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!


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Manak Matiyani

Manak is a feminist, queer activist and the Executive Director of The YP Foundation. His work aims to enable, legitimise and make visible youth leadership of social and policy change, particularly on issues of gender, masculinities, sexuality, health and inclusion.

Bhanupriya Rao

Bhanupriya is the founder of Behanbox - a digital multimedia publication for gender journalism which produces deep evidence driven reportage on women and gender diverse persons in India.

Maya Sharma

A feminist, Maya Sharma is a writer by accident and a queer activist by choice. Working at the grassroots in Delhi's resettlement colonies in Jagori on issues of single women, organising and building a political identity, it was their intersectional vulnerability that brought the paper and pen together for her. She writes in Hindi and English. She has co-authored a book on Single Women in Hindi and a path-breaking piece of work - ‘Loving Women: Being Lesbian in Unprivileged India' published in 2006, Currently, she is working with LBT community in Vikalp ( Women’s Group) Vadodara.

Payoshni Mitra

A former badminton player/dropout and coach, Dr Mitra is a prominent athlete rights activist and leading campaigner in the abolition of sex testing policies in women’s sport, working closely with affected athletes across Asia and Africa to enable them to address human rights violations in sports. Mitra was instrumental in helping Indian athlete Ms. Dutee Chand challenge the Hyperandrogenism regulations at the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) in 2014-2015, as the Government-appointed advisor to Chand. She was also one of the ten-member expert team who testified for South African athlete Caster Semenya at the CAS earlier this year. Mitra had been consulted on gender and sport issues and on issues of inclusion in sport by national governments, the International Olympic Committee, Council of Europe, Office of High Commissioner on Human Rights and has recently collaborated with Human Rights Watch to publish the most extensive research on lives experiences of athletes with variations in sex characteristics. Mitra is a Director and Trustee at the Centre for Sport and Human Rights in Geneva and is a member with the WomenSport International.

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