Story here. As always, when boys/men die on a large scale, they're ID'd by their occupation or other status title/position. If these had been female students, there'd be immediate demands for invasion to stop the evil fiends (which may well cause more probs. than fixing) if not one in fact. Excerpt:
'By the time the hours-long siege at Army Public School and Degree College ended early Tuesday evening, at least 145 people -- 132 children, 10 school staff members and three soldiers -- were dead, military spokesman Gen. Asim Bajwa said. More than 100 were injured, many with gunshot wounds, according to Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province Information Minister Mushtaq Ghani.
The death toll does not include the terrorists who attacked the school, bursting into an auditorium where a large number of students were taking an exam and gunning down many of them within minutes, Bajwa said.'
'At today’s Data2X event in New York City, Deputy Secretary of State for Management and Resources Heather Higginbottom along with former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, jointly committed to Data2X’s mission to promote gender-sensitive data. Deputy Secretary Higginbottom underscored the importance of gender-sensitive data for building an evidence base that will lead to more effective policy and development decisions. She also announced that, for the first time, the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief’s (PEPFAR) newly redesigned PEPFAR Dashboards will now include data disaggregated by age and sex. This is part of the U.S. government’s commitment to making the empowerment of women and girls a foundational goal of U.S. foreign policy.
Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) CEO Dana J. Hyde and U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator, Ambassador Deborah L. Birx, M.D., joined Deputy Secretary Higginbottom at the event and highlighted the U.S. government’s commitment to advancing the status of women and girls through increased availability, accessibility, and use of gender-sensitive data.
Finally, MCC is working with PEPFAR and other partners to sponsor an open data challenge to incentivize the use of gender data to improve gender policy and practice, as well as to raise awareness of challenges that women and girls face around the world.'
Story here. Boys are routinely killed in Afghanistan, and we ignore it. Malala wins a Nobel Prize for getting in the way of a bullet. And what will she do with her money? Open a school for girls. Meanwhile, the world still ignores the missing Mexican students -- because they are men. This guy stood up to the sexism. Excerpt:
'At a prize ceremony honoring peace, Adán Cortés says violence and injustice sent him rushing toward the stage.
In a matter of seconds, the 21-year-old Mexican student's face was seen around the world last week as he stood in front of Malala Yousafzai at the Nobel Peace Prize ceremony in Oslo, Norway.
"Please Malala, Mexico," he repeated as he unfurled a Mexican flag on the stage at Oslo's City Hall, where the 17-year-old laureate was about to become the youngest person ever to receive the prestigious award.
"My motivation was to show solidarity with all the things that have happened in my country, ultimately, well, the 43 missing students, who are suspected to be dead and burned, that was my main motivation," he said. "I am tired of so many injustices that we have lived in Mexico, for decades."'
'The uproar about student safety at the University of Virginia in the weeks after Rolling Stone magazine published an incendiary article on an alleged fraternity gang rape has spawned an intense debate about the school’s treatment of fraternal organizations.
The leadership of the Sigma Chi International Fraternity, which has a chapter at U-Va. that dates to 1860, is saying the university is considering proposals to give police “unfettered access” to private fraternity houses and to require that chapters make alcohol-detecting breath-test devices available during parties.
In a letter to U-Va., the Sigma Chi leaders asserted their opposition to any police-access proposal that would violate members’ constitutional protections.
In addition, requiring undergraduates “to assume the role of policing their friends with breathalyzers is an unnecessary elevation from the responsibilities they presently have when they consciously decide to invite other students into their homes for social gatherings,” wrote Michael A. Greenberg, grand consul/international president of Sigma Chi, and Michael J. Church, executive director.'
'Americans have been living through an enormously sensationalized college rape hoax, but as the evidence accumulates it's becoming clear that the entire thing was just a bunch of media hype and political opportunism.
No, I'm not talking about the Rolling Stone's lurid and now-exploded fraternity gang-rape story. Whatever the truth behind that story, it's now clear that basically nothing that Rolling Stone reporter Sabrina Rubin Erdely told us happened, actually happened. But the hoax is much bigger than one overwrought and perhaps entirely fictional tale of campus goings-on.
For months we've been told that there's a burgeoning "epidemic" of rape on college campuses, that the system for dealing with campus rape is "broken" and that we need new federal legislation (of course!) to deal with this disaster. Before the Rolling Stone story imploded, Sens. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., and Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., were citing the Virginia gang rape as evidence of the problem, but now that the story has been exposed as bogus, they're telling us that, regardless of that isolated incident, there's still a huge campus rape problem that needs to be addressed as soon as possible.
And that's the real college rape hoax. Because the truth is that there's no epidemic outbreak of college rape. In fact, rape on college campuses is — like rape everywhere else in America — plummeting in frequency. And that 1-in-5 college rape number you keep hearing in the press? It's thoroughly bogus, too. (Even the authors of that studysay that "We don't think one in five is a nationally representative statistic," because it sampled only two schools.)'
'In the first week of public comments on a federal proposal to encourage male circumcision in the U.S., most people are telling Uncle Sam to leave the foreskins alone.
“His body, his choice” and “Foreskin is not a birth defect” are among the hundreds of negative comments in the Federal Register against a proposed policy by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to advise that males of all ages be circumcised for health reasons.
The strongest objections were for infant circumcision, since it is a “human rights” violation for a male to permanently lose a piece of his body without his consent.
The CDC is wading into the controversy because a handful of studies from Africa have shown that the relative risk of a man acquiring HIV from an infected female partner was halved if the man was circumcised.'
'"It’s not only the culture of men in America we have to change, we have to change the culture of our daughters. My daughter, my sister, have been raised to understand that it is never, never, never, never, never, never, your fault. I got in trouble in the hearing, when I was doing this hearing 20 years ago, I said, ‘If a woman got up stark naked, walked out of this room, and walked across to the Capital, she’d be arrested for indecent exposure. But no man, no man, would have a right to lay a hand upon her.’ I got more hate mail than you can imagine. No man, no man, has a right, and no woman should ever question what did she do to deserve this?
And the second cultural change that has to take place is when no man in America, or the world, thinks that he ever has the right to raise a hand to a woman in anything other than self-defense. Never. Never, never, never. It’s that simple. It’s that absolute. It will still happen, but we have to end the ability to rationalize that I had some right, that was my woman, that was my wife. You never, ever, have the right.
Ladies and gentlemen, until the whole world accepts that no means no, or even more, that ONLY yes means yes. Only yes means yes. Ladies and gentlemen, I mean this when I say it, with your help, and your continued passion, we can actually change the cultures around the world, and continue to change our culture. Our civilization, the measure of our civility, depends on us doing a whole hell of a lot more. Thank you all, and may God bless you."'
'The first thing President Teresa Sullivan of the University of Virginia needs to do in the wake of what now appears to be a faux rape scandal is to apologize to the victims – that is, to the members of Phi Kappa Psi, who have been vilified, forced to move off campus into motels, and suffered suspicions even from family members and close friends. That would be the human and moral response. That Sullivan will not do so is nearly as certain as the chance of her taking false accusations as a matter that needs university attention.
This is for two reasons. First, there is no public traction in calling for false accusations to be stopped. There is no PC-approved party line on the issue, so there is no mileage there. No one else would second her; there would be no faculty resolutions, no candlelight vigils held outside the chapel. A vendor would go broke stocking up on T-shirts with slogans like "Don't rush to judgment!" or "Stop accusing!" No sports team could don them before flashing lights.
President Sullivan will doubtless be advised to keep silent to maintain plausible deniability – to position herself on a detached peak from which she can proffer high-minded and critical advice about today's alleged rape crisis. The cultural mavens will applaud her, and she will appear blameless. She needed to compose and ironclad response, so she made it clear she is against rape and sexual assault. There will be nothing to criticize her for – she is innocent, except that she didn't wade down into the murky waters and join the rescue effort when her help was needed.'
'In a now-infamous Nov. 19 story in Rolling Stone, disgraced journalist Sabrina Rubin Erdely asserted that at least five members of the Phi Kappa Psi fraternity gang-raped a freshman named Jackie at a frat house party, then left her in a bloodstained dress to exit via a conveniently vacant side staircase.
Whatever Erdely’s motive, her discredited piece begs the question: Is it remotely true that American college administrators and college students are indifferent to the allegations of rape victims? What about the exponential growth of rape activism on campus? What about the routine occurrence of “take back the night” vigils?
Could this perceived indifference actually be warranted skepticism? In fact, the number of completely fraudulent rape allegations made by women on American college campuses is far from trivial.
With very little effort at all, The Daily Caller has found eight twisted, totally false and especially astonishing rape hoaxes proffered over the years by female college students.
In each case, the cruel hoaxes were initially accepted as true. In some cases, real lives were ruined.
Note the eerie similarities among these fake rape cases with the tale spun at the University of Virginia by Jackie and by Erdely, her willing Rolling Stone accomplice.'
'What does a night in the life of a dad look like? For 28-year-old Jon Arrigo, who posted a picture on Reddit last week entitled “Just being a dad,” it looks pretty good: Playing video games, snuggling with one daughter while getting his toenails painted by the other.
Responses to the photo were mixed. Some commenters noted that letting his daughter paint his nails demonstrated Arrigo’s willingness to have a little fun. “That’s awesome, no shame in making your kids happy, this warmed my heart up :)” wrote user Sasha_Fire. “I hope so much that if/when my [significant other] and I decide to have children he’s this awesome of a parent,” echoed Kmccain9.
But others questioned Arrigo’s choice to play video games instead of engaging with his kids. “This looks less like multitasking and much more like an amazing ability to ignore his kids,” writes Farren246. “I understand kids are infuriating at times but here it looks like they are being well behaved. Why not interact with them a little? The game will be there when they’re in bed,” says HyperactiveToast.'
'A new recommendation from the United States Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says the benefits of circumcision outweigh the risks. The procedure has been shown to reduce the risk of sexually transmitted diseases, with little or no loss to sexual pleasure.
Dr. Avshalom Zoossmann-Diskin, a geneticist and director of Ben Shalem, tells host Ilene Prusher that some of the conclusions about health benefits in this recommendation are simply wrong. He believes that those in favor of circumcision for religious reasons are looking for medical justifications for a procedure about which they have already made up their minds. In addition, since 88 percent of white males in the US are circumcised, Dr. Zoossmann-Diskin believes that white males in the CDC are grasping at medical justifications for procedures that were done to them and that they are doing to their children.
“It’s a human rights issue,” he says, “You are not allowed to amputate healthy organs from unconsenting minors, even if you think it’s going to prevent some diseases.” For this reason, standard procedures such as tonsillectomies and appendectomies have been abolished for minors in the US, “so now it’s only the foreskin.” Similarly, there are no arguments for the removal of equivalent female tissue in order to reduce the risk of sexually transmitted diseases, even though studies have shown this tissue to carry the same level of risk as the foreskin.'
'The National Organization of Circumcision Information Resource Centers of Michigan sponsored an event Sunday, titled “New Perspectives on Circumcision,” at the Michigan League in order to discuss the merits and pitfalls of the debated practice.
John Geisheker, executive director of the nonprofit Doctors Opposing Circumcision, and Robert Van Howe, professor and interim chair of Pediatrics at the Central Michigan University College of Medicine, spoke. The event addressed medical and ethical problems associated with circumcision, a surgical procedure that removes the foreskin around the tip of the penis most commonly performed on newborn males.
Rackham student Andrew Kohler, member of the University’s chapter of the National Organization of Circumcision Information Resource Centers, said he believes that circumcision violates one of the most fundamental human rights.
“I think the ownership of one’s own body is one of the most fundamental human rights,” Kohler said. “Especially in the nonconsensual genital modification, it is a serious violation.”
Van Howe said in spite of the evidence against circumcision, the practice remains common in the U.S. possibly because people have difficulty admitting that they have been circumcised.
“People have to first admit that they have been harmed,” Van Howe said. “And that is very difficult for guys to do. We also know that circumcision interferes with men talking about their feelings, and that makes it worse for circumcised men.”
Norm Cohen, director of NOCIRC Michigan, said raising awareness about circumcision is important for the university students since they may have to decide circumcising their children in the future.
“It is very important to make the right choice,” Cohen said.'
'No feminist can be satisfied with the Pacetti and Andrews affairs. In the face of the demand by the feminist movement for absolute equality between men and women, these affairs tend to confirm the worst suspicions that male chauvinists hold.
Both men were politically blacklisted by the Liberal party and suffer the full glare of reputation- destroying publicity on the basis of accusations alone. The women levelling the accusations are kept from public view and maintain their party standing.
Neither woman is prepared to publicly come forward and level accusations, saying they are "too traumatized" and "fearful of being exposed." What was that business about being equal again?
Sexual assault is not a laughing matter. We are supposed to take every allegation seriously because men are physically stronger than women. Yet we are supposed to accept the shredding of the reputations of two men by anonymous accusers without any kind of due process, any serious investigation, and in the face of direct denials by the accused.
Some feminists may see a kind of victory in this, but it is a pyrrhic victory. Women who are serious about sexual assault should be demanding equal treatment — for men as well as women.'
This episode of the Steve Wilkos show suggests how we all, including men, are inclined to believe what a woman says and become judgmental of the man. In this episode, the host does that mistake but thankfully apologizes later. It's the story of a cheating wife who sleeps around while her husband is working hard, which also brings me to think: shouldn't men today have the right to know if they are raising their own biological children?
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