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

Article here. Hate to say "I told you so," but... Excerpt:

'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 Ancestry.com 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

Article here. Excerpt:

'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?

Article here. Excerpt:

'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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Nicole Kidman explains why she will not use the term ‘toxic masculinity’

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'Nicole Kidman has said she is uncomfortable with the term “toxic masculinity”.

The Big Little Lies actress, who has been a vocal advocate for the Time’s Up movement for gender equality, said she does not want to put labels on young men.

She told British GQ magazine: “I shy away from it. Because we are trying to build a society together right now, and labelling the new generation of men that, well, I’m very reluctant to do that.”

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Christina Hoff Sommers: New Feminism Makes Women Believe They Need Not Equality But Protection From Men

Article here. Excerpt:

'Author and feminism critic Christina Hoff Sommers addressed the state of modern feminism in an interview with HBO host Bill Maher on Friday's edition of 'Real Time.' Sommers, an American Enterprise Institute resident scholar, and the host discuss how she became persona non grata in the feminist community, how she is unable to speak on college campuses without security, the treatment of men and young boys, and why there is a gender pay gap.

Sommers, the author of "The Factual Feminist," told Maher what is going on is madness as American women are arguably the freest in history. She also contended that while men have privileges, so do women. Men commit suicide at higher rates, die earlier and take riskier jobs, Sommers said of privilege.

"American women, arguably, are among the freest, most self-determining in history," Sommers said.

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Women in STEM: The pendulum hasn’t swung nearly far enough

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'Some men apparently feel discriminated against by science, technology, engineering and math programs that seek to boost participation by women in those fields, and they have turned to legal challenges to try to dismantle such efforts. The U.S. Department of Education is leading more than two dozen investigations into such complaints, which could threaten scholarships, workshops and camps for girls and women.

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UMN women-only STEM awards come under fire

Article here. Excerpt:

'The University of Minnesota and other universities across the country are under fire with claims of discrimination against men in STEM programs.

The Chicago Office for Civil Rights under the U.S. Department of Education opened an investigation into the University last month for possible Title IX violations against men. The investigation comes after complaints were filed by University alumnus and University of Michigan-Flint professor Mark Perry.

The complaints are in regards to three female-only faculty awards — the Mullen/Spector/Truax Women’s Leadership Award, the Ada Comstock Distinguished Women Scholars Award and the Sara Evans Faculty Woman Scholar/Leader Award — that he claims are illegal under Title IX.

But some members of the University’s College of Science and Engineering say women’s awards and programs help promote diversity within the college.'

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Why Are Marriage Rates Down? Study Blames Lack Of ‘Economically-Attractive’ Men

Article here. Excerpt:

'Marriage rates have steadily declined over the past few decades, and now researchers from Cornell University are offering up a possible explanation: there just aren’t as many economically-attractive men for unmarried women to meet as there used to be.

Previous studies had attempted to answer why marriage rates are on the decline, but most focused solely on gender ratio discrepancies as opposed to looking into the specific socioeconomic characteristics that make a particular man and woman a good match.

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Older women to receive first-preference for low-cost properties in Australia's inflated real estate market

Link here. Excerpt:

'The $6.8 million State Government Assist program will fund nine homes for single women aged over 50 on low or moderate incomes.

The one or two-bedroom homes, in suburbs including Findon, Kidman Park and Woodville West, will be built on plots of land from 160 sq m to 211 sqm, with a maximum price of $407,100.

However, eligible buyers will only have to pay up to 51 per cent of the purchase price through a shared equity arrangement.
Human Services Minister Michelle Lensink said the Assist program would help “this cohort of women get their foot in the door of homeownership”.
Any of the properties not sold in 30 days will be made available to anyone eligible under the State Government’s broader Affordable Homes Program.'

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