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'What would you think if you saw the words 'Grab Her' on a license plate? Someone who saw that in Canada complained to the Department of Transportation, but it turns out that the plate is not an insult.

The plate spells out a driver's last name, but that did not stop the Department of Transportation from canceling the plate.

"When the plates first came out, I was so excited about it - this is what I wanted to get for my father. My father put it on the motor home, and he traveled to many states, he traveled across Canada...nothing was ever said," said Lorne Grabher.

The DOT says the plate is misogynistic and promotes violence against women.'

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'Anyone who has followed the campus sexual assault debate over the last decade has heard advocates, politicians, and reporters throwing around the disconcerting statistic that 1-in-5 women will be the victim of sexual assault while in college. The number is jarring…but is it truthful?

The federal Clery Act mandates that schools track and disclose reported incidents of campus sexual assault. A national crime victimization survey found that 65% of victims of sexual offenses do not report the assault. Currently, 12.7 million women are enrolled in American degree-granting colleges. Even with this underreporting problem, if 20% of college women were victims of sexual assault, one would expect to see large numbers of sexual assaults being reported to school officials.

Recently the American Association of University Women (AAUW) completed a review of the 2015 Clery data, which was compiled from all 11,000 college campuses across the nation. The title of the report highlights its most important finding: “89 Percent of Colleges Reported Zero Incidents of Rape in 2015.” This is not a typo. The AAUW’s report states without qualification that at nearly nine out of 10 campuses, not a single rape was reported to campus officials.'

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Article here. What man would be given such leniency? Excerpt:

'An Ontario woman who made up a story that her ex-spouse had choked and tried to rape her is going to jail.

Jennifer Gauthier’s lies in September 2015 landed her ex-spouse in jail for 19 days, before she recanted her claim, court was told Wednesday.

“When you did what you did, you not only hurt (the ex-spouse), you hurt every real victim out there, every real complainant,” Ontario Court Justice Karen Lische told Gauthier, as she issued a 60-day sentence.
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“Quite frankly, I feel the Crown’s position of 60 days jail is a very lenient one.”
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“A totally innocent man spent 19 days in jail,” Assistant Crown attorney Radbert Pe said. “This is essentially an attack on the justice system.”'

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'Women in command of America's biggest businesses are reaping rich rewards.

In an unusual reversal of the gender pay gap, female chief executives at some of the largest U.S. companies repeatedly outearn their male counterparts. Last year, 21 female CEOs received a median compensation package of $13.8 million, compared with the $11.6 million median for 382 male chiefs, according to a Wall Street Journal analysis of S&P 500 leaders who held the job a full year.

Women in the corner office at the biggest American firms made more money than men in six of the past seven years, though the gap has narrowed since 2014. The trend reflects strong performances by S&P 500 businesses run by women -- and the fact that superstar women tend to land such top jobs, according to executive-pay and leadership experts.

"Boards don't want to shortchange their female CEO in today's environment, when pay equality is such an issue," said Robin Ferracone, head of Farient Advisors LLC, which advises board compensation committees. So, they "err on the side of being generous."'

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'A researcher at the University of Arizona claims to have created a feminist brand of quantum physics to weed out the bigotry that she believes follows from a study of Newtonian physics.

Researcher Whitney Stark of the University of Arizona’s Institute for LGBT Studies claims to have invented a new form of physics, intersectional quantum physics, that combats the alleged bigotries of classical science.

“Intersectionality and quantum physics can provide for differing perspectives on organizing practices long used by marginalized people, for enabling apparatuses that allow for new possibilities of safer spaces, and for practices of accountability,” she writes in the abstract for her paper, “Assembled Bodies: Reconfiguring Quantum Identities.”'

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Article here. A society organized in such a way that materially well-off men are purposefully avoiding paternity like the plague has some serious soul-searching to do. I do have to wonder though; these guys are rich. Surely if they seek to bed one woman/week, a hooker would be, in the long run, both cheaper and safer. Just saying. Excerpt:

'The latest Hamptons summer accessory? A vasectomy.

When Scott, a male model who says he’s in his 30s, kicks off the Hamptons high season this weekend at his Sag Harbor waterfront house, the unattached hunk won’t have any reservations about hooking up with women he hardly knows.

“I had a vasectomy a few months ago. Having a house in the Hamptons and being fairly well-off, I’ve encountered some problems — women try to get pregnant,” said Scott, a regular on the society scene who earns a cool half-million a year.
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Scott — who describes himself as “Tarzan with light eyes” — typically beds up to 10 different women per summer and estimates that 20 percent of the single ladies he encounters are looking to trap a rich guy with a baby.

The goal? At the very least: 18 to 21 years of child support and, in some instances, a green card for the mother, since their child would be born in the US. At best: Scott said, “Women want that Cinderella story [of happily ever after], but I’m noncommittal at this point in my life.”
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Alex, 37, already has two kids with his wife, but the health care administrator got a vasectomy late last year specifically so he could fool around — no strings attached — in the Hamptons. The downtown Brooklyn man and his spouse of 10 years are in an open relationship, but he almost screwed things up last summer when he got stealthed by a comely Russian model he’d met at dinner in Southampton.

During sex, the woman pulled off his condom.

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'Campuses across the country kicked off “Sexual Assault Awareness Month” (SAAM) this April to the tune of several hundreds of thousands of dollars. Since 2001, every U.S. President has declared April to be SAAM, and President Trump has followed suit. Over the past decade in particular, an increasing number of Federal mandates encouraged colleges and universities to up the ante on such awareness programming, enforcing punitive measures should they fail to do so. This suggests an observation: Those who believe that an increased Federal role will solve campuses’ well-documented sexual woes might be suffering from something akin to April foolishness.

It’s not simply the bureaucratese-heavy emails that flood my inbox from consulting companies—designed with “best practices” in mind and in collusion with lawyerly types—that influence this observation. (Though it’s been several years since I worked as a student affairs professional, the industry likes to remind me of all the ways I, or my institution, should continue to fund their existence.) The headlines of the past few months alone are enough to give one pause about throwing more regulations, more lawyers, or more courts at campuses’ sex-related problems.

So does the lived experience of working in student affairs, at the nexus of competing student needs, parental demands, faculty expectations, legal obligations, and public opinion.

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Story here. What is remarkable is not that it happened; it's happened plenty of times before. What is remarkable is that both the press and police are taking it seriously. In its own way, that is progress. Excerpt:

'En route to town the taxi driver changed direction‚ said police spokesperson‚ Captain Colette Weilbach.

She said the young man was then ordered to come to the front. One of the women then allegedly injected him with an unknown substance and he passed out.

“He stated that he woke up in an unfamiliar room on a single bed. The female suspects then allegedly forced the man to drink an energy drink‚ before taking turns raping him numerous times a day‚” Captain Weilbach said.

She said on Sunday afternoon he was dropped off in an open field in Benoni.

The man was very traumatised by his ordeal and received medical treatment‚ Captain Weilbach said.'

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'With the rise of social justice movements in recent years, the last remnants of classical-liberal feminism have all but faded. It has been replaced by the rise of third-wave feminism: a movement that promotes equality, diversity and inclusivity.

In principle, this new wave of feminism is all about intersectionalism — that is, extending to groups of people other than cishet, able-bodied white women of the middle and upper-middle class.

In practice, the movement has become fraught with irrational, often divisive hostility under the guise of tolerance and justice. From burning books to banning speakers from college campuses, the actions of many within the movement speak much louder than their tolerance-laden rhetoric.
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Of course, nearly every stereotype harbors a grain of truth. Today’s third-wave feminism is grossly out of touch with most Americans — in fact, a 2015 Vox poll indicated that only 18 percent of Americans consider themselves feminists. However, when the same sample was split into two blocks, 78 percent expressed their belief in the “social, political, legal and economic equality of the sexes.” What’s more, 85 percent stated that they believed in “equality for women.”
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'Camellia Cheshire was plunged into the depths of despair twice after her brother was “falsely accused of rape”.

She says that first her beloved Jay, 17, committed suicide after having “the life sucked out of him” by the allegation which was withdrawn two weeks later.

Then, a year later, their mother Karin took her own life the same way – leaving desperate Camellia to organise another funeral.

Today she tells how she wept as she picked out a garland of Karin’s favourite purple carnations to sit on top of the wicker coffin.

Jay’s ashes had been placed inside – so, Camellia says, “he and mum could be together”.

Courageous Camellia is now 22 and talks for the first time about an ordeal that tore her family apart.'

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'A retired admiral is accusing the highest levels of the Navy legal corps at the Pentagon of improperly interfering in the case of a decorated Navy SEAL convicted of sexual assault.

Retired Rear Adm. Patrick J. Lorge charges in a May 5 signed affidavit that the then-judge advocate general of the Navy and her deputy tried to persuade him not to exonerate the sailor because it would be bad public relations for the Navy and hurt Mr. Lorge’s career.

The extraordinary charges from Mr. Lorge go to the very top of the Navy legal system and throw into question whether a sailor can get a fair trial in the politically charged atmosphere of military sex assault cases.

Based on Mr. Lorge’s testimony, attorneys for Senior Chief Petty Officer Keith E. Barry filed an appeal with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces. Chief Barry contends that the sexual contact was consensual. The accuser described their relationship as filled with “crazy sex.”

“The new evidence in [Chief] Barry’s case establishes unlawful command influence,” his attorneys argue, asking the appeals court to reverse the conviction and order a special investigation.'

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Also see: Navy SEAL accused of sexual assault is denied special investigator to probe Pentagon meddling

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'Management at a Texas movie theater laughed off criticism over alleged sexism in its decision to hold a women’s-only premiere of the film “Wonder Woman” starring the Israeli actress Gal Gadot.

The backlash against the Austin franchise of the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema chain took place on Facebook following its announcement on social media that it would be hosting the women’s-only screening on Wednesday. It prompted the chain to expand its women’s-only program to other franchises.

Alamo Drafthouse creative manager Morgan Hendrix told Mashable that his company is “very excited” that it is “providing an experience where women truly reign supreme has incurred the wrath of trolls,” saying it “only serves to deepen our belief that we’re doing something right.”'

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'Anything that's critical of anything at all to do with a woman is misogynistic. That's what Salon seems to think, at least.

You see, the Alamo Draft House decided to do a women-only premiere of the eagerly anticipated Wonder Woman starring Gal Gadot. The film has already sparked controversy for some of the dumbest of reasons, from Gadot's stand on Israel (she's an Israeli who thinks her country should exist. Shocking!) to her lack of armpit hair.

However, some people also took issue with the theater chain deciding to exclude men from the premiere, arguing that the chain would never do a men-only screening of a movie.
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That point would stand... if people were complaining about there being a Wonder Woman movie, which they're not. They're complaining about being excluded from a showing of the movie by a business that ordinarily excludes no one. Period.

In other words, the only absurdity that is clear is the hypocrisy involved.

Luckily, Salon's male writer got an opportunity to step up and signal how he's a good little ally to the feminist cause with his internalized misandry by penning the most pathetic criticism he could come up with.

There's no defense against hypocrisy, and he just proved it.'

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'In the wake of a statewide sexual assault crisis on university campuses, Sen. Joan Huffman, R-Houston, filed a bill Jan. 23 to penalize staff and student leaders who do not report incidents of campus sexual assault. The Senate State Affairs Committee debated the proposed bill Thursday.
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Without reporting the assault, a university employee could face a Class B misdemeanor or a Class A misdemeanor if it is shown the individual intended to conceal the incident should the bill become law.

Class B misdemeanors are punishable by up to a $2,000 fine or 180 days in jail and Class A misdemeanors are punishable by up to a $4,000 fine or one year in jail.

Students would face expulsion should the bill become law.
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Debate took an unexpected turn, however, when Sen. Brian Birdwell, R-Granbury, started questioning Huffman on what would happen should someone report an incident based on a rumor or hearsay.

“If we could only report rapes based on eyewitnesses, then only half of the rapes in the country would be prosecuted,” Huffman said.

The Title IX coordinator at UT clarified that during her office’s investigation process, she explores third-party reports as well.

Birdwell continued on by saying he was concerned that the accuser’s identity would be confidential and those accused might not be able to face their accuser.

“I am profoundly concerned with the rights of the accused,” Birdwell said.

Huffman agreed saying she, too, was concerned about those rights, but no part of her bill would affect the accuser.'

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'Circumcised men should be as vigilant in preventing oncogenic HPV infection as those who are uncircumcised, new research suggests.

Circumcised participants in a study presented at the annual meeting of the American Urological Association were twice as likely as their uncircumcised counterparts to have either of two HPV strains associated with penile cancer, researchers said. Their findings are not consistent with previous research.

“Classically, circumcision has been shown to be protective against HPV infection and ... we’re not completely sure why, but there was a higher rate of these higher-risk HPV infections in men who are circumcised,” study researcher Mickey Daugherty, MD, a urology resident at the State University of New York Upstate Medical University, told Infectious Disease News.'

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