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!
After Hours Session AMA with Neha Bhat Moderator: Manak Matiyani
Workshop with Vinit VyasTheme: Why Are We Scared of Pleasure?
Panel Discussion with Aditi Patil, Gracy Andrew, Saisha M (Mariwala Health Initiative) Moderator: Dipta BhogTheme: The Body As Data
Keynote Address by Nikita SonavaneTheme: The Body As Data
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.
Neysara is the founder of TransgenderIndia (TI). TransgenderIndia is an online platform that helps transgender and gender non conforming people in India to navigate the complex journey of gender transition and gender non conformity in India. How do I change my gender marker in my college id? Which doctor can help me transition? Whom do I talk to to know more? TI publishes How-to’s for these and other questions that pop up during gender transition/non conformity
June Low is a sex educator from Malaysia. She is the creator of Malaysia's first comprehensive sex education web show 'Popek Popek' and is passionate about developing creative approaches to sex ed. June trained in the law and has a Master's degree in Public Health. She is deeply-committed to delivering rights-based sex ed. In 2019, she was named one of the top global family planning leaders by Johns Hopkins School of Public Health and the Gates Institute for Reproductive Health. She is currently based at Kyoto University in Japan where she is pursuing a PhD in Medicine.
Hansa Thapliyal, 50, has tried to work between diverse forms and materials to ease up expression, for herself and for others. Her films and writings have tried to look, with some care and pleasure, at gender, childhood and how in the less regarded spaces occupied by women and children, lie a wealth of crucial practices and resources for life.