This week, the world of the autoerotic was thrown into the spotlight: Jeffrey Toobin, scholar, author and legal analyst for CNN and The New Yorker, was suspended after he was spotted masturbating on a Zoom event.
The Queer Take: Viewing TikTok and Instagram as spaces of love and desire, where queer expression is realised
Why did TikTok feel like a queer space? Because it is.
The Queer Take: Contemplating 'allyship', 'safe spaces' and my refusal of new-found properties in LGBTQ+ discourse
As I write this column just after Pride Month and I realise I haven’t always been this grumpy gay that doesn't want to join the parties and parades. So what changed?
Growing up mixed-race, queer and femme, how Saroj Khan provided me the keys to the vehicle of my body
In hindsight, I was always meant to fall in love with Saroj Khan. So here’s our convoluted love story: are you ready?
Faced with daunting challenges in lockdown, trans men in India rely on online, offline support from community
The lockdown has not only caused trans men in rural and urban India to be stuck in unsupportive quarantine spaces, but also increased the inaccessibility of regular testosterone shots and gender affirming surgery, thus adding to their dysphoria and other mental health issues.
'I feel the pain of having nowhere to go': A Manipuri trans woman recounts her ongoing lockdown ordeal
Siku, a Nupi Manbi (trans woman) from Manipur, found her job and life in Bengaluru suddenly at end with the lockdown. Having returned to Manipur, however, Siku has had an especially difficult journey that is nowhere close to its end.
Schitt's Creek to Made in Heaven, why wave of LGBTQ+ content has met with complicated reception from queer folk
In speaking to queer people from across generations, it seems there is a complicated reception to this new tsunami of LGBTQ+ content.
The Queer Take: Price of admission into bois locker room-like spaces is ability, willingness to dehumanise the other
The common defense of this straight male culture has been that it is a “safe space” for men to be themselves, to say the politically incorrect thing, to let it all hang out. It is their safety valve. In reality, if one reads through the messages on similar forums like the recent ‘bois locker room’ one could go as far as to say: these aren’t safe spaces at all.
Bois Locker Room case underscores vital need for radical, political reimagining of an education that liberates us
The Bois Locker Room and the crisis of our society in its current breakdown have a lot to say about each other. Both of them tell us that we have reached the limits of the system we live in. If the way out is together, then we need an education on what it means to do that.
Friendship as Social Justice Activism examines unconventional forms of kinship as catalysts for change
How do people who meet as part of movements navigate desire, love and heartbreak? Friendship as Social Justice Activism: Critical Solidarities in a Global Perspective offers similar conversations.
Crux of 'bois locker room' case lies in unpacking link between performance of masculinity and sexual violence
As the criminal justice system is set in motion in the #boislockerroom case, it is important that we keenly focus on how notions of masculinity — especially amongst adolescents — contribute to sexual violence, and how societal responses, including legal action against the accused, need to account for these factors
'Bois locker room' case pushes us to examine if — and how — technology is shaping misogynistic attitudes towards sex
Cases such as bois locker room could be a collective failure of society, of teachers and parents, in not making safe spaces for discussing cyber hygiene or netiquette.
Social distancing, self-isolation aren't just coronavirus-related terms, they've long marked everyday lives of queer, marginalised
'I know what you are thinking: Yet again, the — queer, femme, Black person — speaks of dirty things like desire at a time of disease and death. Well, it is difficult only for those who have made a division between the three.' | Joshua Muyiwa writes in #QueerTake
In Fearless, Amneh Shaikh-Farooqui offers an illustrated chronicle of Pakistan's women's rights movement
The timeline in Fearless, which begins in 1943 and goes on till 2018, is helpful in understanding the political context within which the Pakistani women featured in the book made their mark.
During coronavirus outbreak, there's much we cannot control. But we can deal with the misogyny of the 'Wife Joke'
Knowing how the coronavirus lockdown is ravaging our country, if you have a roof over your head and a couple of meals lined up, very few people can currently feel sorry for themselves — except of course for the archetype of the man in the Wife Joke | Nisha Susan writes
There’s been a lot of policing of bodies in this time of the coronavirus pandemic and LGBTQ+ influencers on social media have been especially calling out the community for not adhering to shutdowns ordered by public health ministries. Their logic: we should know better having been schooled and brought up in the post-AIDS/HIV times.
A 'halal' app for dirty fantasies: How 'Tinder for Muslims' is also feeding fetishes far removed from its original intent
Minder is described as an app for “awesome Muslims to meet each other” — basically, to find potential spouses. But there's a lot else going on on the "halal" app.
In If You Could Be Mine, Iranian-American writer Sara Farizan looks at her own cultural milieu which forbade and criminalised homosexuality.
Sunehre Din to Mitrachi Goshta: Tracing forgotten histories of invisible queer women in the 20th century
When it comes to representation of queer women in early Indian cinema or literature, it is only through extrapolation that one can unearth those hidden narratives. Voices of the past find the agency to speak only years later, but still allow us a precious vantage into times gone by.
Asha Devi, families of other survivors and victims of rape are banishing the silence around sexual violence
As Rebecca Solnit writes, “Women are instructed by the way victims are treated and by the widespread tolerance of the epidemic of violence that their value is low, that speaking up may result in more punishment, that silence may be a better survival strategy."