The subversive Koothandavar-Aravan festival is celebrated in Koovagam, Tamil Nadu annually. It is peopled by the trans community who celebrate their marriage to Lord Aravan.
In light of the current narrative, it’s tough to imagine that the theme of homosexuality was even discussed as a part of our ancient Indian text. Well, you might be wrong there! So come along and let’s dive into the world of Ancient Indian mythology and its depiction of the non-heteronormative lifestyle.
The landmark case in the Supreme Court, where 18 lgbtq+ community Indian couples had put in a petition to gain the same status as heterosexual couples, is indeed a re-writing of history. The legalization of same-sex marriages is a landmark case that provided a voice to the community members and also allowed society to view them in another light.
Beyond the well-known monasteries and prayer flags of Bhutan, an intriguing custom thrives – the practice of Phallus Worship. Embracing these intricate symbols, the Bhutanese showcase a unique belief system – one that treats a symbol considered to be vulgar as a sign of luck and fertility. Read on to discover how this unique tradition can inspire conversations on transcending taboos and embracing sex positivity.
The Ambubachi festival is an annual festival celebrating the menstruation of the Devi at the Kamakhya Temple, in Assam. Kamakhya embodies the mother cult, Shakti, and this unique festival celebrates fertility and India’s close cultural, agricultural and social ties with the Devi.
Female pleasure can be influenced by various factors. To overcome taboos and stigmas, we need to educate and empower women, promote open communication, challenge patriarchal attitudes, and address cultural biases. Embracing and celebrating female pleasure can lead to a more equitable and fulfilling sexual landscape for all. Let’s discuss this further with Atumita, a sex educator.
From using Bollywood to make sex education more engaging, to tackling sensitive issues in a conservative society, Debasmita, the Creative Associate at Agents of Ishq and her team are breaking down barriers and making progress towards a more open and inclusive society. Don’t miss this exclusive interview and learn how Agents of Ishq is revolutionising sex education in India.
In this interview, Jafrin, the founder of Spread Love and Peace, talks about pleasure, their podcast and how we can bring a pleasure-centric approach to SRHR