'An older Swedish couple with one child decided to seek help conceiving another, but were forced abroad as embryo donations - where both the egg and the sperm come from third parties - are not legal in Sweden. The man, however, claimed he was clear about wanting just one child, partly because he and his wife are both in their fifties, and the couple ticked a box stating so on the consent form.
The first attempt did not work, but the wife travelled abroad again for a second try, this time leaving her husband at home. At the clinic, she amended the consent form to allow the staff to implant two embryos at once. She did not tell her husband. The second attempt failed too, but the woman persisted, again travelling abroad for a third procedure. Yet no matter her desire for another child, the news that she was expecting twins would cost her her husband.
"They were so at odds over this that they agreed to no longer live together," the 56-year-old's lawyer Ulf Bjermer told The Local on Thursday. "She said in court that she acted against her husband's wishes, but said that she so desperately wanted a child."
While there could be legal implications to her lying on the consent form, Bjermer was quick to point out that the ex-husband did not take her to court for any criminal offence. Rather, he simply wanted the court to recognize that he had consented to one child only, and that he therefore legally should not be considered the father to both children.
The district court disagreed. It ruled that the man was both twins' legal father.
"If you look past the family law aspects, this case is important when it comes to the content and the actual meaning of giving consent," said Bjermer, whose client has instructed him to appeal the verdict.'
'Sweden's Green party have proposed turning the annual International Women's Day (IWD) into a public holiday and said that gender equality has gone backwards under the current government.
In an op-ed published in Swedish daily Svenska Dagbladet on IWD the party's spokesperson Gustav Fridolin said it should become a red day on the calendar. The editorial was co-signed by Green party politicians Åsa Romson and Gunvor G Ericsson.
"Sweden continues to be an unequal country. On the boards of listed companies it is still more common to be called Johan than to be a woman. We still have not, unlike all the other Nordic countries, had a woman as the head of government," wrote the Green party members in the op-ed.
The Greens also made calls for changes to the justice and education systems and for Sweden to be an example for equality in the world.
For the Green Party's proposal to become a reality an existing public holiday would have to be scrapped from the calendar and become a regular work day. The party declined to suggest which day should be removed and replaced with International Women's Day.
"This probably means that one of the existing public holidays would become a working day," they wrote in the concluding paragraph.'
'A Mobile math teacher is convicted of having sex with a teenager. A fifth-grade teacher is implicated in Pell City. A foreign language teacher is charged in Tuscaloosa. A Sheffield Junior High School teacher, in a car, having sex, with a 15-year-old.
All of the accused are women. In fact, about one-third of the cases of possibly inappropriate relationships investigated by Alabama education officials in 2013 involved women.
"It may not be happening more, but now there's more punishment,'' said Josh Klapow, a clinical psychologist and associate professor at UAB's School of Public Health. "We don't know those incidents that aren't being caught and aren't being reported."'
'Are men’s rights being taken away when women are granted more? In most situations, such as equal pay and equal treatment in the workforce, the answer is no. The case of Title IX, however, is more complicated. Title IX sets criteria for universities to ensure that “sex discrimination [is banned] in educational institutions receiving federal funds.” The legislation has many benefits. For example, it prevents women from being harassed, abused or treated differently in an academic setting. When it comes to athletic opportunities, however, a lot of men are losing out. Because Title IX requires equal funding for both men’s and women’s teams, many universities have cut men’s programs, claiming they are unable to raise the budget for women’s sports without cutting from men’s. Is this necessarily the truth? No, because there are several other options available. Women in sports are gaining more opportunities while men are losing out for no clear or real reason.'
'The Bobbitting started when a man, identified as Han Mou, asked his wife for a divorce, EChinacities.com reports.
The wife, named Zhang, believed her husband was seeking a divorce because he was in a relationship with at least one other woman.
Seeking to put an end to his suspected extra-marital rendezvous Zhang drugged him with sleeping pills, cut off his penis and flushed it down the toilet.
She was arrested but later bailed and continued to live with her genitally challenged husband and their children.
With his newly reclaimed manhood Mr Han set out on the quest for a new wife once again, expecting Zhang would be jailed, leaving him to raise his children alone.
Unimpressed with her husband's antics Zhang dusted off her sleeping pills and drugged a glass of his milk.
Mr Han later woke up in agony and screamed that his wife had cut off "everything".
Zhang called an ambulance and police to give herself up.
Castration has been referred to as Bobbitting in popular culture since 1993 when John Wayne Bobbitt's wife Lorena cut off his penis while he slept.'
Here we go with more craziness around preventing sexual assault on campus.
The Dept. of Education (DED) wants college students to follow Affirmative Consent requirements, which they describe as persons' "affirmative, unambiguous, and voluntary agreement" for any sexual encounter.
And, lawmakers in California claim that Affirmative Consent mandates that both partners give their explicit, verbal consent on a repeated basis throughout the process of having sex.
Now you can't ask, "Do you want me now?" to be sexy, you have to ask and get an answer, over and over again. And if anti-rape policies keep getting crazier, you better get it on audio tape, with a date and time stamp.
Let's ask DED Secy. Arne Duncan if his lovemaking sessions include this type of ongoing verbal exchange. Ask him, "The last time you had sex, did you follow Affirmative Consent requirements?"
The European Union's Agency on Fundamental Rights has conducted interviews of approximately 42,000 women and concluded at 1/3 of European women are victims of violence.
A BBC News story on the survey here. The survey's main report is here.
Perhaps most importantly, the actual content of the survey is here. From this, it appears that if a woman has ever had an "offensive comment" posted about her on the Internet, or she has ever felt that her partner was suspicious about her sexual fidelity she may have been considered a victim of violence for purposes of this survey.
'A candidate for the Santa Fe City Council has mailed a flier urging voters to support her in a race against two men, because, she says, women make better public servants.
Mary Bonney, an art gallery owner on trendy Canyon Road and a candidate for District 2 in the state capital, cites five reasons to vote for women, including: They are “more responsive to constituents,” “more focused on cooperation” and “have proven to be more honorable and ethical.”
The flier also quotes Margaret Thatcher, who said, “If you want something said ask a man; if you want something done, ask a woman.”
When asked if the flier may alienate men in her district, Bonney said, “It certainly wasn’t meant to intend to offend men, for sure.”
But if a man sent out a flier saying men are more responsive to constituents, more focused on cooperation and are more honorable and ethical, wouldn’t that risk the ire of women voters?
“I don’t agree it’s sexist,” Bonney told New Mexico Watchdog. “I don’t agree with it, but I don’t think it would be seen as sexist. I think you’re reading way too much into this, into the gender part of it.”
On the front of the flier, Bonney attacks opponents Rad Acton and Joe Maestas, labeling them as “Bad Boys.”
Update 3/5: Bonney ended up finishing fourth in a field of five candidates.'
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