Subha Wijesiriwardena is a queer-feminist activist, researcher, and writer/blogger from Colombo, Sri Lanka. Subha has been writing for more than a decade. Her writing has been published online, and in print in Sri Lanka, India, the UK and Australia. She writes about gender, sexuality, tech, media and politics.She works at Women and Media Collective, a feminist women's rights organization, in the domain of Gender and Sexuality; she also co-founded and co-runs a young feminist-led online/on-ground group called A Collective for Feminist Conversations, focused on fostering intergenerational, intersectional dialogue between people with feminist values.
Between right-wing governments and corporate capture of online spaces, there are interesting shifts in how sexuality is censored and governed online and offline. This article looks at the reach and over-reach of laws related to obscenity and censorship in South Asia and the impact that has had on free speech around sex, sex work and sexuality.
In this year-end edition we look at the state of internet and sexual rights, communication rights globally, and particularly in South Asia. The editorial by Subha Wijesiriwardena looks at the place of women within the struggle for rights around sex, sexuality and sexual expression, and particularly the movement for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex, queer people (LGBTIQ) and their...