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'One of China’s most prominent feminists has a message for the US president-elect: “Hey Trump, feminists are watching you.”

Zheng Churan, who has been supported by Hillary Clinton for her advocacy, wrote a letter to Trump warming him of the perils of chauvinism as he prepares to take office.

Trump famously boasted about using his fame to have sex with women and grope them without prior consent, saying: “When you’re a star they let you do it.”

In 2015 Zheng was one of five feminist activists detained by police for more than a month after the group planned a peaceful protest against sexual harassment.

Zheng, who is also known as Datu or Big Rabbit, wrote to the president-elect: “Even across the Pacific, in the faraway land of China, there are constantly reports of you and your government’s involvement in sexual discrimination.
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“We wish you to watch out, the feminists worldwide are speaking, and we are watching you.”

Zheng called on Trump to respect women’s rights, warning him not to use his position to spread “straight-man cancer”.'

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'Margot Wallstrom, Sweden’s top diplomat, has sought to advance what she calls a feminist foreign policy. What does that mean?

She says it is a way to use the usual tools of diplomacy to address three questions: Do women have equal rights? Are women at the decision-making table? And, are resources equitably distributed to women?

“A feminist foreign policy,” she said, “is an analysis of the world.”'

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'A popular, nationwide program that encourages police and others to treat rape victims with more sensitivity is under fire from the Arizona Governor's Office of Youth, Faith and Family.

In a recent letter to elected prosecutors around the state, Youth, Faith and Family director Debbie Moak admonishes Arizona law-enforcement authorities to rethink their support of Start by Believing, a nonprofit initiative aimed at removing obstacles to the reporting of sexual violence. Statistics show that many women decline to report sexual attacks, sometimes out of fear that investigators won't believe them.

Launched in 2011, Start by Believing is an offshoot of the Washington-based nonprofit End Violence Against Women International.

When the Arizona Legislature adopted a resolution in 2014 supporting Start by Believing, it became the first lawmaking body in the nation to do so. Three other states have since followed — as have Arizona communities including Fountain Hills, Surprise, Apache Junction, and the Prescott Police Department. Several colleges around the state have signed up. In March, the Arizona State University Police Department renewed its support for the initiative; the year before, it became the first campus police force in the state to support it. According to the Start by Believing website, more than 130 communities in the United States and internationally have adopted the program.'

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'First, modern feminism is illogical because, as Pinker points out, it is based on the vanilla assumption that, but for lifelong gender socialization and pernicious patriarchy, men and women are on the whole identical. An insurmountable body of evidence by now conclusively demonstrates that the vanilla assumption is false; men and women are inherently, fundamentally, and irreconcilably different. Any political movement based on such a spectacularly incorrect assumption about human nature – that men and women are and should be identical – is doomed to failure.

Further, modern feminism is unnecessary, because its entire raison d’être is the unquestioned assumption that women are and have historically always been worse off than men. The fact that men and women are fundamentally different and want different things makes it difficult to compare their welfare directly, to assess which sex is better off; for example, the fact that women make less money than men cannot by itself be evidence that women are worse off than men, any more than the fact that men own fewer pairs of shoes than women cannot be evidence that men are worse off than women. However, in the only two biologically meaningful measures of welfare – longevity and reproductive success – women are and have always been slightly better off than men. In every human society, women live longer than men, and more women attain some reproductive success; many more men end their lives as total reproductive losers, having left no genetic offspring.'

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'Conservative MP Philip Davies told the BBC that men should not "be excluded from having their views" heard.

He was elected to the committee in a ballot of party colleagues.

But Green Party MP Caroline Lucas said there should be a "proper hearing" before the MP for Shipley, West Yorkshire, can take his place.

Asked on BBC Two's Daily Politics about his nomination, Mr Davies said: "The committee's there whether I like it or not, so if I can bring some common sense to the committee that's surely a good thing.

"Just in the same way that UKIP used to take their seats in the EU Parliament - not because they were fans of the EU Parliament or everything that it represented, but because they hoped to hold it to account."

He added: "I'd prefer if it was just called the equalities committee. I don't see why it needs to be called the women and equalities committee. You can still look at women's issues on a committee that's just called equalities.'

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'A male student from Williams College in Massachusetts accused his ex-girlfriend of sexual assault. A month later, she made a counterclaim against him. Guess whose accusation was taken seriously.

John Doe, as he is identified in his lawsuit against the university, had been dating Susan Smith (not her real name) for two years between fall 2013 and winter 2015. In spring 2015, Smith graduated and took a job with the college, where she worked until June 30, 2016. Doe was still a student at the university when Smith became an employee, and they continued to date.

(This report is based on court documents from the U.S District Court in Massachusetts, including Doe’s lawsuit against the university and supplemental materials that include email exchanges, phone records, investigative materials and attorney letters. None of the participants would speak on the record for this story. Watchdog was unable to locate the female accuser, and colleges and attorneys involved are unable to comment on the specifics of any case because of federal law protecting student records.)'

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'Former Baylor football recruit Jeremy Faulk, who was kicked off the team at the height of the school's sexual assault scandal before the 2016 season ever started, remains uncertain about his future, even though a Title IX investigation involving him at Baylor has been suspended, and apparently will never see resolution.

The defensive tackle has just been named the Junior College Defensive Player of the Year after winning a national championship at Garden City Community College in Garden City, Kan., but his brief stay at Baylor may have made him untouchable as far as major universities are concerned.

Faulk re-enrolled at Garden City, from which Baylor recruited him, after he was dismissed from the team and lost his scholarship, at least temporarily, after a report of a sexual assault that was never proved and never prosecuted.

Faulk's coach at Garden City, Jeff Sims, told KWTX that the staff had hoped Faulk would be able to transfer to another major college program, but said no one will touch him because "the name Baylor is scary to schools."

Faulk had NFL aspirations when he arrived at Baylor in January as an All-American junior college transfer.'

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'A college football team finally has recognized its power and leverage over campus administrators but for a queasy-making cause: solidarity over an unprosecuted allegation of multiple sexual assaults. The Minnesota Gophers are demanding that 10 accused “brothers” who have been suspended by the university for misconduct be reinstated or they will sit out the Holiday Bowl on Dec. 27. There is something jarring about this, some missing sensibility.

What’s missing is any recognition that campus officials have the right to hold students to a higher standard than simply being non-felons.

Anyone who follows news about sexual assaults on campuses is surely frustrated by the extreme pendulum swings between inaction and false accusation. The Florida State, Notre Dame, Tennessee and Baylor administrations reportedly discounted victims’ stories and sheltered athletes from consequences, while at Duke and Virginia false accusers and botched investigations tarred the innocent. It’s extraordinarily difficult to know where the Minnesota case falls, for the simple reason that these cases are a nightmare to adjudicate. On those grounds alone, the Gophers get an F in civics for their boycott.

What’s known is this: Police and prosecutors decided that the case did not meet the burden of criminal proof, but the campus Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action investigators nevertheless recommended discipline against 10 players for violating student conduct standards, and the players were suspended by Athletic Director Mark Coyle and President Eric Kaler.'

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'Minnesota seniors Drew Wolitarsky and Mitch Leidner spoke to the media, announcing the Gophers would “cease all football activities.” The boycott stems from 10 players being suspended following a university investigation into a sexual assault report.

University president Eric W. Kaler and athletic director, who were both called out by the players, released a statement after the boycott was announced.

Claeys wasn’t the only coach to voice his support for the players. Linebackers coach Mike Sherels did as well.'

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'Last year, Arizona State University’s campus police force was the first in the state to support the “Start by Believing” campaign, in which law enforcement pledges to uncritically accept any allegation made by a rape accuser to facilitate more reports.

Republican Gov. Doug Ducey’s administration doesn’t want others to follow ASU’s lead, however.

The Phoenix New Times reports that Youth, Faith and Family Director Debbie Moak asked prosecutors to stay clear of the nationwide nonprofit Start by Believing campaign in a letter last month.

What’s wrong with the program? It could ruin their rape investigations even if they run them by the book, says Moak, relaying the findings of a workgroup that studied the program:

`Over the past few months, however, critics have lobbied against the program, claiming that it can create “confirmation bias” — a concept in which investigators go into a case with a pre-existing belief, resulting in an ensuing investigation that’s likely to confirm that belief — and that a suspect’s defense lawyer could undermine a prosecution by injecting the possibility that confirmation bias was at work.

“The concern is that the interjection of ‘belief’ into the law enforcement investigation creates the possibility of real or perceived confirmation bias,” Moak writes. “While investigations and interviews with victims should always be done in a respectful and trauma-informed manner, law enforcement agencies, and other agencies co-located in advocacy centers, are strongly cautioned against adopting Start by Believing.”`'

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'The entire Minnesota football team says it is boycotting all football activities until it gets satisfactory answers from the university about the suspension of 10 players this week.

The school suspended the players after an internal investigation into a sexual assault case. Police declined to charge any of the players, but the school suspended them based on internal regulations involving sexual assault allegations.
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Wide receiver Drew Wolitarsky, with his team members standing behind him, made the announcement at the Gibson-Nagurski Football complex, CBS Minneapolis reports.

“Effective immediately, we will boycott all football activities,” Wolitarsky said. “The boycott will remain in effect until due process is followed, and the suspensions for all 10 players … are lifted.”

Wolitarsky says the decision was made after a “disappointing meeting” with Athletic Director Mark Coyle.

“We are concerned that our brothers have been named publically with reckless disregard in violation of their constitutional rights,” Wolitarsky said. “We are now compelled to speak for our team and take back our program.”'

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'The U.S Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights found last year that MSU failed victims by taking too long to investigate reports of sexual misconduct, a position echoed by a growing number of women who say they were assaulted on campus.

The men in these three cases argued that the process doesn’t serve the accused well, either.

Each of these students alleged MSU was too eager to cast them out and too lax in its investigation of the claims against them, that witnesses were not placed under oath, attorneys’ participation in disciplinary hearings was severely curtailed and even MSU’s own investigators failed, in some instances, to follow internal policies.

"With all due respect to Michigan State, the reality here is they haven't caught up to the sanction they are imposing," George Brookover, the East Lansing attorney who represented all three students, told Ingham County Judge Clinton Canady III on Jan. 6.'

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Story here. "Family problems"? Sorry dear, strict parents are no excuse to promulgate racism and sexism. Aside from the bias in the MSM news plain as day, add the presumption of guilt whenever a woman alleges an assault by a man and you have fertile ground for false accusations. Excerpt:

'New York City college student Yasmin Seweid who claimed to be the victim of a hate crime by Trump supporters is under arrest and charged with filing a false report, a police source told The New York Daily News.

The 18-year-old Seweid caused quite the media stir with her sensationalized account of Trump supporters attacking her on the subway. She claimed three men attempted to pull off her hijab while calling her a terrorist and yelling Trump’s name. All this happened, she said, while New Yorkers sat idly by and watched her get assaulted.

The police source told The News that police gave Seweid numerous opportunities to recant her story but she kept sticking to it. Finally, on Wednesday, she admitted she made the whole thing up, citing “family problems.”'

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'Middle and high school students in Montgomery County may be in for a change when it comes to sex education. A new proposal would add a tool called "affirmative consent" to the curriculum and would teach students more about consent instead of conflict.

We have heard the phrase “no means no” when it comes to sexual assault. But now, Montgomery County Public Schools are one of the first school systems in the country to consider this change when it comes to teaching students about sex education.

Maryland Del. Ariana Kelly (D-Montgomery) recently spoke to other local lawmakers about a bill that would teach Montgomery County seventh and tenth grade students in the classroom more about saying "yes" when it comes to sex.
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However, the Montgomery County Board of Education is opposed to the bill, saying in part:

“All health curriculum is aligned and guided by research done by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Health Education Standards and the Health Education Curriculum Content and Standards … Based on the research and guidelines, Grade 7 health education curriculum as it related to sexual activity, focuses on waiting to engage in sexual activity, peer pressure and the potential consequences of sexual activity. At the 10th grade level, a large section of the curriculum is dedicated to sexual aggression and consent.”
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Del. Kelly said they are even looking at how to incorporate age-appropriate affirmative consent curriculum for students as young as fifth grade.'

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'A radically different legal landscape for campus sexual assaults likely awaits colleges and their students after the winter holidays.

The outgoing Obama administration devoted considerable resources to raising awareness about campus sexual assaults and forcing compliance with Department of Education guidelines by opening up more than 200 investigations of schools for possible violations of Title IX – the federal law that prohibits discrimination in education on the basis of gender – over the schools’ handling of campus sexual assaults.

But the incoming Trump administration is likely to rein in what many see as overly aggressive enforcement actions that have produced unfair results for accused students.'

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