Men's Issues Club denied club status at universities

Josephine comes out swinging. Video here.

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New Zealand: Minister for Women says old white men should 'move on' from company boards

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'Women's Minister Julie Anne Genter says old white men need to "move on" from company boards to help close the gender pay gap.

Speaking to students at Christchurch's Cobham Intermediate School on Thursday, Genter said the private sector needed to address the low level of female representation on New Zealand company boards if more businesses were to be led by women.

About 85 per cent of board members were male, and many were "old white men in their 60s".'

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Martyrs of Marriage

A film on Netflix documenting misuse of India's Anti-Dowry Law here. Description:

'This documentary reveals the cracks in India's anti-dowry act and gives voice to both women and men who've been victimized by the law's abusers.'

Trailer here.

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UK: Lads Need Dads: one mum's mission to save British masculinity

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'Sonia Shaljean is on a one-woman mission to save fatherless British boys from what she calls a “void of masculinity”.

She’s founded inspiring Essex-based Community Interest Company, Lads Need Dads, which last week scooped a prestigious Centre For Social Justice National Family Award.

Having trained as a criminologist and counsellor and worked on front-line services with troubled men for over 20 years, Shaljean says her immersive and compassionate approach led to an awakening. “I’d worked a lot in anger management and change and started to piece together the affects of absent fathers when I was working across the domestic abuse, probation, homeless and addiction sectors. I started to ask: ‘Why are they like that?’ I saw the common thread of absent dads.'

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Sign Referencing Civil War Hero Is Sexual Harassment, Says Massachusetts Lawmaker

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'Here's a twist on the debate over public monuments to problematic figures like Confederate leaders: A Massachusetts state lawmaker wants to censor references to a man who scored Civil War era wins against the Confederacy. Her reasoning? That man's name is Joseph Hooker.
State Rep. Michelle DuBois (D-Plymouth) disagrees. She has been calling for the removal of a statehouse sign that reads "General Hooker Entrance" (so inscribed because it stands opposite a statue of General Hooker), which she described as an affront to "women's dignity."

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First sex doll brothel in Paris faces calls to close because it 'fuels rape fantasies'

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'A sex doll brothel in Paris is facing calls to be shut down – with angry critics branding it a 'degrading' place that fuels rape fantasies.

Councillors are set to decide the future of Xdolls, which opened in a neighbourhood in the heart of the French capital last month, at a meeting this week, Le Parisien reports.

Housed in a non-descript flat in the city, the business is officials registered as a games centre.

But its critics argue that it is actually a brothel – which are illegal to own or operate in France.
Lorraine Questiaux, a spokesperson for a Paris feminist association called Mouvement du Nid (Nest Movement), also wants Xdolls to be closed.

'Xdolls is not a sex shop. It's a place that generates money and where you rape a woman,' she told Le Parisien.

She added it was important to shut it down, noting that '86,000 women are raped in France every year.'

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America Has A Major Fatherlessness Problem On Its Hands

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'After yet another school shooting, which we all knew would eventually happen, the connection between fatherlessness and school shooters has finally been seriously exposed. Several videos, discussing the links between fatherlessness and school shooters, generated over ten million views and articles drew an unprecedented level of interest.

In fact, for the first time in decades, the issue broke into the national media, in a significant way. Top rated cable news program Tucker Carlson Tonight is dedicating every Wednesday in March to issues impacting “Men in America”. In announcing the series, he said:

“Does a generation of boys growing up without fathers pose a threat to this country? Of course it does, why wouldn’t it?”

Not to mention it hurts girls too.'

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Paris sex doll brothel 'encourages rape', but police say it's legal

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'Paris councillors will this week examine calls to shut down France's first ever sex doll brothel, which opened earlier this year and currently has four silicone women ready for "rent".

The move comes after police visited the premises in the middle-class 14th arrondissement and determined that it was breaking no laws and was not a threat to public order.

Communist members of the Paris Council have tabled a motion calling for the closure of the "brothel" on moral grounds, while feminist groups argue that it is encouraging a culture of rape.
“You cannot accuse a man of raping a doll. It is as if a woman were to file a complaint with the police against a dildo,” the source told Le Parisien.'

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Advocacy for the accused?

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'It was September 2017 when United States Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos spoke to a crowd at George Mason University about sexual assault on college campuses.

“There is no way to avoid the devastating reality of campus sexual misconduct: lives have been lost. Lives of victims. And lives of the accused,” said DeVos to a room of university students, according to the Washington Post.

This statement, made nearly six months ago, led to a shift in the narrative presented by colleges and universities around the country regarding sexual assault on campus.

UNC Wilmington was not immune to this change.

In the wake of DeVos’s comments, the U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights issued a statement saying that they were withdrawing the Dear Colleague Letter on Sexual Violence, which has been in place since April of 2011.'

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Kathie Lee Gifford Says She Hates 'the Male-Bashing That's Going on in the World Today'

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'Kathie Lee Gifford is standing up for the “good men” amid the #MeToo movement.

The Today show host recently spoke with SiriusXM’s Michelle Collins for an episode of The Michelle Collins Show and discussed a culture of “male-bashing” that she believes is taking place in society

“Any good, decent, wonderful man’s welcome to be along for the ride, because I hate the male-bashing that’s going on in the world today,” said Gifford, 64. “There are a lot of wonderful men.”

“I hate this whole thing of, ‘I’m not going to be happy until there’s not a good man left standing.’ I hate that,” she continued.

When Collins said that she doesn’t “think anyone feels that way,” Gifford insisted, “I do.”

“Oh gosh, I sense it. I hate it, because there are a lot of great men, great men. And let’s celebrate them, let’s be grateful for them,” she continued.'

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UK: Forklift driver killed himself after being falsely accused of rape

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'Ross Bullock, 38, met his accuser in February 2015 and the pair had sex at his workplace, before exchanging dozens of flirtatious messages.

But the following month Ross, from Redditch, Worcestershire, was arrested and questioned by cops, after the woman accused him of rape, according to the Mail On Sunday.

Mr Bullock showed officers the texts, including one exchange, where Mr Bullock asked: "Well I hope u had a good time," to which the woman replied: "It was alright I suppose!! X."

Police told him they wouldn't be taking action, but warned he could still be charged at a later date.

After a "year of torment", Mr Bullock hanged himself in the garage of his family home and left a note to say he had "hit rock bottom" and that he would be "free from this living hell".'

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Title IX Balance: Protect Victims or the Accused?

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'Many universities say they are seeing an increase in Title IX complaints in the wake of the #MeToo movement. Title IX was passed as part of the Educational Amendments of 1972, meant to prohibit sexual discrimination or inequality in education programs or activities. The #MeToo movement has helped bring justice to many victims but has also raised concerns about the rights of the accused. Education Sec. Betsy DeVos says she is concerned about the same balance in schools - justice for victims while protecting due process rights. But could a shift in policy once again discourage sexual assault victims from coming forward? Soledad O’Brien sits down with Debora Osgood, an expert in civil rights in education, to discuss.'

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Student disciplined in classroom dispute allowed to return to class

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'A student at the center of a dispute over free speech and classroom etiquette at Indiana University of Pennsylvania can return to his religious studies class, and disciplinary proceedings have been shelved — at least temporarily, IUP president Michael Driscoll said Monday.

The student, Lake Ingle, faced university sanctions after he complained in class about a speaker’s opinions on topics including white male privilege, sexism and gender pay disparities.

In a prepared statement Monday, Mr. Driscoll said he had decided to “indefinitely pause” the disciplinary proceedings and allow Mr. Ingle to return to class. Mr. Driscoll said the emotionally charged nature of the dispute and media attention led to a “spate of invective, threat, obscene phone calls and misinformation.”

“As a result of how things have played out, I am afraid that the thoughtful, dispassionate review of the matter is impossible,” he said.

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National Geographic shows ad portraying man with mosquito head as "progress" of public health education

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'Both world wars sparked campaigns against sexually transmitted diseases. World War I–era posters warned soldiers against promiscuity while pointedly avoiding words such as “syphilis” and “gonorrhea.” By World War II, language was more explicit: “You can’t beat the Axis if you get VD,” scolded one American poster. Starting in the 1980s, posters corrected misinformation about HIV/AIDS and urged condom use.'

A Google search for “Zika+honeymoon” turns up hundreds of thousands of results. This playful ad from the Arizona Department of Health Services directs would-be honeymooners to a website to find out more. (This image shows a man with a mosquito head.)"
I guess it's OK when it's men being portrayed as the carriers of disease.

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Book Review: The Boy Crisis by Warren Farrell

The Boy Crisis: Why Our Boys Are Struggling and What We Can Do About It. By Warren Farrell, Ph.D. and John Gray, Ph.D. Dallas: BenBella Books, Inc., 2018. 493 pages. www. US$25.95. Reviewed by J. Steven Svoboda

Disclaimer: Warren Farrell is a longtime colleague and friend of mine. I co-authored a textbook with him and James Sterba.

Warren Farrell has had a fascinating, amazing life. He started off writing books and giving talks that made him a darling of early feminism and the only man ever elected three times to the board of the New York National Organization for Women (NOW). Then he discovered another side of gender discrimination and started writing primarily about the male experience, after which the great majority of his speaking and television engagements tapered off.

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