Saturday, October 22, 2011


Over 200 Indian girls whose names mean "unwanted" in Hindi chose new names Saturday for a fresh start in   life.
Activists say the name "unwanted," which is widely given to girls across India, gives them the feeling they are worthless and a burden. 
"When the child thinks about it, you know, 'My mom, my dad, and all my relatives and society call me unwanted,' she will feel very bad and depressed," said Sudha Kankaria of the organization Save the Girl Child. But giving these girls new names is only the beginning, she said.
This article mentions some of the reasons why the birth of sons is celebrated but the birth of daughters is mourned, and they struck me as cultural, different in only their shades and specifics.

They are not foreign reasons, and have been repeated in every country and culture across time. 

A familiar one here that was in practice not too long ago:
Only men can vote.
Because only men can own land.

Why can only men own land?
Because they are voting citizens!

Because because because because.  Tiring, circular illogic. 

These rules...these rules which are made by mere mortals, and then discard an entire half the world. 
I am tired of them. 

I am also so proud of these girls for claiming a new name.
And so grateful to the expanded hearts who are facilitating the first step for these girls.

Named, Beautiful.
Named, Generous.
Named, Wanted. 

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