The birth of a new blog that has pleinelune as a contributor. Its aim is to empower Asian queer women.
Welcome to Sayoni, a Singapore-based platform for lesbian, bisexual and transsexual Asian women.
Founded by a group of women from diverse backgrounds, age, economic status and race, we aim to empower queer women with a two-prong approach to encourage dialogues within our community and to educate by informing the public.
To empower queer women towards greater involvement and presence in the community
To provide resources and communication channels that would contribute to self-confidence, participation and voice.
Inspired by Giti Thadani’s book, Sakhiyani, the author gives the ancient myth of ‘Sayoni’ an unique interpretation, regarding it as a symbol of relationship and sexual play between women, and as mythical evidence that queer-ness were very much a part of ancient civilisation.
Yoni is Sanskrit for vagina / womb / origin of life. The ‘sa’ prefix denotes the joint existence of two yonis, hence Sayoni is an ancient name for the unique concept of the ‘two revolving yonis’ of Ushasa-naktam, a pair of cosmic twin goddesses mentioned in the text of Rig Veda. They are regarded as so deeply entertwined that even their yoni’s revolve around one another. Separately, these deities are known as Ushas and Nakra.
To us, the word is a fitting representation of female rights and sexuality, often suppressed and ignored in Asian societies. Our logo is a reflection of our goal, with two soft blue revolving petals symbolising the meaning of Sayoni , and a bold colour wordmark that embodies the spirit of a confident, modern women-loving women.