David Brooks on VA Dem Turmoil: "A Lot Of Male Bad Behavior, Maybe We Should Have Only Women Leading"

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'Syndicated columnist Mark Shields and New York Times columnist David Brooks analyze the week in politics, including chaos at the highest levels of Virginia government, the effectiveness of congressional investigations, the Supreme Court’s abortion ruling and the legacy of Rep. John Dingell (D-MI).

Brooks weighed in on the blackface controversy surrounding Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam (D) and Attorney General Mark Herring (D) and allegations of sexual assault against Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax (D). He called the Fairfax case the "most serious," but that we should not rush to conclusions without investigating first.

"Men turn out to be a problem. There's a lot of male bad behavior. Maybe we should have only women leading our states. That might solve these problems," Brooks said Friday on PBS NewsHour.

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UK: Promote Me Over Men, Asks Commerzbank Exec Who Won Bias Case

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'A Commerzbank AG executive who won sex and maternity discrimination claims against the bank wants an unusual form of compensation: favorable treatment for future promotions.

Jagruti Rajput, a senior compliance officer at the bank’s London branch, won a court ruling that the bank had discriminated against her by failing to fairly consider her for a promotion, and by taking advantage of her absence on maternity leave to pass “significant elements” of her role to a colleague. She found her role had been diminished upon her return.

Now, Rajput wants a London judge to recommend that the bank “takes positive action to train and independently mentor” her for a promotion, her lawyer Elaine Banton told the court Wednesday. If there’s a “tie break” between Rajput and a candidate of “equal merit in terms of qualifications and years of experience,” Rajput should get preference for the role because as a woman, she’s from an under-represented group, Banton said.'

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Higher education discriminates against men, but Title IX complaints may change that

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'Higher education has a gender problem: With a surplus of women and a shortage of male students, colleges are becoming more and more gender unbalanced. The more farsighted among university administrators are starting to worry that this will turn universities into a pink-collar ghetto, places that the public thinks of as finishing schools for girls rather than gateways to middle-class stability.

Part of the problem, of course, is that our K-12 system, staffed overwhelmingly by women whom research shows tend to favor girls, leaves a lot of boys demoralized and uninterested in further education. But another big part of the problem is that college has become and anti-male space.

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Why woman-led organizations aren’t always woman-friendly

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'It’s the age of the woman. If we’re not celebrating their electoral successes, we’re chastising the men who dare stand in their way. Women are on the ascent. And no one should be happier than those who work for organizations considered “pro-woman.”

The employees at those groups, like Planned Parenthood and the Center for Reproductive Rights, should be in a golden age of work-life balance, being mentored by the women in higher-up positions, in an environment free of the toxicity often blamed on men.

Yet, the feminist utopia eludes them.

In December, Natalie Kitroeff and Jessica Silver-Greenberg had an exposé in The New York Times about bad behavior at several of these women-centric organizations.

“In interviews and legal documents, women at Planned Parenthood and other organizations with a feminist bent described discrimination that violated federal or state laws — managers considering pregnancy in hiring decisions, for example, or denying rest breaks recommended by a doctor.”'

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UK: Oxford University's Classics degree to be overhauled in bid to boost number of female students getting Firsts

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'One of Oxford University's oldest degrees is to be overhauled in bid to boost number of female students getting top grades.

Classics dons who marked last year's exam papers said the gender gap is “very troubling”, adding that it must be addressed as a matter of "urgency".

More than double the number of men were awarded first class honours in their Finals last year than women, with 46.8 per cent of men achieving the top grade compared to 12.5 per cent of their female peers.

Academics noted that the gender gap in Finals - which was “already very noticeable” - had “dramatically increased” in the most recent cohort of students due to an a record number of men taking Firsts.

Meanwhile, in second year exams - known as "Mods" which is short for Moderations - 38 per cent of men got a First compared to 19.3 per cent of women.

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Men Blamed for Failure of French Effort on Hiring Female Academics

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'The introduction of quotas to get more women onto university recruitment committees in France has backfired and has actually led to far fewer female academics being hired, new research has revealed.

A male backlash against the equity measures is the most likely reason for the decline in female recruitment, according to analysis by Pierre Deschamps, an economist at Sciences Po, in Paris.

He investigated recruitment data from 455 hiring committees across three French universities in the years before and after the introduction of the requirement for recruitment committees to draw at least 40 percent of their membership from each gender.

Deschamps’ modeling indicates that, had the quotas not been introduced, 38 percent more women would have been hired. “That’s enormous,” he said.

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Why The Anti-Men ‘Galentine’s Day’ Is Nothing To Celebrate

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'Because of the absence of real, widespread discrimination against women, SJWs must create it. Propping up Galentine's Day (link added) as a holiday isn’t about celebrating women, but tearing down men and shoehorning an SJW agenda into existing traditions. For example, HuffPost discussed how to refer to non-binary lovers in 2016. How long until we hear demands that drugstores carry “To My Beloved Bothfriend” cards?

To feed the beasts, women’s media must make overtures to feminist social justice warriors. This includes trashing the Trump women, featuring a plus-size model or celebrity on the cover once a year, and hocking kitschy feminist gear in holiday-gift spreads on “holidays” like Galentine’s Day.

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Drew Barrymore used to be ‘scared’ of feminism over "all the male-bashing"

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'DREW Barrymore admits she used to be “scared” of feminism when she was younger as she didn’t like “all the male bashing”.

The Santa Clarita Diet star admits she was a bit nervous of the term feminism when she was younger as she didn’t like “all the male bashing” and doesn’t believe feminism should be about being “viscerally angry at men”.

She told Glamour magazine, “I was a bit scared of feminism when I was younger because of all the male bashing. And there are a lot of women’s movements now that I’m apprehensive about, because I don’t want to be viscerally angry at men. I love men. I like keeping both sides in mind. I avoid anything political, where I sense too much anger. It’s just not the way I find messaging to be truly empowering.”'

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Brie Larson Doubles Down – Wants Fewer White Men on Captain Marvel Press Tour

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'Captain Marvel actress Brie Larson doubled down on her views of press coverage. She indicated she wants fewer white men covering her Captain Marvel press tour.

Larson sat down with Keah Brown for Marie Claire to reiterate her position on white men when it comes to her Captain Marvel press tour.

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India: False rape claims rise

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'But last year, when Pavan Gupta* turned 24, his parents began pressuring him to marry. When they introduced him to a girl he liked, Gupta ended his relationship with his girlfriend, Geeta Jain, telling her he could not disappoint his parents. “I liked her but I didn’t want to spend the rest of my life with her. I always told her I was an only child and would have to go along with my parents’ choice,” says Gupta.

In March, as Gupta was preparing for his wedding, Jain went to the Delhi police and accused him of rape. She said she had slept with him only on promise of marriage and, since he had not married her, consent was procured on a false pretext, making the sex rape.

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College Newspaper Says 'White Boys' Should Not Be 'Allowed To Talk'

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'A blatantly racist opinion piece penned by a Pennsylvania college student says "white boys" should not "be allowed to talk."

Leda Fisher, a senior and self-identified "black girl" at Dickinson College, whines about "white boys" in her higher education years "incessantly" speaking about issues and sharing their opinions, in a piece titled, "Should White Boys Still Be Allowed to Talk?"

The piece was published on Thursday in the student newspaper, The Dickinsonian. School administration addressed the severe backlash to the openly racist piece on Friday in an email underscoring their position to uphold free speech and condemned prejudice.

"American society tells men, but especially white men, that their opinions have merit and that their voice is valuable, but after four years of listening to white boys in college, I am not so convinced," asserts Fisher in the piece.

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Misandry in the Man-Cave

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'For millions of American men, football is both an outlet and a pacifier.

It makes sense. In an increasingly secular America, men’s headship role in family and society at large is nearly completely debased. Where men once led their wives and children, they have been replaced by a paycheck. Where men once led their communities, they have been replaced by the administrative state. Fewer and fewer venues remain for men to fulfill their natural desire to lead and to serve. Even and especially in churches, men find themselves disaffected and disposable.

So football (an implicit celebration of the heroism men are denied in their waking lives) becomes an obsession. Of course.

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#MeToo Search Engine Rotten Apples Launches Victim Donation and Activist Features

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'Rotten Apples, a film and TV search engine that lists stars and filmmakers accused of sexual harassment and assault, has been upgraded with features that will allow fans to donate to victims and support non-profit organizations.

The site, which sprung up as part of the #MeToo movement, using an investment from the Abigail Disney-backed company Level Forward, is relaunching, with a wider focus to help fans become more aware of the alleged misdeeds of top filmmakers. Even if viewers continue to watch the films, the site wants audiences to support groups that are working to combat abuses of power. Rotten Apples says it is fostering an environment for “ethical media consumption.” The name is a play on review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes.

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Yale Wellness center for women opens

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'Women of the Elm City can now enjoy their own wellness sanctuary that offers massage therapy, wellness classes and a sense of community.

The Well for Women celebrated its official ribbon-cutting ceremony Thursday afternoon at the Blake Street Center. Owner Julie Robbins and her staff were joined by Mayor Toni Harp and other city officials to celebrate the sanctuary’s grand opening.

“The Well’s welcoming, accepting approach fits hand in glove with what New Haven stands for,” Harp said during her opening remarks. “I want to thank [The Well] for enhancing New Haven’s reputation for inclusion.”
Some of the work done ahead of the grand opening was funded through the city’s Main Street leasehold program, a community-focused renewal effort that the city is using to improve life in neighborhoods outside of downtown. Robbins was able to complete renovations of the space in two months with the help of a $9,500 matching grant from the program.

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Isabel O'shaughnessy expulsion petition

Petition here. She still attends classes on campus and still works there. This is obviously showing us that there are two sets of standards. Sign the petition to expel Isabel O'shaughnessy for sexual assault.

Ed. note: Background here.

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