IHF submitted this UK Telegraph story that the British government has officially adopted the position that "The distress and damage done to children when parents separate can be reduced if they retain strong and loving bonds with both parents." Although it is not law, this position is sure to have a positive effect on fathers going through the family courts in the near future.

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Wendy McElroy wrote a brutally honest article on VAWA2 and what the bill will actually accomplish. It's not a pretty picture, and the last I heard is that it was stalled in the Senate but could be passed very soon. Her conclusions are: "There is nothing noble or righteous about the VAWA. The Act is a money grab to back an agenda. In the wake of its political turbulence, it is women who will be battered (as well as men) by having to live with the burden of gender apartheid."

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Note that I just added a new poll - thanks to everyone that participated in the previous one!

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Ed Bartlett from Men's Health America has sent out a notice about the "Men Deserve To Live" campaign, and there is bad news and good news. The bad news is, the bill isn't going to pass in this session of Congress. The good news is, there is plenty of support for the bill and it will be re-introduced immediately once Congress begins again. Click "Read More" to view the announcement from Ed. And thanks to everyone who took part in this letter writing and activism campaign!

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Hopefully this won't seem egocentric, but I'm posting a letter I wrote to the Univ. of New Hampshire school newspaper. Recently the newspaper ran a section on "men's health and masculinity," (not in the web edition, unfortunately) which took a fairly negative look at masculinity as the driving force behind oppression and suffering in the world. The authors, which included male counselors from UNH, all concluded that a "new masculinity" be created. I wrote this letter in response to the articles, challenging readers to think about the positive attributes of masculinity instead of focusing on the negative.

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Anonymous User writes "The October 6th edition of The Chronicle of Higher Education carried an essay/book review by Daphne Patai about the current state of Women's Studies programs in academia - click here. Following the appearance of this essay was an even more interesting online debate between Patai and her critics - click here." This is some really interesting stuff, sure to provoke a lot of thought and even some outrage. Check these links out!

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I had meant to post this with greater notice, but tomorrow, October 10, the Montel Williams show will be on the topic, "Confronting Deadbeat Parents." Reportedly, there will be a choice for men supporter interviewed on the show. It should be an interesting program. Update: Apparently they switched their schedule at the last minute, and the program will be on Thursday, Oct. 12

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Marc Angelucci writes "The L.A. Weekly wrote this piece in its Off Beat News section that draws attention to a web site where you can slap an animated caricature of Hillary Clinton. The author criticizes the political right for their claim to civility by asking "where were they when [David Horowitz] put up a web site called SlapHillary.com?" I'd like to ask, where was the L.A. Weekly when Spin City did a commercial in which Heather Lochlear repeatedly slapped Michael J. Fox for comedy, or when Hillary reportedly threw furniture at Bill years ago? The L.A. Weekly has never denounced the media bombardment of assaults on male genitals as humor, but one rare site like this comes up on the web, and they're all over it. Let's write the L.A. Weekly at letters@laweekly.com about this. The more letters, the more likely they'll print some."

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FIRE, the same group that's going to challenge Columbia's new sexual misconduct policy on the basis of civil liberties violations, is now reporting that a Professor of Law at Columbia has violated the policy with an exam question that raises a hypothetical situation where violence against a woman creates "a beneficial unintended consequence." From the article: "'Columbia is out of control,' [the President of FIRE] said. 'What happened to George Fletcher demonstrates the criminalization within the university of academic content via harassment codes and is a terrible assault against academic freedom.'" The news story includes e-mail addresses for various Columbia University administrators - please make use of them and let them know of your outrage!

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bernee writes "As we all know, child support laws are a contentious issue. They have remained unchanged here (in Australia) for around 15 years and have caused much grief (and still do). But, change could slowly be happening: read
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It will be interesting to see if their is any backlash to the proposed changes."
These proposals would allow NCPs who have second families to save more money for the second family - this is the first acknowledgment of this unfair problem I've seen yet.

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Anonymous User writes "The controversy over Ritalin is the subject of a front page article in Friday's edition of The Christian Science Monitor. Read the story, 'Among parents, backlash builds to Ritalin.'" The story's centerpiece is a young boy whose parents were charged with neglect after taking him off of Ritalin, and also discusses the rights of parents and schools in this type of scenario. Good article.

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An Anonymous User writes "Any man at this University needs to run away, and fast! This is an unbelievable, disgusting policy on sexual misconduct. Click here for the scoop" I actually felt sick as well after reading details of the new policy. If something like this spreads to other Universities and beyond it could be the biggest blow to men's civil rights ever unleashed (even more so than the paternity testing issue I mentioned a few stories previously).

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The Washington Post printed this article which reports that the Supreme Court has ruled that "equal opportunity" harassers - bisexuals who treat both men and women inappropriately - cannot be sued for sexual harassment. This is very odd, and certainly unfair. It also makes me wonder if this could create a serious loophole in harassment law. Accused of sexual harassment? Simply have someone of the same sex as you accuse you of similar behavior, and claim to be bisexual. Does anyone know if this is what this ruling means?

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Adam Hartney writes "This is a bit of an odd one - it's a health exam where you test your knowledge in gender health discrepancies. It turns out men are more likely to die at any age, which makes me ask: why is nature so biased against men?" Good question, Adam. No matter how you slice it, men's health is in danger for many reasons, including biological, material, and cultural reasons. We need to do our part by taking care of ourselves, but also to promote attention to men's health in general too.

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Walter Williams from Jewish World Review wrote his latest column on the trash that men are putting up with in the media and elsewhere, and his belief that it is time for men to stop being cowards and stand up for themselves. Although I recall most of the material he refers to from John Leo's article (which he gives credit to), it is good to hear another voice calling out to encourage men to do something.

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