'In her newly published collection of personal essays, Not That Kind of Girl, Lena Dunham[link added] describes experimenting sexually with her younger sister Grace[link added], whom she says she attempted to persuade to kiss her using “anything a sexual predator might do.” In one particularly unsettling passage, Dunham experimented with her six-year younger sister’s vagina. “This was within the spectrum of things I did,” she writes.
In the collection of nonfiction personal accounts, Dunham describes using her little sister at times essentially as a sexual outlet, bribing her to kiss her for prolonged periods and even masturbating while she is in the bed beside her. But perhaps the most disturbing is an account she proudly gives of an episode that occurred when she was seven and her sister was one. ...
Dunham describes the book as a “work of nonfiction” in which “some names and identifying details have been changed.” She also states that she considers herself an “unreliable narrator,” which gives her some wiggle room on the truth of her accounts. As National Review's Kevin D. Williamson notes, this passage is “especially suspicious.” Clearly Grace’s prank is done with the expectation of her older sister “poking around in her genitals. ... There is no non-horrific interpretation of this episode.”'
Story here. How terribly sad, and unfair, too. To anyone pondering suicide: It's a permanent "solution" to a temporary problem. Even men falsely accused of a crime like rape eventually recover their reputations, and as that happens, the false accuser's reputation diminishes. While she may not see time in jail, her punishment may well be worse when she's known to be not just a liar, but one too risky even to befriend. After all, if she'll tell a lie like that, and it is clearly exposed as such, who except fools and other liars will have anything to do with her? "If" by Rudyard Kipling is as true today as ever -- moreso if you're a man falsely accused of anything. And which of us hasn't been, even if not accused of a crime? Men are accused of all manner of awful things, collectively and as individuals, all the time it seems. I think Kipling was very much aware of that fact and penned "If" as a source of strength for his fellow men to draw on. Huzzah to him for it! Excerpt:
'Luke King, of Lincoln Road, Whitehaven, died on May 23 after he had been receiving treatment for depression and drugs, an inquest heard.
Ms King told the inquest her brother had become a changed character after he was falsely accused of rape four years ago. He was initially detained, without charge, and released after two days.
The coroner, Dr Nicholas Shaw, heard that Mr King, who worked as a postman, then began binge drinking “to block things out’’, but would also keep fit by playing rugby.
In February this year, Mr King, who was taking plant food and cocaine, sought help from his GP and Unity, a drug and alcohol recovery service.
Mr King, who played for Kells, had been “okay’’ in his final week and his death had been “sudden”.
'Peter Ludlow, a professor of philosophy at Northwestern University who has been at the center of a long-running controversy over an undergraduate student’s allegation that he sexually assaulted her and that Northwestern mishandled her complaint, is suing the student for defamation, the Chicago Tribune reported. In his lawsuit, filed on Tuesday in a state court in Illinois, Mr. Ludlow contends that the student knowingly made false statements to the news media and to Northwestern professors after he rebuffed her sexual advances.
The filing is the latest in a string of litigation over the allegations. The student has filed lawsuits against Northwestern and the professor. Mr. Ludlow is also suing Northwestern, accusing it of gender discrimination and defamation. The university has denied mishandling the student’s complaint.'
'I’ve written frequently about the unfair, guilt-presuming processes that colleges and universities from Harvard to Occidental use when deciding sexual assault cases. But a second trend has occurred largely outside the public eye. As they have “reformed” their sexual assault procedures, colleges and universities also have increasingly instituted training programs for members of these disciplinary panels—a practice not used for panelists that hear other forms of campus discipline. Because virtually no training material has been made public, it’s impossible to determine how many schools specifically train sexual assault panels. But the demand is a consistent one among anti-due process advocates.
It seems plausible to infer that these “training” materials increase the likelihood that panelists will come back with guilty findings, but for the most part, it must remain an inference: to the best of my knowledge, no university has publicly posted its training materials. One school’s—Stanford’s—was obtained by FIRE, and contained such astonishing guidance as an accused student acting “persuasive and logical” could be interpreted as a sign of guilt. Portions of a second school’s—Duke’s—appeared as a result of the McLeod litigation, and did nothing to reassure concerns about unfairness.'
'America’s sexual revolution handed women control over their sexual destiny while hanging on to liberal notions of justice and due process. But now affirmative consent or “yes-means-yes” law proponents think that these notions are inconvenient obstacles in their quest to deliver total safety to women. Rape, they claim, is such a big problem that they have to trade in their “ends don’t justify the means” philosophy with “by any means necessary” battle cry.
What's truly ugly, I note in The Week, is accepting totalitarian notions of justice to address a problem that is nowhere near as rampant as the proponents of "yes means yes" laws claim and that women are perfectly capable of handling on their own.
Indeed, if the rape culture was rampant, not only would it show up in reliable statistics, but women’s behavior too. For example, I note:
"Scout Willis, Bruce Willis and Demi Moore's daughter, wouldn't have fearlessly strolled topless in Manhattan to protest Instagram's policies against nude pictures last summer. Sure, she's quasi-famous. But nonetheless, try doing that in the pre-sexual revolution America or modern-day India (my native country) without getting assaulted or worse.
Willis chose going topless as her form of protest precisely because, contrary to Klein's assertion, there is no longer a "culture of entitlement" among American men. Her stunt was possible only because social mores that used to work against women now work for them. Far from facing any sanction, she could count on those around her acknowledging — even cheering (like me) — her right to wield her sexuality as she saw fit without becoming prey to jerks who believe she's "asking for it."
Yesterday, MANN posted an item that included an article entitled "Evidence-based Domestic Violence Awareness Training" in Vol. 3, Issue 3 (2014) of New Male Studies: An International Journal published by the Australian Institute of Male Health and Studies (http://aimhs.com.au/).
The attributed author, Amy Wilkins, Ph.D., of U Boulder-CO, has informed me she is *not* the author of this article. Whether this misattribution was intended or not with or without malice and by whom is not known at the moment. However at this point, I recommend that any publication, distribution, or citation of the work as hers stop immediately; failure can result in legal consequences. Further, I recommend anyone who has posted, published, or forwarded the article in whole or part convey the substance of this news to the receivers who should probably do likewise to whomever else they have passed it along to, and so on ad infinitum.
Academic misattribution or forgery, intended or not, are serious and possibly criminal offenses. MANN in no way condones for any reason such or similar behavior. In order for the MRM to stand apart, its champions must have integrity and a strong commitment to facts/truth. Whether or not anyone part of or sympathetic to the MRM was willfully involved in a misattribution or forgery isn't known. (This could be an act of agent provacateurism, or a simple "printer's error", or whatever.) In any case, what is known currently is that the article's purported author denies categorically that she wrote it.
Story here. Wonder what the back-story is? The report noticeably omits the gender(s) of the students supplied with alcohol. Forgive me if I speculate that they were all boys and perhaps she either was or hoped to become "better acquainted" with one or more of the boys (presumably) present. Because really, why else would she risk doing something that was so clearly inappropriate, illegal, and risky to her reputation? Stupidity? Doubt it. More like a shortage of self-control and the belief that she'd get away with what she planned on doing (or already had done) with her "young friends". Excerpt:
'A study hall monitor in Livingston County is accused of providing alcohol to minors.
Twenty-five-year-old Amber Burdick is charged with unlawfully dealing with a child, endangering the welfare of a child and tampering with a witness.
Livingston County sheriff's deputies say Burdick, who works at York Central School as a study hall monitor, supplied alcohol to several minors -- including students at the school. Investigators say Burdick also provided them with a place to drink.
The school district and sheriff's office both say this incident did not occur on school property. Burdick had been at the district less than two years as a study hall monitor in York.
Investigators say Burdick admitted to the crimes in a written statement. We went to her home to try to speak with her, but no one was there. Authorities say they continue to interview more students to determine how many may have been provided alcohol and whether it occurred on more than one occasion.'
'When Congress passed the Title IX section of the Education Amendments of 1972, it aimed simply to offer women more opportunities to participate in on-campus athletics. Over the years, however, Title IX has become the legal foundation for the Education Department to insinuate itself into sexual assault cases.
The key passage of Title IX reads, “No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving federal financial assistance.” In 1977, a Yale law student named Catherine McKinnon[link added], tired of suffering on-campus sexual harassment that went unaddressed by the school, interpreted Title IX to argue that sexual harassment (and by extension, sexual assault) constituted a sex-based limitation of educational opportunity. McKinnon and several other students filed in the lawsuit Alexander v. Yale in federal, which, although dismissed on the basis of the plaintiffs having no standing, goaded Yale into establishing a grievance process for sexual harassment cases.
Article here. Bisexuality is very much in vogue these days, at least in much of the US and Europe -- if you're female. Young women can make out publicly in clubs and bars or on the street, hold hands, hug and kiss, date boys, girls, or both, all without fear of having the living $hit kicked out of them by either men or women. Men, on the other hand, dare not hold hands in public without fear of getting beaten senseless by a bunch of homophobic bigots (of either or both sexes) except in just a few places (at least here in the US). As for visibility in the media as characters on contemporary TV shows, gay/bi women substantially outnumber gay/bi men, much less have much visibility generally even within LGBT-oriented organizations. So it's good to see a book like this come out (as it were). Excerpt:
'The Bisexual Resource Center has released a new collection of stories highlighting the voices of 63 cisgender and transgender bisexual, pansexual, polysexual, and sexually fluid men from countries all around the world. Recognize: The Voices of Bisexual Men includes short fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, personal narratives, critical essays, and visual art features meant to recognize the diversity of the bisexual male population.
'National Parents Organization is pleased to announce the creation of the National Parents Organization Law Firm Network, a national coalition of law firms that serves as a go-to resource for parents searching for legal counsel committed to shared parenting.
I strongly encourage attorneys to join National Parents Organization’s Law Firm Network. It is a unique opportunity for family law attorneys to collectively express their belief in the benefits of shared parenting and parental equality, while also connecting directly with members and parents to affect change in the lives of children. Contact me to sign up your law firm to to refer your family law attorney.
The network was created in response to a reoccurring need of National Parents Organization’s members. On a weekly basis, National Parents Organization receives requests from parents for attorney referrals. With this in mind, National Parents Organization created a law firm network of family law attorneys who believe in shared parenting. In turn, parents nationwide can now quickly access attorneys they can trust and those same attorneys are able to demonstrate publicly their support for parental equality.'
'Three out of every four Danes want to ban the circumcision of boys, unless it's for medical reasons. AYouGov survey for Metroxpress newspaper revealed that 74 percent of the over 1,000 Danes asked want to completely or partially ban the circumcision of boys, while just 10 percent want the practice to remain legal.
“Circumcision is cutting a healthy part of the body from a boy,” Lena Nyhus, the founder of Intact Danmark, an association against the circumcision of children, told Metroxpress. “Denmark ought to be a pioneer when it comes to children's rights. We need an age limit of 18 years.”
While it is illegal to circumcise girls in Denmark, about 1,000-2,000 Danish primarily Jewish and Muslim boys are circumcised every year. In comparison, about every second boy in the US is circumcised.
The only political parties that want it banned are Enhedslisten and Liberal Alliance, but the entire political sphere will discuss the issue today in parliament.'
Video here. Interesting little educational video on the topic. The entire MinuteEarth channel looks pretty interesting; I'll have to watch a few more of their vids. Anyway, an article here discusses localized unexplained (but theorized) reductions in M:F birth sex ratios in certain parts of the world, including the US and Japan. The most likely culprit appears to be industrial chemicals in the environment affecting men's sperm production rates as well as how many X vs. Y chromosome-bearing sperm cells men are producing, when no other cause such as selective sex abortion, etc., can explain it.
'A Facebook message a woman sent to her former sex partner announcing she was pregnant was not sufficient legal notice to support terminating the father’s parental rights, the Oklahoma Supreme Court ruled this week.
How much of an obligation a pregnant woman has to seek out and notify an absent father has been a point of contention in some parental rights termination cases.
It’s an issue upon which even state Supreme Court justices disagreed.
In a minority opinion, Justice James R. Winchester contended it was the father’s responsibility to inform himself of the pregnancy.
“The legislature has clearly pronounced its intent,” Winchester wrote. “The duty of the male who has sexual relations with a female is (1) to be aware that a pregnancy might occur and (2) to inform himself. He cannot complacently wait for the female to find him in the event of a pregnancy.”
Combs wrote that the court has consistently ruled that “in Oklahoma, the natural father of a child born out of wedlock is entitled to notice of the existence of the child so that the natural father has a chance to exercise his opportunity interest in developing a relationship with a child.”
“Instead of contacting father directly, mother left him a message on Facebook, which is an unreliable method of communication if the account holder does not check it regularly or have it configured in such a way as to provide notification of unread messages by some other means,” Combs wrote. “This court is unwilling to declare notice via Facebook alone sufficient to meet the requirements of the due process clauses of the United States and Oklahoma Constitutions because it is not reasonably certain to inform those affected.”'
'An Arizona State University rally against rape culture has been criticized for actually promoting rape culture because it encourages men to respect women — and respect for women should be “a given” and not have to be encouraged.
Two organizations, a women’s group named “WOW Factor!” and a men’s group named “Man Up,” have hosted the “Rally for Respect” at the university annually — but an opinion column in the school newspaper last week raised troubling concerns about the rally and the groups involved.
In the column, student Kaelyn Polick-Kirkpatrick said she had been listening to video statements from the 2013 event and was disturbed to hear things such as, “That 300 men have pledged to respect women on campus is something really great” and “when the men were doing the pledge to respect women, I was thinking wow, this is really cool.”
“Are we really rewarding men for respecting women?” she wrote, comparing the rally to “handing out gold stars to mildly decent human beings who probably don’t even realize the organizations they are part of are full of sexism and misogyny."'
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