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'In honor of International Men's Day yesterday, Twitter user @MrPooni tweeted a photo of a list of things that 9-year-old boys said they don't like about being male.

The list comes from a workshop held in 2012 as part of the White Ribbon Campaign -- a worldwide movement of men and boys seeking "to end violence against women and girls, promote gender equity, healthy relationships and a new vision of masculinity."
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"-Not being able to be a mother -Not suppost to cry -Not allowed to be a cheerleader -Suppost to do all the work -Suppost to like violence -Suppost to play football -Boys smell bad -Having a automatic bad reputation -Grow hair everywhere"

The list comes from a workshop held in 2012 as part of the White Ribbon Campaign -- a worldwide movement of men and boys seeking "to end violence against women and girls, promote gender equity, healthy relationships and a new vision of masculinity."

In this workshop, White Ribbon's community engagement manager Jeff Perera gathered a group of 50 fourth grade boys and asked them "what do you like or dislike about being a boy?" The participants complained that boys are "not allowed to be a cheerleader," supposed to "like violence" and "play football," and not supposed "to cry."'

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'An explosive Rolling Stone investigation into the campus-rape epidemic at the University of Virginia has left the student body and administration reeling. UVA president Teresa A. Sullivan has quickly responded to "A Rape on Campus," which reported on a student named Jackie who was brutally assaulted by seven men at a frat party — and how faculty and her friends discouraged her from sharing her story. The article also chronicled the culture of sexual assault at the school, which some UVA women have taken to calling "UVrApe," and how students and the administration work to keep this reputation quiet.
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"The University takes seriously the issue of sexual misconduct, a significant problem that colleges and universities are grappling with across the nation," Sullivan wrote in a statement. She added that she had asked Charlottesville police to formally investigate the sexual assault on Jackie and that the university would cooperate with the authorities. Many of the details revealed in the article had not been disclosed to University officials, Sullivan claimed. She also said that the school had adopted new policies and initiatives to encourage people to report sexual assault and raise awareness around the issue.'

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'Earlier this summer, in light of a dismal sexual assault audit conducted on schools across the nation, I wrote a column praising Senate Bill 967 — famously known as the “yes means yes” law. I praised it for defining sexual consent as an “affirmative, conscious and voluntary agreement” between parties involved through the verbal and non-verbal insinuation of consent. At the time, I applauded its language for including continuous consent, as well as affirmative consent. However, after this new law has been used to justify judicial rulings based on ambiguous proof, I’m here to debunk my original stance on this issue.

While the mass criticism regarding the negligence toward sexual assault reports by college administrators is justified, the implementation and due process involving SB 967 is problematic when it comes to the application of legally ambiguous consent to campus judicial review. This definition of consent violates individual rights to fair and just trials  —better known as the Fifth Amendment.

SB 967’s fatal flaw in defining affirmative consent lies in categorizing any sexual act without a perceived verbal or non-verbal “yes” as sexual assault. However, this definition is out of touch with the reality of situations that call for consent. Both verbal and non-verbal expressions can be misunderstood in the process, leading to false accusations.

What it really boils down to is conflicting definitions of what consent really looks like, which is subjective to every sexual relationship.'

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'On Friday, Milford fifth-grader Nickolas Taylor was in line for lunch, with the weekend just around the corner. But like a lot of 10-year-old boys bursting with energy, he didn’t wait quietly.

Instead, he played a game of shoot-em-up to pass the time, pointing his index finger like a ray gun and making “pew-pew” shooting noises, according to Nickolas’s father, Brian Taylor.

As he battled his imaginary foes, he jumped in front of two girls in the lunch line. They told the assistant principal, who suspended the boy for two days for making a threat.

Nickolas didn’t mind all that much, but his father did.

He aired his grievances to The Milford Daily News, fueling the debate about whether schools have gone too far in cracking down on toy guns — even imaginary ones.

Taylor said he understood that schools are on heightened alert these days to any perceived threats or potential bullying, but criticized the suspension as an overreaction.'

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'We've seen story after story about the pitfalls of allowing universities to handle sex crimes. Most of the focus has been on the harm to victims: Campus police bumble investigations; image-conscious administrators discourage women from pressing charges; kangaroo courts with inadequate training dole out mere slaps on the wrist.
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But it's not just the rights of victims that are violated when we allow universities to prosecute these crimes. It's also the rights of the accused -- who are increasingly claiming discrimination under Title IX, the federal gender-equality statute, the New York Times reported yesterday.

This is an entirely valid complaint. Sex assaults, like any other serious felony, should be handled by our criminal justice system. Colleges should not be permitted to use their own separate tribunals. Defense lawyers who argue that their male clients have been discriminated against should be on the same side as advocates for female victims who say universities don’t treat sex crimes seriously enough.

Their grievance is the same: This is amateur hour, which is dangerous for everyone involved.'

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As the Columbia University student tells it, the encounter was harmless fun: A female freshman invited him into her suite bathroom, got a condom, took off her clothes and had sex with him. But as that young woman later described it to university officials, the encounter was not consensual. The university suspended him for a year.

He felt the outcome was unjust, but he did not know what to do about it. His lawyer, Andrew Miltenberg of Manhattan, did.

Invoking Title IX, the federal gender-equality statute that is typically used to protect the rights of female students, he sued Columbia, saying his client had been “discriminated against on the basis of his male sex.”

At a moment when students who have been sexually assaulted are finding new ways to make their voices heard, and as college officials across the country are rushing to meet new government standards, a specialized class of lawyers is raising its voice, too. They are speaking out on behalf of the students they describe as most vulnerable: not those who might be subjected to sexual assault, but those who have been accused of it.'

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'When we talk about currency, we talk about the gold standard. When we talk about women who use men for personal gain, we talk about gold diggers. Today I'm here to talk about another gold standard -- a double one, the one by which men look for women with beaucoup bucks, and the standard by which men rarely get cited for their own parasitic and gold digging ways.
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But, by the same token, women like myself who are supported almost entirely by the alimony and child support awarded them from their prior marriage do have a problem that goes by largely unnoticed. And that's the inability to consider marrying a man of lesser means, a man who will be unable to support her once she loses that main source of her income.
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Unlike so many others, I'm fortunate because my divorce settlement affords me some time. Time to heal my emotional wounds, and time to nurture and grow the career I know I was always meant to have. With that said, I wear handcuffs, and not the 50 Shades of Grey kind. My handcuffs are golden, and they prevent me, to a large extent, from dating men with any real eye to the future whose earnings will not allow me to consider leaving the security I presently have, the security I earned by forgoing a potentially lucrative career to stay home and raise my children while my then husband built his own.
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I would like nothing more than to meet some hunky contractor who not only can rock my world but who can do home repairs as well. What a little slice of heaven on Earth that would be! Or a middle management executive who leaves work at a reasonable hour, doesn't need to travel for his job, and isn't always attached to his email. But right now, that's simply not a risk I can afford to take.

It's not that I want what's yours. It's that I don't know if I can give up what's mine.'

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'Rude riders who unnecessarily take up space -- backpack wearers and "man spreaders" -- will get a refresher in transit manners.

The MTA by January will launch a new awareness campaign to get people to take off their backpacks and sit properly on the subway in a time of record ridership and overcrowded trains, transit officials said Monday. The "courtesy is contagious" slogan will also be retired for "something new, something fresh," MTA spokesman Kevin Ortiz said.
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"What we need to do is focus on it so that people will understand that it's the right thing to do," Moerdler said. "When you get to the hard-core violators and courtesy doesn't work, then you have to take enforcement action."'

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'Country singer Taylor Swift has become one of the hottest recording artists in the world because of the positive, upbeat messages in her music. However, the music video for her new single “Blank Space,” available at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e-ORhEE9VVg, is a sharp departure from those positive messages and centers around depictions of domestic violence.

Swift is depicted pushing her boyfriend and throwing a heavy object at him, as well as damaging his property extensively. In one scene, her boyfriend is lying on the ground unconscious while she violently shakes his head back and forth and kisses him erotically. While it is left to the viewer’s imagination what happens next, it is hard to believe that it is consensual.

Domestic and sexual violence is a serious problem, something that no one should ever have to endure. While numerous studies from academic and government sources have found that men and women are victims of domestic violence at comparable rates, male victims are generally denied access to most domestic violence shelters and services, and they often have difficulty being taken seriously by law enforcement.

This video only reinforces the attitudes that make it so hard for male victims to get the help they need. Swift has defended her video by saying that it is satire intended to poke fun at the way that she has been portrayed by the tabloids. Yet it is hard to imagine that anyone would be laughing if the genders were reversed.

Please join us in calling on Taylor Swift to remove the “Blank Space” music video from YouTube and donate the profits she has made from it to an organization supporting evidence-based, gender-inclusive approaches to preventing and responding to domestic violence.

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'So a team of scientists landed a space probe on the surface of a comet for the very first time ever, and that’s not really news. What’s news is that one of the guys who did it was wearing a tacky shirt.

No, really. Heather Wilhelm has a good overview of the ensuing imbroglio, dubbed #ShirtStorm on Twitter. Since the shirt in question had cartoon images of scantily clad women, you see, it was deemed off-putting toward women in science.
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In one respect this is all a tempest in a teacup. Who cares what shirt the guy was wearing while he landed a spacecraft on a comet? But our culture does care, and it made himcare, reducing him to a  tearful televised apology. That’s what makes this a cultural turning point.

There are three big lesson we can learn from #ShirtStorm about the brave new world of feminist grievance-mongering that we have just landed on.

1) They’re not just going after the frat boys.
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2) The new orthodoxy is total.
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3) There are no logically consistent rules.'

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'It's the truth. And Jed Rubenfeld, a professor of criminal law at Yale Law School, is preaching it in the pages of The New York Times.

In a lengthy weekend op-ed, Rubenfeld argued that colleges deal with rape foolishly when they hold due-process-free tribunals that merely result in the expulsion of the accused. That's both too harsh a sentence for a student convicted under the shabby evidence standard that colleges use and also too lenient a sentence for an actual rapist—who is free to continue harassing other women.

Instead, colleges should always go to the police. The normal criminal justice system is vastly better equipped to investigate and adjudicate rape, wrote Rubenfeld:

"Moreover, sexual assault on campus should mean what it means in the outside world and in courts of law. Otherwise, the concept of sexual assault is trivialized, casting doubt on students courageous enough to report an assault.

The college hearing process could then be integrated with law enforcement. The new university procedures offer college rape victims an appealing alternative to filing a complaint with the police. According to a recent New York Times article, a “great majority” of college students now choose to report incidents of assault to their school, not the police, because of anonymity and other perceived advantages.

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'The Fresno State University Police Department issued a statement Friday evening saying that a Tuesday report from a woman claiming to have been sexually assaulted by three men on campus on Nov. 6 was false.

In an email sent to students and staff just after 7 p.m., the department said that an investigation proved the woman’s claims to be unfounded and that no sexual assault occurred on campus or nearby.

The department first notified students and staff of the report, which alleged a sexual assault committed by three black men on one woman near the Residence Dining Hall, with a similar email on Tuesday.'

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'The line between consensual sex and sexual assault is not always comfortably clear. Especially when alcohol is involved. Especially in the context of the college hookup culture.

No doubt, sexual assault on campus is a serious problem that authorities have too often ignored. Yet the new insistence that women must not be shamed into silence and that consent must be evident threatens to edge too far the other way, turning young men who may have misread a sexual situation into accused rapists.'

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'Speaking to an intimate audience of almost exclusively women on Tuesday, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand asserted that it was critical not only for Democrats to nominate a woman in 2016, but also for that woman to become president.

At a recording of the SiriusXM radio show The Agenda put on by the liberal women's group EMILY's List, where the New York Democrat appeared on a panel to discuss women's increasing influence in politics, Gillibrand didn't play coy about who the next woman president should be.

"I am very hopeful that Secretary Clinton will decide to run," she said. "I think she's the strongest candidate the Democrats could field."
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Less than 10 minutes into the discussion, Democratic strategist Bill Burton, who was on the panel with the senator, made a veiled reference to the possibility of Gillibrand running. Smiling and angling toward the senator, Burton said he hopes his 3-year-old son will see a woman president, "whether that's Hillary Clinton or somebody else."'

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'People who oppose the death penalty do not sympathize with murderers. Critics of U.S. drone warfare policy are not on the side of the terrorists. Most self-identifying liberals understand this. So why do feminist liberals smear every person who dissents from their extreme, unhelpful, and legally dubious positions on preventing rape as a rape apologist?

Feminist writer Jessica Valenti provides the most recent and infuriating example of this contemptible, authoritarian demonization campaign. Her response to Yale Law School professor Jed Rubenfeld’s thoughtful entry in the campus sexual assault debate was titled “If you can't talk about rape without blaming victims, don't talk about rape.”

How about this, Valenti: If you can't talk about rape without attempting to shut down the discussion about how to actually prevent rape, maybe you are the one who shouldn't talk about it.'

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