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July 27, 2021
READ OUR ISSUE IX ON 'PRIDE ' AND CELEBRATE AN INCLUSIVE, DIVERSE AND SAFE WORLD!
Issue IX stands in solidarity with everyone from the LGBTQ+ community and sheds light on Gender Diversity, Inclusion, Choices and much more.
YOUTH MAGAZINE SPECIALS
From Interviews to Writing Prompts to Actionable Resources, we have something for everyone!
ART & ARTISTS- In Conversation with ALLY ZLATAR
Meet Ally Zlatar, an artist acknowledging the power within the un-well body and examining it through the contemporary art lens. Her artworks shedding light on eating disorders are simply, mind-blowing.
'In my work, I focus on small fragments. Small glimpses of memories, small insights into the self that make me feel good. Whether it would be, feeling good in a shirt, or love how you feel when you swim. This helps us start to appreciate who we are. '
Read more about Ally's art journey as she answers questions about her project 'The Starving Artist,' self love and much more!
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Let's Talk About 'it'
Written by Arya Tondale
( Sex-Education Exclusive )
‘Sex, baby, Let's talk about you and me, Let's talk about all the good things and the bad things that may be, Let's talk about sex…’
SEX, a three-letter word that is around us most of the time. Recently I had an experience where a person was verbally sexually harassed. The worst part was that most people were okay with it as if it is a typical day to day thing. While the bully thought it was something that could be finished with an apology. The girl cried, and I could understand her fury.
We, teenagers, know about sex. But where do you think we learnt about it, while you skipped the pages during biology and said we were "too young and innocent” to know about it.
The Other Side of Kashmir
Written by Hrudhai Chand
Kashmir is one of the world’s most heavily disputed and military-associated areas. It is enclaved by half a million of the Indian Army, Pakistani security forces, the Chinese Military forces, terrorist groups, militants making this marvellous and serene valley which is called 'heaven on earth', more of a warzone-like. This State is landlocked and disputed by three nuclear powerheads, which are at constant cutthroats with one and another. On the premise of this land-grab, the most essential stakeholder of Kashmir is often forgotten: their own citizens.
IS THERE A GOOGLE MAP FOR SEXUALITY ?
Written by Arya Tondale
A PRIDE MONTH EXCLUSIVE
Figuring out our sexuality is like a warped-up Google Maps. Sometimes it takes us in the wrong direction, sometimes a dead end, sometimes a long cut, sometimes the shortcut or if your WIFI sucks, then it's still loading. This mostly happens when we are teenagers and still figuring out a lot of different things. But this can still go on in any phase of our life and IT IS OK.
*DISCLAIMER* This isn’t some statistical, informational blog. This is more of an intimate-as-your-friend blog.
QUEER VOCABULARY - Must Knows!
PRIDE MONTH EXCLUSIVE
Written by Aditi Patil and Sana Shivaprasad
The adjective queer means "unusual" or "peculiar," or sometimes "suspicious." Queer vocabulary is similar to a language roof for the community. It closes a space for the people not always to be felt a part of "normality".
Vocabulary does not have to be the same for everyone. Queer vocab consists of words that make people feel comfortable and familiar whilst speaking. The most common words from the vocabulary are LGBTQ+ which stands for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, & Queer. Many use genderfluid pronouns like they/them instead of she/her or he/him.
THE LOLITA COMPLEX
Written by Amrita Nambiar
( photo Courtesy ) James Mason and Sue Lyon in Lolita Photograph: Allstar/MGM
If you’ve been on social media the past month, you are bound to have come across the Britney Spears documentary ‘Framing Britney Spears’. This new addition to the Netflix catalogue has attracted many formal apologies - from bloggers such as Perez Hilton, ex-boyfriend Justin Timberlake, to magazine giant Glamour. Apart from voicing their guilt, many have opened up to share similar experiences such as the media scrutiny over a pregnant Kim Kardashian, young Matilda-star Mara Wilson, and Oscar-winning actress Natalie Portman.
Misrepresentation of LGBTQ+ culture in films and cinema
Written by Mihika Kanani and Neelanjana Bose
PRIDE MONTH EXCLUSIVE
It's no surprise that the moment you feel that you like things that are not common or not many people like it, you are termed different, and you feel like you have to hide because of the degrading so-called social norms/judgment. Sexuality and love have been portrayed artistically since time immemorial, and the art of filmmaking and music are known to be the most expressive kind. The power of depicting emotions, making us laugh and feel better and explaining social issues through acting and the sweet influence of melodies is undeniable. That being said, the inclusion of the LGBTQ+ community into mainstream culture has been a long journey that has seen iconic moments of equality and acceptance. Some of it has witnessed rather disappointing and inappropriate ill-representation.
In music, mainstream LBTQ+ representation has always been two-sided. On the one hand, music has given empowering messages of freedom and equality. Many celebrities coming out in the open like Lil Nas X, Miley Cyrus, Freddie Mercury, Halsey, Rina Sawayama have been described to have given hope and comfort to many closeted individuals across the world. However, at the same time, there is definitely scope for improvement in the same. Once they come out and talk about their sexualities, they are dragged into the celebrity culture of scandals and then they are undervalued for their work.
‘I am a Queer Ballet Dancer - where’s my love story?’
By Coralie Ahrenskeaff, 14 ( First Featured in The Serious Type )
If mainstream ballet companies would choose to value and incorporate queer and LGBTQ+ dancers in their ballets, young queer people would feel more support and not be scared for being themselves on stage or pursuing ballet.
The dance world, specifically classical dance, is deeply rooted in stereotypes. As a queer ballet dancer, I see these stereotypes. Ballets choreographed for thin, white dancers are celebrated and popular. These ballets are different variations of a man and a woman falling in love, and then either death, suicide, marriage and eternal love, or happiness at the end. Don’t get me wrong, great choreographer masterminds created these ballets, but they choreographed with racist ideologies and straight love stories in mind. The ballet world has been diversifying over the past few years, but mainstream ballet promotes predominantly white cisgender dancers and straight couples on stage, and as a queer dancer, seeing more LGBTQ+ professional dancers would be amazing.
Evolution of Homophobia throughout the Years
PRIDE Month Exclusive-
Written by Parushni Jathar
Edited by Hrudhai Chand
The term ‘homophobia’ is often used to show intolerance toward the LGBTQIA+ community. It is a feeling to invalidate the pride community and to showcase that their sexuality isn’t a part of the spectrum. Homophobia is often born out of ignorance, conservatism, fear and, in many cases, immaturity. Homophobia isn’t always obvious either. Being ignored or not being treated with the equal respect a heterosexual person would be still under the umbrella of homophobia.
Homophobia was evidently present from our forefathers' times. The abuse, the discrimination, the hatred, the ill-treatment, the hostility and the sense of the society being repelled by just the thought of homosexuality was often apparent.
'Our Enemy is Dreamless Sleep- Thanatophobia'
Written by Aneesha J.
Fear of death. Fear of the unknown. Fear of cremation. Fear of entombment. That’s how people, doctors, describe it. As for the victims, irrational fear of death. The feeling of dread or apprehension when one thinks of the process of ceasing to ‘be’. Or depression, anxiety, panic attacks, bipolar disorders, ADHD. What happens when you have a fear of something inevitable? As children, we have been told that death is unavoidable and unpredictable. But it is predictable. You know it's going to happen, but not when, where, or how. In the end, fear of death is just a fear of time.
REIKI- Healing or Hoax ?
By Aditi Upadhyaya
In late nineteenth-century Japan, as a Buddhist monk navigated a nearby mountain's unknown territories and fasted and prayed for 21 days, he had an epiphany that changed how the world looks at natural healing techniques. Mikao Usui saw a beam of bright light around his forehead. Through the help of his reawakening and ancient Sanskrit symbols that he was able to see, he developed the technique of Reiki. Reiki, meaning universal life force, is an alternative healing approach where Reiki masters use a method known as palm healing or hands-on healing. An omnipresent force seems to be transmitted from the practitioner's palms to the recipient to facilitate emotional or physical healing. It is based on qi (pronounced chi), which practitioners believe is a universal life force, even though there is no empirical evidence.
IF LIFE IS A MOVIE- Understanding Schizophrenia
By Layla Mikel Vilanueva
Growing up, I have always loved sitting by the window on our second floor. You could see a small ancestral house from a distance, slowly falling apart as its wooden bearings decay little by
little. As the days pass by, I have thought that it is probably abandoned already since the damages would make it impossible for someone to live there. However, seeing a lady coming
out of that house every now and then leaves me perplexed and confused. Her clothes are tattered and dirty, her slippers are worn out, and her hair is so stiff from weeks of not taking a shower.
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