Prominent veterinarian says men must be deliberate about promoting gender equality

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'Dr. Douglas G. Aspros takes the lack of female leadership in veterinary medicine personally.

Raised by a mother who worked most of her life as a teletype machine operator, educated at progressive New York institutions where male and female students were treated equally, and inspired by a female member of a Nobel Prize–winning research team, Dr. Aspros spent his early years unaware of gender bias.
Women have made up more than 50 percent of veterinary classes since 1986. They currently comprise 60 percent of the veterinary profession and 80 percent of veterinary students, according to Dr. Aspros. Yet the people at the highest levels of veterinary leadership are predominantly male.'


At veterinary colleges, male students are in the minority

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CMT Honors Only Women at Annual Artists of the Year Show

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'CMT is changing their Artists of the Year show to honor only women, including Carrie Underwood, Miranda Lambert, Kelsea Ballerini, Maren Morris, Karen Fairchild and Kimberly Schlapman of Little Big Town and Hillary Scott of Lady Antebellum.

The move comes as female artists in the genre have been outspoken about the lack of opportunities for them. Women have been shut out of nominations for major country awards, such as CMA's entertainer of the year category for two years in a row, and men overwhelmingly dominate country radio charts.

CMT senior vice president of music and talent Leslie Fram said she hopes dedicating the entire show to women in country music — past, present and future — will spark a "much-needed change in the industry." The show airs on CMT on Oct. 17 at 8 p.m. Eastern/Pacific.'

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Author Of ‘How To Murder Your Husband’ Arrested For Allegedly Killing Her Husband

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'A romantic suspense novelist who once penned an essay entitled “How To Murder Your Husband,” has been charged with killing her husband, Dan Brophy.

Police in Portland, Oregon arrested Nancy Crampton-Brophy, 68, last Wednesday and charged her with murder and the unlawful use of a weapon. Her husband, a 63-year-old chef, was fatally shot in a kitchen at the Oregon Culinary Institute on June 2, The Oregonian reported.
Crampton-Brophy has since made her now-famous essay “How To Murder Your Husband” private. It was published on the See Jane Publish blog and reportedly included sections on motives and possible weapons.

In 2012, Crampton-Brophy told the Romancing the Genres blog what attracted her to romantic suspense stories.

“Murder, mayhem and gore seem to come naturally to me which means my husband has learned to sleep with one eye open,” she told the blog.'

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The Tonight Show Cancels Norm Macdonald Appearance Amid Backlash to His Comments on #MeToo Movement

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'Norm Macdonald‘s appearance on The Tonight Show has been cancelled amid an online backlash to comments he made about the #MeToo movement in a new interview.

During his talk with The Hollywood Reporter, Macdonald said, “I’m happy the #MeToo movement has slowed down a little bit. It used to be, ‘One hundred women can’t be lying.’ And then it became, ‘One woman can’t lie.’ And that became, ‘I believe all women.’ And then you’re like, ‘What?’ Like, that Chris Hardwick guy I really thought got the blunt end of the stick there.”

He went on to talk about what Roseanne Barr and Louis C.K. are going through right now (though he later apologized for those particular comments).'

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Sperm Count Zero

A GQ article actual men may want to read here. Excerpt:

'Men are doomed. Everybody knows this. We're obviously all doomed, the women too, everybody in general, just a waiting game until one or another of the stupid things our stupid species is up to finally gets us. But as it turns out, no surprise: men first. Second instance of no surprise: We're going to take the women down with us.

There has always been evidence that men, throughout life, are at higher risk of early death—from the beginning, a higher male incidence of Death by Mastodon Stomping, a higher incidence of Spiked Club to the Brainpan, a statistically significant disparity between how many men and how many women die of Accidentally Shooting Themselves in the Face or Getting Really Fat and Having a Heart Attack.

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Should We Still Cite the Scholarship of Serial Harassers and Sexists?

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'Here’s a question we haven’t asked about structural sexism in academe: Do we still keep citing the scholarship of serial harassers and sexists? Within their institutions, they may finally get the fate due to them (or not). But their citational legacy will live on, sometimes even in the form of the pro-forma citations that reviewers expect to see in a manuscript, and ask for if they don’t.

And for those men whose academic sexism hasn’t risen to the level of actionable correction, and very likely won’t — while they continue ignoring female scholars and belittling their work on a daily basis — their reputation overall will remain clean. A serial sexist is unlikely to cite the work of female scholars, but if he is a predominant voice in your field or subfield, there is no way for you to avoid having to continue to build his academic reputation through citations, even if you would like to avoid doing so.'

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Cali seeks to fine companies without female Board members

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'To fix the stubbornly low numbers of women serving on corporate boards, investors have tried to pressure companies to add more female directors. Lawmakers have pushed to make boards report their diversity statistics and have passed resolutions urging companies to add more female directors voluntarily. Start-ups have curated lists of qualified, director-approved female candidates.

But now California has a new tactic: Force boards to hire women — and levy monetary fines if they don't.

The state legislature recently passed a bill that would require every publicly traded company with its principal offices in California to have at least one woman on its board by the end of 2019. The bill, which is opposed by many business groups and could face legal challenges, is waiting for Gov. Jerry Brown's signature.'

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Heartbroken parents harvest dead son's sperm to create 'designer grandson' in British 'first'

Article here. If I recall right here in the US it is unlawful to take ova from a dead woman's body and use them to create a baby unless she has specifically permitted it in writing prior to her death. Any lawyers out there who can chime in? Excerpt:

'A wealthy couple harvested sperm from their dead son and used it to create a "designer grandson" in likely the first case of its kind in Britain.

The couple were left devastated after their only child was killed in a motorcycle crash and seemingly ended their chance of becoming grandparents.

But the pair, who are in their 50s, were reportedly desperate for an heir decided to harvest the 26-year-old's sperm, which was frozen and exported to the US, bypassing strict laws in the UK.

Their grandson is now three and is believed to be living with them in Britain in a case that highlights ethical and legal concerns.

The grandparents chose to use gender selection techniques to create a grandchild, who was born using donor eggs and a surrogate, the Mail on Sunday reported.

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‘Feminist’ denial on all the ways women have it better

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'It’s always entertaining when a poorly thought-out feminist argument refutes itself, saving the rest of us the trouble.

In a widely shared moment late last week, Sen. Kamala Harris asked Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, “Can you think of any laws that give government the power to make decisions about the male body?”

The question was in the midst of Harris’ extensive grandstanding so Kavanaugh didn’t have an immediate answer. But there’s an obvious one: Selective Service.

Every American male 18-25 has to register with the Selective Service System, which maintains their information in the case of military conscription. If America is ever again in a war and needs to reinstate the draft, those male bodies will be the ones to go.

Had Kavanaugh thought of that answer, it would have exposed a hidden truth: Being female is amazing. Meanwhile, being a man does not seem like a good thing at all.

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CBS' outgoing CEO to donate $20 million to #MeToo groups

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'CBS Corporation announced on Sunday that chairman and CEO Leslie Moonves is departing the company, effective immediately. Moonves' exit comes hours after The New Yorker published accounts from six women with allegations of sexual assault or misconduct, following allegations by six other women in July.

A financial exit package for Moonves will be withheld pending the results of an ongoing investigation into the allegations against him. Moonves was eligible for as much as $180 million if fired without cause, according to an employment contract he signed in May 2017. Recent reports indicated a potential payout in the range of $100 million.

The company said in a statement that CBS and Moonves will donate $20 million to one or more organizations that support the #MeToo movement and equality for women in the workplace. The donation will be made immediately, the statement said, and deducted from any severance he ultimately receives.

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UK: Making misogyny a hate crime is sinister and absurd

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'Nevertheless, the man who was foolish enough – and, it transpired, drunk enough – to put his hand on my behind clearly thought he was perfectly entitled to do so and that he could get away with doing it.

What he did was rude, unacceptable and wrong, as I explained in no uncertain terms, before insisting he apologise.

But was his bottom-slapping a crime? And does the fact that he only did it to me because I am a woman make it an even worse crime?

According to Labour MP Stella Creasy and her band of feminista warriors, the answer to both those questions is an overwhelming Yes.

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Consent obsession still isn't enough, apparently

Article here. This article does a great job showing why investing in sex-bot development is a good move. Excerpt:

'He looked scared. Somewhere in our five-year age gap, a dramatic shift must have taken place in sexual training. I sensed this would be a different kind of hookup than I was used to, but I couldn’t predict how.

I lay down on my bed, and he lay beside me.

“Is this O.K.?” he said.

“I invited a guy from Tinder to my empty apartment on a snow day,” I said. “Let’s just assume you have blanket consent.”

“I’m not comfortable with that.”

I looked at his earnest eyes, hair flopping into his face, stubble that was already reddening my skin (I had already decided I didn’t mind). Hadn’t I already said yes several times? Wasn’t I lying there with him, my leg tossed over his, my whole body arcing toward him?'

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Federal appellate court: denial of cross-examination violates due process

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'Today, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit issued the strongest judicial opinion to date in support of the right to cross-examination in campus judicial proceedings that turn on credibility. The decision is also remarkable for its support for allowing students the active participation of an advisor, which would provide effective cross-examination while avoiding the potential problems with having the parties personally cross-examine one another in sexual misconduct proceedings.
The court, building on its September 2017 decision in Doe v. University of Cincinnati, held that “if a university is faced with competing narratives about potential misconduct, the administration must facilitate some form of cross-examination in order to satisfy due process.”'

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Sen. Kamala Harris: Any laws to make decisions on male body?

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'Sen. Kamala Harris of California asks Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh: "Can you think of any laws that give the government the power to make decisions about the male body?"'


Circumcision Legality and Consent Laws

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University forms 'feminist fight club' to fight the patriarchy

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'A public university in Colorado has formed a “feminist fight club” as a part of the administration’s effort to identify and correct behaviors that may disadvantage women in the classroom and workplace.

Colorado State University has partnered with the author of the book Feminist Fight Club, Jessica Bennett, to form an on-campus chapter of “feminist fight club” that will help to promote gender equity on campus.
As a part of their efforts, the club has created several exercises that help to show how gender discrimination exists in society. One example of this is a “Penile Service Announcement,” in which women are invited to list several ways in which men can be an ally to women. As a part of the exercise, women are encouraged to photocopy fliers for the PSA and distribute them on male desks in the classroom.

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