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'National Football League running back Ray Rice was arrested and indicted for aggravated assault on March 27, 2014, after he punched his then-fiancée in the face, rendering her unconscious. Five months later, the NFL suspended Rice indefinitely.

U.S. Soccer goaltender Hope Solo was arrested on June 21, 2014 and charged with two counts of fourth degree assault, one against her half-sister and the other against her nephew. According to the police report, Solo’s sister was visibly injured and the boy had blood on his shirt.

But while the NFL took strong action, the U.S. Soccer Federation only made excuses:

“We are aware that Hope is handling a personal situation at this moment. At the same time, she has an opportunity to set a significant record that speaks to her hard work and dedication over the years with the National Team. While considering all factors involved, we believe that we should recognize that in the proper way.”

This represents an unacceptable double-standard. Double-standards have no place in our nation’s effort to end to domestic violence. ESPN has called for Solo’s immediate suspension.

TAKE ACTION NOW:

Tell U.S. Soccer to immediately suspend goalkeeper Hope Solo, and bring an end to the double standards!'

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'Who knew? Who knew that math … excluded so many? For, according to the Teach For America website, “math has traditionally been seen as the domain of old, White men.”

Hmm. I wonder how the Mayans, then, managed to create their exquisitely accurate calendar long before the rapacious Caucasian came ashore?

Just don’t bring up such ... “uncomfortable” questions to those who believe the “OWM” (Old White Men) theory of math. Sure, it’ll make them squirm a bit, but you’ll most likely be subjected to a litany of the usual PC nonsense, notably that you’re exercising your “white privilege.”

But I digress. EAG news.org reports:

"Judging from the math curriculum recommended, this TFA group, like all other social justice educators, wants minorities to believe that what relates most to their lives in America is racism and oppression.

For example, the site recommends “Critically Conscious Mathematics” and “Radical Math.”

Radical Math was created by educator Jonathan Osler several years ago while teaching at El Puenta Academy in New Jersey. Osler taught Radical Math along-side Cathy Wilkerson, a former member of the Weather Underground Organization (with Bill Ayers) who once participated in a plot to detonate a nail bomb at a dance for military personnel at Fort Dix.

Radical Math provides hundreds of social justice math lessons obviously meant to indoctrinate. For example, lesson titles include “Sweatshop Accounting,” “Racism and Stop and Frisk,” “When Equal Isn’t Fair,” “The Square Root of a Fair Share” and “Home Buying While Brown or Black.”"
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'LOCRI, ITALY – Walk into the Cordi’ family home, and you see photographs of solemn men, one after another, staring down from the walls. These images tell the story of one of Italy’s most powerful mafia families, as brutal as it is sad.

There is Cosimo — husband, father and reputed clan boss — gunned down on a bicycle during a turf war. And Salvatore, the eldest son, recently ordered into solitary confinement while serving a 30-year murder sentence. There is Domenico, jailed for Mafia crimes, and Antonio, battling depression in a prison psychiatric ward.

Then there is Riccardo, the youngest, still a boy with melancholy eyes.
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By age 16, Riccardo seemed destined to go the way of his brothers; that is the rule of blood in Calabria’s powerful ‘ndrangheta clans, a global force in the cocaine trade.

But his mother is tired of making prison pilgrimages up and down Italy, and wishes for him a different fate.
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Two summers ago, Riccardo became the first of about 20 young men from some of the most notorious crime families to be ordered by a court into exile, into a kind of rehab away from the mob. This daring tactic by a judge is threatening the ‘ndrangheta by taking away its most precious asset: its sons.'

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'As of Monday, September 22, 2014, only female ELS [English language classes for foreign students] participants will be permitted to reside in campus housing," Lorisa Lorenzo, Eckerd's associate dean for student life, wrote in an email sent Wednesday to all students.

The sudden policy shift, undertaken by Eckerd and acceded to by ELS, follows a tumultuous August. Authorities last month dealt with violations ranging from alcohol and catcalls to two allegations of sexual assault reported by female Eckerd students.

It is unclear whether either alleged attacker has been identified. Nonetheless, all four male ELS students on the campus have moved into homes or nearby hotels.

The ban also affects future ELS students and runs indefinitely, or at least until Eckerd and ELS administrators can work out an agreement that could allow male ELS students to return to a dormitory. The new policy also imposes an 8 p.m. curfew on the 42 ELS students now living off the campus, male or female, by which they must have left the property.

"The problem is one or two of the men. It's not all the men," said Mariadelcarmen Jimenez, 27, of Paraguay, who has lived on the campus while studying at ELS for seven months. "Eckerd and ELS students have the same problem about drinking and drugs. The students at Eckerd don't move. But the students at ELS move."

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'The most animated speaker was Gillibrand, who condemned opposition to expanding paid family leave across the country.

The Family and Medical Insurance Leave Act would establish a national paid family and medical leave insurance program so workers would not have to choose between a paycheck and caring for themselves or a family member, said Gillibrand.

“In every other industrialized, wealthy country in the world they have paid leave,” the senator said. “Europe has up to six months. Even Afghanistan and Pakistan have paid leave, but we do not have paid leave in this country, and because of that when forced to meet a family need, an urgent care need, often times women are forced to leave the workplace because they cannot take that time off unpaid.”
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Sure Pakistan and Afghanistan have paid leave for women. They also have prisons full of women who left their husbands. There are rather few Afghan women even in the workplace.

Those who are often work for Western NGOs who would provide family leave anyway.

On paper, Afghanistan has some very generous laws for women in the workplace. 100% employer responsibility, sure. Take as many weeks off as you want.

In reality, the justice system is nearly inaccessible, illiteracy is widespread and the average income is measured in cents a day.
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Men can and do kill women with impunity. But they’ve got weeks of 100 percent paid family leave on the books somewhere. So they’re shining models for the progs.'

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'More Americans than ever are staying single. According to a new Pew Research Center survey, a record one in five Americans over 25 are in the "never-married" category.

There are a whole bunch of reasons for this. One is that people just don't want to get married as much as they used to — as of 2010, 61 percent of never-married Americans said they wanted to get married. Today, it's only 53 percent.

But the labor market also is a big hurdle here — more specifically, women's pesky expectation that their husbands participate in it.
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Yes, the playing field is even for all unmarried people, with 97 men for every 100 women, but only 65 of those men are working. For young never-marrieds, it's also looking historically grim. Among never-married people age 25 to 34, there are 126 men for every never-married woman, but only 91 of those men are working. Back in 1960, there were 139 working, never-married men for all 100 never-married women.

And this dearth varies hugely by race, at least among young people. For every 100 young black women, there are only 51 employed young black men.
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... But one area where this decline of marriage matters is in childbearing. Children from married families do better at school than children who grow up in other arrangements, as I wrote last week, and broadly speaking, marriages on the whole tend to be more stable than cohabiting relationships. Stable families simply create more social mobility.'

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'Masculinity has been found to play a significant role in causing depression among men, psychologists from the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) say.

About six million American men suffer from depression every year, yet few of them are likely to seek help from medical professionals. Traditional masculine traits, which confine emotional expression and encourage ideas of success, power and competition, often compel men to hide their emotions and avoid seeking help. This, in turn, can lead to depression, according to researchers from the NIMH.

Traditional signs of depression, such as sadness, worthlessness and excessive guilt, may not always characterize many men’s depressive periods. Instead, researchers have coined the term “male-based depression” to signify a type of depression which is reflected in symptoms including irritableness and anger, a loss of interest in work and hobbies, insomnia, and a higher likelihood of drug and alcohol abuse. When coupled with substance abuse, these symptoms can mask more commonly-recognized signs of depression, making them harder to detect and effectively treat, said Dr. Aaron Rochlen, a Psychologist from the University of Texas.'

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'Last week, writers for the New York Times and the Washington Post asked why, as we continue to confront domestic violence and likely coverups within the NFL, “no one” is talking about Hope Solo, a goalkeeper for the women’s national soccer team who was this summer was charged with assaulting her sister and teenage nephew. “When Ray Rice, Greg Hardy and Adrian Peterson were arrested, there were loud calls for those players to be suspended,” Juliet Macur wrote for the Times. “The response to Solo’s case? The sound of crickets — except on game days, when it changes to applause. And that’s inexcusable.”
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We are often asked to divert our attention from the systemic violence that women face with cries of “women do it, too” or “sometimes women lie about abuse.” When this happens, we are asked to take these claims — statistically and historically different — as the same. These are derailing tactics, more often than not. When we read about sexual assault, we are asked again and again to consider the incidence of false allegations. When we learned each new detail of Ray Rice’s brutal assault, we were asked to remember that Janay Rice hit him too. And now that we are using the NFL as the lens through which we can view our culture’s deadly domestic violence problem, we are being accused of unjustly focusing our anger. It seems that the only time people want to talk about the violence that women commit is when we seem to, for once, be talking about the violence that women experience.

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'Watson clearly believes that feminism — which, she stressed, is about equality and not bashing men — will also solve men’s problems. But, unfortunately, feminism in its present form has too often ignored sexist biases against males, and sometimes has actively contributed to them. Until that changes, the movement for gender equality will be incomplete.
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Men must, indeed, “feel welcome to participate in the conversation” about gender issues. But very few will do so if that “conversation” amounts to being told to “shut up and listen” while women talk about the horrible things men do to women, and being labeled a misogynist for daring to point out that bad things happen to men too and that women are not always innocent victims in gender conflicts. A real conversation must let men talk not only about feminist-approved topics such as gender stereotypes that keep them from expressing their feelings, but about more controversial concerns: wrongful accusations of rape; sexual harassment policies that selectively penalize men for innocuous banter; lack of options to avoid unwanted parenthood once conception has occurred. Such a conversation would also acknowledge that pressures on men to be successful come not only from “the patriarchy” but, often, from women as well. And it would include an honest discussion of parenthood, including many women’s reluctance to give up or share the primary caregiver role.

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'In a recent address to a United Nations education event, First Lady Michelle Obama decided to shine the light on a certain nation’s treatment of women. No, it wasn’t Saudi Arabia where females aren’t allowed to drive, or the Congo where rape is brutal and systematic. It was the United States.

Here’s the relevant portion of the First Lady’s speech of September 24: “[W]omen here are still woefully underrepresented in our government and in the senior ranks of our corporations. We still struggle with violence against women and harmful cultural norms that tell women how they’re supposed to look and act.”

Now, it’s not just that singling out the United States for such criticism in our rough-hewn world is a bit like maligning a neighbor who wouldn’t buy his wife a new mink while ignoring the wife-beater across the street; it’s that, critics might point out, what’s explicit and implicit in M. Obama’s criticism is very much the opposite of the truth.

Starting with the matter of violence, men are more likely than women to be victims of assault. Moreover, as  The New American recently reported and contrary to conventional wisdom, women in America commit domestic violence more frequently than men do.

The matter of “underrepresentation” is an interesting one. While what the First Lady says is true, skewing the picture is what she doesn’t say: Everybody is underrepresented in something.'

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'The problem of sexual assault on the University of Chicago campus, and how the University is handling those cases, is top of mind for many.

Now, the father of one young man named on an anonymously posted list of alleged rapists has contacted FOX 32 News to say the allegations are false, made by a spurned lover after a make-out session.

The father said the University provided his son with a letter letter of exoneration. The man asked FOX 32 not to use his name because the university threatened his son with disciplinary action if he went public to defend himself. But at the same time the father said the University has refused to take action against the woman suspected of posting the young man's name on the 'rapist list.'

“Just because it's anonymous and because we don't really know anything about the process, it scares me that people have the ability to smear and slander anyone who they want,” said Ben Offen, a freshman from Boston.

The student's father plans to sue the woman and the university for defamation, and legal experts said he might have a good case.

“The First Amendment affords people the right to make lists and rank people according to how good looking they are or how much of a good guy or bad guy they are,” said Daliah Saper, a defamation attorney with Saper Law in Chicago. “But if that list turns into something more sinister or if you're accusing someone of a crime, then certainly you're not within your rights under the First Amendment to spread false statements of fact about individuals.”'

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'The Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) has selected the State Department’s African Women’s Entrepreneurship Program (AWEP) as one of this year’s CGI Commitment to Action honorees for its program to help the women entrepreneurs develop and integrate their businesses into local supply chains.

Through the support of the Clinton Global Initiative, AWEP will launch the “Missing Middle of Africa Supply Chain Project,” a program that will facilitate supplier development opportunities for African women entrepreneurs. This CGI Commitment to Action will reach more than 5,000 beneficiaries in Sub-Saharan Africa. This program will significantly increase the funding opportunities available to AWEP members, enable greater access to global markets and increase trade and investment in Africa.

Working with partner organizations – the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), the African Diaspora Marketplace, the Small Enterprise Assistance Funds, Western Union, Deloitte Consulting, the Women’s Presidents Organization and WEConnect International -- AWEP entrepreneurs will develop strategic mentoring and partnerships with U.S. women-owned firms.

AWEP members include more than 1,600 businesses and 22 chapters throughout sub-Saharan Africa. ...'

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'WASHINGTON / September 25, 2014 – SAVE, a national victim-advocacy organization, is today calling on Gov. Jerry Brown to veto SB-967, which would impose an Affirmative Consent requirement on California colleges. The bill has been the focus of national ridicule and controversy since it was introduced earlier this year.

Stop Abusive and Violent Environments – SAVE – believes it is illogical to believe that a rapist intent on committing a violent assault would be deterred by the need to obtain a woman’s on-going “affirmative, conscious, and voluntary agreement,” as the law would require. SAVE charges the bill’s Affirmative Consent provisions would lull potential victims into a false of security.

SB-967 would also blur the distinction between consensual sex and criminal rape, SAVE says. This would serve to squander investigative resources on highly questionable cases and to trivialize the legitimate needs of rape survivors.

Robin Koerner has observed, “Most consensual sexual activity between normal people does not involve the kind of explicit, subsequently provable statement of consent, that this bill demands.” The bill would also have the effect of removing the presumption of innocence and removing due process protections for the accused: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/robin-koerner/no-sex-please-were-califo_b_5774674.html'

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'A rival statistic to the nation’s divorce rate shakes up the conversation on societal expectations that mom shoulder sole responsibility for child rearing while dad serves as breadwinner. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, more than 40 percent of children born in the United States are born to unmarried parents.

This means that outside of divorce, a significant portion of our nation’s children enter child custody courts by default, which is where the problem becomes worse for today’s modern families. Contrary to common belief, when child custody cases turn ugly, judges rarely equally divide parenting. The old-fashioned model from the ‘50s where mom receives custody and dad gets “visitation” reigns more than 90 percent of the time.

These statistics remind me that our moms need not feel forced into the role of June Cleaver any more than dad should accept his role as Ward. Despite our family courts insistence of being a last hideout to gender inequality, our society has changed and moreover research shows that shared parenting — often defined as equal joint and physical custody — is best for children and also benefits mothers in many ways, including:

Moms get paid. Numerous studies show that child support compliance rates are significantly higher in instances of shared parenting compared to sole custody arrangements. ...

Moms succeed professionally. When moms and dads share parenting time, moms have equal time to pursue their careers. ...'

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'Debbie Wasserman Schultz should try to find a new phrase to describe how Republican governors are treating women, because her current one really isn’t working out well.

For the second time within the past month, footage of the DNC chairwoman has surfaced in which she accused a Republican governor of giving women “the back of his hand.”

Wasserman Schultz, who was widely condemned for making the thought-to-be initial comment referring to Wisconsin governor Scott Walker, made the exact same comment about Florida governor Rick Scott about a week prior to reports of her accusations toward Walker.'

Previously-reported incident discussed on MANN: DNC chairwoman Wasserman Schultz compares Gov. Scott Walker to a domestic abuser

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