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Article here. Excerpt:
'If you are a man at a senior level in marketing, public relations or human resources, hang onto your job like grim death. You may not get another one.
These jobs are fast becoming women-only.
Companies that have blithely operated as a boy’s club at senior levels are coming under intense pressure to promote some women – but rather than doing the hard work to change blokey cultures, they are using a “quick and dirty” approach.
By hiring only women into the top roles in the traditionally female-dominated areas of marketing, HR and PR, they make an immediate impact on their gender balance performances.
You can understand why they are doing it, and achieving gender equity is complex and difficult stuff, but this approach is not helpful for a number of reasons.'
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'Nearly every day, an article pops up on Twitter stating, “We need more women to become [fill in the blank].” From engineers to CEOs, writers to philosophers, women are told there is such-and-such a position they must fill in order to bring balance to the galaxy. To further this goal, Germany has created a new plan:
To put it simply: these articles argue that there are no differences between men and women as such. They believe men and women only differentiate on an individual basis. But if this is true, one shouldn’t need gender quotas to help promote a “missing” element.
Now, if women are truly being discriminated against, then this is a problem. If women were failing the bar exam because of a discriminatory system, or if a company refused to hire women CEO’s simply because of their gender, it would be a serious problem. But this seems better remedied on a case-by-case basis than through a statewide quota.
Germany is a democratic country. If women aren’t vying for certain company positions, might it be because some don’t actually want those positions? According to Katrin Bennhold, that’s the problem: in a 2011 New York Times story, she said gender stereotypes (specifically, “the mother myth”) perpetuated throughout Germany’s history have deceived the female populace. She quotes Angelika Dammann, the “first and only female board member at software giant SAP”: “We are still very far from a situation where it’s as normal for women as for men to want both a career and family—even among young women. When you have children, you’re expected to stay home for a significant period; otherwise you are considered a bad mother.”'
Article here. The story involves a pregnant woman who moved to New York from California and asked a New York judge to grant her sole custody of the child. The judge refused and sent the matter back to California, where custody of the child was given to the father. The woman who wrote the article claims this is taking fathers' rights "way too far, to the point of dangerousness." Excerpt:
'Here's one I haven't heard before: A woman gets pregnant in California by a famous athlete she is casually dating, decides to go to college in New York — tuition paid by the GI Bill — and after she moves there, before the baby is born, gets blasted by a New York judge for "her appropriation of the child while in utero," which the judge calls "irresponsible" and "reprehensible."
I understand that fathers have rights, and I'm all for that. But this ruling took those rights way too far, to the point of dangerousness. It treated a fetus as a child, for purposes of a custody battle. And in doing so, it threatened to limit the rights of a pregnant woman to move and travel.
A New York appeals court has already overturned the ridiculous initial judicial order in this fight between Sara McKenna, 27, a former Marine and firefighter now attending Columbia University, and Bode Miller, 36, an Olympic skier. But the case isn't over, and it's the latest fascinating entry in a series of legal challenges by fathers to traditional assumptions about parental rights and child custody. The old legal problem for single mothers was deadbeat dads. The new one is fathers who are so eager to assert themselves that they run roughshod over women's rights. As the adults clash, sometimes it even becomes hard to consider the child at the center.'
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'A male contraceptive pill has been the holy grail of fertility scientists, but one that has proved frustratingly elusive.
Compared with developing a female pill, designing a male version is a far more difficult process. Most approaches have relied on hormonal targets or rendering sperm dysfunctional. One major problem is ensuring that every one of the millions of sperm cells produced by a man is stopped from carrying out its job of fertilising the female egg, because it takes only one sperm to produce a baby.
The mice appeared normal and did not suffer any side-effects that would make such a treatment unthinkable for humans. They were also able to father normal offspring, after having sperm extracted from their testes and injected into female eggs.
Adrenoceptor-blocking drugs are already in widespread use as treatments for benign prostate hyperplasia (BPH) – non-cancerous prostate enlargement – and high blood pressure, the researchers pointed out.
"Development of only a suitable P2X1-purinoceptor antagonist [blocker] is required before this pharmacological strategy for male contraception can be trialled," they added.'
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'I feel exceedingly intimidated stepping onto the tintack-strewn floor that is feminist debate in Cambridge today. This is not due to the complex nature of feminist issues, although that does of course raise a few challenges, but rather because of the hostility and anger which now surrounds them. Nevertheless, the perception of the CUSU Women’s Campaign amongst students raises important questions which need to be addressed. Barefoot, I will attempt to wander through.
With a new wave of feminism breaking across some of the most important social and political topics of the moment, the Women’s Campaign should be more popular than it has been for a long time. Despite this, when questioning some undergraduates for their thoughts on it, I was presented with a catalogue of looks of either total indifference or outright disdain.
Although very much a feminist, I feel incredibly conflicted when it comes to the Women’s Campaign in Cambridge. I am only too ready to herald it as a super-power of Good through which we can fight forces of Evil and secure gender equality. In reality, I am often left dispirited and isolated by it.
This brings me to the exclusion of men from the Women’s Campaign. It is indeed important for women’s campaigns to be run by women, but this must not involve an ‘us and them’ attitude towards the opposite sex when what we are ultimately striving for is gender equality. Banning men from attending the CUSU campaign’s bi-weekly meetings surely creates a monologue where there should be a dialogue.
On the Campaign’s Facebook page, in a side list of posting rules, it is written: “0. [So important it is before point one.] THIS IS A WOMEN’S SPACE. Respect women’s experience, respect women’s lived experience, respect women’s voices. Men are welcome to read and to listen, but if you decide to engage please keep your male privilege in check.”'
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'Technology is helping to boost the appeal of reading for young boys, and they're getting smarter because of it, new research has found.
Primary school-aged boys with little interest in reading are finding that using iPads and netbooks in the classroom adds a touch of competition and fun.
Massey University researcher Jenny Poskitt studied two year 4 classes and two year 5 and 6 classes in Palmerston North this year to measure pupils' reading comprehension when using technology.
She said boys aged 10 and 11 made gains in their reading ability of six times the nationally expected average when using the devices.'
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'How does Steinem represent modern feminism’s worst features? Let me count the ways.
Dogmatic denial of sex differences.
In 1997, interviewed for John Stossel’s ABC News special, “Boys and Girls Are Different: Men, Women and the Sex Difference,” Steinem derided scientific research on sex differences in brain functioning as “anti-American crazy thinking.” She also suggested that upper-body strength tests requiring firefighters to lift heavy loads were sexist. What about situations when firefighters have to carry injured or unconscious people out of burning buildings? Steinem insisted, with a straight face, that it was better to drag them, since “there’s less smoke down there.” ...
Fixation on male villainy.
In her 1992 book, Revolution from Within: A Book of Self-Esteem, Steinem writes, “The most dangerous situation for a woman is not an unknown man in the street, or even the enemy in wartime, but a husband or lover in the isolation of their own home.” She has also touted the long-discredited notion of a long prehistoric period of peaceful, benevolent, egalitarian “gynocentric” societies later displaced by violent, oppressive male rule.
Thus, in a 1993 speech at Salem State College, Steinem rehashed not only the matriarchy theory but the myth that the witch-hunts in Europe were an effort to exterminate still-existing pagan religion and killed as many as nine million women. She also spun a fanciful “revisionist” history of Joan of Arc as a pagan worshipper who led French armies to victory but was executed as a witch once the war was won because she had grown too powerful.
Database here. Excerpt:
'Welcome to the database of college and university scholarships for men. It has been added under the “Help & Protection” menu above.
Although this database is incomplete, it is the most comprehensive and transparent list of such scholarships you will find anywhere. In light of this, I hope you’ll forgive the rather simple structure of the database for the present. As this site receives periodic upgrades, so too will this database.'
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'OTTAWA — The government’s ability to help soldiers with mental illness came under scrutiny for a second day after three Canadian Forces members apparently committed suicide this week.
Opposition parties targeted the Conservative government in question period Friday over whether it’s doing enough to help struggling current and former soldiers.
NDP veterans affairs critic Peter Stoffer said he hopes the investigations into the deaths — launched as part of regular procedure — would be completed soon.
It can take up to five years to complete an investigation, although the military says results are often released after a year.
“That’s far too long. They should be able to work with these families very, very quickly to determine what happened and what can be done to prevent these in the future,” Stoffer said.
Military ombudsman Pierre Daigle is taking a fifth look at the issue — this time focusing on reservists — following up on a series of critical reports dating back to 2002.
The ombudsman’s office noted the government made improvements and investments into the services it offers, but is still falling short.
Among the systematic problems are front-line mental-health workers struggling with too much work under difficult conditions.
Military statistics gathered between 1995 and 2009 show that every five years, about 50 active personnel commit suicide — a lower rate than the general population. Those numbers don’t include reservists.
The suicide rate among veterans is 1 1/2 times that of the general population, according to Statistics Canada.'
About a month ago, MANN was contacted by a college student requesting responses to a number of questions pertaining to the MR movement. Having written the reply and sending it back last month, I decided today to upload it to FileDropper and make it available for general review. Feel free to use some or part of it any way you see fit, if you think it worthwhile. In addition, if you think there is anything in it worth discussing, refuting, etc., please post in the comments. I like feedback, whether it be agreement or disagreement; I always learn something from it whether I concur or not. The document is here. Be sure to click the grey "Download This File" graphic under the "URL:" and "Embed:" boxes. (Clicking the green "DOWNLOAD" button will take you to another site that tries to get you to download some sponsored trialware.) You then have to type in the prove-you're-human characters, click "Download Now", and the file download box will appear. The questions include:
- What are the focal topics of MensActivism?
- Do you feel women do not have equal rights/are discriminated against in any way (in modern-day American society)?
- Do you feel men do not have equal rights/are discriminated against in any way (in modern-day American society)?
- What are your thoughts on feminism?
- What laws exist that are discriminatory to men?
- What is your perspective on the wage gap?
- In what instances have you witnessed gender discrimination of either or both genders?
- Do you believe that the double standards held by modern society should be removed? If yes, please explain which double standards.
- Have you been a victim of gender discrimination? If so, may I ask about the details of this incident?
- Which conflicts between feminism and the men's movement are avoidable, and which are bound to happen. Is there a way for them to coexist?
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