'Sadly, we don’t have men’s cross country or track and field here at Missouri State, and one of the primary causes of this, or so I have been told on multiple occasions, is because of Title IX.
Because Title IX stipulates that educational institutions must have equal opportunity for male and female students to participate in athletics, this frequently results in men’s varsity sports teams being cut in order to fund women’s sports.
Now I know you’re probably thinking, “But hey, Spencer, are you saying that women shouldn’t have this equality and that men’s sports are more important?”
The answer is 100 percent no. I’m not saying that at all.
Women absolutely deserve every opportunity to play the sports that they want to play. In fact, according to the Title IX information website, “Schools are providing 1.3 million fewer chances for girls to play sports in high school as compared to boys,” and that simply isn’t right.
I do. Because of Title IX stipulations surrounding athletics, many universities have cut a considerable number of men’s sports programs or have simply not funded them in the first place. One prime example would be the two men’s crew teams (rowing), swimming, tennis and fencing.
If educational institutions simply offered an equal representation of women’s sports to begin with, as it should be, then multiple universities wouldn’t have to cut men’s varsity teams in order to fund female ventures. If we, as a generation, want this to become a reality, the first step is for both sexes to treat the other with the utmost dignity and respect by default, not through legal requirements forcing each to do so.'
'While the College of Engineering has the largest gender gap with its enrollment being 87 percent male, it is not the only college on campus where one gender holds the majority. The College of Nursing is 85 percent female, leaving males as the minority.
“I want to work in the emergency department because I know that every day will be exciting and different and really challenge me as a nurse,” said senior nursing student Jake Kloster. “I had a lot of female friends in high school so it’s not that different. Occasionally I feel a little left out when they start discussing dresses or Pinterest, but it’s not a big deal.”
With the nursing and engineering colleges having the largest gaps, all of the colleges on campus have a gap of at least 28 percent except for the College of Arts and Sciences, University College and the Graduate School.
Making an approach to attract the younger female interest, the College of Engineering is holding a camp for eighth grade girls. Girls: Engineering, Mathematics and Science [GEMS] will provide sessions on robotics, forensics and bridges to help give girls an idea of what engineering would be like. Female engineers and engineering students will help put on the camp which will be held Saturday, March 29.
“Our challenge isn’t being a female phobic college,” Reid said. “Our challenge is getting females to understand there are really cool things you can do as an engineer.”'
'The U.S. Supreme Court has held that offensive touching can qualify as a “misdemeanor crime of domestic violence” that disqualifies the perpetrator from owning a gun.
The court ruled (PDF) in the case of James Alvin Castleman, who pleaded guilty to the misdemeanor offense of intentionally or knowingly causing bodily injury to the mother of his child. Though the court was unanimous in holding that Castleman’s conviction disqualified him from possessing a gun under federal law, a debate emerged over the meaning of domestic violence.
One the one side was Justice Sonia Sotomayor, who wrote the opinion for the court, and on the other was Justice Antonin Scalia, who was among three concurring justices. Justice Samuel A. Alito Jr. wrote the second concurrence, joined by Justice Clarence Thomas.
In his concurrence, Scalia agreed that Castleman’s conviction disqualified him from owning a gun, but he took issue with Sotomayor’s “inventive, nonviolent definition” of physical force.
The court ignores accepted definitions of domestic violence, Scalia said, opting instead to cite expansive definitions in an amicus brief by the National Network to End Domestic Violence and publications issued by the Justice Department’s Office on Violence Against Women. As an example of the broad definition, Scalia cited amici's description of domestic violence as acts that humiliate, isolate, frighten and blame; excessive monitoring of a woman's behavior; repeated accusations of infidelity; and controlling contact with others.
'With April being Child Abuse Prevention and Awareness Month, Chelsea Mayor Earl Niven has proclaimed April 20-26 as Parental Alienation Prevention Week and April 25 as Parental Alienation Awareness Day.
Niven issued the proclamation during the Chelsea City Council’s regular meeting March 18 as Kenneth Paschal, director of government affairs for the Alabama Family Rights Association, looked While addressing the council, Paschal said “alienation is the worse form of child abuse” and awareness is the first step toward change.
“Child Abuse and Prevention and Awareness Month is a time to emphasize that our children are innocent and deserve the leadership of the adults around them to ensure their health, wellness and safety,” Paschal said.
According to the Parental Alienation Awareness Organization, parental alienation deprives children to be loved by and showing love for both of their parents and extended family. Parental alienation can occur in intact families, but is mostly seen in separated and divorced families.'
Story here. Breakthrough! For India, anyway. Wonder when the U.S. is going to have one like this? Excerpt:
'A woman has been denied alimony by a Delhi court which observed that she was capable of working as she used to do before marriage and so was not dependent upon her husband for survival.
"The couple does not have any child and therefore the woman was as independent as the man to work and maintain herself," Additional Sessions Judge (ASJ) Anuradha Shukla Bhardwaj said, dismissing the appeal of the woman, a resident of Delhi, who had challenged the order of a magisterial court which had also denied her relief on similar grounds.
The court rejected the woman's plea relying on judgements of the Delhi High Court in which it had held that when husband and wife have equal educational qualifications, both must take care of themselves.
"In view of the judgements the High Court of Delhi where it has been held that wherever the wife is capable to work and had been working, she shall not be considered dependent upon the husband for her survival. There is no apparent error in the order of trial court," the sessions court said.'
'What’s a woozle? And what role does it play in child custody decisions and custody law reform? If you remember Winnie the Pooh, he and his friends become obsessed with the idea that they are being stalked by a frightening beast they called a woozle. In fact, they are being deceived by their own footprints as they walk around in circles. In social science a woozle is a belief or a claim based on inaccurate, partial, or flawed data — data that have been repeatedly misrepresented, misinterpreted or “woozled” in ways that end up influencing public opinion, individuals’ decision making, and public policy.
This paper illustrates the woozling process that has contributed to the creation of a powerful and damaging child custody woozle: After parents’ separate, infants and toddlers who spend even one night a week in their father’s care are more irritable, distressed, inattentive, vigilant and anxious with their mothers, and physically stressed. In short, up until the age of four children should live exclusively, or nearly exclusively, with their mothers. The one study that has frequently been proffered as evidence that overnighting has a “deleterious impact” on infants and toddlers is an Australian study commissioned by the attorney general’s office (McIntosh, Smyth, Kelelar & Wells, 2010, Post separation parenting plans: Outcomes for infants and children).'
Story here. The vast majority of homeless people are men. I doubt New York would even consider doing this kind of thing if they were mostly women instead. Excerpt:
'As counties like Monroe struggle to cover the cost of legal defense for the poor, state lawmakers have been raiding tens of millions of dollars from a fund designated for that very purpose.
Over the past six years, the state's elected officials have yanked close to $50 million from a fund designated for indigent legal services.
While the "sweeps," as they are called, have not had immediate impact on a fund designated for indigent defense, those lost millions may be needed in future years as counties across New York try to provide constitutionally sound legal services for the poor. And the practice speaks to a larger issue, advocates for indigent defense services say: A continued unwillingness by state officials to confront a patchwork system of indigent legal aid.
"There isn't a logic to sweeping funds from there if your interest is to have a fund that will improve the quality of public defense," said Jonathan Gradess, who heads the New York State Defenders Association, which works to improve indigent defense.
For decades, public defense services in New York have battled to reach constitutionally mandated levels. Public defense offices are weighted with tremendous caseloads, and counties struggle to cover the costs.
In February, state Office of Indigent Legal Services director William Leahy, addressing Gov. Andrew Cuomo's proposed budget, denounced the continuing sweeps of money from indigent legal funds. The sweeps could total more than $56 million since 2008, he said.'
Story here. Doesn't surprise me, or, the reason, anyway. But I am surprised that a member of the bench would behave as reported (even if he held no court appointment or elected judgeship at this particular time), since he must have known full well the only response a judge can render and keep authority in the courtroom is to find the disorderly party in contempt. But he is known for his personal mission of "promoting manhood and protecting womanhood" (See 4th paragraph of the article). This is a chivalrous idea that he apparently has taken a pledge (to whom??) to uphold, and like other modern-day (and not-so-modern-day) men who have been conned into this kind of idea, he has just paid for it. A man his age really ought to know better by now. Excerpt:
'The star of the television show “Judge Joe Brown” has been arrested and charged with five counts of contempt of court in Tennessee, court officials in Memphis said Monday.
Shelby County Juvenile Court officials said the 66-year-old Brown was sentenced to five days in jail after causing an outburst Monday in a child support hearing. Brown is running in the Democratic primary for Shelby County district attorney general.
The former TV judge was representing a woman who had been brought in on a warrant in a child support case, Michael said. Brown, he said, was yelling and repeatedly challenging Horne’s authority and even addressing his comments to a crowd of people inside the courtroom.'
Wikipedia on Judge Brown here. Note he has already been released -- less than a day behind bars.
This book entitled "The Law And Economics Of Child Support Payments" was published in 2004 and addresses the problems with the NCP-pays-CP system in the US, as well as most if not all other countries in the world that have a legal system with the power to adjudicate child custody conflicts.
It is very expensive for a book of most kinds these days, but I thought I would make people aware of its existence, as I was by a MANN reader via email. Such a book would probably make a very good addition to a library of many kinds: college, public, etc. Book description:
'The delinquent payment of child support by non-custodial to custodial parents is a major problem throughout the United States. To many observers, the problem is one of 'deadbeat dads' - men who simply will not make the required payments. The solution has been to enforce payment by the imposition of increasingly stringent civil and criminal penalties. Despite these efforts, the percentage of single mothers receiving child support has changed very little over the past twenty-five years. The Law and Economics of Child Support Payments investigates why this is, and approaches the payment of child support as an economic problem. To understand the issues involved, leading lawyers and economists examine various facets of the child support system from a law and economics perspective. They consider the incentives faced by both custodial and non-custodial parents, and search for policy actions that are more incentive-compatible for all participants. The assumptions underlying current child support guidelines are discussed, as are the ways in which child support payments affect family structure, teenage delinquency and income disparities between parents. This comprehensive, provocative volume will be of considerable interest to policymakers, lawyers and parent advocacy groups, as well as to students of this timely issue.'
'Put the phrase "binge drinking Britain" into Google and you will find one over-riding image in use. Young women in tiny skirts and towering heels are shown in the final stages of drunkenness, stumbling down a high street or collapsed on the ground. Nor is the search engine alone in depicting UK's alcohol culture this way. Women, young and old, are invariably used as illustrations of the problems of binge drinking today.
Last year North Yorkshire’s newly elected police commissioner Julia Mulligan said women's binge drinking was a real problem in the area, which leaves them “vulnerable to exploitation” while last month the Daily Mail asked: “Why do some of our brightest young girls want to drink themselves into oblivion?”
But what about our brightest young boys? Are they so brilliant at controlling their alcohol intake? The answer is certainly no but somehow no one seems to care if they get legless or incapable.
... Gin Lane (1751) [link added], William Hogarth's painted depiction of London’s descent into the gin craze, when cheap alcohol flooded the market, is typical. At the centre of this image of decay a woman lets her child fall from her arms – presumably to its death - as she sits insensible and uncaring. Although Hogarth also shows men descending into debauchery and violence, it is this lost woman that forms his central motif. In the 18th century, gin became known as mother's ruin - not father’s. Segue to the modern times, and the exhibition uses a 2008 photograph - of three girls stumbling down a street, drinks in hand - that has appeared in just about every UK newspaper. Two hundred years later, attitudes have changed not a jot. But why?
'The CBC’s Jian Ghomeshi is the most amiable, open-minded guy in the world, with a good sense of humour to boot. The perfect radio host. His weekly show, Q, frequently provides proof of his willingness to explore both sides of a gamut of issues in the classic liberal tradition.
Unfortunately, amongst doctrinaire feminists, amiability, intellectual curiosity and even (especially?) a sense of humour don’t cut it when their pet theories fall into Q’s crosshairs. Ghomeshi had the temerity on Monday to host a debate about the veracity of “rape culture,” between Lise Gotell, chair of Women’s and Gender Studies at the University of Alberta, and conservative researcher Heather Macdonald of the Manhattan Institute.
A storm of indignation erupted, describing Macdonald as a “rape apologist” for expressing the perfectly sensible view that if girls did not “drink [themselves] blotto” at parties, the entire phenomenon called rape culture would virtually disappear. She is not wrong, but it is politically incorrect to “blame the victim.” No, the only correct view is that “Drinking doesn’t cause rape, it’s the decision of rapists that cause rape,” in Ms Gotell’s words.
The rape culture meme always harks back to bad methodology, linguistic legerdemain and moral-high-ground entitlement. In the spring of 1993, nine women, art students at the University of Maryland distributed posters and fliers around campus, naming dozens of male students with the heading: “Notice: These men are potential rapists.” The women had chosen the names at random from the university directory as part of an art project. How did they get away with such irresponsibility? If you have to ask, you don’t know your feminist history.'
Editorial in National Post today (Equal Parenting Bill C560 is being debated for Second Reading today March 25 in Parliament). Excerpt:
'In recent days, the National Post has brought forward two sides of the current debate on Bill C-560, An Act to amend the Divorce Act (equal parenting), set for second reading in the House of Commons today.
Although the two articles, by Barbara Kay (“After a divorce, equal parenting rights should be the norm,” March 19) and Tasha Kheiriddin (“Equal shared parenting laws don’t put kids first,” March 20) appear at first glance to present diametrically opposed positions, each expresses valid concerns in regard to the importance of maintaining parent-child relationships, ensuring continuity and stability in children’s lives, and containing parental conflict. The question is whether any one legal formula can be crafted to take on board all of these concerns.
The problem with Canada’s current “best interests of the child” approach, as codified in the Divorce Act, is that it relies on a discretionary method of determining children’s interests, in which judges have unfettered latitude in an area of child development and family dynamics in which they have little or no expertise. Thus, their subjective judgments about children’s needs and interests are variable, inconsistent and unpredictable.
Shared parenting is, not surprisingly, also the stated preference of parents and children themselves. Research from jurisdictions that have implemented a shared parenting presumption, including Sweden, Belgium and Australia, are highly encouraging.
The current adversarial system in family law is unsustainable. It is our responsibility to set aside polarized positions and work collaboratively toward supporting children and families during difficult times of family transition.'
Petition here. Would they dare try to do this to homeless women? Never. Instead, there'd be a nation-wide effort to find them places to live and get them medical and psychiatric care. Excerpt:
'Private labor contractors in Japan are "recruiting" homeless men and men to work in the disaster area of the destroyed Fukushima nuclear power plant, taking advantage of their desperation to pay them less than minimum wage and with no proof that their health is being protected.
In a devil's bargain between organized crime bosses and the nation's top construction firms, laborers are exploited by these contractors as they take in state funds for the cleanup, giving them miniscule cuts for the dangerous untrained work and then subtracting more for food and lodging.
We call on the government of Japan to investigate this shady practice, ensuring these workers are properly protected from the radiation and being well-compensated for the dangerous work. Don't let these companies keep preying on the homeless to expose them to radiation — write the Japanese government now!'
'She lived in a 4,000-square foot, $1.4 million home and drove a bright green Camaro with vanity plates that read "MY SYN," but prosecutors said grandmother Erika Perdue's opulent lifestyle wasn't her darkest vice.
Perdue, who pleaded guilty to charges of trading and shipping child porn last year, was sentenced to 14 years in federal prison on Monday.
“I lost two granddaughters to this,” Perdue said in court Monday, according to the Dallas Morning News.
According to court records, the 43-year-old Dallas socialite downloaded and traded child pornography every day for 13 years while her successful lawyer husband was at work.
The Dallas Morning News reports that the activity only stopped once federal agents raided her home and arrested her in April 2012, finding more than 4,000 illicit images on her computer.
Following the raid, agents told WFAA that the images were extremely graphic, and included depictions of toddlers being raped by men and women.
The judge who issued the sentence said he was reluctant to reduce it from 20 years, but prosecutors said they'd agreed to it because the convicted woman suffers from “some pretty severe mental health” problems.
Once she was apprehended, Perdue cooperated with authorities, handing over her screen name, "Classybitch," which led to two additional child porn convictions, the Dallas News reports.
According to WFAA, Perdue's Facebook page, which appears to have been deactivated, reflected a coquettish persona complete with sultry photos.
Perdue's husband was not named in the criminal complaint against his wife.'
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