What Life Is Like When Getting Your Period Means You Are Shunned

For Radha dinner is served at 7. She crouches down behind a shed, a good distance from her house, then waits. She knows what the menu will be: boiled rice, the same as yesterday and the day before. She knows that it will be her little sister who serves it, throwing the rice onto her plate from a height, the way you… » 3/16/14 2:00pm 3/16/14 2:00pm

Nepal to Begin Issuing Third Gender Citizen Certificates

Very cool! The AP is reporting that the government of Nepal will soon begin issuing third gender IDs for Nepali citizens who do not identify as male or female. Nepal Home Ministry official Bhola Siwakot says that the order to issue third gender citizen certificates has been sent to all district administration offices… » 1/23/13 10:25am 1/23/13 10:25am

Suddenly, Your New Year’s Plans Don’t Seem So Awesome without Popsicles…

A Nepalese Gurung community woman attends celebrations marking Tamu Loshar in Katmandu, Nepal, Sunday, Dec. 30, 2012. Tamu Loshar is the New Year of the Gurungs, an indigenous community who also call themselves "Tamu." (AP Photo/Niranjan Shrestha) » 12/30/12 1:00pm 12/30/12 1:00pm

Parahawking Is the New Way to Fly Like a Bird

Parahawking, a new activity that blends paragliding and falconry, will allow you to fly above the Earth with a bird of prey at your side. How cool is that? Not only do you get to soar with some fine feathered friends — proceeds go to a vulture conservatory in Nepal. » 3/06/12 7:15pm 3/06/12 7:15pm

Fungus-Covered Worm Promises Increased Virility For Stupid Rich Jerks

Hey, do you have a lot of money, low sex drive, and self-face-punchingly high levels of stupidity? Try some $800-an-ounce magic beans magic fungus covered worms. » 1/16/11 11:52am 1/16/11 11:52am

Nepal Adds "Third Gender" To Census

This year's census in Nepal includes a new category for transgender people, thanks to a recently-passed anti-discrimination law. Parliamentarian Sunil Babu Pant says the transgender community is happy because, "This shows that the government has started to recognise them." » 1/11/11 5:45pm 1/11/11 5:45pm

A Female Rebellion, For Real

Women were forty percent of the Maoist rebel army in Nepal's civil war, a fact that caught Kiran Deol's eye and inspired her documentary, Woman Rebel, since picked up by HBO. Here's what she told us about it. » 8/18/10 4:40pm 8/18/10 4:40pm

Living Goddess Gets Raise

Nepal has increased the monthly stipend it gives its "living goddess," or Kumari Devi, believed to be the bodily incarnation of the deity Taleju, in accordance with inflation. 5-year-old Matina Shakya will now receive 7,500 rupees. [Reuters] » 7/01/10 2:40pm 7/01/10 2:40pm

In Developing Countries, Periods Aren't The Problem

Do free maxi pads help keep girls in developing countries in school? Not if their periods weren't making them miss class in the first place. » 4/27/10 12:30pm 4/27/10 12:30pm

Women Protest "Government-Sponsored Dowry"

Unmarried Nepalese women are fighting a government incentive that offers a $650 incentive to marry: "We want the government to provide employment and health care to the families of single women, and scholarships to their children," says one. [Breitbart] » 8/10/09 9:40am 8/10/09 9:40am