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Cover Image To End Violence Against Women, We Need To Talk About Pleasure! #16DaysOfActivism Why #PleasurePolitics is necessary to take the conversation on gender-based violence forward! Cover Image What's A Sexual Fantasy You Are Afraid of Being Judged For? Cover Image Rukhmabai Vs Dadaji Case Cover Image Asexuality Ki ABC - An AOI Primer Can asexuality transform how we see pleasure itself? 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 Teachers Tell Us Why They Need Sex-Ed In Schools! AOI x The Gender Lab 35 teachers share their stories, needs and demands for Sex-Ed in schools! Cover Image From Sex Work Geographies to Intimate Cities: An Interview with Manjima Bhattacharjya Manjima tells us about the shifting landscape of sex work, and its history! 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 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 Bad Habits, Good Women: My Conversations with Nuns Unmarried, celibate, religious – is every nun the same kind of woman? Nikhita finds out! 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 The Woman In The Closet "I never considered my ajji was not always my ajji" Cover Image Fantasy, Feminism, Erotics, Politics: An Interview with Jaya Sharma Jaya Sharma tells us about BDSM, fantasy and reality ka khel! 19, Feb 2022 Cover Image Without Fantasy There is No Liberty! Bole Toh? An AOI Chhotu Essay Can fantasy allow us to rethink reality? 05, Feb 2022 Cover Image Dilbadar: A Dating Manifesto Minus The Bad Advice Putting the pleasure back in online dating! 11, Dec 2021 Cover Image Stories From A Survey: Chandu's Story 01, Nov 2021 Cover Image How Vulnerability Can Fill Our Lives with Love! #PyaariVulnerability 28, Jul 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 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 “Without Vulnerability There is No Revolution” – Bole Toh? The AOI Chhotu Essay! Is #VulnerABILITY just a personal maamla or something more? 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 Ten Tashan-Filled Tales On Being Trans : AOI’s Reading List for Transgender Day of Visibility Ten books on being trans in India! 31, Mar 2021 Cover Image Ten Thundering Tips for Internet Ishq with Digital Security! Steps to retain your intimate and private internet-self 15, Jan 2021 Cover Image What Does A Dictionary Of Digital Dating Tell Us About Dating? Ease of access to hurtful behaviour- the many attitudes that digital dating reveal. 13, Jan 2021 Cover Image SAFE-TY NET: Tips For Parents to Provide Safe Internet Playtime For Their Kids How to play on the internet safely without spoiling its maza for your kids? 11, Jan 2021 Cover Image WHAT IS PRIVACY The AOI Guide To Privacy 02, Nov 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 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 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 ‘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 THE L WORD - KONJUM HISTORY, ZARA GEOGRAPHY, THODA POLITICS The many variations, slangs and slurs for the word 'lesbian' across the world! 11, Jun 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 Love x Sex x Caste: A Reading List Will you read about love with us? 15, Apr 2020 Cover Image Stuff People Said They Miss In Porn! What people wish porn also included. 31, Jan 2020 Cover Image Sunny Leone: The Porn Star Even Your Granny Knows How did a porn star become a household name in India? 16, 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 Who is a ‘Tight’ Vagina Meant to be Pleasurable For? A doctor asks: can we please have conversations around (hetero)sexual pleasure that don’t focus on ‘editing’ women’s bodies for men’s sake? 09, Sep 2019 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 Why are Bheem and Hidimba the Real Deal? We spoke to the artist and graphic novelist Amruta Patil about the different ways in which love and relationships exist in her work. 12, Feb 2019 Cover Image Muh Bole Rishte - 6 People Describe Their Chosen Families Society might say “Only family is forever”, but here are stories of 6 people forming their closest bonds, beyond blood. 20, Feb 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 Why are People Opposing the Surrogacy Bill? Here’s a guide to help you out. 11, Jan 2019 Cover Image Things Young Men Say to Me During Sex-Ed Workshops From ‘What is a clitoris?’ to sharing stories of heartbreak, a sexuality educator tells us some of the burning issues on men’s minds 15, Jan 2019 Cover Image Wondering Why People are Protesting the Anti-Trafficking Bill? Here’s a Quick Guide In past days you would have seen that people are protesting the Anti-Trafficking Bill alongside the Trans Rights Bill. The two Bills are flawed on their own. But they are also connected in some ways. 29, Dec 2018 Cover Image Not Sure Why People Are Protesting the Trans Bill? Here's A Quick Guide Many amendments have been made to the Bill since it was drafted, but activists say it is still discriminatory, mainly for the following reasons. 26, Dec 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 Five Helpful Folks Giving Us Resources On Safe Abortion You Need To Follow 28, Sep 2018 Cover Image Have You Watched This Sweet Film About Anshuman Travelling on the Metro? The film is a lovely portrait of it sparkling protagonist finding his way in the world 14, Sep 2018 Cover Image 'Aap Karthe Mere Saath Sex?' The day my research interview with a Hyderabad auto driver went off script to include sex, desire and consent 09, Aug 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 Why Write About Love: A Conversation With Annie Zaidi What goes into a love story? Why is it important to write about love? Can writing about love be an act of dissent? 31, May 2018 Cover Image Flirting: Whats Okay? Whats Not Okay? 17, Mar 2018 Cover Image IT’S TIME WE STOPPED LINKING ABORTION TO THE BAD SEX RATIO If there is a connection between abortion and female infanticide it is this: the reasons for both are mostly intertwined with sexism. 28, 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 #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 What Being a Sexologist Taught Me About People Stigma has been my prime nemesis. 15, Nov 2017 Cover Image LOVE, SEX AUR DIMAAG: A VIDEO ABOUT MENTAL SEXUAL HEALTH 16, Oct 2017 Cover Image WHAT DOCTORS (REALLY) THINK ABOUT SEX, ABORTION AND VIRGINITY A doctor’s account of gender and moral biases that are rife in the health care system. 24, 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 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 A Long Time Ago In Our Own Country: Meet The Stars of Indian Sex-Ed ‘Modern’ India has had many doctors, activists, researchers, and writers doing very important work like beginning programmes for birth control, saying women have the right to enjoy sexual pleasure and talking about the never-satisfied public’s sex dilemmas. 05, Sep 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 How To Understand Your Body As You Grow Older 13, Jun 2017 Cover Image WHAT INDIAN MEN FEEL ABOUT THEIR PENIS 26, 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 Sex Pe Charcha With Parivaar At Agents of Ishq we’ve been wondering if all conversations that reveal family members to each other as sexual beings necessarily involve shock, haw, khamoshi, behoshi, fainting, door-slamming and the fear that you will be married off the next week? 10, Apr 2017 Cover Image Those City Love Affairs I find love in conversations, and in what I can never quite completely understand about the other person. 24, Feb 2017 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 Images and Imaginations of Sex Before we can create something, we have to imagine it. 12, Dec 2016 Cover Image #SexPeCharcha Twitter Chat 09, 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 HETERO HOMO BI BI: SHIT BISEXUALS HAVE TO HEAR Shit bisexuals have to hear. 23, Sep 2016 Cover Image Grim Hairy Tales: A Depilator’s Diary - Plain Text 14, 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 HOW WAS THE SEX-ED FOR YOU? 22, 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 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 Opening Up About Your Sexual Self GIFS that express the pain of hiding your sexual self 01, Aug 2016 Cover Image KINKY IS QUEER A poem on finding freedom in the Kinky and the Queer! Cover Image The Inheritance of Sex-Ed Sex-Ed, through the generations - an inheritance from a father to a daughter. 23, May 2016 Cover Image Today My Mother Came Home A mother struggles to come to terms with her son’s sexuality. A son struggles to accept his mother’s disapproval. Love and chicken curry help in the struggle. A moving story of family, choice and acceptance. 03, Dec 2015