Community service, fines for woman who made false rape claim

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'A Leesburg woman pleaded no contest Wednesday to a charge of giving a false report of crime to law enforcement after she falsely reported an attempted rape in May.

Nicole Marie Hosmer, 22, was ordered to complete 50 hours of community service and pay slightly more than $500 in court costs by January to avoid jail time. If she fails to do so, she will be sentenced to one month and 15 days in the Marion County Jail, according to court records.

She made a false report on May 2 when she told Ocala police that she had been kidnapped by a man. She said she was driving down the road when the man got into her vehicle. The man, who she said was armed, forced her to take him to two gas stations and a fast food restaurant, where he got food, cigarettes and cash. She said the man then tried to rape her after removing her pants.'

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The Legality Of A Women-Only Club In The #MeToo Era

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'Here’s a question I can’t get out of my mind: What does Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who created this country’s legal framework for gender equality by bringing a series of lawsuits arguing the law discriminated against men, think of The Wing?
The Wing also seems to be flouting standard public accommodations laws. As a company with more than 100 members, it is most likely in violation of New York Civil Rights Law § 40-C, which prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex “by any firm, corporation or institution.” The New York City Human Rights Commission opened an investigation into the company back in March. There are also laws against sex discrimination in California, where The Wing already has two locations, as well as Washington, Illinois, and Massachusetts, where The Wing will open locations by 2019. (Which is to say nothing of the question of what is the definition of a woman anyway.)

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China: Buddhist Abbot forced to resign from #MeToo pressure

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'One of China’s highest-ranking Buddhist monks quit as the head of the country’s Buddhist association on Wednesday after facing a government investigation over accusations of sexual misconduct.

The abbot of Longquan Temple on the outskirts of Beijing, who is also a member of the Communist Party’s top political advisory body, has denied accusations of harassing and demanding sexual favors from several nuns.

The Buddhist Association of China said in a statement on its website that it had accepted Master Xuecheng’s offer to resign from the chairmanship and other posts on Wednesday, without elaborating on the reasons.'

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Hunt for South Korea feminist sparks backlash against 'sexist' police

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'Police in South Korea are seeking to arrest the operator of a feminist website, sparking a backlash and accusations of sexism in the justice system.

Police in the southern port city of Busan are seeking to arrest the unnamed operator of Womad (link added) on charges of disseminating sexually explicit material after the site posted nude photos taken surreptitiously of a male model. Womad seeks to combat sexism by using the same tactics of their opponents, including online harassment and posting footage from hidden cameras.

The police likened the case to online sexual harassment, and it is at least the second time the site has posted photos of men taken without their consent, one at an art class and another at a public bath house. The authorities have said she is currently outside the country and are seeking help from Interpol.

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Gender, Ethnic Studies profs earn about $12k more than peers

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'Professors of subjects such as Women’s Studies and Ethnic Studies are largely outearning those that teach more traditional subjects like math and science, according to a new analysis.

A report released by The College and University Professional Association for Human Resources (CUPA-HR) reveals that the average salary for professors of “Area, Ethnic, Cultural, Gender, and Group Studies” during the 2017-2018 academic year was about $15,000 more per year more than for Biology, Math & Stats, and Science professors.

According to the report, “Area, Ethnic, Cultural, Gender, and Group Studies” professors earned an average of $105,656 last year, while professors of Physical Sciences earned only $90,422. Mathematics and Statistics professors made an average of $89,691, and Biology and biomedical professors earned just $88,792.

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Male bashing: America's favorite pastime

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'Consider the statement: "Not all women are annoying. Some are dead."

Or this: "Women have only two faults: Everything they say and everything they do."

Or this: "Men must be twice as good as women to be thought half as good. Fortunately this is not difficult."

Sarcasm such as this is obviously sexist, yet these same messages are OK if directed against men. How do I know? I copied these statements from greeting cards and message pads on display at the local supermarket, then reversed the gender to direct them against women. Nothing else was changed. Imagine the reaction if the following had been printed on a greeting card: "With affirmative action, whites must be twice as good as blacks to be thought half as good. Fortunately this is not difficult."

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Discredited researcher cited in guidance for Title IX administrators, critics say

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'A group that represents Title IX professionals is drawing criticism for citing disputed research on the nature of campus sexual assault.

In a recent “position statement,” the Association of Title IX Administrators issued guidance to members on “the consideration of pattern evidence in sexual misconduct investigations and resolutions.”

While ATIXA said it was responding to “contradictory research” as well as court rulings, the work of one researcher it cited, the retired clinical psychologist David Lisak, has come under repeated scrutiny in recent years.

Lisak’s claim that “a select few individuals account for the majority of campus sexual assaults,” as ATIXA summarized it, has heavily influenced how campus officials respond to reported sexual misconduct and how the subject is covered in the media, including the documentary The Hunting Ground.'

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Australia: ‘There is no problem’: Have feminists invented a ‘rape culture’ at universities

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'Universities are supposed to be the epicentre of free thinking and debate but some believe it’s being stifled to satisfy an agenda.

Social commentator Bettina Arndt says she’s being silenced for calling out a concocted rape culture at our tertiary institutions.

There have been several campaigns claiming the rate of sexual assaults on campus has reached epidemic levels.

But Ms Arndt says that’s nonsense.

“I just think it’s appalling that our whole higher education sector is conspiring in a lie about the safety of our campuses.

“The feminists persuaded the Human Rights Commission to spend a million dollars on a survey to try and prove there was a rape culture came they ame up with 0.8 per cent.

“So 99.2% of students said they’d never experienced any sort of sexual assault.

“Of course rape is a really important issue, it’s a criminal offence and rightly so.

“What in the hell are the universities doing pretending there is a problem.”'

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Falsely-accused college soccer star discusses how he has given up sex due to it

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'A football star who was falsely accused of raping a fellow student at a top US university has spoken out about the ordeal that left him 'broken'.

Ciaran McKenna, 20, left his home in Uddingston outside of Glasgow three years ago to study political science and business at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina after receiving a £200,000 scholarship to play football for the school.

The 6'4 athlete, who gave up a professional contract with Celtic for the opportunity, had his world fall apart in February 2016 when he was accused of rape.

Mr McKenna was cleared of the accusation and paid a speculated six-figure settlement from Duke, but he said the experience had changed him and he is now abstaining from sex.

The footballer, who is set to graduate from Duke in December, says he plans to move back to Scotland with hopes to resurrect his career with Celtic FC.'

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No, an Invitation to a Debate is not a Catcall

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'In this #MeToo era, feminists are insisting that sexual harassment is everywhere. But a recent spat between rising star of the Democratic Socialists of America, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, and conservative commentator Ben Shapiro tells us why it is so hard to take feminist claims about sexual harassment seriously.

Shapiro, editor-in-chief of the Daily Wire, hosts a YouTube show and podcast. Last week, he tweeted Ocasio-Cortez to invite her on to his show to debate ‘all the topics under the sun’. ‘We know that you think Republicans are afraid to debate you, or talk to you, or discuss the issues with you’, he said. As an extra incentive, he offered Ocasio-Cortez a $10,000 donation to her campaign to appear.

Sounds like a pretty good deal, right? But two days later, Ocasio-Cortez responded. ‘Just like catcalling, I don’t owe a response to unsolicited requests from men with bad intentions’, she tweeted. ‘And also like catcalling, for some reason they feel entitled to [a response].’

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South Korea’s #MeToo Movement Dealt Blow by Politician’s Acquittal

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'A former political star and presidential hopeful was acquitted of sexual assault charges on Tuesday, dealing a blow to the #MeToo movement in male-dominated South Korea.

The politician, Ahn Hee-jung, was the highest-profile public figure to be accused of such misdeeds since the #MeToo movement gained force in South Korea early this year. He stepped down as governor of South Chungcheong Province and was expelled from President Moon Jae-in’s governing Democratic Party in March after one of his female secretaries claimed in public that Mr. Ahn had repeatedly raped her.

In April, prosecutors indicted Mr. Ahn on charges of abusing his supervisory power over the alleged victim to force her into an unwanted sexual relationship.

Feminist activists rallied behind the alleged victim, Kim Ji-eun, while some people raised questions on social media about Ms. Kim’s claims.'

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What Happens to #MeToo When a Feminist Is the Accused?

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'The case seems like a familiar story turned on its head: Avital Ronell, a world-renowned female professor of German and Comparative Literature at New York University, was found responsible for sexually harassing a male former graduate student, Nimrod Reitman.

An 11-month Title IX investigation found Professor Ronell, described by a colleague as “one of the very few philosopher-stars of this world,” responsible for sexual harassment, both physical and verbal, to the extent that her behavior was “sufficiently pervasive to alter the terms and conditions of Mr. Reitman’s learning environment.” The university has suspended Professor Ronell for the coming academic year.

In the Title IX final report, excerpts of which were obtained by The New York Times, Mr. Reitman said that she had sexually harassed him for three years, and shared dozens of emails in which she referred to him as “my most adored one,” “Sweet cuddly Baby,” “cock-er spaniel,” and “my astounding and beautiful Nimrod.”

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Toyota dealership inspired by #MeToo likely discriminated against men, state says

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'A South Florida Toyota dealership looking to bring balance to a male-dominated sales team likely discriminated against men when it advertised exclusively for female sales associates last year, a state commission has determined.

Now a man from New York whose application was rejected by Earl Stewart Toyota in Palm Beach County is battling the car dealership in court and seeking “back pay and front pay from the date the position was filled by a less-qualified individual,” along with damages and attorney fees.

In a 2017 job listing on the website Indeed, Earl Stewart Toyota stated it was “taking the radical approach of actively soliciting women salespeople.”

At the time, the sales team consisted of 22 men and 5 women, a company publicist told the Miami Herald.'

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Lindsay Lohan Apologizes for Criticizing #MeToo

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'In an interview with The Times, Lohan slammed sexual harassment accusers saying they “look weak,” and insisted that some “do it for the attention.”

“Everyone goes through their own experiences in their own ways. If it happens at that moment, you discuss it at that moment,” the Parent Trap star said. “You make it a real thing by making it a police report.”

But after days of sustained backlash, Lindsay Lohan is now apologizing for her comments.

“I would like to unreservedly apologize for any hurt and distress caused by a quote in a recent interview with The Times,” Lohan told People in a statement, according to PageSix.
The 32-year-old actress also said that she feels “very strongly” about the #MeToo movement and admires the women who have come forward about their experiences.

Lohan also insisted that those who have spoken out have “served to protect those who can’t speak.”'

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UK: Mother blasts 'women only' swimming pool policy

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'The mother says she has complained about the Everyone Active policy for two years but her frustration was reignited when she tried to book a session at another centre.

Everyone Active, which has more than 150 centres across the UK, has a policy which does not allow males of any age to take part in female only sessions.

It means that boys – no matter how young – are banned from the weekly, 90-minute female only swim sessions.'

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