Sachini is a Sri Lankan queer feminist activist with a background in law, journalism and international relations. Her work is located at the intersection of the internet, popular culture, sexuality and gender, freedom of expression, and policymaking. She has worked in strategic communications and advocacy for feminist and women’s rights organizations for the past 9 years. In 2017 she set up Ghosha (meaning loud, noisy, outspoken), a feminist initiative in Sri Lanka that aims to support the voices of women in Sri Lanka on the internet and challenge the structural barriers that prevent them from using the internet in free, rights-based, affirmative and pleasurable ways.
For some of us pleasure in our work is possible, even if it is to find the breaking and bending points in the institutions of policy and law. But even though political and particularly feminist frameworks make space for pleasure, where is the space for that in legal or policy language at the international or national level?
Tiktok is a wildly popular short video platform and has led to a myriad form of creative and playful expressions. This article explores the videos from Ceylon in relation to heteronormativity, gender, and how the boundaries between the personal and public are blurred.