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Over 50 Women parliamentarians participate in Sneh Milan to mark International Women’s Day

In the informal meeting, women parliamentarians sang songs and performed different styles of dance from their states, such as 'Bihu' and 'Garba'

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New Delhi, March 9, 2017: To mark International Women’s Day, over 50 women parliamentarians participated in Sneh Milan, a function organised by Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan at her residence.

Of the total 80 women MPs, over 50 participated in the function, which was co-hosted by BJP MP Poonam Mahajan and Congress MP Sushmita Dev.

In the informal meeting, women parliamentarians sang songs and performed different styles of dance from their states, such as ‘Bihu’ and ‘Garba’.

Besides, they also took selfies and photos with one another to display women unity and strength in Parliament.

AIADMK’s Lok Sabha member K. Geeta sang the “Surmayee Ankhiyon Mein” from the movie “Sadma”, which was interspersed with the Telugu version of the song.

While Trinamool Congress MP Mamtaz Sanghamita sang a song from the ‘Rabindra Sangeet’ collection, another TMC MP Arpita Ghosh sang the song “Meri bheegi bheegi si” from the movie “Anamika”.

BJP MP from Uttar Pradesh Anju Bala took everyone by surprise with her dance to the song “Ori Chiraiya, Angna Mai Phir Ana Re”.

Another TMC MP and actress Satabdi Roy sang a Hindi song “Payal Utaar Dungi” from the movie “Mohabbat Ki Arzoo”.

Bijoya Chakravarty, BJP MP from Guwahati, recited some ‘shayari’ and performed ‘Bihu’ dance while Kakoli Ghosh Dastidar of the Congress recited a poem on child marriage.

Another TMC MP, Pratima Mondal sang the song “Itni Shakti Hamein Dena Data” from the movie “Ankush” amidst appreciation from everyone.

Much to everybody’s cheer, women MPs from Gujarat performed ‘Garba’.

Among other MPs who were present at the programme were Hema Malini, Kirron Kher, Smriti Irani, NCP MP Supriya Sule and Rajya Sabha MP (nominated) Rupa Ganguly. (IANS)

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Here’s How Porn Ruins Women’s Intimate Experiences with Men

The researchers reported that while most women in the study sample had seen pornography, fewer than half used it for masturbation

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Some people linked 'porn ban' to the right-wing politics of BJP. Wikimedia Commons
Some people linked 'porn ban' to the right-wing politics of BJP. Wikimedia Commons

Consuming porn instigates body-related insecurities in women that might not only reduce their interest in engaging in intimate activities with their partners but also negatively affect their arousal, a study suggests.

Researchers have explored the association between pornography and intimate partner experiences among heterosexual women and revealed that there was a complex relationship between the two.

Published in the Journal of Women’s Health, the study reveals that thinking of pornographic material during intimate experiences with a heterosexual partner among women minght give rise to insecurities about appearances and thus reduces the enjoyment of the intimate acts.

For the findings, the research team surveyed 706 heterosexual women aged 18-29 in the US, associating the consumption of pornography with sexual preferences, experiences and concerns.

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The researchers reported that while most women in the study sample had seen pornography, fewer than half used it for masturbation.

Those women who used it at higher rates for masturbation tended to rely more on pornographic scripts during sex to achieve and maintain arousal and were more likely to prefer pornography to sex with a partner.

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“The researchers demonstrate a clear difference between the role of pornography in sexual experiences of women compared to men,” said Susan G Kornstein from Virginia Commonwealth University in the US.

“Whereas the relationship tends to be more direct in young heterosexual men and just viewing pornographic material is associated with reduced sexual intimacy and satisfaction, women make the material part of their personal sexual experience and carry the pornographic script into their intimate partner experiences,” Kornstein said. (IANS)