'An Ohio National Parents Organization member recently wrote to me to let me know what responses he’d received from the Ohio legislators he’d written to. He was writing to advocate for a presumption of true shared parenting during temporary orders. “True shared parenting” means joint legal decision-making authority (legal custody) and substantially equal parenting time (physical custody). One of our esteemed legislators blew the issue off, informing this man that (as the man reported to me), “temporary orders are simply temporary, and that they are not the final orders that the magistrate can rule to set what is in the best interest of the child.”
Well, of course, temporary orders are temporary. Hard to argue with that. But it’s a terrible mistake to conclude that they don’t matter much. They are vitally important.
In 1999, I published my “Parental Rights and Due Process,” which argued that doctrine explicitly endorsed by the U.S. Supreme Court implied that parents had a fundamental constitutional right to shared parenting. In that paper, I focused on shared parenting during temporary orders because those orders are based on almost no evidence; they provide almost nothing in the way of substantive due process. I anticipated that some people would say: “What’s the big deal? They’re only temporary orders.”'
'In the Independent this week, Yvette Cooper suggested that British boys should grow up as ‘confident feminists’. They need to have lessons in feminism to help them learn how to treat women, she argued.
A quick lesson for the Shadow Home Secretary: school shouldn’t be a place where you indoctrinate pupils to believe a particular ideology. And feminism, for all its admirable achievements in the 20th century, is an ideology. Let’s not forget that.
British schools already teach children about many of the prevailing ideologies that have shaped their short lives. But look and learn Yvette: you teach kids about the Nazis; you don’t dictate to them not to become little fascists. You don’t sit them down and tell them totalitarianism is wrong; you suggest they read Brave New World and Animal Farm – then ask them what they make of it. Same goes for feminism. Sylvia Plath and Virginia Woolf give good lessons – add their works to the curriculum. Show schoolboys feminism (and schoolgirls, for that matter), but don’t expect them to identify as feminists.'
'Fox News host Megyn Kelly is charging House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) with being “guilty” of sexism after her comments on the Supreme Court’s Hobby Lobby ruling.
“We should be afraid of this court, that five guys are determining which contraceptions are legal or not,” Pelosi said Thursday. “It’s not her boss’ business.”
Kelly went after Pelosi’s remarks, saying “Nancy Pelosi either doesn’t know what she’s talking about, or she’s intentionally misleading you,” and called the gendered attack an “attempt to stoke resentment.”
“First of all, the gender of the justices in the Hobby Lobby majority is totally irrelevant,” Kelly said, pointing out that the justices who ruled in the majority for Roe v. Wade were also men. “Does Ms. Pelosi think those justices were ill-equipped to fairly decide that case? Or is it only when a judge disagrees with Ms. Pelosi that his gender is an issue.”
She added, “If Speaker John Boehner made a similar comment about the female Supreme Court justices, Nancy Pelosi would be crying sexism — and that’s what she is guilty of here.”'
'In a sharply-worded parliamentary question to Justice Minister Tzipi Livni (Hatnua), Likud-Beytenu MK Moshe Feiglin is demanding some answers regarding a highly controversial advertisement campaign that he says appears to encourage “gender warfare.”
The campaign encourages divorced mothers to make use of a new “fast track” for child support debts in the Hotzaa Lapoal, Israel's Collection Agency, which enforces judgements regarding debts. Long lobbied for by genderist women's groups, the fast track's employees will save mothers who are owed child support much of the hassle that accompanies the collection of money that is owed them.
The campaign depicts divorced mothers dressed in military camouflage fatigues, as a way of driving home the message that they are "fighting a war" for their children by making use of the fast track.
"These days, your ministry produced a delusional and disgusting campaign of incitement,” wrote Feiglin in the parliamentary question. “In this campaign, the father is depicted in his child's eyes as the person responsible for the fact that his mother cannot buy cereal, a shirt or a ballet lesson for the child, and the mother is supposed to wear combat fatigues and fight his father as if he were a national enemy.
"With terrible insensitivity, your ministry mixes up truly harsh cases of fathers who shirk their responsibility, with the majority of cases, involving normative fathers, who certainly seek their children's welfare, but who have been pushed into a state of inability to pay – by your ministry's policies, among other things.”'
'The finding that one in five women are sexually assaulted in college is as widely known as it is startling. Countless media reports repeat and recycle the alarming statistic, and it headlined the initial report introduced by Vice President Biden from the White House Task Force to Protect Students from Campus Assault.
But how trustworthy is that figure of one in five? An earlier poll found it was more like 1 in 40, but should it matter whether the real number is closer to the high or low end of the scale?
“If sexual intimacy under the influence is by definition assault, sexual relations down through the ages would be classified as an assault,” says Sommers, a former professor of philosophy who has made a name for herself as an outspoken critic of contemporary feminism. “What might be dismissed as a foolish drunken hookup is now a felony rape.”'
Far from a mere expulsion, those wrongfully accused yet caught in up in the campus tribunal process face life-altering devastation that places their education, careers and emotional stability in great jeopardy.
And while “preponderance” does apply in civil litigation as the standard of proof, that same litigation also affords both parties the right to discovery, the rules of evidence, the right to confront and cross-examine witnesses who are under oath, the right to a jury and the assurance of the experience of a presiding jurist, protections all missing in campus proceedings. …
Why should the Constitution be surrendered at the campus gates? And why, in an effort to protect alleged victims, should the solution be to create another class of victims?
A really bizarre and disturbing story about the criminalization of male sexuality. Excerpt:
Following intense national scrutiny and criticism, police in Manassas will no longer pursue efforts to take photos of Simms’ erection. The warrant calling for the explicit photos will be allowed to expire.
A 17-year-old from Manassas City, Va., who is facing felony charges in a sexting case might be forced to show police his erection, his lawyer told the Washington Post.
Simms is facing two felony charges for manufacturing and distributing child pornography after he and his then-girlfriend, who was 15 at the time, exchanged explicit pictures and videos.
The girl, whose mother filed the complaint, has not been charged, said Jessica Harbeson Foster, the boy’s lawyer.
"He said they took him to a room and took pictures of his genitalia," Bigley said. "I asked if they're allowed to do that, and [Trey] said, 'I tried to refuse,'" which he did, he didn't want to do it. They told him if he did not they would do it by force."
Carlos Flores Laboy, who was appointed Simms’ guardian ad litem, said he sees the warrant as “effectively child abuse.”'
'Many colleges and universities are "failing to comply with the law and best practices in how they handle sexual violence among students," according to Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., who Wednesday released a survey of colleges and universities.
But the American Council on Education, which represents more than 1,700 colleges and university presidents, was "greatly disappointed" in a survey that was not balanced and draws unwarranted conclusions, the organization's general counsel, Ada Meloy, said.
Her survey also found that more than 20 percent of universities provide no training in sexual assault for faculty and staff, and that more than 30 percent do not do so for students, McCaskill said.
But Ada Meloy, general counsel for the college group, said that McCaskill's interpretation of her own numbers do not give enough credit to colleges and universities that are not automatically equipped to handle often "incredibly difficult cases," involving "word-on-word" cases that often stem from too much drinking. The survey "treats the rights of the accused as an afterthought, which colleges and universities clearly cannot do," Meloy said. It also ignores "how hard colleges and universities are working to address a serious and complex societal issue," she said.'
'David Cunliffe's apology for being a man has been described as "gutsy" by the head of Women's Refuge.
Women's Refuge Chief Executive Heather Henare said Cunliffe's comments were ones she had been waiting to hear.
"That was pretty gutsy and I think that it's unfortunate that that part of his speech was picked up in such a negative way," she said.
The Labour leader addressed a family violence conference in Auckland in conjunction with an announcement that his party would put forward a $60 million plan to tackle domestic violence.
"I'm sorry for being a man right now because family and sexual violence perpetrated overwhelmingly by men," Cunliffe said.
Henare welcomed Cunliffe's apology and said Labour seems to understand the gendered nature of violence.
"We house at least 209 women a night in this country and so we need a government that's going to stand up and address that," she said.'
'The nation has snapped back to its pre-recession self in terms of total employment, according to job numbers released last week.
Now there’s about 138,780,000 jobs filled in the country, the number the United States had when the recession began back in December 2007.
But a curious thing has happened: Men now fill fewer positions than they did before the recession.
To put it another way, although men still occupy more jobs than women overall, today women make up a larger portion of the workforce than they did before the economic downturn. At the start of the recession men held 3.2 million more jobs than women, but that gap has narrowed with men holding 1.6 million more jobs than women.
The jobs traditionally occupied by women simply weren’t hurt as much by the economy as the jobs typically occupied by men, according to Hartmann.
“One of the sectors that’s very strong for women is health care — for women it was part of the reason why their unemployment never fell as much as men, there was always something going on good for them. Health care and private education,” she said.'
'Police would lose the power to unilaterally “drop” rape investigations, even if they think there is insufficient evidence to proceed, under Labour plans to revolutionise the way sexual crimes are handled.
At present there is no obligation for police to refer cases to the prosecutors before a decision is made to drop a case. But under proposals to be put forward by the shadow Attorney General Emily Thornberry on Monday, officers would have to get the agreement of the Crown Prosecution Service to end an investigation.
Ms Thornberry will say that she hopes the plan would end the culture of rape and sexual violence being an “optional” crime to investigate and help end a “culture of defeatism” where the authorities believe there will never be a large number of rape convictions because it is “too difficult” to prosecute.
"Schoolboys need to have lessons in feminism to help teach them out to treat women, Labour claims.
Compulsory sex education classes should be held in all schools to tackle the rise of sexist abuse fuelled by internet porn, Yvette Cooper said.
The shadow home secretary warned a culture is spreading in schools where girls are subject to verbal abuse and have their shirts undone and skirts lifted by boys who do not respect them.
Schools, colleges and universities are to be consulted on changes in rules – or the law – which are needed to tackle the problem.
Labour warns too many boys believe abuse is ‘normal’ and it is fuelling a culture of violence against women and girls.
She recalled one teacher describing how teenage girls face vile verbal abuse on a daily basis.
Girls are 'heckled if they dare to speak in class, their shirts forcibly undone, their skirts lifted and held by groups of boys'.
She added: 'It would be easy and, let’s be honest, more comfortable, to dismiss this as a one off. Or the inevitable, temporary, rite of teenage passage.
'After all, we all remember that hormonal mix of over-excited boys, irritated girls, and clumsy flirting that gets a bit out of hand.
'Sadly it’s rather more than that; it’s certainly not temporary, and the evidence shows it’s getting worse.'"
Came across this piece in my travels and thought it could use some attention. I like how the author takes the time to identify the phenomenon of "toxic femininity" in its many forms. After all, if feminists have been so good at the ways masculinity can be toxic (and in fact I agree; for some men, their idea of 'masculinity' is toxic to them and others), then why isn't anyone doing the same for women? Can there be no toxicity in women's pursuit of or general ideations around femininity? Heck, yeah! Excerpt:
'Toxic femininity is not a personal trait of individuals. It is an aspect of a gender role, and since gender roles are a matrix of customs, expectations and policing, they are social rather than individual. That is what it means to say gender is constructed, if always on a pretty fixed base of biological sex for the huge majority of us, and this is where the construction takes place. (Gender identities are different; they inhere in individuals.)
I have drawn up a preliminary list of types and aspects of toxic femininity. They come from things I have picked up in the femmisphere in posts and comments, from things I have seen in the men’s side of the gendersphere and some come from personal experience. I wanted to list and name them so that people can use this in their own discussions and would have something to refer back to. The list is preliminary and suggestions on additions are gratefully accepted.
Damseling is the female end of White Knighting – one cannot exist without the other. It is a celebration of helplessness and dependence on someone else’s protection. This is really nothing other than a feudal relationship. Depending on someone else for protection is a form of vassalage.
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