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'First of all, it’s time to stop calling the United States a patriarchy. A patriarchy is a system where men hold the power and women do not. Women do hold power in the United States — they lead major universities and giant corporations, write influential books, serve as state and federal judges and even manage winning presidential campaigns. American women, especially college-educated women, are the freest and most self-determining in human history. Why pretend otherwise?

Feminism is drowning in myth-information. Advocates never tire of telling us that women are cheated out of nearly a quarter of their salary; that one in four college women is sexually assaulted, or that women are facing an epidemic of online abuse and violence. Such claims are hugely distorted, but they have been repeated so often that they have taken on the aura of truth. Workplace discrimination, sexual assault and online threats are genuine problems, but to solve them women need sober analysis, not hype and spin. Exaggerated claims and crying wolf discredit good causes and send scarce resources in the wrong direction.

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A bungled case of attempted workplace violence, here. Excerpt:

'A Prescott woman is facing attempted homicide and arson charges after she returned to work following a dispute armed with a knife, a rifle and a torch.

Around 6:28 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 3, Prescott police responded to the Wal-Mart store at 3050 Highway 69 in Prescott, after the manager of the store called 9-1-1 to report a disorderly woman in the parking lot with a rifle.

Officers found 24-year-old Ebonice Johnson, Prescott, near the back of the store and took her into custody without incident.
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Detectives served a search warrant at Johnson's home and located evidence related to her intentions and plans to harm her co-workers. At this point it appears Johnson was motivated by her dissatisfaction at work and the investigation is not revealing any other cause for her extreme behavior. Johnson was booked into the Yavapai County Jail on charges including four counts of attempted homicide (pre-meditated), arson of an occupied structure, and weapons misconduct-all are felony charges.

Johnson lawfully purchased the rifle a year and a half ago and had no previous convictions related to weapons misconduct.'

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'According to the World Bank, in the year 2015 the extreme poverty rate (less than $2/day) around the world allegedly dropped below 10% for the first time. Although this is good progress, extreme poverty, for 702 million people, remains an international crisis. We know that women and children are deeply impacted socially and academically by living in poverty.

Politicians, economists and other organizations have many ideas for solving this crisis. United Nations officials, for example, have set a noble goal “to end poverty in all its forms everywhere by 2030”—also known as Sustainable Development Goal #1.2 Is this goal well intentioned? Indeed. Is it attainable? That depends on how one makes sense of the problem. Misdiagnosing the source of this poverty problem can lead to the wrong prescribed solution—no matter how well-intentioned.
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Current social science research powerfully asserts: “...there is a Father-Factor in our [world’s] worst social problems. In other words, for many of our most intractable social ills affecting children, father absence is to blame.” In the United States over 24 million children are growing up without their biological father; in the year 2014 nearly a quarter of children lived in father-absent homes. Dr. Pat Fagan writes: “The Index of Family Belonging for the United States is now just above 45%, which means that 45% of U.S. children on the cusp of adulthood have grown up in an intact married family.”

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'A private Massachusetts university considers coercion to be a form of rape, according to its website.

A part of Clark University’s guide for sexual survivors, “A Definition of Rape, Sexual Assault and Related Terms,” breaks down consent, sexual abuse, stranger rape and heterosexism, among other things.

Coercion, as defined by the university, “is considered rape/sexual assault.”

“Coercion is the use of emotional manipulation to persuade someone to something they may not want to do — like being sexual or performing sexual acts,” the college’s website states.

“Being coerced into having sex or performing sexual acts is not consenting to having sex and is considered rape/sexual assault,” it continues.'

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Ruling here. Excerpt (pp 10-11):

'Defendants maintain that the UC disciplinary process does not prohibit cross-examination. Instead, parties are able to submit questions to the ARC Chair who may in his or her discretion, ask those questions to the witnesses at the hearing. Defendants explain that the reason cross-examination was unavailable in this case was because Jane Roe did not attend the disciplinary hearing. The Court acknowledges that in some cases, this format of cross-examination may not constitute a due process violation. However, in this case, Plaintiff was effectively denied the right to cross-examination because he was not notified in advance of the hearing that Jane Roe would not be present at the ARC Hearing. It was plain at the hearing that Plaintiff intended to ask certain questions, but because Jane Roe was not present at the hearing, he was not able to ask those questions. While this is not to say that UC’s procedures must require the complainant to be present, at the very least, Plaintiff should have had the opportunity to submit written cross-examination questions to the ARC Chair in accordance with the Student Code of Conduct.'

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'A Topeka man who answered a Craigslist ad to donate sperm so two women could have a baby together is not legally the child's father and isn't required to provide financial support, a Kansas judge has ruled.

The state Department for Children and Families had not decided as of Tuesday whether it would appeal last week's ruling by Shawnee County District Judge Mary Mattivi. The department sought to force William Marotta to pay child support for the girl born in December 2009.

Mattivi last year required Marotta to submit a DNA sample to confirm that he was the girl's biological father and declared he was not "a mere donor of sperm." But the judge's Nov. 22 ruling concluded that birth mother's former partner should be considered the child's second parent rather than Marotta, in part because he has had minimal contact with the girl.

The department filed a petition in 2012 to have Marotta declared the child's legal father and require him to pay child support after the women, birth mother Jennifer Schreiner and Angela Bauer, separated and Schreiner received assistance from the state. The department initially sought to reclaim about almost $6,100 in expenses associated with the child's birth.'

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Article here. I couldn't make this up if I wanted to. Excerpt:

'It all started with a conversation about vampires.

A man was curious about sucking someone's blood, so Victoria Vanatter, 19, allegedly gave him permission to cut her arm with a razor and drink some of her blood in the kitchen of a Springfield home.

The blood sucking, police say, was followed by arguing.

Court documents say there was some yelling and slapping before Vanatter grabbed a knife and stabbed the man several times.

Vanatter then "came to" and called 911, according to court documents.

Vanatter has been charged with first-degree domestic assault and armed criminal action in connection with the events that occurred Wednesday afternoon in Springfield.
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Vanatter said at one point she tried to prevent the man from leaving the home because she was worried about going to jail, but she eventually realized she would go to jail anyway so she called 911, according to the statement.

Vanatter and the man were each treated at the hospital and received stitches for their cuts. Vanatter is now being held at the Greene County Jail on $150,000 bond.'

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'Twice in the past month, graffiti appeared in three bathrooms on Pitzer College’s campus, naming students who were allegedly “perpetrators of rape culture” and “perpetrators of sexual assault.”

The first time the names appeared on the bathroom walls, on Oct. 26, administrators painted over them — but the next day, the graffiti was back.

Pitzer has been unable to identify which students or student organizations are behind the bathroom-writing campaign, though an investigation is ongoing.

The Pitzer Advocates for Survivors of Sexual Assault, a student organization, wrote in a campus-wide email that the graffiti was potentially deeply triggering.

“The danger of being confronted with the name of a past assaulter in this manner has the potential to be extremely re-traumatizing, and we want to encourage cognizance of this reality,” they said.

In response to the graffiti, Pitzer’s Title IX office sent a campus-wide email informing students about how to report a sexual assault, as well as resources for victims.

But administrators also noted that Title IX protects all students from gender-based discrimination and harassment, so “the email also offered support and resources to those named in the writings and is reaching out individually to all students affected by the writings,” says Title IX coordinator Corinne Vorenkamp.

Not everyone was pleased with the Title IX office’s outreach to students named and shamed on the bathroom walls. The student newspaper reported that some on campus found the Title IX office’s email “triggering in its defense of perpetrators of rape culture.”'

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'Canada’s military is moving women to the top of the recruiting line as part of its effort to bring more gender balance to its uniformed ranks.

The announcement came Tuesday after the auditor general concluded that the military’s aspiration of having women make up 25 per cent of its personnel within the next decade appeared to be just that — a dream with no strategy to actually accomplish the goal.
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But a report by the auditor general of Canada found that the military lacked a strategy to actually achieve that target.
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But on Tuesday, the general in charge of military personnel said there was a strategy ready to recruit more women and improve recruiting overall.

“To increase the representation of women in the (Canadian Armed Forces), women applicants who meet the required entry standards will go to the head of the queue,” Lt.-Gen. Christine Whitecross, commander of Military Personnel Command, said in a statement.

That move also includes the two military colleges, where young officers began their careers.'

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'For nearly 25 years I have been concerned about an issue that has received scant attention in the academy or the media: the problems faced by boys and men in our society. My own work on this started with a piece I wrote in 1993, titled “Loving Pale Males,” which talked about the dilemma I found myself in, as the liberal father of three boys, when men—especially white men, but really men in general—were being attacked by a growing feminist movement.

The piece came very close to being published in the New York Times magazine, but didn’t, and I couldn’t find a publisher elsewhere. Naively, I didn’t realize that with so much attention being paid to girls and women and their struggles, there was little room for anything dealing with concerns about males of any age.

In the years since, while I have found that I have a lot of company in my concerns, they have not hit the mainstream. But finally that may all be changing, with the release of a documentary by a young and courageous filmmaker named Cassie Jaye. The Red Pill is a look at the men’s rights movement by a self-identified feminist, who started out wanting to do a documentary about “rape culture,” but found herself suddenly listening to the voices of men talking about their pain. (The movie’s title comes from the 1999 feature film, The Matrix, where taking the red pill meant that you would now be able to see the unvarnished truth. It’s a term that has been widely used by men’s rights activists (or MRAs).)'

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'Back during the election campaign, a Fiscal Times columnist warned that even as Hillary Clinton played the woman card, more men were being dealt out of American society:

A key indicator of American male decline is the gender ratio at U.S. colleges. According to the National Center for Education Statistics, women accounted for 43% of enrollees in degree-granting postsecondary institutions in 1972. The other 57% were men. Forty years later, the ratio had flipped. In 2012, the latest year for which actual data were reported, women made up 57% of the college population, with men representing the remaining 43%. Further, NCES projects that the gap will widen by 2022, when women are expected to reach 61% of the college population. If that projection holds, America will have roughly 14 million female college students and only 10 million male college students.

If men are underrepresented in college, they’re overrepresented in prison, the column continued: “At the end of 2014, almost 93% of inmates in state and federal correctional facilities were male. There were over 1.4 million male prisoners compared with 113,000 female inmates.” State and local prisons are also overwhelmingly filled by men.'

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'For about a decade, men across the globe have forgone shaving in November to raise awareness about men’s health issues, from prostate cancer to male suicide.

The tradition had a good run, but now, suddenly, No-Shave November (also known as Movember) is apparently problematic.

Social-justice warriors worldwide have rushed to point out how the month-long event, regardless of its good intentions, is too gendered. In a nearly unintelligible sentence published by Sydney’s Daily Telegraph this month, one critic wrote: “It’s disappointing that what could’ve served as a much-needed dialogue about the many ways in which men, trans men included, can express their masculinity without resorting to chauvinist caricatures is in danger of devolving into at best a pissing contest between bros about who can grow the most facial hair to prove their manliness and at worst an implicit endorsement of 1950s-style gender norms, complete with transphobia.”'

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'As a country, we’ve chosen the expensive option: rather than treat addicts, we incarcerate them. When they reoffend, we incarcerate them again — and again and again and again.

Luckily, the inexpensive solution is also the humane solution. When we talk about female drug addicts, more often than not, we’re talking about women who were molested or beaten in childhood and self-medicated the only way they knew how. The path for them to get clean is to address the traumas that drive their addictions.

In Tulsa, Okla., I visited a female-only drug treatment center called Women in Recovery. Of their patients, 65 percent had been victims of childhood sexual abuse.
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Across the country, more than 215,000 women are incarcerated, and women are the fastest-growing segment of the incarcerated population — due in large part to the war on drugs. Diversion programs like Women in Recovery have sprung up in order to address the issues at the root of drug-related crimes.

Smith says that unlike prison, the best diversion programs are gender-specific, address trauma and aim to keep families intact. “Generally speaking, these programs are amazingly effective,” she said.

Most diversion programs cost less than prison, according to Smith, and provide further savings because they lower recidivism rates and decrease the chances that children will become criminals, too. In other words, everybody benefits.'

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'A student-led campaign at Carleton University to reserve one hour of gymnasium time for women only is gaining supporters, and some detractors.

The campaign was launched in early November by the Carleton University Students’ Association (CUSA) Womyn’s Centre, in partnership with the campus Muslim Students’ Association, the Graduate Students’ Association and a campus residence association.

Program co-ordinator Sydney Schneider said a survey circulated on campus generated 1,200 responses, most of them “overwhelmingly positive,” but the campaign is meeting with its share of detractors as well.

A counter-petition on Change.org has garnered 130 signatures, and some students on campus have expressed their dissent in other ways, with several reports of campaign posters being vandalized and torn down. Schneider called that response “disheartening.”

“The concept of segregating men and women in any way is inherently sexist,” states the petition, posted two weeks ago by a user named Candice Smith, who claims the student activists behind the campaign are using “twisted statistics in order to manipulate the student body.”'

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'A woman who falsely accused a man of raping her was sentenced to 18 months in prison Wednesday.

Katheran M. Lindell, 20, previously pleaded guilty in Muskingum County Common Pleas Court to falsification, a first-degree misdemeanor, and tampering with evidence, a third-degree felony.

Muskingum County Assistant Prosecutor Ron Welch argued that even though Lindell has no prior felonies, she should serve the maximum allowed sentence, which was three years in prison, because of the seriousness of the crime.

What she has done makes it harder for actual rape victims to receive justice, Welch said, which is already a difficult process. And the victim in this case, the man she accused, was the subject of an investigation for no reason.

"There is an individual who did absolutely nothing wrong and had his life turned upside-down," Welch said.'

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