April 05, 2013

Engaging with the elephant in the room: need for a new vocabulary, spaces and dialogue

Scene 1

Neha jumps into the local along with two of her friends. Their chirpy banter fills the space. Her boyfriend is going to join them at the next station. She is beaming with eager anticipation about the day ahead. They are all going for a movie.

The train halts. Enter Gaurav.

After a brief […]

April 02, 2013

Adolescents and the Production of Consent

(This piece engages with consent from another perspective from the one by S. Vinita and Sanjana Gaind reminding us just how complex and diverse these questions are.)


Raising the legal age from 16 to 18 for consensual sex, has been a major point of contention in the Criminal Law (Amendment) Bill, 2013. The legal […]

April 01, 2013

Yes, No, and Maybe – Reflections on ‘Practicing Consent’

By S. Vinita and Sanjana Gaind

(This is the first of a series of posts written from the experiences at CREA of implementing a program called “Count Me IN! It’s My Body: Advancing Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights of Young Girls through Sports”. CREA is a feminist human rights organization based in Delhi (www.creaworld.org).)


March 30, 2013

Sexuality Education: Possibilities for freedom from violence and inequality

(This article appeared first in Teacher Plus, 5 February 2013 under the title, “Sexuality education: why we need it”. We are cross-posting it here in the light of recent stories such as this one.)


Sexuality education has been a much contested issue the world over. People are divided over whether sex education should be […]

March 27, 2013


Mother did you not

hear him laugh?


Laugh as he watched us

rent the river apart

for our clothes.


Clothes he had gripped


in his hand.


Laugh as he broke our pots of milk,

let it pool over his feet,

let it pool over mine,

let its silken whiteness

leave darkened […]

March 12, 2013

On my love/hate relationship with Delhi

For years I have moved around the world, a veritable nomad, heading to the next location that work, love or whimsy will take me. And for years, while others have easily spoken of a hometown that they love or a place that they can call home, I have always shied away from the topic, sometimes […]

February 23, 2013

A Response to the One Billion Rising Campaign

There is no movement that is above criticism. Especially not within Feminist circles. So it’s no surprise that One Billion Rising, despite the phenomenon that it has come to be, drew its own share of flak. On the offset, I suppose I should clarify that I am a huge, if not blind, fan of Eve […]

February 21, 2013

There is sometimes a woman inside me wanting to escape a cuboid

There is sometimes a woman inside me wanting to escape a cuboid.

Strange equations run from one corner of the mind to another, like schooltime math, they come in variables and unpalatable solutions. I grow flatulent with placenta; inside, fishes swim and corals grow.

When swarms of goldfish swam and mermaids rose to surface in […]

February 20, 2013

Some ordinary words and a mini link bomb

Well, halloa! That’s hullo, in Sherlock Holmes speak. It’s been a while! The thing is, I have lost my language. I don’t know if it happens to any of you, but sometimes some events leave me dumb. Without speech, oral or written. Ironically, this time it was the horrorifying hatred meted out to the […]

February 16, 2013

A Critique of One Billion Rising

Eve Ensler’s campaign has sparked some important demonstrations and vital public protests. But her organization’s methods are quite top-down. As one instance, it can be frustrating to receive elaborate instructions policing productions of the Vagina Monologues. These instructions change every year, and in a small way seem to go against the spirit of […]

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