Things are getting a little crazy on college campuses these days. The "rape culture" mantra has taken hold, and people are doing and saying ridiculous things in the name of helping victims.
We want to reduce rape and sexual assault, too. But we also want to make sure that the accused are considered "innocent until proven guilty."
Dartmouth College administrator Amanda Childress, speaking about alleged sex offenses on campus, said: "Why could we not expel a student based on an allegation?"
And Dartmouth is defending the comment!
A spokesman said, "[S]he was not suggesting policy, but was asking a question-a provocative one-meant to generate dialogue around complex issues for which answers are necessary to continue to strengthen and promote fair and equitable processes at all colleges and universities,"
It's time to end the hysteria. This is not the time or place to be provocative.
Please contact Dartmouth president Philip J. Hanlon. Demand that the president affirm Dartmouth's commitment to due process and the presumption of innocence:
'Wellesley College in Massachusetts has become embroiled in controversy over a statue – an artistic rendition of a sleep-walking man clad in his underwear (shown on the right). Hundreds of frightened students have signed a petition demanding removal of the sculpture because they say it conjures up fears of sexual assault.
The Wellesley incident is one of many across the nation where accusations of “rape culture” are having the effect of stripping due process protections from the accused. In California, a bill has been introduced that would require both partners to affirmatively consent before having sex. One Dartmouth administrator went so far as to ask, “Why could we not expel a student based [solely] on an allegation?”
Much of the frenzy can be traced to a White House Council on Women and Girls report that claims one in five women are raped sometime in their lives. But this factoid doesn’t stand up to scrutiny.
Crime rates for rape, robbery, and assault have fallen dramatically in the past two decades. Still, sexual assault is a problem on our campuses.
But inflating the numbers, inducing a state of near-panic, and ignoring the problem of false allegations only serves to waste scarce criminal justice resources and harm the credibility of real victims.'
Here another female writer for Scientific American divulges her "scientific" proof that men are "inferior". Her conclusion? "While not forgoing the push for fairness and equality, it seems wise to accept the scientific reality of male weaknesses." Excerpt:
'We can, thankfully, remove one threat to the future existence of the human male from our worry list: The male Y chromosome, after dwindling from its original robust size over millions of years, apparently has halted its disappearing act.
But don’t start cheering yet. Contrary to cultural assumptions that boys are stronger and sturdier, basic biological weaknesses are built into the male of our species. These frailties leave them more vulnerable than girls to life’s hazards, including environmental pollutants such as insecticides, lead and plasticizers that target their brains or hormones. Several studies suggest that boys are harmed in some ways by these chemical exposures that girls are not. It’s man’s fate, so to speak.
First of all, human males are disappearing. Mother Nature has always acknowledged and compensated for the fragility and loss of boys by arranging for more of them: 106 male births to 100 female newborns over the course of human history. (Humans are not unique in this setup: Male piglets, as an example, are conceived in greater proportion to compensate for being more likely than female piglets to die before birth.) But in recent decades, from the United States to Japan, from Canada to northern Europe, wherever researchers have looked, the rate of male newborns has declined. Examining U. S. records of births for the years between 1970 and 1990, they found 1.7 fewer boys per 1,000 than in decades and centuries past; Japan’s loss in the same decades was 3.7 boys.'
Ten days in jail—not prison, only jail—for engineering the wrongful murder conviction of an innocent man who languished in prison nearly 25 years is the state of Texas’ idea of justice. That was the sentence handed down on former Williamson County, Texas, district attorney Ken Anderson, who will also surrender his law license and perform 500 hours of community service to settle allegations that he hid favorable evidence from Michael Morton, who was convicted of killing his wife in 1987.
Anderson avoided felony charges of tampering with evidence and pleaded only to contempt of court for lying to the judge during a pre-trial hearing by affirming that he no exculpatory evidence to hand over to Morton’s attorneys. In fact, Anderson had a transcript of a police interview with the victim’s mother, who said that the Mortons’ 3-year-old son had witnessed the killing, described the attacker as a monster and said that Michael Morton was not there at the time, and a police report that neighbors had seen suspicious behavior by an unknown driver of a green van who had parked and walked into the woods behind the Morton house several times before the crime.'
Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) recently embarked on a campaign designed to make Democrats think twice about labeling Republican opposition to late-term abortions and contraception coverage mandates as offensives in the “War on Women.” Paul noted that the party attacking the GOP also lionizes a man who engaged in sexual activity with a subordinate in the workplace. The mere mention of this incontrovertible fact has worked Clinton’s supporters up into a fury.
“There’s a gender element here,” said University of Texas professor Victoria DeFrancesco Soto. “If a guy has a list of people he’s not too keen on, no big deal, but if a woman does, then that is a big deal and it becomes juicy.”
To discuss Clinton like she was any other politician, and not just a female politician, is now defined as sexist. DeFrancesco Soto’s critique would be poignant if she could point to an instance where a male politician maintaining an “enemies list” was dismissed as commonplace. But exacting political retribution against ideological opponents has never been shrugged off as just something boys are wont to do.'
University of Kansas students are required to pay the semesterly $25 student fee to offset travel expenses for women’s and non-revenue sports. Students pay between $1.2 and $1.3 million annually to the athletic department fund through the current fee.
The Senate’s responsibility to help finance Title IX, a federal law, was a main question of senators. Tetwiler pointed to the Senate’s earlier decision to forgo funding a federally required accessibility ramp at Strong Hall. The Senate questioned if students should pay for the University to meet government standards.
“Our opinion is that that’s not a responsibility of student fees,” Tetwiler said.
The committee recommended two different options to a separate Student Senate Fee Review Committee: That the student fee be eliminated entirely, or that the fee be lowered from $25 a semester to $20.'
'A coalition of advocacy groups wants to make the next front in the “war on women” all about immigration reform.
The new strategy, unveiled Wednesday, is yet another tactic from pro-reform groups to pressure House Republicans to pass immigration reform this year — and punish them if they don’t. And the activists believe that focusing on the influence of female voters could crack the Capitol Hill stalemate on immigration reform.
The women’s strategy is threefold: A series of protests and fasts involving more than 5,000 women nationwide timed to International Women’s Day on March 8; mobilizing female voters to the polls in the midterm elections; and building a base of female activists among immigrant and nonimmigrant women alike.'
'From hair and makeup to resumes, today military women got a great big help from the National Charity League.
"Sometimes translating those military skills to civilian can be a little confusing and we have all kinds of people here to help with that transition process," states Julie Ballard, President of the Hills of Austin Chapter, Charity League.
Local employers were on hand to help women transitioning out of the military hone in on their work skills.
Along with several businesses they received assistance on writing resumes and how to network in today's tech savvy world.
The women were also given hair and makeup tips and a chance to pick some new work wear.'
'A Broward County charter school teacher is facing battery charges after she allegedly forced a 10-year-old student to clean a dirty urinal that she thought the student clogged, according to the Coral Springs Police Department.
Jennifer Forshey, who teaches third grade at Broward Community Charter School West, according to the school’s website, is accused of battery on a child by exposing the child to urine.
According to the arrest report, Forshey accused a 10-year-old boy of clogging the drain in a urinal in the boys bathroom on day last week. Police say she ordered the boy to use his hands to remove the paper towels filled with urine from unknown students.
“Victims hands were saturated in what smelled like urine from the urinal and the paper towel that was in the urinal,” the police report reads.'
'Men are facing a full frontal assault on their rights, health and culture like never before. The war on masculinity has never been so brutal – but it’s not a war being waged by women. The attack is coming directly from the top, as the establishment desperately attempts to emasculate and disempower men in order to force women to be more dependent on the state, thereby enabling more power to be centralized and aiding the growth of big government.
Here are ten ways in which the state has declared war on men and masculinity:
8) The Legal System Discriminates Against Men
In both divorce and child custody proceedings, it is widely acknowledged that courts heavily favor women and discriminate against men. Men are routinely hit with onerous alimony payments even if women are capable of working and earning a good paycheck. Men only receive custody of their children in around 10 per cent of divorce cases in the United States. The ironic thing about this system is that it has primarily been instituted by other men, emphasizing again how the war on men is being waged not by women, but by the primarily male-dominated establishment itself.'
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