Story here. She had claimed she was repeatedly abused by previous boyfriends while witnesses claimed she became abusive when drinking. Our laws are designed to protect women from violence, which means we often protect women who commit violence. That might be the case here. So, too, the boyfriend didn't fight back; perhaps he'd learned that there's never a reason to hit a woman. At any rate, the jury didn't buy her story and neither did the prosecutors. Excerpt:
'A Houston woman was sentenced to life in prison Friday for fatally stabbing her boyfriend with the 5 1/2-inch stiletto heel of her shoe, striking him at least 25 times in the face and head.
Ana Trujillo was convicted of murder Tuesday by the same jury for killing 59-year-old Alf Stefan Andersson during an argument last June at his Houston condominium. Defense attorneys argued that Trujillo, 45, was defending herself from an attack by Andersson, who was a University of Houston professor and researcher.
During closing arguments in the trial's punishment phase, prosecutor John Jordan asked jurors for the maximum sentence: life in prison. Jordan said Trujillo not only violently killed Andersson but tried to ruin his character during the trial by falsely claiming he had abused her.
"Send the message that in our community, when you beat a man to death for no reason, when you come into a courtroom and you slaughter his good name ... that we in Texas are going to hold you accountable," Jordan said.
"The fact she took a stiletto to his face 25 times and then paraded around town like she's the victim, that's insulting," prosecutor Sarah Mickelson said during closing arguments.
Trujillo also testified she had been repeatedly abused by men and sexually assaulted and that Andersson was a heavy drinker who would get angry with her.
'The potential for reversal of traditional male-female roles is enormous, and unexpected.
That was the message on gender roles from activist and author Warren Farrell, who spoke to Princeton University students at the American Whig-Cliosophic Society, a literary and debating club, on campus Thursday night. Farrell, considered to be one of the most important male feminists in recent history, suggested that while much progress has been made on the women’s side of the role reversal, less has been done to expand options for men, and men have suffered for it.
“No one has created a sense of purpose for men who are not academically oriented, or career-minded,” Farrell said.
Farrell suggested that an increased focus on fatherhood can fill this void, but that such a focus has to this point been neglected by movements for gender equality.
According to Farrell, increased regard for fatherhood as the focus of a man’s life has benefits for men, but also for their children, and especially their sons.
He described differences he has observed in typical parenting styles and the benefits of the presence of a father’s style.
“Guys who take care of children full time, those children do extremely well,” said Farrell.
Farrell considers this change in ideas surrounding male purpose and fatherhood important right now, suggesting that there is a “boy crisis” occurring.'
'The campaign against everyday sexism has shown that a deeply unpleasant vein of misogyny still runs through our society. But in highlighting the antisocial, misguided behaviour of some unreconstructed individuals, it is important to be aware that such behaviour is not representative of most men's attitudes. More worryingly, from the perspective of a progressive sexual politics there is a danger that the campaign is promulgating a view that any direct sexual advance is tantamount to harassment. If directly propositioning somebody for sex is automatically condemned as misogynist, as the campaign appears to assert, then the movement risks being highly counterproductive to the feminist cause and playing into the hands of the sexually repressive, patriarchal ideology that feminism strives to counter.
Most of the behaviour reported to Laura Bates's Everyday Sexism project does indeed sound reprehensible, but by lumping together sexual assaults and genuinely threatening behaviour with casual propositions, the campaign risks conflating deplorable and even criminal acts with sexually liberated expression. More to the point, there is a risk of comparing offensive and clumsy sexual remarks with respectful, courteous sexual advances.
'A bogus nurse who carried out a circumcision on a baby boy and almost killed him has been jailed.
Taiwo Shittu, 55, of Atwood House, Dulwich, pleaded guilty to grievous bodily harm in relation to the incident which took place on November 23 last year.
Woolwich Crown Court heard the parents of the two month old boy arranged for Shittu, who they named as Ms Alhaja, to perform the procedure at their home in Plumstead and paid her £100.
But the baby boy was brought into the A&E department of The Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Woolwich by his parents concerned with the amount of blood he was losing.
Doctors examined the child and deemed his condition to be life threatening.
An investigation was launched shortly afterwards by specialist detective from the Sexual Offences, Exploitation and Child Abuse Command launched an investigation.
She was sentenced to 30 weeks imprisonment.
"This was a medical procedure which, like any other, carries a risk. She failed to properly manage it and because of this caused the baby a serious and permanent injury."'
Article here. [Warning: Graphics/text on page NSFW in most typical environments.] Excerpt:
'Northwestern University is sponsoring an event for female students who are “having trouble masturbating.”
“Vulvas too confusing? Having trouble masturbating? Wanna please your consenting female-bodied friend?” asks the “Cum*tactics” event description posted on a college website.
The workshop will be taught by Early2Bed, a “feminist sex shop” in Chicago.
It is not clear why Northwestern was concerned about the ability of its female students to masturbate.
The event is part of Northwestern’s Sex Week, which will also feature events on BDSM and a screening of “Unhung Hero,” a film about a man “born with a micropenis ... on a fact-finding mission … as he confronts the stigma of having a small dick.”'
'ALBANY, N.Y. (CBSNewYork/AP) – After taking on sexual assault cases in the military, New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand is launching a new effort to fight sexual assaults on college campuses.
Gillibrand and Sen. Claire McCaskill of Missouri released a joint bipartisan letter Friday to the leadership of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services and Education, asking for money to investigate and enforce sexual assault laws at colleges and universities.
“America’s colleges and universities are the best in the world. But it is simply unacceptable that they become havens for rape and sexual assault,” said Gillibrand. “It is time to take this crisis head on and end the scourge of sexual assault on our college campuses, hold offenders accountable, and keep our students safe.”'
'"First there was abortion-on-demand, then there was the supposed wage gap, then birth control without a co-pay, then the word “bossy” and now? Dry-cleaning bills.
Expect the cost of dry cleaning to be the next feminist outrage, President Obama said so in his Equal Pay Day remarks Tuesday.
“We’ll talk about dry cleaners next, right,” Obama said. “Because I know that – I don’t know why it costs more for Michelle’s blouse than my shirt.”
Expect equal dry-cleaning costs to be the next “right” that women deserve. Forget that it's more difficult to dry clean women's blouses - they usually use more delicate fabric and patterns - women deserve equal pricing!"
Because paying more for dry cleaning is oppression.'
'The director of public prosecutions has defended the decision to bring sex assault and rape charges against Tory MP Nigel Evans by saying it would do the same again, despite a warning from its former director Lord Macdonald that it must not "lose perspective" over high-profile cases involving historic allegations.
The CPS is under pressure after a string of unsuccessful cases involving sexual assault and rape allegations against public figures, including Evans, Bill Roache and Michael Le Vell.
The Tory MP for Ribble Valley was found not guilty of all nine counts on Thursday following a five-week trial at Preston crown court, where he was accused of abusing his power to attack young Commons workers between 2003 and March last year.
However, Alison Saunders, the CPS director of public prosecutions, said there had been enough evidence against Evans to bring it before a court for a jury to decide.
Former prisons minister Blunt also demanded a fresh look at whether defendants in sexual offence cases should be given anonymity up to the point of charge, although sources close to Chris Grayling, the justice secretary, said there were no plans to legislate on this issue.
Blunt told Sky News: "There are no winners in this process, only victims; and that's why I do think the CPS should examine their procedures and the way this prosecution was conducted because the whole process hasn't helped anybody and the verdict has not come as the slightest surprise to me."
Asked if he believed the CPS had been over-zealous, he replied: "Yes, I'm afraid I do. If you look at how the case was constructed against Nigel, a lot of the complainants, well, they weren't complainants, they did not regard themselves as victims and they didn't actually want to be in court. So, this, to a degree, was quite an artificial prosecution."
'There’s been a lot of talk about “rape culture” on university campuses lately, but a group of protestors recently booed and silenced an “anti-feminist” University of Ottawa professor who wanted to talk about the issue.
Janice Fiamengo, who teaches in the English literature department, tried to give a public lecture on men’s issues, equality and rape culture at the university on March 28. But as shown in an hourlong Youtube video, she was repeatedly interrupted by a group of about 30 students shouting and blasting horns.
Representatives from the Canadian Association for Equality (CAFE), which organized the talk, tried to quell the crowd, but they eventually called security. The talk was moved to another room, but somebody pulled the fire alarm, which effectively shut it down.
Fiamengo, a self-proclaimed radical feminist-turned-anti-feminist, said she advocates for equality.
“Feminism is now seen as a kind of proxy for women, so to question any tenets of feminism is seen as attacking women,” she said. “I think it’s become a totalitarian ideology that isn’t really interested in equality at all.”'
'The factoid that women earn only 77 cents of every dollar earned by men is the focal point of a feminist cargo cult. It has its own movement and its own quasi-holiday, the so-called Equal Pay Day, marking how far into a new year women supposedly have to work to match what men made the prior year.
The figure is presumed to clinch any debate over the continued existence of massive discrimination against women in the work force. And so the factoid has predictably featured heavily in the latest push by Democrats on the alleged “war on women.”
What is clear is that the wage gap is largely an artifact of the fact that women devote more time to caring for children than do men. Harvard economist Claudia Goldin points out that the earnings of women without children are almost equal to those of comparable men. Feminists are mistaking a byproduct of the laudable desire of mothers to spend time with their kids for a depredation of The Man.
When asked in an MSNBC interview about the reliability of the pay-gap number, White House economist Betsey Stevenson confessed: “I agree that the 77 cents on the dollar is not all due to discrimination. No one is trying to say that it is. But you have to point to some number in order for people to understand the facts.”
There you have it: For people to understand the facts, you have to give them an easily misunderstood statistic, usually without necessary context and spun in the most inflammatory fashion possible. Enter President Barack Obama. He wrings every bit of dishonesty he can out of the number.
No matter. Hillary Clinton, whose prospective presidential campaign will be predicated on every feminist cliché her supporters can muster, tweeted on Equal Pay Day, “20 years ago, women made 72 cents on the dollar to men. Today it’s still just 77 cents. More work to do.”'
'University of Connecticut officials have suspended a sorority as they investigate allegations that its members forced men to drink booze, eat dog treats, paint their bodies, wear women's underwear and take alcohol shots off each other's bodies.
UConn suspended the Delta Zeta sorority on Wednesday. School officials say they are investigating hazing at an off-campus apartment complex on March 7. The men involved were with a school fraternity.
Another UConn sorority, Kappa Kappa Gamma, and the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity were suspended in March and remain under investigation because of hazing allegations.'
'A cell phone video shows a bullied boy taking a whooping from a girl on a school bus before he unexpectedly fights back — and then just as surprisingly performs an act of compassion.
The boy tries to cover his face, but the pummeling continues — until he snaps.
It was unclear where and when the incident happened.
“Uh oh,” says one of the passengers as the boy scrambles to his feet to fight back and puts an end to the bullying immediately.
After turning the tables on his shaken attacker he asks her, “You O.K.?”'
'The widely held belief that only women experience eating disorders delays men with these conditions from getting treatment, a new British study says.
"Men with eating disorders are underdiagnosed, undertreated and under-researched," write a team led by Ulla Raisanen at the University of Oxford.
Eating disorders include anorexia, bulimia and binge eating.
"Our findings suggest that men may experience particular problems in recognizing that they may have an eating disorder as a result of the continuing cultural construction of eating disorders as uniquely or predominantly a female problem," they added.
This belief is also widespread among medical professionals, according to the researchers.'
"Rape Culture" is a fraud. The commonly used quote, "One in five college women will be a victim of rape or sexual assault," is a lie. Since we bust lies with the truth, we will show you how to counter this one with a simple math equation. Start with your local college and its Clery Act report. You can use Google, or any search engine to find this information. In this example I'm using Stanford. Find the number of "Forcible Sex Offenses" for one year. Include the incidents in student residences, on campus, non-campus, and on public property. Include forcible rape, forcible fondling, and other forcible offences. I'm using 2012, so the total in this example is 26. Since we know that only about 10% of these incidents are reported, we'll multiply this number by ten, so now we have the number 260. Now, let's compare that to the number of female students at Stanford that year. (We know that male students are also victims of rape and sexual assault, but to simplify this experiment, we are only counting women.)
Include female undergraduates and graduates, part-time and full-time. In this case, the number is 7,989. Divide the number of victims by the number of female students. In this case we get .0325. Now, move the decimal point over two spaces to the right, and you get the percentage of female students who were victims of a forcible sex offence at Stanford in 2012: 3.25. Three percent, even three and a quarter percent is nowhere close to the 20% fraud. Now, please find this information on your local college, and share it far and wide.
Teri Stoddard, Program Director
Stop Abusive and Violent Environments
www.saveservices.org [Click 'Read more' below, especially if you live in California, for a related activism opportunity.]
Kelly Burgess, 26, of Newport, England was given a seven month suspended sentence after she pleaded guilty to four sexual offenses of breach of trust - engaging in a sexual act with a child, according to the BBC.
"The relationship, albeit conducted as if between equals, was not a relationship between equals," Judge Euan Ambrose said in Bristol Crown Court this week. "You were older, you were his teacher and you should at all times have known better."
The Bristol Post reports the illegal relationship lasted seven months and took place between January and August of last year.
Burgess and the victim exchanged 1,200 texts, some explicit, and she saved three naked pictures of the victim that he sent her, the court heard.
Burgess, who was fired from her job, must register as a sex offender for 10 years and is prohibited from contact with children.
The Telegraph's Cristina Odone contends that the sentence would have been more harsh if "Kelly Burgess had been a Keith Burgess."'
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