They have now agreed to allow Nepalese women to join the Gurkha army, a reportedly fierce group of warrior-types: http://uk.reuters.com/article/lifestyleMolt/idUKDEL14414220070626
I never understood the whole “well, they want to fight, but we won’t let them” thing. No women, no homosexuals, no flat-footed people. To sound completely callous, if someone wants to get themselves killed, let them in, train the crap out of them, give them a gun and let them have at it.
Basically a scientific rant about how men get physiologically ready to have kids too along with their partners: http://www.slate.com/id/2168389/fr/flyout
It’s funny because I knew about men having hormonal cycles just like women (just not as dramatically), and it’s been proven before that women at least are affected hormonally by smell and being in proximity to other women, so it makes sense that men would be affected the same way, especially when a woman is putting off the amount of hormones that one tends to do during pregnancy, but the author makes a good point that no one really seems to give it much credit. Anecdotally, though, I’ve seen the effects they mention in men I know who become dads.