Wednesday, April 5, 2006

Hey girls, here's a hap-hap-happy little news blurb for 'ya...

A textbook used in schools in New Delhi, India, in the state of Rajasthan compares and contrasts women to donkeys, and suggests that the animal makes a man a better companion than a human woman, as they complain less and are more loyal to their "masters."

"A donkey is like a housewife ... In fact, the donkey is a shade better, for while the housewife may sometimes complain and walk off to her parents' home, you'll never catch the donkey being disloyal to his master."

This appears in a Hindi-language primer intended for 14-year olds, and was approved by the state's Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party.

As you can imagine, women's advocates were outraged!

"The comparison was made in good humor," state education official A.R. Khan was quoted as saying. "However, protests have been taken note of and the board is in the process of removing it (the reference)."

Good humor, huh? Ha, Ha, Ha...

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