'Special considerations have to be made to address modesty concerns so that the Muslim girls can swim and not reveal too much of themselves.
During the hourlong swim practice, all other swimmers are cleared out of the pool. The men’s locker room is locked. Female life guards are brought in. The pool, which is on the building’s third floor, has no windows so they don’t have to worry about prying eyes from outside.
St. Paul Police Chief Tom Smith had discussions with Britts to let the Y know that, through the department’s connections with the Somali-American community, they had learned that such a group was needed.
“We have to have privacy,” said Ubah Ali, Dhamuke’s mother.
For years, Ali said she has been trying to find a place where her daughter could swim, but nothing seemed to work. Not knowing how to swim is a safety risk, especially in the state of 10,000 lakes, Ali said.
Hani Hussein, who volunteers at the Al-Ihsan Islamic Center in St. Paul, said she looked into reserving public pools for girls, but it was too expensive.
Other metro YMCAs have water safety programs, but they don’t specifically cater to the needs of Somali girls. However, Britts recalled that a YMCA in north Minneapolis did have a Somali girls swim group about a decade ago.
Funding for the group comes from two metrowide water safety grants from Hawkins Inc. and Abbey’s Hope Charitable Foundation. The police department helps provide transportation for the girls to the YMCA.'
'A West Virginia teenager has been sentenced to 30 years in prison for her role in her friend's death.
Seventeen-year-old Rachel Shoaf apologized before being sentenced Wednesday in Monongalia County Circuit Court. She pleaded guilty last May to second-degree murder in the July 2012 death of 16-year-old Skylar Neese.
Media outlets report that Judge Russell Clawges ordered Shoaf to serve her sentence in a state prison. She'll remain in a juvenile facility until her 18th birthday.
Co-defendant Shelia Eddy* was sentenced Jan. 24 to life in prison with the possibility of parole for first-degree murder.
Neese was lured from her home, stabbed to death and her body left in the woods. Prosecutors never divulged a motive. Shoaf told police the girls no longer wanted to be friends with Neese.'
* Eddy was 18 at the time of the murder. Shoaf dodged life by less than a year's worth of hanging out and doing whatever it is murderous teenage girls do to pass their time until reaching 18. Ahh, the justice system. Well at least they got some serious time for the serious crime. Guess we'll see how long they actually remain behind bars. Would they have gotten these sentences if their "friend" had had a penis? Probably not.
Story here. Hey, welcome to the club. Male convicts not only get mandatory life sentences/death sentences for less (sometimes, a lot less, depending on the country) but people regularly state that they hope such men "rot to death," are raped/murdered while in jail, etc. So a mandatory life sentence handed out without further comment for a sadistic serial-murdering sociopath qualifies, IMO, as better treatment than is typical. Men so sentenced for similar (or lesser) acts are often also denounced by the judge at sentencing with all manner of more-polite ways to render the phrase "mass-murdering subhuman scumbag". And well-deserved. Just also well-deserved for female ones, too. Excerpt:
'Joanne Dennehy has become the first woman ordered to die behind bars by a judge, who told the murderer of three men she was "a cruel, calculating, selfish and manipulative serial killer".
Mr Justice Spencer decided on Friday that Dennehy's crimes were so exceptionally serious, that he became the first judge to sentence a woman to serve a whole-life term[link added], following a dramatic hearing at the Old Bailey in central London.
But during the hearing Dennehy smiled and chatted to some of the three accomplices sat in the dock with her who were also sentenced.
The judge revealed the 31-year-old had told a psychiatrist that she killed "to see if I was as cold as I thought I was. Then it got moreish and I got a taste for it".
The mother of two was driven by a "sadistic lust" for blood, stabbing three men she knew to death within 10 days in Peterborough last March, before travelling to Hereford where she knifed two men at random in broad daylight within nine minutes of one another as they walked their dogs.'
'How to prevent crime? 'Rein in the greenhouse gas emissions that are causing global warming in the first place.'
Controversial new research predicts that over the coming century, rising temperatures will result in more violent crime...'Police have long operated with the understanding that 'the summer is more dangerous than the winter,' explains Roman. 'To the extent that climate change causes people to be out and interacting more, there will be more crime.'
'Global warming isn't just going to melt the Arctic and flood our cities—it's also going to make Americans more likely to kill each other. That's the conclusion of a controversial new study that uses historic crime and temperature data to show that hotter weather leads to more murders, more rapes, more robberies, more assaults, and more property crimes. "Looking at the past, we see a strong relationship between temperature and crime," says study author Matthew Ranson, an economist with policy consulting firm Abt Associates. "We think that is likely to continue in the future."
Like we mentioned last week, things are getting a little crazy when it comes to rape prevention.
From female students being afraid the statue of a man in underwear might come to life and sexually assault them, to a college administrator suggesting we hang every student who is accused of rape, just because he's been accused. Okay, I may have exaggerated about the hanging.
We want to stop rape hysteria because we don't think it's helping one bit. In fact, it's making it more difficult to promote evidence-based solutions. One way to end the hysteria is with facts. So here you go:
FACT: Each year, similar percentages of men and women (Men: 5.3%; Women: 5.6%) experience sexual violence other than rape.
That shows me that sexual assault is not a "gender crime."
FACT: The number of rapes of females has fallen dramatically in the United States, from 402,000 in 1995 to 143,300 in 2010.
That shows me that while radical anti-rape activists are screaming about a rape epidemic, the opposite is actually true. We have been successful at reducing rape.
Story here. A woman gets into an argument with her daughter and slaps her. The police show up and immediately confront the woman's husband, and somehow it leads to him dead on the ground. Imagine if the sexes had been totally reversed: Man gets into argument with son and slaps him. Police show up and confront the man's wife, and she is dead on the ground a few minutes later. That'd be weird, but this? How weird does it feel? If your intellectual reaction is that it's outrageous but emotionally it's... well, meh... then that's the degree to which you've been conditioned to accept male disposability and anti-male injustice. And tell me, we still live in a "patriarchy"? Excerpt:
'It was supposed to be a fun family outing to the movies, but Nair Rodriguez's 19-year-old daughter got under her skin. They fought, she said, and she slapped her daughter.
Moments later, police arrived on a domestic dispute call at the Moore, Oklahoma, theater and did not confront Nair Rodriguez but rather her husband, Luis. They took him down, and after the encounter on February 15, he was dead.
Cell phone video taken by Nair Rodriguez and released this week shows the final minutes of the takedown.
Nair Rodriguez accuses officers of brutality. Police say they were following protocol and used no undue force, although three officers have been suspended with pay.'
'The problem today is that instead of fighting for equality, third-wave feminists seem to be fighting for superiority. This group of women cannot accept the fact that females are genetically different than males, that they pursue different careers and lead different lives. They aren't satisfied with women being able to vote, run for public office, go to college, work in their desired field, etc. Instead, feminists want women to get the jobs over men, get paid more than men, be accepted into colleges over men and more. That’s not equality, that’s dominance and a complete abuse of affirmative action. It should not be gender that decides things for a person. It should be personal drive, grades, achievement and capability.
There is no doubt that, at times, men get picked over women because of their sex. But there are also times that women are picked over men. Not every job gets the same pay. A teacher does not make the same as an engineer; an engineer does not make the same as a nurse. Are we supposed to close the pay gap and have everyone paid the same? Sure, if you want socialism.
Life isn’t fair, but having women try to dominate does not make it fair either. People should not be hired based on meeting standards the government has laid out because of gender or race. People should be hired based on the quality of work that they perform.
Equality is a good thing, but when women start demanding to be chosen for a job over a man simply because of her gender, she is no longer being treated with equality; she is being acknowledged solely because of her gender, and that is detrimental to women’s long-fought fight for equal treatment.'
'Growing gender enrolment [sic] gaps at universities and poor male test scores in reading and writing have a lot of commentators saying boys are being left behind in schools and workplaces increasingly shaped for women to succeed.
These concerns are nothing new according to University of Windsor education professor Christopher Greig. His recently published book, Ontario Boys: Masculinity and the Idea of Boyhood in Postwar Ontario, 1945—1960, argues that concerns about boyhood identity have been big issues in the past.
“Any time you have significant economic and societal changes you see gender roles can become threatened and you see that now also,” Greig said. “Today men continue to see women take on roles (men) used to dominate and succeed in fields they were not around in before, especially at universities.”
Greig says he hopes his book will help readers look at the bigger picture of how gender roles play a role in performance by boys at school and elsewhere.
“I hope readers will learn that the concerns we have for boys today are not new,” he said. “Rather than blame schools or parents, we should have a deeper conversation about gender roles and how they influence how boys are raised.”'
'Two weeks ago I wrote an article about the brilliant new film “The Mask You Live In,” a documentary about the pressures boys face growing up.
After my article was published, a reader wrote in with some thought-provoking points. Here is an excerpt from their email: “How about we allow boys to be boys and not emasculate them? By nature, they are rough and tumble, loud, and sometimes will push boundaries. Unfortunately, they receive labels like behavior disorder, ADD, ADHD and so on because most teachers are women and feel intimidated by their actions.”
The reader makes some interesting observations that bear examination. In creating a society that is more empathetic and gender-neutral, it’s crucial that we still allow children to express traits typically associated with masculinity. There is nothing wrong with characteristics such as boisterousness and a love for exploration, but it’s important that we realize that these aren’t just “male” qualities. And, just as boys require the freedom to express their emotions, girls need the freedom to express their wild side — including allowing them to be loud and rough-and-tumble just as we allow boys to be.'
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