[9 Sep 2016 | No Comment | Posted by ]

“Sexual pleasure, like sex, is difficult to define. It can involve orgasm, but does not have to; and it is influenced by an unlimited range of factors. In many cultures, satisfying sexual activity is defined in relation to what gives men pleasure (Marcus, 1993; Gordon and Lewis, 2005), and there has been disproportionate focus on the idea that ‘sexual pleasure equals orgasm’. Overall, the public health sector has dealt with the concept of sex – …

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[21 Jul 2016 | No Comment | Posted by ]

In February 2016, YAMU published The Tampon Traversty: 6 Intriguing Issues About Menstruation. The article underpins how Sri Lankans view menstruation. It seeks to debunk troubling and archaic perceptions of menstruation, and also discusses the limited access to Tampons, which now appear to be no longer available in Sri Lanka (July 2016). Bakamoono will discuss some of the issues raised by YAMU and also the reactions of parents, teachers, students, young people and adults in Sri Lanka, to discussions around menstruation …

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[23 May 2016 | No Comment | Posted by ]
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භූමි හෙර්න්ද්‍රන් විසිනි.
මැයි මස 17 වන දිනට දී තිබුණු ජ්‍යාත්‍යන්තර සමසෙනෙහස් භීතිකාව හා සංක්‍රාන්ති ලිංගික භීතිකාවට එරෙහි දිනය මුල්කරගෙන මෙම ලිපිය ලිවීමට සිතුවෙමි. සමසෙනෙහස් ප්‍රජාව හා සංක්‍රාන්ති සමාජභාවී පුද්ගලයන්ට සිදුවන හිංසනයන් හා වෙනස්කොට සැලකීම් නිසා ලොව පුරා  ඇති වූ විවිධ කතිකාවන්ගේ ප්‍රතිපලයක් වශයෙන් මෙම දිනය නම් කර ඇත. සෑම වසරකම  මේ වෙනුවෙන් ලොව පුරා මෙන්ම ශ්‍රී ලංකාවේද යම් යම් වැඩ සටහන් ක්‍රියාත්මක වන අතර මෙවර ලොව සමානාත්මතාවය හා වෙනස්කොට සැලකීමට එරෙහිව කටයුතු කරන ශ්‍රී ලංකාවේ …

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[23 Mar 2016 | No Comment | Posted by ]
(Buddhist monks clash with military and police officers at a protest held in front of Homagama Court against the arrest of Gnanasara Thero General Secretary of Bodu Balu Sena, an extremist Buddhist organization. Photo credits: Eshan Fernando)

What does it mean exactly to give up an ethnic identity? Is it possible to erase one’s ethnic identity? Though, it may not be possible to erase one’s ethnic roots, giving up identity could be usually a political decision and a political statement. Furthermore one does not have a singular identity, but multiple identities, all of which are socially constructed. It is easier to define ourselves within frameworks of these existing identities; especially within identities …