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Old 18-Jan-2010, 06:37 AM (06:37)     1        35841
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Default India officially recognizes Hijara/3rd Gender

I didn't would to put this under "Gay issues"

http://contexts.org/sexuality/2009/1...ird-sexgender/

http://www.politicsdaily.com/2009/12...-third-gender/
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Interesting. A very old social phenomenon in India.
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So transgenders are officially a third sex now?

Something about this strikes me as weird... Not sure what though.
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So transgenders are officially a third sex now?
Something about this strikes me as weird... Not sure what though.
A lot of old tribal societies had similar arrangements; Maoris in New Zealand for example.
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So transgenders are officially a third sex now?
Something about this strikes me as weird... Not sure what though.
A lot of old tribal societies had similar arrangements; Maoris in New Zealand for example.
Hm. I must look up more on this...
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Many Native American peoples have within their respective cultures oral histories, accounts of persons who were 'two-spirited', often revered and allowed special priveledge within the tribe relating to normed roles. With some Plains tribes, a man who was two-spirited would find his role in the tribe among the women folk, and unless the individual chose to be involved in male roles (war-fare, hunting, counting coup) he was not expected to, nor was he villified for it. In some tribes the role could even be considered a spiritual one. As with most animist cultures, having more than one spirit is rare and usually a sacred thing to be respected and seldom feared or treated with contempt. Only after the French term 'berdache' was introduced, do we see any association that is negative, with a person being two-spirited.
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It seems wrong to try and place transsexuals into a third gender. The whole concept of transsexualism is that you feel you were born into the wrong sex/gender.
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"Whenever Religion violates the dignity of mankind, it must be eradicated. "

I like this quote! I've been on a long campaign for years for individual rights and this quote says it all!
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Hmm. Eradicating stuff we don't agree with seems like a dangerous path. And the phrase 'violating the dignity of mankind'? Well it could mean just about anything, or nothing.

eta: very interesting links btw
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