AngryHarry had a link to this UK Telegraph article, which reports that Melanie Cangardel has been cleared of attempted murder charges. We had reported on this story earlier, which described how Ms. Cangardel crushed antihistamines in her husband's cereal and then tried to suffocate him with a plastic bag when he was sedated from the drugs. Mr. Cangardel did have enormous levels of the drugs in his system when tested, and the earlier story indicated that Ms. Cangardel admitted to doing this to bring attention to their marital problems. I have no idea what must have happened in court, but this is a tragic loss for justice.

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Anonymous User writes "The February 2001 issue of American Psychologist arrived today (not online, unfortunately) with an article by social psychologists Peter Glick and Susan Fiske, discussing the concept of "benevolent (vs. hostile) sexism." There is much I find offensive in the article, such as the assumptions that "sexism" refers to prejudice against women only, and that disagreement with the feminist agenda is ipso facto prejudice against women. The concept of benign sexism is intriguing, though, because it consists of beliefs that women should be rescued before men in an emergency, that men need women's love in order to be complete, that women are more cultured than men, that women should be protected by men, and that men should make sacrifices in order to provide for women. They argue that these beliefs actually harm women by legitimizing less benevolent forms of discrimination, in the way the "white man's burden" legitimized colonialism. They are completely submerged in feminist ideology, but from a men's rights perspective, one can only hope that some of their ideas catch on!"

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I've some mixed news about divorce - read this story. It turns out that British men might be able get a "cheaper" divorce settlement in certain countries due to a new European Union regulation. However, the main reason I'm posting this is due to this quote from Alain Cornec, a divorce lawyer in France who says "Being a lawyer, I'm delighted, the more paranoid that spouses get about their absent partners, the more legal assistance they will seek." It just goes to show how much profit there is for lawyers (and certain other groups) in gender polarization.

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Scotland's national DNA database is about to become a lot bigger, now that police have been given permission to take DNA samples from anyone who is arrested. The UK Daily Telegraph story can be read here. Previously, only major crime suspects, such as murderers and sex criminals, were forced to give DNA samples. While suspects who are found innocent will have the DNA sample destroyed from the database, this still opens the door to the wider use of DNA to identify and track citizens, which carries a number of consequences in regard to privacy and civil liberties issues. Thanks to AngryHarry for the link.

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Nicholas Krippendorf, a recent graduate of Brown University, is currently living in China teaching English. However, when he was at Brown, he wrote a blockbuster article critical of the false statistics that were put out by the university's Women's Center. He's looking to get the article published in other men's magazines, so if you want to re-print this elsewhere, feel free to do so. The text of his essay can be read by clicking "Read More" below. Enjoy!

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According to this ZDNet story (found on Slashdot), " Members of Congress are inundated with so many e-mail messages from constituents and special interest groups--80 million last year alone--that lawmakers routinely ignore most of them, according to a new study." A disturbing part of the report claims that citizen's expectations should be lowered, and that people have no right to expect a response to electronic communications with Congressmen and women.

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Not PC informed me that the BBC is reporting that a man is legally challenging a woman's right to abortion against his will. While the article aptly points out that men currently have no rights in the decision of whether or not to abort, it is pretty obvious (to me, at least) that this legal challenge will not be successful. There are too many other ways a woman could thwart a lover's demand to bring a child to term, and now that the possibility to obtain an abortion is viewed as a woman's right over her own body, I can't imagine that these "rights" can be taken away. But the struggle continues, for good reason. Men deserve some reproductive rights, the question is, which rights would be most fair?

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A trial is currently underway in the UK in which a wife tried to kill her wealthy husband by poisoning his breakfast cereal with antihistamine tablets and then suffocating him when he was sedated. He barely escaped, and she claimed that she did it to draw attention to their marital problems and that they needed outside help to deal with them. The way in which the woman behaved seemed disturbingly apathetic to the consequences. The UK Times article can be read at this link.

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frank h submitted this CNN story and writes "This is one story that got by Ted Turner: a woman, now deceased, had falsely accused her family of abusing her as a result of memories "recovered" through therapy. The award is substantial, but I'm sure it does nothing to compensate for the dishonor falsely visited upon her family." No doubt this is a very positive step by holding the psychiatric industry accountable for such damaging actions. It also warns other experts who practice unethical forms of memory recovery that their day may be coming as well.

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British Airways, a major international airline company, admitted that is has a policy which has been in effect for several years which requires flight attendants to move, if possible, men away from children who fly alone. "A spokeswoman for British Airways said flight crew and ticket staff were under instructions to keep men away from unaccompanied children wherever possible because of the dangers of paedophiles." Thanks to AngryHarry for submitting this link from the UK Times. This is a perfect example of how society views men as sexual predators - and no one should tolerate this kind of biased treatment of men.

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Here's a small preview of Warren Farrell's latest book Father and Child Reunion. It has brief excerpts from several chapters so you can get a feel of what the book is about. And there's also another book review by J. Steven Svoboda, who outlines some of the main points to made in the book when it comes to men's parenting rights. If you like what you read, don't delay and order the book now!

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Jim Castelli submitted this Boston Globe story and writes, "Mark Scialdone is a boy, but was chosen for this season's Globe's girls' All-Scholastic squad as a gymnast. In 1978, 136 NCAA colleges had men's gymnastics, now only 24 do. In MA, only 8 high schools have boy's gymnastics teams. This year when he accompanied his Beverly, MA team as captain to the New England Girls Gymnastics Championship, he was told that his scores would not be allowed."'Technically he was a non scoring participant,' said Haig Varadian, executive director of the Council of New England Secondary Schools Principals Association....'The Council feels its an invasion of the girl's tournament...The playing field isn't level when you have a boy competing against girls.'" But in the wake of Title IX, the girls' teams may be the only playing field left for male gymnasts.

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I consider this very relevant news because of the way gender was portrayed in the article. Basically, it acknowledged that men are more willing to destroy their lives in a stressful, all-consuming job and that the high turnover rate of women in the industry is a signal that the job standards need to be changed. "Stress and lack of work/life balance in the IT workplace is taking [a toll on women]...Women in IT are the "canary in the coal mine" warning that the New Economy workplace is destructive for employees...IT managers should realize that what women are experiencing in the IT workplace is very likely a reflection of men's experience and that unreasonable stress and lack of work/life balance have the power to destroy productivity in the long run." Read the article from Computerworld at this link.

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There has been lots of interesting activity going on in New Hampshire in support of men's issues (particularly father's rights). The NH chapter of the National Congress for Fathers & Children has been active at the state level, speaking out on legislation and even having legislation for men passed as well. Their recent major undertaking was to draft a report on the status of men in New Hampshire, and their results include a great deal of useful information for men's activists in the state and elsewhere. Go to this link to download the report, and please distribute it wide and far!

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China has taken a significant step toward the toleration of homosexuality by removing it from the list of mental illnesses created by the country's main Psychological Association. "China is to remove homosexuality from the official list of mental illness. Up to now homosexuality has been automatically included by the Chinese Psychiatric Association (CPA) in its diagnostic manual." The American Psychiatric Association removed homosexuality as a mental illness in 1973. The Irish Times article can be read here.

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