Why Indian Women Need to Tell More Lust Stories

Love and Sex

Why Indian Women Need to Tell More Lust Stories

Illustration: Shruti Yatam

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was 17, when 50 Shades of Grey became an international sensation. Since our generation missed the whole Mills & Boons phase that tingled the spines and nether regions of the women before us, I was surprised to see, for the first time, women across the country reading something surreptitiously. On the local train in Mumbai, on Delhi buses, women drubbed the banality of the daily commute, but coyly covered their copies with inoffensive brown paper.

Back then, I presumed that the “erotica for women, by women” industry had finally been launched into public consciousness with the exploits of Anastasia Steele and Christian Grey. Of course, unknown to my young mind, the rise of erotica for women, predated EL James considerably.

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