'It’s also interesting to consider that despite all the requirements that the armed forces provide more equal opportunities for women soldiers, there continues to be no requirement that women register with Selective Service.
Equal rights would suggest that if the draft were reintroduced, women would be subject to being drafted and forced to serve in whatever capacity the military might dictate, meaning fewer men would be forced to serve.
This seems especially at odds with the Obama administration’s effort, announced in January 2013, to end rules that exclude female service members from direct ground combat.
No operation is mistake free and it’s understandable that federal agencies that deal with huge numbers are going to make the make mistakes that involve lots of people — but this seems just one more example of why so many are fearful when putting government in charge of more of our lives.'
'Kevin Macfie owes more than $60,000 in child support, and he's spent most of the past three years at the Bergen County Jail as authorities have tried to get him to pay up.
His 871 nights and weekends behind bars have cost taxpayers more than $87,000.
During that time, he's paid less than $15,000 in child support, much of it garnisheed from unemployment benefits, which have long since run out. Homeless, jobless and struggling with alcoholism, there's little sign he will ever pay what he owes.
Macfie has had plenty of company in jail. Last year, more than 1,800 men and women were incarcerated or sentenced to home confinement with ankle bracelets in Bergen and Passaic counties for failing to pay child support. They and thousands of others statewide cycle in and out of a court system whose mission is to get money from people who claim they just don't have any.
It's an obscure world, known mostly to the probation officers, jail deputies, divorce attorneys and family court judges who must wade through the tales of broken blue- and white-collar lives and the many excuses the parents offer for why they aren't providing for their kids.
Across the state, authorities currently have 33,000 active arrest warrants for parents behind on their payments. Some parents are regularly picked up and jailed for weeks or months at a stretch, as they try the patience of judges as well as ex-spouses with their stories of woe. In Bergen County, the jail has a special 65-bed bunkhouse for fathers behind on payments.'
'A university professor accused of assaulting a pro-lifer on campus and stealing pro-life materials has pleaded no contest.
But the question remains, what will the university do?
Last March, two sisters were overseeing a pro-life display at the University of California-Santa Barbara when a professor assaulted one of the girls and instructed students to carry off the pro-life signs.
The pro-lifers videotaped the encounter with feminist Professor Mireille Miller-Young, showing the professor grinning as the upset teens followed her through the campus as two other students hauled away the signs.
"I may be a thief but you're a terrorist," the professor tells one of the pro-lifers on the recorded video (warning: foul language.)
One of the pro-lifers was seemingly shoved by Miller-Young as she tried to enter an elevator to retrieve the signs.
Attorney Dana Cody of Life Legal Defense Foundation says Miller-Young, who is still employed at the school, pleaded no contest to grand theft, vandalism and battery.
'The oft-cited statistic that “one in five women is sexually assaulted by the end of her college career” has become a battle cry for those pushing for strict and severe sexual assault campus policies.
The statistic that 20 percent of all coeds will be sexually assaulted or raped before they leave college was taken from a 2007 study conducted by the Justice Department, and it paints a truly horrifying picture.
The problem is, the statistic is flimsy and unsubstantiated at best – and maliciously manipulated as a means to an end at worst.
The study was a web-based survey of 5,446 undergraduate women at two large public universities. Yes, the survey pulled from all of two universities, both of them large public schools.
To hear Vice President Joe Biden and others promulgate this statistic, one would think that it applies equally to all colleges across the land, regardless of size, geographic location, or any other factor. Indeed, many scholars have pointed out that the statistic suggests America’s campuses have a higher violent crime rate than urban cities across the nation.
Clearly the study does not represent the experience of every woman at every college or university in the nation.
Yet it was the basis for sweeping new federal mandates that allow campus leaders to prioritize sexual assault claims above students’ civil liberties and due process rights, and lowers the bar for finding guilt in such matters.
Adding to the hysteria, feminists eager for reform and patriarchal retribution have taken this data and run widely with it. A particularly disturbing outgrowth has been a “Schools of Shame Map.”'
'ESPN host Stephen A. Smith apologized today for his comments about domestic violence, but he also found a defender today in Whoopi Goldberg, who went off on The View today agreeing with the point he was making. Goldberg said that if a woman hits a man and then he hits back, she shouldn’t be surprised by it.
Smith had said late last week that women should not to anything to “provoke” men into striking them. Goldberg agreed with this point and cried, “If you hit somebody, you cannot be sure you are not going to get hit back!”
Jenny McCarthy and guest co-host Sunny Hostin pushed back against Goldberg’s argument, with Hostin telling Goldberg she’s blaming the victim. Goldberg insisted she wasn’t, saying no one should hit anyone, period. However:
“If you make the choice as a woman who’s four foot three and you decide to hit a guy who’s six feet tall and you’re the last thing he wants to deal with that day and he hits you back, you cannot be surprised!”'
'Writing in the Guardian, feminist blogger Jessica Valenti scorned the anti-feminist movement, calling their actions “a betrayal”. I agree that there has been a betrayal here but this betrayal has been on the side of the feminist movement. The intimidating and hostile nature of certain factions of the modern day feminist movement, including their support of misandry and unwillingness to engage in open debate, is pushing women away from feminism towards communities such as Women Against Feminism.
Contrary to what the members of Women Against Feminism appear to have been told by the unwelcoming misandry-pushing feminists they have encountered online or in their schools and colleges, feminism is and always has been about equality. The problem is that, in the words of feminist writer and Vagenda blogger Grace Chapman, “The crucial argument ‘you’re a feminist if you believe in equality between the sexes’ just isn’t being heard clearly enough amid the noise”.
The experiences of the members of Women Against Feminism paints a picture of feminism as a bullying and aggressive force that you can disagree with at your peril. They have experienced feminism as an isolating clique who dictatorially enforce one radical party line on matters feminist and political and who brand those who disagree with them as bullies and traitors. Unfortunately, this too has been my experience of feminism at university.
'Today’s feminist rhetoric seems to have shifted from a focus on self-empowerment to a few-good-men mentality. Men are not only not the enemy; they’re our last, best hope. According to Sheryl Sandberg’s “Lean In,” “the single most important career decision that a woman makes is whether she will have a life partner and who that partner is.” Last year Xerox CEO Ursula Burns advised ambitious women to “Marry someone 20 years older.” And according to at least one feminist nonprofit, “Men ... have a critical role to play in creating inclusive workplaces … Without the avid support of men, who are arguably the most powerful group of stakeholders in most large corporations, significant progress toward ending gender disparities is unlikely.”
Women who aspire to positions of power are today advised to marry well, not advocate for themselves too forcefully and garner the support of powerful men. This isn’t bad advice: Having a partner does make it easier to devote yourself to work; you are likelier to advance as a woman or minority if you’re not seen as a pushy whiner, and currying favor with men in power probably helps more than it hurts (unless you’re perceived as sleeping your way to the top). But relying on a man for money and power, whether he’s your husband or a senior executive at your company, is not a bold feminist act. It may or may not leave individual women stronger, but it leaves women as a group weaker.'
'Mansplaining is a habit — maybe even a vice — that I've engaged in for years, talking with those closest to me using little packets of conversational density that can sound long-winded and lecture-y to anyone on the receiving end. I've always figured it was the journalist in me, that talking in AP inverted-pyramid was a charming occupational hazard. And besides, I'm just so goll-durned smart, it would selfish not to share that brilliance, right?
Turns out it's a guy thing, and people who live with guys are getting kind of tired of it. Once the term entered the cultural mainstream, I vowed to my wife that I was going to cut back on the mansplaining. I've said exactly nine words to her since June, five of them "OK."
Women, however, are not the only ones who have to put up with toxic mansplaining. Younger men and teenagers get it from older men all the time. In the new coming-of-age film "Boyhood," young Mason is getting chewed on constantly from stepdads and male teachers. I had the chance to interview Ellar Coltrane, the young actor playing Mason, and he said one of the few things he had in common with the character he played on screen was the experience of often having to tolerate some resentment-fueled when-I-was-your-age harangue from an older male authority figure.
Still, it's wives, girlfriends, daughters, dates and female subordinates on the job who are most often downwind to mansplaining, which by definition is freighted with the unspoken assumption, "I know more than you do."
OK, any given man may indeed know more than any given woman. But the opposite is true about half the time. Mansplaining is a vestige of a past when men did know more than women due solely to the privilege of education and experience, a privilege imposed by men.
'Raichur: Beware male teachers! Your every activity, both inside the class rooms and outside, is being watched by the vigilant eyes of the police.
The recent spurt in sexual harassment and rape cases all over the state, especially in schools and colleges, has prompted the Raichur police prepare a dossier on all male teachers in the district.
Besides initiating a number of measures to curb sexual harassment cases, Raichur Superintendent of Police M.N. Nagaraj has directed the Deputy Director of Public Instruction to furnish a list of all male teachers working under his jurisdiction in the district.
Mr Nagaraj said that they already have a list of people from all over the country who are involved in various offences, including gambling and sexual harassment. “If we enter the names of people along with their father’s name and place of birth in the computer, we get details of cases registered against them. If we find such teachers in the list, we can keep track of them and take precautionary measures,” he said.'
'Hey, whatever works. At one point, it was considered reasonable that we take criminal allegations with a grain of salt, at least until definitive evidence could corroborate the competing claims one way or the other; it’s just a minor principle that, uh, forms the backbone of our judicial framework, no big deal. If you advocate for such a reasonable position in either the civil or juridical spheres these days, be prepared to have a boiling horde of feminists attempt to “shut you down.”
And yet it’s not only a reactive intransigence that defines modern feminism: the movement also takes a proactive approach at insulating itself from any ideologies that may taint the minds of its followers. A while back, Katherine Timpf of Campus Reform showed up at the National Young Feminist Leadership Conference to do some reporting. The response from the assembled feminists was not simply to “shut her down,” but rather to pretend she didn’t exist in the first place. Timpf was part of “a group that’s conservative,” according to one attendant, which meant she was a bad person, of course. “You guys aren’t wanted here,” someone else told Timpf. “You should know,” a person told one of Timpf’s interviewees, “if you’re doing this interview, that they’re a conservative organization.” Another organizer openly “warned” an attendee of Timpf’s dreaded political leanings. After all, why not? It could be disastrous if the burgeoning feminist generation were exposed to, you know, alternative viewpoints.'
'I have several arts degrees. That makes me a liberal wanker. But above all else, as a sociologist, I seek understanding without fear or favour.
With that in mind, I am troubled by the use of this term "rape culture" that New Zealand is said to uphold. It seems that every second person among the privileged middle classes, and therefore many of my friends, are throwing it around as if it’s a fact. It’s entering the Kiwi lexicon.
We do not celebrate rape in art nor is it a custom or social behaviour of our society. Actually, we sanction strongly against it. New Zealand most certainly does not uphold a rape culture. It’s a misnomer that has taken on a life of its own.
This is why many men got upset with David Cunliffe apologising for being a man or why some turn around an argument about male violence and point out violence perpetuated by women. It’s because the vast majority of men are not violent toward women, sexual or otherwise.
I have sympathy with this position of frustration; innocent people don’t like to be labelled. It’s akin to generalising that women are caregivers (though the vast majority of primary caregivers are female) because it’s sexist, perhaps offensive. Although not as offensive as saying that New Zealand’s men uphold a culture of rape.'
'Consider assertions that men as a group must be taught “not to rape,” or that to accord the presumption of innocence to a man accused of sexual violence against a woman or girl is to be complicit in “rape culture.” Consider that last year, when an Ohio University student made a rape complaint after getting caught on video engaging in a drunken public sex act, she was championed by campus activists and at least one prominent feminist blogger — but a grand jury declined to hand down charges after reviewing the video of the incident and evidence that both students were inebriated.
Sure, some Women Against Feminism claims are caricatures based on fringe views — for instance, that feminism mandates hairy armpits, or that feminists regard all heterosexual intercourse as rape. On the other hand, the charge that feminism stereotypes men as predators while reducing women to helpless victims certainly doesn’t apply to all feminists — but it’s a reasonably fair description of a large, influential, highly visible segment of modern feminism.'
'The 52-year-old, who the Post has chosen not to name, was impassive as a jury of five men and eight women returned a unanimous not guilty verdict on Friday.
But when he left the court room the relieved man was embraced by family members and friends who had supported him throughout his traumatic ordeal.
He told the Post: “It has ruined my life for the past two-and-a-half-years. I couldn’t eat, I couldn’t sleep, I was frightened to go out the house on my own.
“The trial itself was the worst time of my life. When the verdict came through I just heard the word ‘not’ and it was just pure relief. My lawyer had told me just to sit still and don’t react but I was jumping for joy inside. Now I just want to be left alone to get on with my life and feel safe in my own home.”
Advocate Paul Brown, representing the Faifley man, urged the jurors to acquit because he said the Crown’s case was “riddled with inconsistencies” and that his client was the victim of what he described as a “witch-hunt mentality”.'
'Which brings us to Jacqui Lambie and the storm of outrage over the "sexist double standard" that her preference for "well-hung" men apparently embodies. Appearing as a guest on Hobart’s Heart 107.3FM, the newly elected senator was asked what she looks for in a romantic partner.
“They must have heaps of cash and they have got to have a package between their legs – let’s be honest. And I don’t need them to speak ... the perfect man.”
Later, Senator Lambie reportedly asked a 22-year-old caller – who’d phoned in as a prospective suitor – if he was "well-hung".
"Like a donkey," the lad replied.
That the conversation was crass and inappropriate is not in question. Public representatives are elected to represent and speculation about their bedroom activities is of no importance to anybody.
But the fallout from this particular incident has provided remarkable insight into the way public perception of inequality has shifted to incorporate the (false) binary of two equal and opposing forces.
Painted as a gross example of sexism, Senator Lambie has reported that her office staff have been subjected to abusive phone calls and missives.
Making a crass joke about dick size is hardly a "double standard" when you consider the thousands of years women have had to contend with having their bodies commodified and subject to ownership while their minds and influence have been studiously kept out of the upper echelons of power.
This is what the new backlash looks like. Instead of ridiculing critics of sexism as they once did, the beneficiaries of power have begun to claim an equal and opposite degree of oppression for themselves.'
'Palmer United's Jacqui Lambie has declared she ''won't be scripted'' and that being a senator will not change her in the wake of controversy over comments she made about her ideal man.
Senator Lambie said on Wednesday that despite criticism that her comments were inappropriate and demeaning, she would not be like other politicians.
On Tuesday, Senator Lambie appeared on a Hobart breakfast program where she was asked about her ideal man.
The PUP Senator for Tasmania replied: ''They must have heaps of cash and they've got to have a package between their legs''.
She also asked a caller into the show who said he was willing to go on a date with her if he was ''well hung''.
Senator Lambie defended her comments on Wednesday telling Fairfax Radio: ''I'm just a normal, average Australian. That's what I am and whether I've got Senator in front or my name or not, that's not going to change.''
The comments were quickly circulated online and Tasmanian Anti-Discrimination Commissioner Robin Banks said they should be take [sic] seriously.'
Due to problems with user accounts being used for spam, we require all new user account requests to be sent via email to email@example.com. Please let us know what username you would like in your email. Thanks for your patience while we look for a more permanent resolution to our spam problems.
We encourage everyone to feel free to further distribute the information found on our site, and we only ask that you help to spread the word about Mensactivism.org in the process: so please, say you saw it on Mensactivism.org!
Mensactivism.org - Tracking Men's Rights News Around the Globe!