'Last week, George Will wrote a column about how progressive politics have fomented "rape culture" on college campuses. The column was not well received by some, or even, as a great many of the histrionic responses would indicate, well understood. I received the following press release yesterday, headlined: "87,000 Call on The Washington Post to Address Sexism, Fire George Will." A group called UltraViolet was touting the success of an online petition they'd whipped up over the controversy. From the release:
“The past week has seen the Washington Post devolve to violent and shameful rhetoric that normalizes rape and violence against women. In the face of a national epidemic of sexual violence, The Washington Post should take a stand against rape-- starting by firing George Will, said Nita Chaudhary, co-founder of UltraViolet. “From mocking survivors to misleading the public on demands for college sexual assault reform and blaming women for violence against them-- the Post has left the realm of honest debate and entered the realm of hate-speech and dog whistles.”
"The Factual Feminist video blog, hosted by Christina Hoff Sommers, covers all subjects related to feminist philosophies and practices. Christina and her #FactFem colleagues use a data-driven approach to the basic tenets of feminism and related topics."
'Domestic violence is something that is mostly commonly found among women. Stories of physical, mental, and emotional abuse can be seen on many sites across the internet and sometimes in the news. However, this is not an occurrence that only affects women. Men are victims of domestic violence too. Male domestic violence is not often heard of, but that should not suggest that it does not occur. In fact, men have it just as rough, if not worse, than women do. A wide range of skepticism is met when reports are received from men stating that they are being abused. It is a broad misconception that men cannot be abused because they can ‘handle themselves.’ Another misconception is that women are frail beings thus not being able to hurt the male at all.
According to one statistic, men make up about 40 percent of all domestic violence cases. In one of many studies, statistics shows that 64 percent of domestic violence calls made by men to hotlines were turned away with statements saying that the hotline only assisted women. Some of the hotlines that were contacted for this reason often referred men to male domestic violence hotlines. Most reports filed by men for domestic violence are often met with disbelief, ridicule, and sometimes laughter. Speaking with law enforcement about the incident does not make matters any easier for the victim because of these issues.
'The Wildwood Convention Center was the site of the “Bullying/Domestic Violence Prevention Conference” sponsored by the Cape May County Prosecutor’s Office. Ed Rodgers welcomed visitors and made sure they were headed in the right direction. The event itself began at 8:30 a.m. and wrapped up about 3 p.m. The event was paid for by drug forfeiture money.
The goal of the conference was to make progress in preventing both bullying and domestic violence. The theme, according to Cape May County Prosecutor Robert Taylor, was ‘Creating Safe School Environments and Safe Communities.’
Taylor referenced some disturbing statistics. One in four women have been targets of domestic violence; 60 percent of boys who were bullies in grade school go on to commit a crime as adults; 40 percent commit three crimes by age 24.
One gentleman who asked to be identified by his first name only, David, said he found the conference informative but wished that there had been more discussion about the rights of fathers. “Sometimes I think the men get a raw deal. I think the system views men as automatically in the wrong. But nobody should be a bully.”'
'It's a tawdry tale of New York City strippers on the prowl for vulnerable men with money, drinks spiked with illegal synthetic drugs and runaway credit card charges at topless clubs.
Some of the men say they have little or no memory of any of it. But investigators filled in the blanks for them on Wednesday by announcing the arrests of four women — all described as professional strippers — and a club manager on charges including grand larceny, assault and forgery.
The four were accused of teaming up to rip off a combined $200,000 from a New Jersey doctor, a banker, a hedge fund executive and a real estate attorney in a credit card scam during the last four months of 2013.
According to authorities, the scheme began with the women going on "fishing" expeditions at bars in midtown Manhattan and on Long Island to lure in victims. On follow-up dates, they secretly dosed the victim's drinks with the stimulant methylone, commonly known as "molly," or the tranquilizer ketamine.
The dazed and confused victims were driven to Scores and the RoadHouse in Queens, where their credit cards were swiped and unauthorized charges recorded, some as high as $50,000. The clubs paid the women a fee, but the establishments were not facing criminal charges, authorities said.
The men reported waking up in their cars or in hotel rooms, wondering how they got there. Those who tried to dispute the strip club bills received texts from the strippers threatening to go public with their transgressions, authorities said.'
'Feminists are demanding Washington Post columnist George Will be fired for a Sunday column on campus sexual assaults. Politico media reporter Hadas Gold wrote “the reception from progressives went about as well as expected when an older, white, male conservative columnist writes about college sexual assaults.”
So an old white guy can’t write about the excesses of liberalism? Free speech for everyone, except the race-and-gender-privileged? Gold repeated herself a few sentences down: “Will's own identity — older, white, male and conservative — made him especially prone to liberal criticism on the subject of sexual assault.” Her piece was loaded up with angry lefties.
Here’s how Will began his column (and the outrage):
"Colleges and universities are being educated by Washington and are finding the experience excruciating. They are learning that when they say campus victimizations are ubiquitous (“micro-aggressions,” often not discernible to the untutored eye, are everywhere), and that when they make victimhood a coveted status that confers privileges, victims proliferate."
Gold utterly missed what this conservative would have raised in response: where were the feminists when the victims of sexual assault and harassment were victimized by Bill Clinton? Weren’t the liberal journalists the first to spread the insensitive theme that the Clinton “bimbos” sought privilege for themselves, and the conservative media’s thirst for bimbo stories caused the bimbos to proliferate?
'TWENTY children have died in Chipata due poor nutrition in the first quarter of this year, Chipata General Hospital acting superintendent Daniel Makawa has said.
Dr Makawa said 133 children were admitted in the first quarter but only 11 were successfully treated for poor nutrition.
On male circumcision, Dr Makawa said 1,165 males ranging from one year to over 50 years were circumcised at the Hospital during the first quarter of the year.
He said more youths aged between 15-24 years preferring to do their circumcision at the hospital.'
'I really didn't want to write another column that hinges on the notion of a war between the genders.
But our front-page story Sunday — on legal challenges by students punished for campus sexual assaults — raises such provocative questions, I just couldn't help myself.
University officials around the country are ratcheting up efforts to protect female students by reining in sexual misconduct. But as Times reporter Teresa Watanabe explained, that campaign is raising concern about the rights of the accused.
We do our children no favors by making sexual stupidity a capital offense. It doesn't educate men or rescue women; it just turns naive and awkward college students into perpetrators and victims.'
'A man in the US has captured the moment he was attacked by a fellow beach-goer for using drone to photograph a public beach.
The man, who is a keen drone hobbyist, was flying his quadracopter on the Connecticut shoreline when he was approached by Andrea Mears, 23.
Mears is shown knocking over the man and telling him to "stop, stop" while on the phone to the police.
"This guy is taking pictures and trying to upload them from a camera," Mears can be heard saying.
As the man attempts to pack up his belongings, Mears strikes, pushing him to the ground and ripping his shirt.
The man can be heard yelling, "You're assaulting me," before Mears calls him a "pervert" and grabbing at his hair.
The man managed to capture the entire incident on his iPhone.
When police finally arrived Mears told them that she had been assaulted, but after showing officers the video from his iPhone, the man was let go and Mears ended up being arrested for assault and breach of peace.'
The Men's Human Rights Movement is a peaceful humanist civil rights movement, dedicated to compassion for men and boys. It is growing quickly due to support from people of every race, creed, color, gender, orientation, and ethnicity.
It has been subjected to vicious attacks by those who wish to silence people from talking about suicide, homelessness, education, poverty, domestic violence, sexual assault, and compassion for men who suffer from many of these problems at higher rates than most people realize--and who wish to do it free from vested outside interests and ideologies.
We are men and women, black and white, gay and straight, and we want to peacefully gather and talk.
Our global community is prepared to meet for the first time in a historic conference to take place in Detroit this June 26th-28th. The conference has been planned for nearly a year, and features many qualified and dynamic speakers from around the world.'
'Little was said during Child Protection Week, which came to an end at the weekend, about the increase in the sexual abuse of boys.
"There is certainly less concern being publicly expressed. There is almost an assumption that boys are less harmed by sexual abuse," Childline manager Joan van Niekerk said.
"We come across some professionals who believe that boys cannot be sexually abused. We have increasing evidence that the sexual abuse of boys is as frequent as that of girls," she said.
University of KwaZulu-Natal education professor Deevia Bhana said that the abuse of boys was not sufficiently recognised or adequately dealt with compared to the sexual abuse of girls.
She said the under-reporting of the abuse of boys was attributable to silence, stigma and shame.
"Gender roles and expectations for boys differ from those for girls. Boys at an early age are inducted into rituals of manhood that require acceptance of pain and suppression of emotions. This prevents easy disclosure of the abuse," Bhana said.'
'These solutions will come about by changes both in campus culture and its tolerance for the various kinds of date rape, acquaintance rape and other permutations of the problem, and in the enforcement of both regulations and the law. Most clearly, the best and most lasting solution would come from a recognition by young men, whether in fraternal groups or on their own, that there is essentially no difference between intentionally getting young women extremely drunk en masse at house parties and then taking advantage of them, and rape of any other kind. Laughing such practices off as a grand tradition and noting it was always thus in the groves of academe and in the frat houses located therein is no excuse whatsoever. It’s organized criminal activity, and it can’t be tolerated any longer.
The bill, SB 967, at its core states a compassionate human truth: “lack of protest or resistance does not mean consent, nor does silence,” and says that it’s the responsibility of the person initiating sex to ensure the other person consents, at every step of the way.
Critics will attack the bill as another manifestation of the nanny state, and say that it attempts to legislate romance. But looking at the actual text of the law rather than reacting from ingrained political bias may help here. In order to receive state funding, public and private colleges in California would have to maintain such a code aimed at stopping sexual assault. Important criteria contained in civilized countries’ larger rape laws are included, such as: “The existence of a dating relationship between the persons involved, or the fact of past sexual relations between them, should never by itself be assumed to be an indicator of consent.” It’s hard to argue with that.
'A pair of friends at Cal State Long Beach said the bill seemed well-intentioned, but questioned how practical it is when it comes to ensuring consent throughout sex with their partners.
“I feel like their hearts are in the right place, but the implementation is a little too excessive,” said Henry Mu, a 24-year-old biology major. “Are there guidelines? Are we supposed to check every five minutes?”
The remark drew laughter from his friend and fellow 49er, Sue Tang.
“If you were to do that, it would definitely kill the vibe,” said Tang, 27.
Lowenthal said affirmative consent means an individual “must say ‘yes,’” and “if an individual says nothing, that doesn’t imply consent.”
Critics of SB 967 say the “one-in-five” women statistic is dubious, and is used by legislators and universities to create a climate of fear on campus that ignores the rights of the accused.
Samantha Harris, director of policy research at the Philadelphia-based nonprofit Foundation for Individual Rights in Education, said the statistic comes from a 2007 federally funded Campus Sexual Assault Study using broad definitions of sexual violence to inflate the prevalence of the problem.
“Depending on their answers, they were classified as victims, regardless of whether they had identified themselves as victims,” Harris said. “If somebody replied as having sex when drunk then they would be classified as a victim. Sexual assault on campus is a serious issue, but you have to get those numbers right.”
Other critics of SB 967 say the proposed law is too vague and doesn’t represent consensual sexual interaction in the real world.
“To me, this bill turns most people into sexual assaulters,” said Hans Bader, senior attorney for the Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit Competitive Enterprise Institute.'
'Let’s all agree—just for the sake of argument—that men are a lesser, subspecies of human, possessing below-average abilities in nearly all areas of life unrelated to bench-pressing or competitive eating. Agreed? OK, great.
The outsized recognition given their inferior intelligence has led them to believe, foolishly, that they are in fact the superior sex: more rational, better at explaining things, cleverer, and in possession of inherently correct opinions. It’s delightful, somewhat twisted amusement to watch them confronted with a little peek or window into their true position in the world; to cut down a man’s ego is like watching a dog try to open a door, or kicking up the dirt of an anthill and watching the ants scurry about, disoriented and scared.
That vague male fear is what made the app Lulu seem fun at first. Men were not allowed to use the app; if they tried to log on (which the app does through Facebook), they’d be coldly denied. Lulu was an app for women, and it allowed them to rate their male Facebook friends based on a variety of personality traits, physical feats, and sex skills, all, ostensibly, in service of warning fellow women about prospective dates’ red flags, and cheering on the good guys. Lulu was like writing “For a good time, call …” on the ladies’ room wall. It felt like wink-y, good old-fashioned misandry; while not especially effective in righting institutional and cultural wrongs, it let us saddle dudes with weird little negs like “OnlyWearsFratTanks” and cackle about it with each other. It was funny and seemingly lighthearted.
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