Mandatory USC sex training tells students ‘consent is never a blanket statement’

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'As students returned to campus for the fall semester, the University of Southern California rolled out a program set on instilling the concept of “affirmative consent,” in hopes of making a “yes means yes” attitude the “standard in every sexual encounter at USC.”

Brenda Ingram, director of Relationship and Sexual Violence Prevention and Services at USC Student Health, launched the initiative called “Trojans Respect Consent,” in which all incoming freshmen, were required, beginning Monday, to undergo 90 minutes of training on her concept of “affirmative consent,” according to a school news release.
The director emphasizes that it is “critical” to “check in with your partner or partners every step of the way and continually assess whether they are able to provide rational, genuine consent.”

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Women's prison opens nursery for mothers, babies behind bars

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'For the first year of her life, 2-year-old Amia Kamer lived behind a chain-link fence at the Ohio Reformatory for Women, where her mother was serving 17 months on theft of drugs charge.

The all-women prison is the only one in the state with a nursery, where mothers who are pregnant at the time of incarceration and serving less than three years on minor charges can raise their newborn children to promote family bonding. The prison recently unveiled its newly built, $2 million nursery at a ceremony.'

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NYT levels new allegations vs. Brett K

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'One of Brett Kavanaugh's male classmates at Yale has alleged he saw friends of the Supreme Court Justice push his penis into the hand of a female student at a drunken party in the 1980s.

A New York Times article details an account by classmate Max Stier who says he saw Kavanaugh, who was a freshman, at a party with his pants down.

Friends allegedly pushed his penis in to a female student's hand at the dorm party. Stier told senators and the FBI about this, but the bureau did not investigate, according to the NYT.'

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Ladies, it’s not you -- there just aren’t enough ‘economically attractive’ men to marry, study says

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'Are you an unmarried straight woman with disposable income, wondering what the heck went so wrong in your life to leave you untethered to a man?

Well, ladies, as with most things, it isn’t your fault. It’s men, and also The Man.

According to a new study from Cornell University, reported on by KOIN, marriage rates in the United States are at a 150-year low.
The study says that to be “economically attractive,” a male marriage partner for a woman must have a bachelor’s degree or make at least $40,000 a year.'

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UK: Fireman Sam cancelled for toxic masculinity

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'If representation matters, doesn’t it matter for little boys, too? Not according to the Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue, which has determined that talking fire extinguishers will do more to recruit women to the force than the character of Fireman Sam, and isn’t particularly concerned about making the career choice attractive to little boys. At events and parades and things, fire fighters will no longer be permitted to dress as popular animated firefighter. Why can’t the firemen dress up as Fireman Sam? The answer is inclusion, of course. If firemen dress up as firemen it’s off putting to little girls who might otherwise want to be firemen.

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New DCCC Chief Wants to Cancel Male Candidates

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'The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee's newly appointed executive director wants to cancel male political candidates.

Lucinda Guinn, a former executive at pro-abortion fundraising giant EMILY's List, was named executive director of the embattled Democratic elections organization. The news comes as a blow to male Democrats, as Guinn has indicated on social media that she does not want men to run for office.

In a February tweet, Guinn appeared to agree with another user's proposal that "we shouldn't let boys run for office anymore."

The idea was initially raised by liberal think tank Third Way's senior vice president, Lanae Erickson, who asked, "Anyone else having the feeling that maybe we shouldn't let boys run for office anymore?"

"Sure do," Guinn said.

The DCCC did not return request for comment.'

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‘There’s no such thing as anonymity’: With consumer DNA tests, sperm banks reconsider long-held promises to donors

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'For generations, it was a basic tenet of donating sperm: Clinics could forever protect their clients’ identities.

But, increasingly, donor anonymity is dead.

The rise of consumer genetic tests — which allow people to connect with relatives they never knew they had, including some who never intended to be found in the first place — is forcing sperm donation clinics to confront the fact that it is now virtually impossible to guarantee anonymity to their clients. Instead, sites like 23andMe and are giving customers the genetic clues they need to identify biological parents on their own.

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Conservative women’s group on removing photos of male scholars: ‘We don’t have to erase men’ for female success

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'But Network of Enlightened Women President Karin Lips told Campus Reform that the success of young women is not dependent upon the presence or absence of portraits of men.

“In fostering an environment where everyone has equal opportunity to achieve their dreams, we should be careful not to erase history,” Lips said. “For women to succeed, we don't have to erase men or their past achievements.”

George Washington University professor Jonathan Turley also weighed in on the issue in a column for The Hill, writing, "for most of us, the obvious message is that these individuals achieved the highest honors in their fields, and the significance is neither their race nor their gender but their intellect...All those portraits represent the greatest among us as intellectuals. To see only their race and gender is not just backlash against intellectual achievement but can be itself a form of racial and gender bias."'

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Why We Need To Talk About Men

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'Luckily, Plank’s new book, “For the Love of Men: A New Vision for Mindful Masculinity,” which comes out Tuesday, attempts to dig into this Very Big Question, and drives home that a system we all participate in is one that we have the power to collectively transform.

Plank’s book paints a deeply-researched, compassionate and critical portrait of modern manhood. Through years of research and interviews with a diverse cross-section of men, she explores the ways that toxic ideas about masculinity push men into undue suffering, stifling their emotions, their friendships, their health, their professional and social fulfillment, their interactions with women, and their literal lifespans.

“We’re forcing people into boxes that don’t serve them or society,” Plank said. “And I’m interested in how transformative it can be for us to just have 1 percent of this conversation. Just for one guy to ask himself one question, I think, would be fundamentally huge for our society.”

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Australia: The treasurer claimed the gender pay gap has closed. Job done! Except for the facts

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'Isn’t this, then, cause for celebration? Not really. As one of Australia’s foremost experts on gender and work, Professor Rae Cooper from the University of Sydney noted when the latest statistics were released, the reduction in the pay gap over the last five years has coincided with a period of “chronically depressed male wages”.

That is, a large proportion of the decrease in the pay gap can be attributed to falling average full-time incomes for men over the last five years – a result largely due to the collapse of employment in the mining sector, as the end of the boom and a rapid uptake of automation has seen high-paid jobs, disproportionately held by men, disappear.

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In the new game of Monopoly, women make more than men

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'Tired: Mr. Monopoly. Wired: Ms. Monopoly.

One of America's most recognizable board games is getting an upgrade. Hasbro is debuting a new game celebrating women's empowerment -- Ms. Monopoly, marking the first time in Monopoly history when a new mascot will be featured on the cover of the game.

The twist? In Ms. Monopoly, female players will get more money.

Unlike the classic game, women will collect 240 Monopoly bucks when they pass "go," while male players will collect the usual 200. The idea is to create a game where women make more than men, the first game to do so, according to Hasbro.

It's "a fun new take on the game that creates a world where women have an advantage often enjoyed by men," the company said in a statement. "But don't worry, if men play their cards right, they can make more money too."'

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University under fire for requiring students to cross-examine each other in campus rape cases

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'When an appeals court told the University of Michigan last year that it must allow cross-examination in sexual-misconduct proceedings, the judges gave the taxpayer-funded institution two options.

It could let the student parties cross-examine each other, which would be cheaper but could subject students to “further harm or harassment.” Or it could let their “agents” handle cross-examination, most likely lawyers, and either pay for representation itself or let students hire their own lawyers.

The university chose the cheaper option.

UMich is facing blowback from both pro-accuser and due-process advocates for implementing an interim policy that is considered even worse than the process struck down by the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

The interim policy, now eight months old, only allows cross-examination in sexual-misconduct proceedings if it is performed by the accusing and accused student – a situation the 6th Circuit was reluctant to endorse.'

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By the way, a man was shot to death

I read this story and thought, how typical. Two murders: one a young mother, the other a man not even discussed in the article. 98% of the article talks about... you guessed it! Excerpt:

'A mum-of-one was stabbed to death last night just yards away from a fatal shooting.

The victim was knifed in the chest outside a tower block in Chalk Farm, near Camden in north London at around 11pm.

Met Police and paramedics dashed to the scene and, though CPR was administered, they were unable to save the woman.

The mum of a six-year-old boy was believed to be in her 20s and has been named locally as Shakirs.

A trail of blood could be seen on the ground near the scene of her death on Monday.
"The woman was pronounced dead at the scene at 23:55hrs."

Minutes after the stabbing, just yards away, a man was shot dead in what is believed to be an unrelated murder in Kentish Town.

An air ambulance was sent to the scene but the victim was pronounced dead shortly after midnight.

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No Jail Time For ‘Good Christian’ Who Circumcised Child Against Parents’ Wishes

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'Child Mutilation for Jesus: Devout Christian Martina Obi-Uzom will spend no time in jail after she posed as the mother of an 11-month-old boy in order to have the child circumcised against the parents’ wishes.

The Evening Standard reports:

A devout Christian pharmacist posed as the mother of a young boy to have him circumcised against his parents’ wishes, a court heard.

Martina Obi-Uzom, 70, took the child to a Jewish mohel, trained in the procedure, for the operation.

Obi-Uzom was accompanied by a male friend and filled in a consent form, duping the mohel into believing they were the boy’s parents.'

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Will Anyone Win in This Clash of #MeToo and Due Process?

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'The #MeToo movement has been entwined with controversy from the start. It has pushed into the light the enormous number of incidents of sexual abuse of women and girls that have been hidden in the shadows or brushed aside as part of the way things operate. The wave of cases and incidents now being recalled and reported by women is almost overwhelming. So is the anger. So is the backlash. And according to four Harvard law school professors, all female, so is the loss of due process in pursuing legal redress around cases of sexual abuse, particularly on college campuses.

These law professors consider themselves feminists and align with many of the goals and aims of the #MeToo movement. But their perspective on due process is winning applause from the Trump administration. This was not their intention, and it’s bringing no happiness to the rest of the movement.'

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