Woman Killed by Fire in Menstruation Hut, as Nepal Fights a Tradition

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A chhaupadi hut in the village of Pali, western Nepal. Women who observe the taboo are banished to mud or stone huts, some of them no bigger than closets.CreditCreditTara Todras-Whitehill for The New York Times

By Bhadra Sharma and Kai Schultz

KATHMANDU, Nepal — Parbati Bogati knew what to do when her period came.

Ms. Bogati, 21, sequestered herself in an abandoned house, in keeping with a centuries-old taboo that declares menstruating women impure, officials from her area in rural western Nepal said.

As the temperature dropped below freezing on Wednesday evening, she tried to keep warm, apparently burning wood and clothing.

By the next morning, her legs were charred and she was dead.

“It seems she also died from suffocation,” said Lal Bahadur Dhami, the deputy superintendent of the area’s police. At least three other peopledied this year while following the same superstition.

The taboo, which has its roots in Hinduism, is called chhaupadi, from the Nepali words meaning someone who bears an impurity. During women’s periods, it bars them from touching neighbors’ food or entering temples. They cannot use communal water sources or kitchen utensils. It is considered bad luck to touch them.

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Workplace Crying: How is it Perceived?

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By: Marie Donlon

Crying in the workplace can damage a woman’s career, according to Professor Kimberly Elsbach of the Graduate School of Management at the University of California, Davis.

Looking at over a decade’s worth of data, Elsbach examined possible reasons for why women experience criticism for crying in the workplace and much of it has to do with perception. Women crying at work are often labeled emotional, weak, unprofessional and, in extreme cases, manipulative.

“For most women, crying is really not in their control,” Elsbach said. “We know that boys are socialized not to cry and don’t have to think about it when they’re adults. But most girls aren’t socialized not to cry.”

On the other hand, men who express their workplace frustration with a raised voice or other such manifestation instead of tears are perceived differently, according to Elsbach.

“So when you see Harvey Weinstein, who’s widely known to be a bully, yelling at someone, that behavior may actually give him status,” Elsbach said. Continue reading “Workplace Crying: How is it Perceived?”

Time’s Person of the Year for 2017 – the Silence Breakers – is a movement

TIME’S EDITOR-IN-CHIEF ON WHY THE SILENCE BREAKERS ARE THE PERSON OF THE YEAR

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It became a hashtag, a movement, a reckoning. But it began, as great social change nearly always does, with individual acts of courage. The actor who went public with the story of movie mogul Harvey Weinstein’s “coercive bargaining” in a Beverly Hills hotel suite two decades earlier. The strawberry picker who heard that story and decided to tell her own. The young engineer whose blog post about the frat-boy culture at Silicon Valley’s highest-flying startup prompted the firing of its founder and 20 other employees. The California lobbyist whose letter campaign spurred more than 140 women in politics to demand that state government “no longer tolerate the perpetrators or enablers” of sexual misconduct. A music superstar’s raw, defiant court testimony about the disc jockey who groped her.