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'Wrestling dollars from consumers is the main purpose of advertising. And now, during Christmas gift-buying season, this is more apparent than ever. Some ads are brilliant. Others stretch the limits of good taste.
In 2005, clothing designer Marithé Francois Girbaud created a billboard that played off Leonardo da Vinci's iconic Christian-inspired painting The Last Supper. The ad featured a female Jesus Christ, female diners and a lone half-naked man with his underwear and the top of his buttocks showing. The company received almost immediate backlash against the ad from those who questioned what jeans had to do with the twisted religious imagery portrayed.
The company's primary defence was that women can only achieve equality with men if they sacrifice their femininity. The ad was meant to create a new perception of femininity by "presenting men, instead of women, in a position of fragility."
It's disappointing to still see the continual and objectionable sexualization of women in ads, but it's equally disappointing to see the frequent and distasteful dummyfication (yes, I made up that word) of men. Men are too often portrayed as sexual predators, crude blockheads or complete buffoons easily manipulated and incapable of doing anything without the assistance of their female partners. And the masses seem to think this is OK.
What this suggests is that it's not women who are coming up with these male-bashing ads. It's the men themselves, possibly in an attempt to cash in on a perceived increase in women's buying power by, to use Girbaud's words, "presenting men in a position of fragility."
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'American men are fed up and angry — and rightfully so.
Sick of being constantly portrayed as rapists, abusers, bumbling idiots, irresponsible losers, deadbeat dads (if they're absent), immature fatherly buffoons (if they're present) or overall "bad guys" by the mainstream media and Hollywood, many men have reached a tipping point.
Tired of being mistreated by a family court system that either forces financially-crippling child support obligations upon non-custodial fathers or — worse still — forces many men to pay child support for children they later discover are not even biologically their own, men have had it.
More and more, men are not getting married like they used to due to the prohibitive cost of divorce. Nor are they attending college at the same rate as women, because some just don't want to deal with the hostile environment of feminist political correctness that could ruin their lives. In short, men have had all they can take of this decades-long backlash against them. They are voluntarily "going Galt," like in Ayn Rand's Atlas Shrugged, and taking a vacation from responsibility.
Why? Because they can.
In the battle for women's rights, has radical feminism achieved a Pyrrhic victory?
Let's face facts. From an early age, too many young girls are now raised and taught to view boys and men with suspicion at best or outright disdain and dread at worst. This radical feminist, anti-male indoctrination has seeped into our school system. And it infests higher education, where freshman men may be force-fed "chick lit" such as A Handmaid's Tale or performances of The Vagina Monologues. Or they may find their academic careers ruined by accusations of sexual harassment or rape, regardless of evidence or whether the accuser purposely lied (such as what happened in the infamous Duke University rape scandal).
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Article here. Contact info for taking action is in the first comment. I have also made this item "sticky" so it stays the top-listed story until Tues. Nov. 26. Newer stories will still appear below it. Excerpt:
'But in September, the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology insisted that its members treat only women, with few exceptions, and identified the procedure in which Dr. Stier has expertise as one that gynecologists are not allowed to perform on men. Doctors cannot ignore such directives from a specialty board, because most need certification to keep their jobs.
Now Dr. Stier’s studies are in limbo, her research colleagues are irate, and her male patients are distraught. Other gynecologists who had translated their skills to help male patients are in similar straits.
And researchers about to start a major clinical trial that is aimed at preventing anal cancer, with $5.6 million from the National Cancer Institute, say the board’s decision will keep some of the best qualified, most highly skilled doctors in the United States from treating male patients in the study. The director of the planned study and Dr. Stier have asked the gynecology board to reconsider its position.
Story here. So, females are "less corruptible" than males? That used to be a feminist claim, and still is among some of them, if not also among people generally. Despite evidence to the contrary, denial and cognitive dissonance always seem to win out where this prejudice is concerned. Excerpt:
'"Correctional officers were in bed with BGF inmates," said U.S. Attorney Rod Rosenstein.
Rosenstein seemed to mean that literally and figuratively, court documents show. According to one indictment, alleged gang member Tavon White had a sexual relationship with four jail guards while he was incarcerated.
He impregnated all four of them and they all helped him smuggle items in prison, according to the indictment.
One of the guards had "Tavon" tattooed on her wrist, the indictment said.
Correctional officers were allegedly "bribed" to smuggle in drugs, cell phones and other prohibited objects, which they hid underneath their clothes, "inside body cavities," even in sandwiches.
"Court documents allege the BGF members recruited correctional officers through personal and often sexual relationships, as well as bribes, and that some officers traded sex for money," the U.S. Attorney's office said in its news release.
The end result was what Rosenstein's office called a "criminal organization" operating inside jails "enabling (participants) to make large amounts of money through drug trafficking, robbery, assault, extortion, bribery, witness retaliation, money laundering and obstruction of justice."
The investigation first came to light in April with the announcement of the first round of arrests. In all, 44 people have been indicted on federal charges. Twenty seven of them are Baltimore correctional officers, CNN affiliate WJZ reported.'
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'“Here’s this little bundle ... First let’s find a sharp stone or knife and start hacking at the genitalia,” begins journalist Christopher Hitchens, setting up a scenario that about 58 percent of male infants born in the United States went through in 2010. “Because, as it turns out,” Hitchens continues, “the design isn’t that great, and in a crucial feature, too.”
He concludes, “No morally decent person would do this if it wasn’t for superstition.”
Infant male circumcision is a practice not often questioned by new parents. It’s either divinely warranted or it’s just something that people do. But witnessing a ceremony like this should cause outrage in any morally normal person.
Reputable studies by the World Health Organization and the Centers for Disease Control have shown that there is evidence of circumcision preventing the contraction of sexually transmitted diseases such as HPV and HIV. This is reasonable, considering there is a 44 percent lower rate of HIV infection among circumcised men.
“But doesn’t that contradict your point?” you might ask.
I would answer: no. My point isn’t that male circumcision is always morally wrong, but that it’s a sinister practice to inflict on non-consenting infants.
These studies are likely as significant as they sound, but we can rest assured that a child is not at risk for STDs in his infancy or in childhood. A procedure that is unnecessary, painful, traumatic and even life-threatening should never be inflicted on a child until he is able to consent to the operation himself.'
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'DURHAM — A jury found Crystal Mangum guilty of second-degree murder Friday for stabbing and killing her boyfriend, Reginald Daye, in 2011.
After Superior Court Judge Paul Ridgeway sentenced Mangum to 14 years and two months to 18 years in prison, deputies immediately led her handcuffed out of the courtroom.
Mangum’s attorney, Daniel Meir, said she will appeal.
The case was unusual because, unlike most murder cases, the jury heard the victim’s side of the story.
Mangum, 35, stabbed Daye on April 3, 2011, and an investigator spoke with him twice before he died April 13, 2011.
Mangum took the stand in her own defense and said it was Daye who attacked her with knives by throwing them at her. She stabbed him, she said, after he dragged her out of the bathroom by the hair, straddled her and began strangling her.
Photos of the apartment showed kitchen steak knives scattered throughout the apartment. Blood drops were on the carpet in the hallway where Daye said she stabbed him, but not in the master bedroom where Mangum said she stabbed him.
Former Durham City Councilwoman Jackie Wagstaff, one of Mangum’s supporters, said she believed Mangum was being punished because of who she was and her name recognition.
In 2006, Mangum accused three Duke lacrosse players of raping her at a party. The charges were later dismissed after the evidence did not back up Mangum’s story. Her accusations tore apart the Duke lacrosse program and resulted in the disbarment of District Attorney Mike Nifong.
Assistant District Attorney Charlene Franks, who prosecuted the murder case, said it was never about Crystal Mangum, the Duke lacrosse accuser.
“It was about Reggie Daye and what happened in April 2011,” she said.'
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'On November 25, Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women’s Issues Catherine Russell will host a panel discussion marking the 14th annual International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, which launches the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence. This year’s discussion will address intimate partner violence and linkages between the domestic and international contexts, with a focus on marginalized and indigenous women. Tina Tchen, Executive Director for the Council on Women and Girls, will provide opening remarks.
Other invited panelists include Bea Hanson, Acting Director of the United States Department of Justice Office on Violence Against Women; Layli Miller-Muro, Executive Director of Tahirih Justice Center; Nivia Monica Da Silva, Public Prosecutor, Coordinator of the Center for the Promotion of Gender and Racial Equality in Minas Gerais, Brazil; and Juana Majel Dixon, Co-Chair of the National Congress of American Indians Task Force on Violence Against Women.
The event is open to the press and will be held in the Marshall Center at the Department of State located at the 21st Street entrance, from 9:30 to 11:00 a.m.'
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Catherine M. Russell
Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women's Issues
Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission
November 20, 2013
I am honored to be here with all of you to discuss the critical importance of preventing and responding to gender-based violence globally. I would like to express my appreciation to the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission for your commitment to promote and defend international human rights, including women’s rights.
It is fitting that we gather now to discuss these issues, as Monday marks the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women and the first of the 16 Days Campaign Against Gender Violence, which concludes on Human Rights Day, December 10. My job as Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women’s issues is to promote the principle that advancing the status of women and girls is essential to achieving America’s diplomatic goals – that peace, security, prosperity, economic growth cannot be achieved without the full and equal participation of women, and that men and boys are important partners in this effort.
Violence against women and girls is a global epidemic. It crosses every social and economic class, ethnicity, race, religion, and education level, and transcends international borders. It takes the form of early and forced marriages, sexual violence, and traditional harmful practices, among others. Violence occurs both inside and outside the home, and often increases with instability.
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'It never stops.
Next week you’re tin-pot, politically correct police force are running yet ANOTHER ‘Domestic Abuse’ drive.
The papers will be full of it.
And as usual – it’s all balls.
They’ll call it ‘cyber-stalking’ – (they think that’s a new and convincing angle) – and you’ll hear thickasabrick Pirate FM presenters lisping words copied from Devon and Cornwall police press releases, probably with a thirty second segment with some magically un-named woman about her ‘Hell’ being ‘stalked online’ by some fairy tale chauvinist psycho.
Wait for buzzwords like ‘Facebook’ ‘abuse’ ‘bullying’ bla bla bla bla bla.
Of course the truth is – the anonymous ‘victim’ is straight out of central casting supplied by some state handout dependent ‘domestic abuse’ agency you’re paying for.
She’ll also most likely be a regular feature on some scumbag ‘family lawyers’ books, and the ‘cyber-stalking’ is likely to have consisted of some shat on furious father trying to see his own kid.'
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'Natasha Foster, from the Ballymoney Road in the Co Antrim town, was said by her defence to be "a woman scorned" when she appeared before Antrim Crown Court on Friday.
Her lawyer Michael Smith told Judge Desmond Marrinan that the false accusation had been made out of "anger and revenge".
He explained that Foster had desperately wanted to get back with a former lover and had consensual sex with him.
But he later texted her saying that he was not interested in getting back into a relationship.
The lawyer told the court: "After he sent the text, she was distraught and hell hath no fury like a woman scorned."
He further revealed that Foster later went to her doctor and admitted that she was a "compulsive liar" and that she was prescribed medication.'
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