Stories: Sexual Health

  • The intricacies of transitioning: How to safely make the change

    When Charice Pempengco– the girl whose singing prowess brought her to popular American programs such as “Ellen” and “Oprah”–decided to transition to embrace his identity as transman Jake Zyrus, one of the biggest questions from the public who grew up watching him was, “What will happen to his voice?” It was...

  • Sex Workers Are Excited for the World Cup Because They Think It Will Make Them Rich

    Gabriela Jancart came to Recife five years ago from the nearby, rural town of Palmares in search of work to support her mother. Her high-school education might have landed her a job in a shop or hotel, if not for one problem: Jancart is transsexual, and she faces prejudice almost everywhere she goes. “Some people throw rocks and...

  • The Shock of Armour

    Over the last year, rape has been discussed more than before and behold! It is the dawn of a new age—of marketing. Not the police or the judiciary or the government, the ones quickest to action have been the product gurus, the advertisers. From TV commercials exhorting men to be "soldiers" who will protect us to companies designing...

  • Stating the Obvious

    The light hung low, the air was pleasant, the bottles at the bar counter of Mumbai’s Press Club gleamed warmly on that winter evening as we talked about women, rape, fear, sex at an event called Voices Against Violence organised by poets Menka Shivdasani and Anju Makhija. It was interesting to see the variety of perspectives, the intriguing...

  • How Men in South Africa Are Trying to Stop Violence Against Women

    A dozen teen-aged boys sit in plastic chairs alongside opposite walls of the converted mobile trailer, forming not so much a discussion circle as parallel lines of slumped shoulders and restless twitchy legs. They came here to the One Man Can Men's Wellness Center in Gugulethu straight from school, still wearing their uniforms of maroon sweaters with crisp white...