The question may take you by surprise. Indeed, few things have been as under-reported as the way a rising generation of American men is failing in every important measurement, from obtaining a higher education to establishing a foothold in the labor market and taking responsibility for the children they father.
In his recent State of the Union Address, President Barack Obama spent a bit of time decrying a well-worn statistic that reportedly shows women in America earning 77 cents for every dollar earned by a man. This, he said, “is an embarrassment.”
But while it is true that women ought to be paid equally for the same work as men, the real embarrassment may be that the 77-cent figure is misleading.
If you account for differences in education levels and the choices people make to pursue lower-paying professions, the wage gap closes to about 91 cents on the dollar. But if you look closer, the gap may not only disappear, it may exist in the other direction. A number of factors indicate trends will put males, not females, in danger in the workforce of the future.'
'Attorneys for a Naval Academy midshipman accused of sexually assaulting a classmate argued Monday that the academy's superintendent was pressured to prosecute the case — one of several claims the legal team is making in an effort to have the case dismissed.
Midshipman Joshua Tate is awaiting trial on charges of aggravated sexual assault and making false statements, stemming from an alleged assault at an April 2012 off-campus party.
The case has gained national attention, and at a motions hearing in military court at the Washington Navy Yard, Tate's attorneys said academy Superintendent Vice Adm. Michael H. Miller was influenced by military and political pressure when he made the decision to prosecute the midshipman.
Jason Ehrenberg, a civilian attorney for Tate, cited updates Miller sent to his superiors on the case, comments made by President Barack Obama at graduation in 2013 regarding sexual assault in the military, and letters from Sen. Barbara A. Mikulski to top military leaders urging more action on such cases. In one of her letters, Mikulski asked how academy superintendents are hired and fired.
"Sure, outside pressure exists in this case … but that goes with the territory," said Lt. Cmdr. Phil Hamon, a Navy attorney. Miller "simply made a tough call, and that is what commanders are paid to do."
In addition to saying Miller was unduly pressured, Tate's team is asking military judge Col. Daniel Daugherty to dismiss the case because, they say, Tate was selectively prosecuted while others who drank or lied about the party had lesser punishments. They also contend that there's insufficient evidence and a lack of specificity in the charges.'
'Typical of all such churnings of the advocacy-government complex, the school-discipline and sexual-assault initiatives are drearily familiar, representing longstanding bureaucratic obsessions. But Obama’s announcement of his overstuffed sexual-assault task force for once did contain something new and noteworthy: a brief invocation of the chivalric ideal. Before examining that break from tradition, it’s worth reviewing the boilerplate that preceded it.
The materials accompanying the new sexual-assault task force recycle the usual feminist claims about campus rape: an “estimated 1 in 5 women is sexually assaulted at college,” proclaims a White House press release. Such an assault rate would represent a crime wave unprecedented in civilized history. By comparison, the 2012 rape rate in New Orleans and its immediately surrounding parishes was .0234 percent; the rate for all violent crimes in New Orleans in 2012 was .48 percent. According to the White House Council on Women and Girls, “survivors” of this alleged campus sexual-assault epidemic “often” experience a life of depression, chronic pain, diabetes, anxiety, eating disorders, and post-traumatic stress disorder.'
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is accepting public comments on the Draft Guideline for the Prevention of Surgical Site Infections until 28 February 2014, presenting an opportunity for opponents of circumcision in the U.S. to archive practical arguments against continuation of the practice in the Federal Register.
The online comment box is limited to 5000 characters, but you can upload larger documents.
Doctors Opposing Circumcision (DOC) produced an excellent document about the risk to newly circumcised boys from Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus, here (scroll down to 'Statements'), which unfortunately hasn't been updated since 2008, but is still better than nothing.
We have some threads over at F-R.net tagged MRSA and hospital infections, which might be good starting point for readers interested in updating the DOC statement, or researching and drafting their own submission from scratch.
Story here. Warning: NSFW due to nudity in video. Excerpt:
'Russian president Vladimir Putin has long been a target of Femen, the militant feminist group whose members remove their tops to protest against patriarchy and organized religion, and for LGBT rights.
Three members doffed their shirts in front of the Russian embassy in Berlin to reveal the slogan "Gulag Games" on their backs.
One of them left a lit torch on the sidewalk and threw a bottle at it.
She has been arrested, allegedly for "throwing a Molotov cocktail at the Russian embassy".'
'Hundreds of demonstrators organized by a far-right group protested in Paris on Saturday demanding the dissolution of FEMEN. They called for the feminist organization, which is headquartered in the French capital, to "go back to Ukraine."
The General Alliance Against Racism and for the Respect of French and Christian Identity (AGRIF) says FEMEN provokes the Christian community in France, Ruptly news agency reported.
In December, FEMEN staged an action at Madeleine Church in Paris, holding pieces of meat in each hand, representing the fetus of Jesus.
The controversial feminist organization says it is "fighting patriarchy in its three manifestations - sexual exploitation of women, dictatorship and religion." It is mostly known for staging topless protests as well as other provocative moves like burning Islamist flags.'
'Chandigarh, Feb 6: Its strange, but true. The Punjab government has ordered that no male teachers would will teach in government girls' school. In fact, all of them have been shifted to different other schools in the district, much to the anger of the teachers' union.
After this move, Punjab would be the first in India to have no male teachers in girls' school.
Students and teachers both condemn the move saying that the state government is humiliating the male teachers with the order, implying that all men are rapists.
One of the members said "why should all men be generalized as perverts. These children are like our own kids. This decision of the government of shifting male staff is not a practical solution to solve the problem. If any school has faced such problem then the guilty should be punished or he should be shifted".'
'The only FTSE 100 woman chairman has urged employers to allow women to take up to six years off to focus on raising their families. She says retaining the best staff is cheaper than training new recruits.
“Employers have to learn to accommodate you through the mid-life piece,” Dame Alison Carnwath, the chairwoman of the Land Securities property group said in an interview with the Financial Times.
“If you want to spend, say, six years having children and getting them off to school before you come back and do full-time work, [companies] have to look upon it as not wanting to lose somebody.”'
'London - It seems the stresses and strains of the day do not end upon going to bed – if you’re female, that is.
A study has revealed that while women spend longer under the covers than men, they actually get less sleep.
And researchers suggest that the problems of juggling work and family life may by why they are left tossing and turning.
Dr Neil Stanley, a sleep expert, said women may be more willing than men to sacrifice sleep for their other half.
“There’s the idea that the man is the breadwinner, he’s the one who fought woolly mammoths and all that sort of thing, and therefore his sleep needs to be preserved and a woman will forgo sleep for him.
“A woman will let a man snore away noisily, whereas a man will instantly wake a woman if she dares to make any noise.
“Women are also more prone to worry about all kinds of things – from whether they’ve got the kids’ clothes ready, to ‘will he still love me tomorrow’.”'
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