Sunday, January 15, 2006

Eunuchs Throw Bengal Poll Panel in Tizzy

This article shows that limiting sex definitions to just male and female can cause problems when there is an acknowledged but undefined third sex. Voter registration forms seem to be the current problem as Hijras are refusing to check if they are male or female. It seems like, especially in India, it would be easy to edit forms to include hijras, officially recognize them and then get an idea of how many there are in the country. It seems logical, but think of all the work it would take to do that we know it won't happen. Until then, enjoy the stories of people who refuse to be defined as either male or female.

This is just another example of how language can expand our world, but can limit it as well.

Thursday, January 12, 2006

Off Topic....

Just a quick apology to everyone who has emailed or left comments here about the blog. I do enjoy all feedback, but I have not been getting notifications about some of the comments and add that to a few other projects that have been demanding my attention.... Well, I promise to be better this year. I have changed the settings so I get notifications when comments are left and then can respond. I will also be working on the layout so that my email address is easy for you to find and send me emails. I do not block any email and do check my junk box just incase.
Please feel free to contact me any time though. I love to hear from people doing research on the hijra and to help if I can.

Confused About Sexuality, They Make A Choice

This article, from a year and a half ago (I know....), paints a positive perspective of the community by focusing on teenagers who have made the choice to join the community after feeling confused about their sexuality. While I am glad to see an article about people who choose to join the community, I wish the commentary was about their gender identity rather than their sexuality. These new hijras make it clear that they were more confused about their gender identity than their sexuality. That's not to say that there was no confusion about their sexuality, but it doesn't seem to be limited to that nor is the hijra community merely about being homosexual men.

Eunuchs Not Always Born...

While this article, from last year, points out some previously know facts regarding how many hijras are born eunuchs, there are some other interesting parts of it. For example, they cite that there are 30,000 hijras in Dehli alone. I know there are no exact numbers for the entire country, but I would interested in how this number was determined.

Hijra Beauty Pagent

Happy New Year to everyone reading this. I have been sitting on some articles so I am going to try and post as many as I can tonight.

First, is about a plan for a Hijra beauty pagent.

I am not sure what I think of this, but at least someone is trying to bring more positive skills of individual hijra into the public view.