News from the Global South
Chinese AIDS Patients Stand Up to Return to Normal Life
Xinhua - Zhengzhou, China, November 8, 2005 As China is becoming serious withthe HIV/AIDS epidemic with high-profile measures, Chinese AIDS patients act with their government. They not only overcome fear and discrimination, but also endeavor to be activists of the society and return to more or less a normal life.
'Sexual Revolution' In Place
China Daily - Guangzou, China, November 8, 2005 Once a taboo topic in China, sex is now becoming something that can be discussed at the dinner table.
First Sexual Health Exhibition to be Held In S'pore From Nov 18-20
Channel News Asia ? Singapore, November 7, 2005 Southeast Asia's first sex exhibition opens this month in Singapore. Sexpo 2005 will be held at Singapore Expo from November 18-20 with full approval from the authorities. Miniature sculptures were put in dowry boxes to teach young couples how to consummate their marriage, along with a more detailed description on what to do. This early form of Chinese sex education dates from the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911).
Going On a Gender Jihad
Calcutta Telegraph - Calcutta, India, November 6, 2005 Islamic feminists from around the world recently launched a 'gender jihad' against 'male chauvinistic or sexist readings of the Islamic sacred tests'.
The Lives of Mumbai's Bar Girls: Part 6
Tehelka.com - India, November 5, 2005 Bharatanatyam dancer, owner of nine dance schools. Outcaste turned hero, gorgeous, flamboyant, Laxminarayan Tripathi embodies all the schisms in the world of the dance bar: the ignominy and the freedom, the pride and the pathos. As the voice of an entire community of hijras, she strikes an ironically hopeful note in the last profile in this series.