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'Former FBI director James Comey may not have said anything politically groundbreaking in his testimony to the Senate Intelligence Committee yesterday, but according to feminists, he struck a decisive blow for women everywhere.

W Magazine and Refinery 29 suggest Comey’s description of Trump as an overbearing boss hit home with every woman who has ever worked under a man, been sexually harassed by a man, or, for that matter, been sexually assaulted by a man.

Trump’s unexpected private dinner with Comey and, later, his suggestion to Comey that the FBI put aside their investigation into his former national security director Lt. Gen. Mike Flynn, both “share commonalities” with the female workplace experience, under the heavy thumb of the Patriarchy.'

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'Dear Annie: We are the grandparents of two very precious children.

Recently, their parents were divorced after their mother had an affair with another man and became pregnant. Our son is trying to get shared residential custody, but the judge at their hearing believed the false statements of the children’s mother and ruled in her favor. We have often wondered how judges can tell who is lying and who is telling the truth, and we now know the answer: They can’t. The case is heading to the state Supreme Court next month.

It is very evident that our son’s ex-wife has been teaching our grandchildren to hate both their dad and us. They won’t openly speak to us or show any recognition of us in public. They barely acknowledge their own father when their mom is around. She has told our son and us (even in front of other people) that the children hate us.

We have recently discovered that she is controlling the children by threatening to kill herself if they don’t love her enough to do as she says. We are very, very worried about the emotional abuse of our grandchildren and need advice on how to get help for them. No child should ever have to deal with this stress and fear. Would you please help us?

— Worried Times Two

Dear Worried Times Two: Divorce is never pleasant, but this transgresses the normal divorce and custody battle woes. I’m also concerned about your grandchildren, and you may be right that they’re suffering from emotional abuse. Call Childhelp at (800) 422-4453.'

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'It's 9 AM on a Friday, and I'm sitting in a classroom at Trinity, a private boys' school in Croydon, England, with 13 male feminists. They're sitting in pairs, flicking through handbooks labeled "Great Men" and writing down lesson plans. All of them are volunteers for a charity called the GREAT Initiative, which, among other things, trains men to go into schools to teach boys about gender issues. Each pair of volunteers is about to introduce themselves to a class full of Year 9 [8th grade] boys.
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I'll never find the real answer to that question, but attending the workshops enabled me to think about gender issues from the perspective of 13-year-old boys. What have I learned? Mainly that it's probably quite confusing. I chat with a few of them about consent.
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What the sessions do show is how damaging male stereotypes are. It is well reported—but perhaps not nearly analyzed enough—that suicide is the most common cause of death among men in the UK under 45. Some 94 percent of the UK prison population is male. Women and men suffer massively at the hands of men attempting to live up to the way society thinks they should. And as the "Great Men" volunteer handbook explains, "There is too much of an emphasis on women and girls solving this situation; girls are taught how not to be a victim, how to be assertive, or how not to stand for discrimination."'

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'Pennsylvania supermarket shooter Randy Stair left behind a trove of material explaining his motivations for gunning down three of his co-workers. In his recorded suicide notes, released just hours before Thursday’s rampage, the 24-year-old talked extensively about his depression and about who he was as a person—a transgender woman who hated men and toxic masculinity.
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“I’ve always hated black people. I fucking hate people who aren’t white—Caucasian, whatever. I hate the human race,” he said.

“And I just started hating guys more than anything. I hate guys, I think they’re fucking disgusting—the facial hair they have, the body hair, the muscle build, and all that fucking body structure shit. I hate. Everything about guys I hate,” continued Stair. “And the fact that I was forced to live as one, you know, that hurt a lot. And also, I hated my name, too. My life was a living hell.”'

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'Advocates are encouraging survivors of sexual assault not to be discouraged by reports of a false claim in Duncan.

Annalee Lepp, associate professor of women’s studies at the University of Victoria, said reports of false claims can have a chilling effect on survivors coming forward.

“When cases like this one in Duncan get a lot of press, I think it does have an effect,” Lepp said.

“There is a sense of, ‘OK, I have to assume I’m not going to be believed.’ So it does have an effect on people thinking about sexual assault and whether or not to come forward.”

Survivors already face many barriers to launching a formal report, she said.

That’s not lay blame on anyone in this case, including the 14-year-old girl at its centre, as police have given no details about what happened, she said.

The Cowichan Secondary student told police that on Thursday afternoon, she was grabbed by a stranger, pulled into a business on York Road and assaulted. She said she broke away, then reported the incident to school staff.

On Friday, North Cowichan/Duncan RCMP said the assault did not happen.

A 40-year-old man arrested after the allegation was released.
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Janni Aragon, who teaches gender and politics and feminist theory as an adjunct associate professor in political science at UVic, said false rape and assault claims are very rare.

“When they happen, I cringe because folks use it as truth: ‘See, they exist,’ ” Aragon said in a message.'

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'Bundi: Harassed over rape allegation by a neighbouring woman and afraid of social humiliation and disgrace, a 61-year-old man late on Friday night committed suicide by consuming pesticide at his home in Kunwarti village under Sadar police station of Bundi city.

The old man was found dead in his room on Saturday morning. Police have booked a couple under Sections of IPC for abetment of suicide and arrested the woman while her husband is absconding.

Ram Prasad Sharma, a resident of Kunwarti village, late last night committed suicide by consuming pesticide at his home, told SHO, Bundi Sadar police station Abhishek Pareek. The old man was upset after a woman of the village levelled charges of rape against him and through court's order lodged a case under Section 376 of IPC against him in Mahila Police station in Bundi five days ago, the SHO said.

On the report by the family members of the deceased old man, a case under Section 306 of IPC for abetment of suicide was lodged against the couple identified as Santosh Lal Sharma (40) and his wife Shakuntla (35), he said adding accused woman in the matter has been arrested while her husband is absconding.'

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'Let’s be very clear from the outset: Sexual assault is a crime. Rape is a felony. Perpetrators must be called to account and victims deserve justice. Critiquing the processes through which such accounting and justice are determined in no way diminishes the seriousness of the crimes themselves.

But let’s also be very clear that, especially on American college campuses, there are few crimes where the deck is more stacked against the accused. Good intentions, political capital, and the lure of presumed expertise have combined to create a system that inflates the incident rate, perpetuates misinformation, and ignores due process. In what has been aptly described as an over-correction, higher education has turned the very premise of judicial logic on its head.
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We can begin by stipulating that victims of sexual assault have not historically been treated well or fairly by the legal system, college campuses, even friends and family. We can further stipulate that, as a result, victims of sexual assault may have shown an understandable reluctance to report these crimes.

Changes in reporting procedures and interview techniques, and the institution of shield laws that preclude irrelevant information about an accuser during trial, are therefore laudatory. All bolster the pursuit of justice for the victims of sexual assault.

Due process for the accused, however, again especially on college campuses, has taken a very different path. In recent years, reinterpretation of existing federal regulations, new reporting requirements, and guidelines from the Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights that far exceed its presumed role have created an environment that is simultaneously incomprehensible and pointedly toxic.'

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'While the world was focused on the James Comey hearing this week, Secretary of the Department of Education Betsy DeVos was busy picking a First Amendment crusader to be deputy assistant secretary for higher education programs.

The Department of Education administers programs that broaden access to higher education, strengthens the capacity of colleges and universities, and coordinates a number of higher education-related activities with states, according to the department’s website.

Adam Kissel, DeVos’ pick, is a 5-year veteran of the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE), an organization that focuses on free speech and due process on college campuses.

From 2007 to 2012, Kissel worked with FIRE as director of the Individual Rights Defense Program and vice president of Programs. Kissel, with FIRE, not only opposed violations of First Amendment rights on campus, but the efforts of colleges and universities that abused internal disciplinary measures, while ignoring the due process rights of students who were accused of sexual misconduct.'

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'As the debate over campus sexual assaults continues to shadow universities throughout the Carolinas and beyond, more accused male students have started taking their female accusers to court.

In the past three years, male students accused of sexual misconduct have filed hundreds of lawsuits, charging that they were the victims of both false allegations and school procedures that failed to properly vet the claims.

And while there are no exact figures, in dozens of those cases male students also have sued the women who lodged the original allegations. One out-of-state attorney says he has filed more than 15 defamation complaints nationwide on behalf of male students against their accusers.

Locally, lawyers used the threat of defamation complaints against female accusers in sexual-misconduct cases at both Davidson College and UNC Charlotte. Meanwhile, an Appalachian State University student has pending lawsuits against the school and his former Union County girlfriend after he was suspended in 2015 for “unlawful entry” into her dorm room.

Critics of these lawsuits say they can place assault victims on trial, further suppressing an already under-reported crime.

“When a woman tells you she’s been assaulted, believe her,” Davidson College President Carol Quillen wrote in an Observer guest editorial earlier this year. “Although the unicorn exception gets a lot of press, the overwhelming majority of women do not make up rape.”'

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'If only every city could take a cue from Madrid when it comes to manspreading. Per The Local, Madrid just announced that it has banned manspreading—when a man opens his legs to take up a bunch of unnecessary room in an enclosed space—across all of its public transit services. Specifically, the city's Municipal Transportation Company (EMT) will be implementing new signage in all of the trains and buses, which will hope to dissuade manspreaders from encroaching on the personal space of other riders.

“The new information icon indicates the prohibition of taking a seating position that bothers other people,” a statement issued by the EMT reads. “It’s to remind transport users to maintain civic responsibility and respect the personal space of everyone on board." The sign features a stick man spreading his legs to cartoonishly large proportions on a public transportation seat, with a big red "X" and “respect the space of others” text accompanying it. It's currently unclear, though, if non-law-abiding manspreaders will receive a fine if they continue to spread at will.

For women in Madrid, this news has been the culmination of many months of petitioning and protesting against manspreaders. Mujeres en Lucha launched a viral petition campaign titled #MadridSinManspreading (#MadridWithoutManspreading), which was sent to Madrid's mayor, Manuela Carmena, as well as Madrid's regional president, Cristina Cifuentes. “Manspreading is the practice of certain men sitting with their legs wide open on public transport, taking up other people’s space. It is not something that occurs sporadically, if you pay attention you’ll see that it is a very common practice," the petition read.'

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Story here. One of the examples is forcing him to have sex when he doesn't want to. Isn't that rape? Excerpt:

'We usually think of abusive relationships as black eyes and broken noses but abuse isn’t limited to physical traumas. Psychological scars can be just as – if not more – painful and, sadly, any relationship can inflict them, even if you’re dating a teen girl.

Signs of an abusive relationship, however, is sometimes hard to spot even for the victims. Especially if they’re madly in love. That’s why someone posted an honest message on Tumblr which should help identify if a teen girl is abusing her partner. The post quickly gained attention and so far it has amassed almost 290k notes. People are even reblogging it in spite of losing followers. Scroll down to read the brilliant text, and let’s hope more people will openly discuss this uncomfortable yet very important topic.'

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'Women have gradually evolved into an economic force to be reckoned with, going by the results of a survey by the U.S. Census Bureau.

In a report titled "The Changing Economics and Demographics of Young Adulthood: 1975–2016," author Jonathan Vespa noted more young men are falling to the bottom of the income ladder while more young women are climbing up the income ladder. Additionally, more young adult women were employed in 2016 compared to 1975.

The report defines young adult population as aged between 18 and 34 years and looked at two periods — 1975 and the contemporary period, defined as data pertaining to 2012 to 2016.
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As opposed to 48.3 percent of young women employed in 1975, currently 70.4 percent are employed. On the other hand, the percentage of young men in employment has slipped to 83.7 percent from 84.9 percent.
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Kevin O'Leary of "Shark Tank" fame has more evidence of women being better business owners. A CNN Money article, quoting an interview by O'Leary, said in 2016 that 52 percent of the 32 companies in his private portfolio were run by women.
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With the demographics showing more women moving into the employment market and doing relatively well in terms of the earnings they make, it is a definite pointer toward businesses being run in a better and realistic manner. It's time to celebrate the women power in-the-works in business.'

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'There’s been much discussion in the parenting world regarding how to handle raising boys. Paranoid feminists essentially believe they must emasculate their boys, forcing them to remain in a toddler state of continuous wonder and love lest they dare to do so much as form a fist, let alone the dreaded finger gun. Masculinity advocates long ago titled this strange rage the “war on boys.” Now, self-titled “healer and spiritual thought-leader” Raven Anne Quigley has determined that the war on boys is actually a series of “microaggressions perpetrated against boys” on a daily basis by various cultural figureheads including their own parents.

Quigley asserts that all boys are told as preschoolers to “man up” and not cry before being thrown into inherently violent sports programs against their will. All families, even the non-abusive ones, inherently teach boys the values of “violence, aggression and hyper-sexuality (violence toward women)" through the simple act of teaching them to defend themselves. Quigley explains, “A family only needs to be afraid that the boy will get beaten up himself, to harshly and powerfully school him on how to ‘be a man.’”

All of these assertions are not based in fact, but rather a series of hypothetical scenarios best left to the stuff of tween TV with gay students being slammed into lockers by peers who are addicted to violent video games. The reality is that boys are naturally active creatures who often see the world in competitive terms. Their addiction to concepts like superheroes who kill bad guys has more to do with problem-solving than violence. And very few boys ever transition from active to truly aggressive. But, because facts don’t mesh with Quigley’s ideology, she simply ignores them.'

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'As a fresh-faced 18-year-old Daisy Cousens left school firmly on board the feminism bandwagon. Like many millennial women she’d been seduced by what she now sees as an “entrenched victim mentality”, convinced the scales were tipped against her because of her sex. “I assumed I’d have to work twice as hard as men for half the recognition and that violent predators lurk around every street corner,” she says.

It took her years to discover she’d been duped. “I realised the feminist view did not reflect my life experiences. I grew suspicious. I couldn’t believe that somehow in Western society women were paid less than men or had fewer rights than men. And given my experience of men, I refused to believe there was an undercurrent of misogyny among all the wonderful men in my life,” says the 28-year-old, who is part of a growing global band of female activists speaking out about the demonisation of men. Some of the leading lights in this group will hit our shores next month to speak at an international men’s issues conference.

Cousens’s turnaround happened when she was working as a research assistant at the Menzies Research Centre, which led her to start asking questions. She found, for instance, that the much heralded “wage gap” largely could be explained by differences in men and women’s work and lifestyle ­choices. That was the beginning.'

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'John Maxwell is curious about the world and freely shares, in casual conversation, tidbits of English history. Yet he says he’ll never again set foot in a college classroom.

“I consider myself mostly self-taught and I just believe I should cut my own path in life,” said the 24-year-old Maxwell, who dropped out of Littleton’s Araphoe Community College after one semester.

Maxwell said he didn’t want to waste his parents’ money on college work that held little or no interest to him.

“I just wanted to see what I wanted to do with my life and college was never a part of that,” said Maxwell, currently an employee at a Parker liquor store. “It might cost me financially down the road, but I never really saw myself as getting rich anyway. So I don’t see it as much of a loss.”
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Some of the young men shunning campus say they don’t want to take on massive student-loan debt.

“If you don’t want to go to college you can go to a trade school and come away with something and not be on the hook for $150,000,” said 28-year-old Adam Stark, who dropped out of college and now is thriving in the music business in Denver.

Others say the campus environment has become testy, even hostile, toward men. “You definitely get the sense you are the problem,” said Maxwell. “One woman once told me that she could use statistics to determine how many of my friends were rapists.”
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A similar trend is occurring nationally. Although more people than ever are attending college, the ratio of male to female students is nearly 1:2. Compare that to 1960, when there were 1.6 males for every female graduating from a U.S. four-year college and 1.55 males for every female undergraduate, according to the National Bureau of Economic Research.'

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