Foster's Daily Democrat printed this front page story about a man who is serving a 6-20 year sentence for aggravated sexual assault of his former girlfriend. DNA evidence has just proven that he is not the father of the woman's child, who was conceived at the time of the rape, and the victim had even recanted her story in the original trial! But he was still convicted because the prosecution claimed she had a vested interest in recanting the story and used an older videotape of her making the accusation to convict him. After the trial, she even went to media outlets saying she had made up the accusation in revenge because she thought he was seeing another woman. Will justice be served?

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WasatchFrontMan writes "Brian O'Neil is a man and is openly religious. That is a bad combination these days for a college administrator. The inevitable happened - the mostly female administration at Middlesex Community College eventually found a way to have him removed. He was fired even though he had always received good reviews and only a month earlier, he had been given a merit pay raise. Click here for the full story" This article also deals with gender pay issues and seems to be a pretty clear cut case of discrimination.

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It's pretty obvious how this represents a double standard: a 28-year-old teacher in Canada who was having a sexual relationship with one of her students, 17, and became pregnant by him was recently acquitted in court for the charge of sexual exploitation of a minor. I'm sure the attentive reader will notice many other ways the story is portrayed that wouldn't happen if the genders were reversed in this case. The article is from Canoe News and can be read here.

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Peter Brimelow wrote an article in Forbes Magazine about the general erosion of due process. I'm including it here since I think civil liberties are very relevant to pro-male activists, considering the removal of due process in rape laws and attempts to censor speech by PC advocates. The article gives some interesting background and perspectives on how we got to this state today.

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Ed Bartlett from Men's Health America recently posted that the NIH has released its latest report on gender enrollment in NIH sponsored research, and the results aren't good for men. You can read his posting here. "In Fiscal Year 1994, men represented 44.9% of participants in extramural research, women 51.8%, and the sex of the remaining 3.3% was unknown. By 1997, male participation fell to 37.1%.
Table 2 in the most recent report presents disturbing news: In 1998, male participation dropped to 32.2%
" But Ed also writes that due to the media focus on the election, it is best to hold off on letter writing campaigns and activism until we can expect to get some coverage of the issue.

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Back in August we included a story about Cathy Fordham, who ran a community recovery home and manipulated and falsely accused several men there of assault and sexual assault. Just recently she has been sentenced, as this story from the Ottawa Citizen tells us. Basically, she was given six months of parole with strict house arrest, because she was "not a danger to the public." Considering how manipulative she's been described as by both her patients and the police, I have some doubts about the effectiveness of this sentence.

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Here's some breaking news from the UK Guardian.
As this story tells us, rape shield law which forbids the questioning of a victim's past sexual history in court is being challenged under the Human Rights Act in Britain, as part of the right to a fair trial. This case could have a profound effect on rape cases and may even have a "ripple effect" through the West if it is overturned.

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We have a new feature article submitted by Justin Zellers. It's a superbly written essay which summarizes many issues in the men's movement, examines how it came to be and its relationship with feminism. Justin clearly and positively outlines the need for the men's movement, without unreasonably scapegoating feminism or polarizing men and women further. It's an effective presentation of men's issues that has the potential to open many minds. You can read the essay by clicking "Read More" below...

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This article from The Regional Economist destroys myths about the gender wage gap, in particular the myths that the gap is related to equal pay for equal work and that it is due to discrimination. From the article: "Is one to take from the numbers presented here that the gender wage gap of 23.5 cents is mostly an illusion, and that gender wage
discrimination is not a serious problem? Well, yes and no. Most of the
gender wage gap is due to factors other than wage discrimination, so it is illusory as an indicator of wage discrimination. Nonetheless, no study has been able to explain it away entirely.
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I was glad to see that Neil Lyndon has a second part to his first article about his fall-out from society due to his public questioning of feminist theory. You can read part two here. In it, Lyndon talks more about his son, discusses domestic violence, academic feminism, and women's suffrage. Check it out! Update: I've changed the link to the story, as it was not working consistently for some users.

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If you click here you'll go to an excellent statistical analysis of sentencing for youth offenders in Canada. Included in the report are some facts about gender, including that males are more likely to be placed into custody and receive harsher sentences on an offense-by-offense basis. Before using these numbers I suggest checking two things: that the age differences between males and females be factored out, as well as Recidivism (repeat offenders). I can't tell from the abstract whether these were accounted for. StatCan is a high-quality organization, so it may be the case that this has already been done.

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There is a story in the Metroland News by a father who lives 5 minutes from his daughter/ex-wife and yet has little contact with his daughter due to bias in the family court system. He's seen it all: false accusations, blatant disregard for his daughter's well-being, and being stuck and not able to fight back. It's a well written story with plenty of facts about divorced dads, definitely worth reading.

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In Sydney, Australia, an international conference of scholars and doctors held talks on circumcision, and debated whether it is equivalent to female genital mutilation and should be banned as FGM is. "Prof. [Greg] Boyle said circumcision was a violation of a child's human rights and should be considered an offence to be prosecuted through the courts." You can read the news article by clicking here.

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An Anonymous User (you can obviously understand why) submitted this link to a Campus Report of a feminist event at Penn State titled "CuntFest." I don't even know how to sum it up, except it was an extremely vulgar and disturbing performance supporting radical lesbian feminism, whatever that means. It was even more extreme than the Vagina Monologues, if you recall what that was all about. Please don't read the article if you are easily offended.

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This is a very long, but really insightful and interesting article. Neil Lyndon was a popular writer from Britain, whose life was radically changed after he wrote an article on men's issues that undermined the tenets of feminist theory. His story can be read here, in his own words. I'd highly recommend this article to anyone on his or her way to becoming a high-profile figure in the men's movement, to know what to expect from your opponents. This will continue to be a struggle for us for some time, but things are already changing and opportunities are opening more often these days. I personally continue to remain optimistic. Update: I've changed the link so that it should work more consistently.

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