Darpan

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Working with adolescents is an interesting process for Aagaaz. As actors and artists who work so extensively with their body, questions about their changing bodies, sexuality, gender and relationships often emerge.

It is of course quite important to address these questions and also understand how subjects such as hygiene and body awareness are relevant to their context.

These sessions are a learning experience for all of us. Once while talking to the boys we started talking about concepts such as STDs, consent, objectification and masturbation, which need to be discussed in detail.  Similarly, while conversing with the girls some very interesting myths about menstrual health emerge.

We use several references for this work including:

http://www.menstrupedia.com/

http://www.scarleteen.com/

http://www.tarshi.net/index.asp?pid=249&rcat=5

http://agentsofishq.com/home/

We’ve been lucky that these conversations have made these certain topics more comfortable to talk about. The questions come up in very informal contexts as well.