Pleasure and data? Is there such a rishta? We said yes, oui, haan!
How does acknowledging that young people want pleasure change the questions we ask and the research we do on their love/sex lives? Can taking pleasure seriously, transform the programmes, policies, curriculums and laws we create? #LoveSexAndData asked - is Pleasure the secret ingredient that data needs in order to be useful and relevant to our life and create a more just society?
The Love, Sex and Data Conference: A 3-day digital conference that took place from 7-9th October, 2021 was organised by Agents of Ishq and The YP Foundation to deep dive into these questions through keynotes, panels, workshops, performances, afterhours interactions and more!
3 days, 36 events, 60 speakers - thank you to everyone who joined us in bringing in the pleasure lens to our work (and our life!) as students, activists, educators, NGO workers, researchers, writers or really, whoever you are!
A first-of-its-kind conference dedicated to sex and pleasure in India? We said - you need to come ya (in more ways than one if you like *wink wink*) and you did - all 1663 of you!
Panel Discussion with Anish Gawande (Pink List), Brindaalakshmi K, Jyotsna Siddharth (Project Anti-Caste Love) Moderator: Satyendra Kumar (CSEI)Theme: Our Lives, Our Data, Our Interventions
Workshop with Vinit VyasTheme: Why Are We Scared of Pleasure?
Panel Discussion with Bishakha Datta (Point of View, Mumbai), Madhu Mehra (Partners for Law in Development), Santosh Desai Moderator: Manjima BhattacharjyaTheme: Why Are We Scared of Pleasure?
Pleasure Pocket by Maya Indira GaneshTheme: The Body As Data
Dr. Charu Gupta is a Professor in the Department of History, University of Delhi. She is the author of Sexuality, Obscenity, Community: Women, Muslims and the Hindu Public in Colonial India', and 'The Gender of Caste: Representing Dalits in Print'. She has published several papers in national-international journals on themes of sexualities, masculinities, caste and religious identities.
Leeza is a pleasure positive digital content creator. She established her platforms on YouTube and Instagram in 2017, with the intention to normalize conversations around sexuality, sexual health, gender, and the body–with a particular focus on women and pleasure. She was recently named a Pleasure Fellow by The Pleasure Project for 2021, an organisation which works to incorporate pleasure into SRHR communications and policy making worldwide. She was also named one of India’s 25 Most Influential Young Indians by GQ magazine earlier this year. Her videos reach millions of young people across India and the world.
Aditi Mittal is a writer, comedian and not related to the rich Mittals in any way. She has performed in comedy festivals all over the world and has had her comedy featured in several documentary films. She has 2 specials on Netflix (Girl Meets Mic, Things They wouldn’t let me say) and one on Amazon Prime (UK, Aus)(Mother of Invention) Dr. Lutchuke - With a PhD in Kuch Nahi, Dr. Mrs. Savitri Lutchuke is one of the best fake sexologists and psychologists in the country.
Dr. Sana Contractor is a public health researcher and practitioner with an MPH from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, and over a decade's experience in health systems research in India. Her body of work in the domain of Sexual and Reproductive Rights focuses on its intersections with identity and social exclusion, and interrogates policy making from local to global health spaces using this lens. Dr. Contractor has worked with leading rights-oriented research organisations, and has published in national and international academic journals. She has also been associated with feminist and health rights movements in India.