boys Who Love ‘Papa Bear’ Who decided that desire is only for the young? 21, Aug 2020 Cover Image I Ghosted Him. Then I Got A Second Chance. Caught between shame and surprise, will a ghost-er make a different choice? 10, Aug 2020 Cover Image To All the Boys I Couldn't Love Before What fleeting connections with many interesting men tell you about having the hots for none of them. 04, 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 Tell Me Tarot, Will He Ever Come Back? After Manjari is ghosted, all search for closure leads to herself. 02, 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 You've Got Mail! Letters Between An Older and A Younger Lesbian - Plain Text Version 24, Jun 2020 Cover Image Secret Loves And Broken Hearts: A Comic A comic about queer desire, love, and loss. 26, 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 What Did Your Father Do? In a Father’s Day special, Swati recalls the most special moments spent with her "un-special" Baba. 21, Jun 2020 Cover Image Call Me Rama: Reading Baba A woman re-discovers the man her father was through his writings. 21, Jun 2020 Cover Image You’ve Got Mail! Letters Between An Older and A Younger Lesbian How much has changed for women who love women in urban India? 24, 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 "So Many Women, But It's Her I Love" An excerpt from Maya Sharma's Loving Women: Being Lesbian in Unprivileged India 07, Jun 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 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 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 The (Secret) Porn That Turns Me On Must our fantasies mirror our real-life sexual preferences? 27, Jan 2020 Cover Image As A Man Am I Condemned To Choose Violence Over Love? Maybe Not. I hit her. The realisation of what I did, and the guilt it brought is unbearable even now. 15, Oct 2019 Cover Image What Emraan Hashmi Couldn’t Teach Me About Dhichak Dhichak I thought sex meant lying next to someone under a blanket and smooching. I was so, so wrong 19, Aug 2019 Cover Image Maybe Fighting with a Friend isn't Such a Bad Thing Why do we find it so easy to let friendship fade away? 20, Jun 2019 Cover Image More Than An Identity: How I Realised My Struggle Was With Being Sexual, Not Homosexual My identity as a queer person became a bit of a shield from the world of love, the world of sex 11, Jun 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 Amma, I Wonder If You Had Orgasms I have always wanted to ask you this. Can you tell me about your orgasms? 12, May 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 I Faked Orgasms to be Polite You know how we’re taught that good kids don't go for second helpings of food? I carried that training into my sex life 05, Mar 2019 Cover Image How My Relationships Made Me Question Pyaar, Azaadi aur Accountability Is ‘demanding accountability’ just a euphemism for trying to control someone? 26, Feb 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 When a Workshop about Love and Desire Turned into a Raucous Party 26, Oct 2018 Cover Image What I Learned from Reading Erotica at Twelve Is erotica a good intro into the world of sex? 09, Oct 2018 Cover Image My First Time Taught Me How Not to Have Sex 24, Jan 2019 Cover Image You Should Wear Maroon For Your Skin" and Other Advice I've Ignored as a Non-Fair Woman Why hide under drab colours? Bold lip art – bright colours, filigree designs, polka dots – are my jam 24, Aug 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 Isn't A Whatsapp Love Story A Real Love Story? Could you fall crazily in love with someone you've never met IRL? 12, Jun 2018 Cover Image Sex Actually: Memories of Mid-Afternoon Sex, and Losing Friends 11, Oct 2018 Cover Image From Saat Khoon Maaf to Khoon-Kharaba : Ways People React To Cheating! Stories from people who discovered their lovers’ infidelity, what happened next and what they think about it now. 03, Feb 2020 Cover Image Sex Actually: Ecstasy, Anxiety and the Fear of Being Judged Sex, as it actually is. 08, May 2018 Cover Image Different Personas In Bed Perhaps we adopt sexual personas to make ourselves feel more confident, or to make our lovers feel more confident. Some people adopt different personas as a temporary holiday from their real lives. 11, Sep 2018 Cover Image Sex Actually: Of Broken Vaginas and Negotiating Consent New stories of women's unforgettable sexual encounters. 19, Apr 2018 Cover Image The Loneliness of the Long-Distance Girlfriend There is only so much that can be romanticised about a long-distance relationship and the magical reunion that'll fix everything. 12, Apr 2018 Cover Image Thoughts You Can't Avoid When Your Long-Distance Relationship is Doomed I suppose one of the perks of being in a long-distance relationship is that you can foster a few pimples which pixelate into the rest your skin on Skype. 24, 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 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 Sex Actually (Let’s Talk About It) Have you ever had a sexual encounter that you just couldn’t forget? That keeps coming back to you from time to time or all the time? 19, Jan 2018 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 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 Meri “Baingan” Wali Story My bainganwali story took place in Delhi, declared one of the unsafest cities in general, but for women in particular. 15, Dec 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 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 A Thousand and One Stories of Coming Out I learnt that people are always jockeying for power and invariably looking for that one thing to pick on you about. In my case, it is my sexual orientation 21, Sep 2017 Cover Image My Year of Flings In retrospect, it seems to me that my ‘hooking-up’ was not so much about seeking temporary partners, it was more about establishing power. To make myself needed, yet always be out of reach. 12, Sep 2017 Cover Image How Gujrati Porn Made Me Realise I Was Asexual The way I was not feeling anything while watching porn, I did not feel any kind of attraction and sexual desire for anyone either. 14, Sep 2017 Cover Image I was the Abusive One In My Relationship. My Break-up Taught Me To Change. I’ve realised that there is no purpose to just feeling perpetually guilty. What I can do now is never treat anyone else the way I treated her. 12, Oct 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 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 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 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 Why I'll Never Stop Masturbating I accidentally discovered orgasms at 14, and began a thrilling solo trip 19, Sep 2017 Cover Image Dil Google Google ho gaya AKA how I internet stalked my way through a break up I’d scroll down from post to post, to find semblance of a love lost. As though trying to relive our time together by scrolling down will undo everything that happened to us. 11, Oct 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 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 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 Savita Bhabhi and I: A True Love Story Here is something you should know about me. I wrote three stories for Savita Bhabhi. 04, Mar 2017 Cover Image To All The (Straight) Men I've Loved Before Let loose, this rise of the body and soul caused me to constantly fall in love with many a lissom lad 21, Feb 2017 Cover Image My Konark Summer 17, Feb 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 IT'S COMPLICATED! (BUT) A FULLY FABULOUS FEBRUARY ON AOI 08, Feb 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 Every Navratri Falguni Made Me Feel That Queer Is Ekdum Cool A song of ishq for Falguni Pathak! 05, Oct 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 ISHQ VISHQ SEX VEX EXPLORING TOUCH TO EXPLOSIVE TOUCH Let Manu take you on his journey of touch from naive bodily explorations with his male friends to the electric, experiences with the opposite sex, and along the way understandings about consent, mutuality and the simple pleasures of pleasure! 02, 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 In A Gay Bar You Can See Forever An Indian man at 31, in a gay bar for the first time, experiencing male erotic tenderness for the first time. Cover Image THIS IS WHO I AM: A YOUNG MAN’S JOURNEY OF FINDING HIMSELF THROUGH KINK A young man who discovers his submissive nature and learns to be himself through BDSM and kink.