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How Sexual Abuse Victims In India Are Using Snapchat To Protect Their Identities

Add one “pro” to the very evenly-matched list of social media pros and cons. More »


This “Call Me Maybe” Parody Perfectly Critiques Sexist Marriage Ads In India

“Sexism and patriarchy is everywhere. It is just that it exists differently in different places, and this is one way it exists here.” More »


A 12-Year-Old Girl Is Living With An Actual Ant Colony In Her Head

In attempts at finding a cure, Darji’s family has even gone to Witch doctors, with equally unsuccessful results. She is currently under surveillance at an Ahmedabad medical unit. More »


Men’s Rights Activists In India Ran A Marathon Dressed As ATMs

That seems like an unwieldy marathon strategy. More »


Acid Attack Survivor Is The Face Of A Popular Indian Fashion Brand

When she was asked to model for Viva N Diva, Saa immediately saw this as a way to empower and bring visibility to other women who’ve endured acid attacks or similar trauma. More »


Jaguar On Breeding Loan ‘Too Fat And Lazy’ To Mate, Has To Be Sent Back

Keepers at the Delhi Zoo in India have to send back a a jaguar on a breeding loan because he is apparently “too fat and lazy to mate.” :(

The twelve-year-old jaguar named Salman was borrowed from a zoo in Kerala a year ago, but hasn’t shown much interest in their female jaguar,… More »


French Teen’s AIDS Has Been In Remission For Over 10 Years

This is the longest case of AIDS remission after stopping treatment currently known. More »


FDA To Review Women’s Viagra This Thursday

We might (finally) get Lady Viagra; a gang rape in India has led to arrests; parts of the Patriot Act have expired, but not for long; see how women see our own boobs. More »


2-Year-Old Indian Girl Breaks Archery Record, Is Our New Matriarch

Meet Dolly Shivani Cherukuri, 2, the latest person to break India’s archery record. Yes, that’s right, AGE TWO. At age two I think most of us were sucking our thumbs and still rolling around drooling, no? Not this queen, who has the face of a thousand daggers — the better to fight men with I… More »


Indian Student Drags Molester To Police By His Hair

When 20-year-old Mumbai student Pradnya Mandhare was molested and manhandled by a severely intoxicated man at a train station on her way home from school, she fought back in a way that’s pretty gutsy. Once she realized he was a total mess, she proceeded to grab him by his hair and drag him all theMore »


Here’s How India Celebrates Holi, Its Festival Of Colors

One of the worst parts of being Indian is when people feel the inexplicable desire to tell you how much they love the food. (“Thanks, my great great grandfather invented chicken tikka masala,” has never not been bought hook, line, and sinker by anyone non-Indian I tell, anyways.) But one of the best parts of… More »


Changes On Rehtaeh Parsons’ Wikipedia Page Are Being Traced To The Canadian Defence Department

Someone in the Canadian Defence Department has been editing Rehtaeh Parsons’ Wikipedia page to imply that Parsons’ father believed that she had had consensual sex with the two boys who were later convicted child pornography in her case. (Huffington Post)
A letter from ISIS captive Kayla Mueller has been released by her family,… More »


UVA Fraternity Has Been Reinstated After Police Found A Lack Of Evidence Supporting Gang Rape Allegations

The UVA fraternity at the center of Rolling Stone’s gang rape article was reinstated after police found no substantive evidence that a gang rape occurred. [NBC]
New York City’s police investigator general has found that New York police officers are too quick to resort to chokeholds, which were banned in 1993. [New YorkMore »


India’s First Transgender Mayor: “My Focus Will Always Be My Community”

Read this interview with India’s first transgender mayor, Madhu Bai Kinnar. [Wall Street Journal]
The NFL’s first openly gay player, Michael Sam, is engaged! All together now: Awwwwwww. [Refinery29]
The University of Oregon is being sued for recruiting a basketball player previously accused of sexual assault. [BuzzFeed] … More »


Women Killed For Being “Witches” In Rural India

From 2000 to 2012, experts say as many as 2,500 people — many of them women — in rural India have been accused of “witchcraft,” tortured and killed. Usually these “witches” are killed during mob violence, pretty much for no other reason than superstition being used to justify violence against women. [Washington Post]
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Indian Minister On Rape: “Sometimes It’s Right, Sometimes It’s Wrong”

A minister in India’s ruling party said about rape: “sometimes it’s right, sometimes it’s wrong.” [Guardian UK]
Understanding rape in India means first understanding the caste system. [New York Times]
Planned Parenthood of the Heartland has closed two clinics in southwest Iowa. [Des Moines Register]
On being a victim of street… More »


India Rules To Recognize Transgender Folks As A “Third Gender”

India’s Supreme Court has ruled that transgender folks have a right to identify as “third gender” or hijra. The ruling also directs the government to provide trans folks in India with quotas in education and jobs and to ensure they have adequate medical care in hospitals. Both Nepal and Bangladesh also recognize third genders. More »


Gun Manufacturer In India Exploits Rape Fears With New Purse-Sized Revolver

A gun manufacturer in India has built a small revolver that can fit inside a purse in the hopes that women can use it if they’re about to be victims of a sexual attack. But it’s priced at around $2,000, meaning that only relatively wealthy Indian women will be able to protect themselves this… More »


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