Hot off the Press: Sexuality, Gender and Rights

Editors: Geetanjali Misra, Radhika Chandiramani

This volume analyzes and documents the groundbreaking work done by many organisations to bring issues of sexuality and rights to public attention, to expand the freedoms of women and sexual minorities and to highlight the unfair distinctions faced by those not conforming to gender and sexual norms across a range of expressions, behaviours and identities in Asia.

This volume covers eight countries in South and Southeast Asia. The contributors address issues of power and social hierarchies by using the principles of justice, equality, non-discrimination, and access to rights and services. They cover diverse issues like sexual rights, sexuality education, sexual health services, sexual minority issues, HIV/AIDS prevention, as well as sex work and the representation of sexuality in popular culture.

Contents: Introduction GEETANJALI MISRA and RADHIKA CHANDIRAMANI / Looking in Horror and Fascination: Sex, Violence and Spectatorship in India SHOHINI GHOSH / The Stage, the Body: The Sites for Women's Dissent - A Case of Engendering the Praxis of Theatre in the Philippines LEA LASTRILLA ESPALLARDO / Some Notes Towards Understanding the Construction of Middle-Class Urban Women's Sexuality in India SHILPA PHADKE / Through the Prism of Intersectionality: Same-Sex Sexualities in India JAYA SHARMA and DIPIKA NATH / The Struggle to be Ourselves, Neither Men Nor Women: Mak Nyahs in Malaysia KHARTINI SLAMAH / The Rights of People with Same-Sex Sexual Behaviour: Recent Progress and Continuing Challenges in China ZHANG BEICHUAN and JOAN KAUFMAN / Unlearning and Learning: The Sexuality and Rights Institute in India RADHIKA CHANDIRAMANI and GEETANJALI MISRA / Raising Sexuality as a Political Issue in the Catholic Philippines JUNICE L DEMETERIO-MELGAR / Working from Within: Using the Legitimacy of Religion to Create Change in Indonesia MASRUCHAH and BRIDGET KEENAN / Speaking with a New Voice: Sisters in Islam in Malaysia RASHIDAH SHUIB / Challenging Moral Guardianship in Pakistan SHAZIA MOHAMED / Protecting the Rights of Sex Workers: The Indian Experience GEETANJALI MISRA, AJAY MAHAL and RIMA SHAH / Rest, Recreation, and Resistance: Advancing the Rights of Sex Workers in Thailand VERONICA MAGAR and CHANTAWIPA APISUK / Not a Sob Story: Representing the Realities of Sex Work in India BISHAKHA DATTA / Communities Beyond the Pale: Sex Workers' Rights and Human Rights in Sri Lanka SUNILA ABEYSEKERA / Index

The Rockefeller Foundation supported this book project.

2005. 312 pages. Cloth: Rs.620 (0-7619-340-2)
Paper: Rs.350.00 (0-7619-3403-0)
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