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That’s What He Said: Dalai Lama Says Women Have “More Sensitivity About Others’ Wellbeing”

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“In that respect, biologically, females have more potential … Females have more sensitivity about others’ wellbeing. In my own case, my father, very short temper. On a few occasions I also got some beatings. But my mother was so wonderfully compassionate. … If the circumstances are such that a female Dalai Lama is more useful, then automatically a female Dalai Lama will come.”

While I’m not a fan of gender essentialism, I appreciate that the Tibetan Buddhist leader, the Dalai Lama, said something nice about women. (Which is usually not what gets most men quoted on our site.)  [Huffington Post] [Photo: Getty]

The Dalai Lama And Other Unlikely Twitterers

On Monday, the Dalai Lama’s Twitter account was launched and it’s being updated regularly. The Tibetan spiritual leader already has over 6,000 followers. This is a pretty big eff you to China, where Twitter is currently banned. [LA Times]

Personally, I never thought I’d see the day but after nosing around for some other unlikely Twitter users, I can’t say I’m all that surprised. Check out some more unlikely Tweeters who you should start following ASAP. Keep reading »

The Dalai Lama Wants His Successor To Be A Lady

It’s hard not to like the Dalai Lama, especially since he’s a card-carrying feminist. According to a story on Double X, one of the Dalai Lama’s strongest memories was witnessing Tibetan Women’s Uprising Day in 1959, when 15,000 women gathered to peacefully protest China’s invasion of Tibet. The Dalai Lama fled Tibet shortly after and in his 50 years in exile has strongly supported women’s rights in a culture where women are supposed to be the “jewel of the home.” Keep reading »

(Another) Quote Of The Day: The Dalai Lama Is Not Afraid To Use The F-Word

“I call myself a feminist. Isn’t that what you call someone who fights for women’s rights? We all come from the same mother. That creates the basis for compassion.”

– The Dalai Lama at the International Freedom Award ceremony yesterday in Memphis. [via Jezebel] Keep reading »

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