Woman, 22, who had 'sexual contact' three times with a boy, 14, avoids jail

Article here. Excerpt:

'A woman who had sexual contact with a 14-year-old boy she met online has been spared prison.

Sophie Johnson engaged in sexual activity with the schoolboy on three occasions within the space of a few days, a court heard.

Newcastle Crown Court heard she had ignored warnings about his age and failed to take steps to ensure he was over 16.

However, once she realised how young he was, she stopped what was happening between them.
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Johnson, of Elswick, Newcastle, who has no previous convictions, pleaded guilty to five counts of sexual activity with a child and was sentenced to a three year community order and must sign the sex offenders register for five years.

Setencing her, Judge Sarah Mallett said: 'This was a relationship of mutual affection, there was no pressure applied or grooming of any sort.
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'She's a young lady who presents with a maturity level much younger than her age and she has her own vulnerabilities.

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UK: Accountant sacked after accusing boss of ‘mansplaining’ in office dress code row

Article here. Excerpt:

'Zhihui Lu asked her manager Matt Brunton "who was he as a man to be telling her what she can and cannot wear?"

In a "loud and aggressive tirade" the Durham University graduate then asked whether he thought her bra was appropriate and tried to show him her bra strap, a tribunal was told.

The 'completely inappropriate' outburst was just one of a number of incidents of misconduct that led to Miss Lu being fired after just three years at the accounting giant, a panel heard.

After she was given the boot she took them to the tribunal claiming the firm had discriminated against her.

But the panel sided with KPMG and dismissed her claims for unfair dismissal, harassment, and disability and race discrimination entirely.'

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Harvard will drop policy targeting all-male ‘final clubs'

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'Harvard said Monday that it will no longer enforce a ban on single-gender social clubs, after concluding that the prohibition would likely not withstand a legal challenge from a group of fraternities and sororities who had asked a federal judge just hours earlier to halt the policy.

The policy bars Harvard students who are members of unrecognized single-sex social organizations from holding leadership positions in recognized student organizations and athletic teams. It also bars members of the groups from receiving college administered fellowships.

“Harvard is fairer and better when a student’s gender does not stand as a barrier to social opportunities while in college or inhibit students’ access to alumni networks that can help enable opportunities later in life,” Harvard president Lawrence S. Bacow said in a message to the Harvard community.'

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mensactivism now has a Parler account

"Parler" is a relatively new Twitter-like communication service that has quickly grown very popular because unlike Twitter, it has no content-limiting policies. Twitter has been accused of selectiveness in the enforcement of its policies, which also have been accused of being arbitrary. Twitter has at times been accused also of outright censorship. So Parler has arisen as an alternative.

MANN will continue to use Twitter but will also use Parler for the occasional announcement or activism opportunity.

Parler is available for both Apple iPhones and Android-based smartphone operating systems. It can be found in the Apple AppStore and on Google Play.

The Parler account to subscribe to for MANN is @mensactivism.

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Justin Bieber files $20 million defamation lawsuit against women who accused him of assault

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'Justin Bieber has filed a $20 million defamation lawsuit against two women who accused him earlier this week of sexual assault.

The two women posted the allegations on their respective Twitter accounts. Bieber's lawsuit, which was filed Thursday, calls the allegations "fabricated." CNN has obtained a copy of the lawsuit.

Bieber's complaint calls the allegations "factually impossible" and says they are "contradicted by her own prior written statements, are supported only by falsified or faked texts, and her allegations are a complete fabrication for the self-stated purpose of garnering fame and attention, and there are numerous witnesses to contradict Kadi's malicious lies."
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The second woman, listed as Jane Doe-1 and identified as "Danielle" in the complaint, accused Bieber of assaulting her on March 10, 2014 at the Four Seasons Hotel in Austin, Texas. She has since deleted her tweets.

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Nikola Tesla - "Mr. Tesla Explains Why He Will Never Marry"

Article here. Interesting piece about an article re Nikola Tesla. Possibly his same words could have been written today. Excerpt:

'WHEN a man who has made a name for himself deliberately chooses to remain a bachelor the world is naturally curious to know what the reasons were that impelled him to this choice.

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Professor sues university for $7.9 million for destroying reputation with baseless grades-for-sex investigation

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'The University of Illinois continued to probe “demonstrably false” sex-for-grades allegations against a professor even after it agreed to end the investigation in return for his resignation, according to the professor’s lawyers.

When it learned Joseph Petry’s accuser was trying to “blackmail” him for giving her a bad grade, the taxpayer-funded institution did not publicize its findings to the same degree it promoted the allegations, Petry’s lawyers said in a press release accompanying his lawsuit (below).

Filed in the Illinois Court of Claims, which adjudicates litigation against the state, Petry’s breach-of-contract lawsuit is seeking nearly $7.9 million from the Board of Trustees for damaging his reputation and future employment opportunities.

He claims approximately $5.2 million in lost wages, $537,046 for lost tax deductions, $103,000 in legal expenses and an additional $2 million for mental distress.'

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U.S. Women’s Soccer Denied Immediate Appeal Over Equal Pay Claims That Were Thrown Out In Court

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'U.S. District Judge R. Gary Klausner ruled in May that the women’s team had not proven their pay discrimination claims, finding that they actually turned down the very equal pay structure they now demand, The Daily Wire previously reported.

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Hollywood's Male #MeToo Stigma and the Fear of Coming Forward: "It's Looked Upon as a Weakness"

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'Last fall, Johnathon Schaech was running out of options. After making a living as an actor for 30 years — 1996's That Thing You Do! was his breakout — he was in danger of losing his SAG health insurance from lack of work, and he and his wife were trying to have a baby. Schaech, 50, had become something of an unwitting spokesman for male #MeToo victims in 2018 after he said Italian director Franco Zeffirelli had sexually assaulted him on the set of the movie Sparrow in 1993. (Before Zeffirelli died in June 2019, his son, Pippo, denied the allegations in People magazine.) In the aftermath of that disclosure, Schaech found his acting opportunities drying up, and he parted with his agency, APA, and manager, Risa Shapiro.

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How The Wing's Empire Was Built On Trauma, Racism, and Neglect

Article here. Interesting study in human nature. Take away the common enemy (in this case, men) and the group finds other faultlines down which to fracture. Excerpt:

'The post ended on a defiant note: “We are angry, we are grieving, and we are with you. Black Lives Matter.”

Former and current Wing employees are calling bullshit. In interviews with Jezebel, 11 people who have been employed by the corporation allege it fostered a climate of racist mistreatment in the workplace, and that it spanned from now-former CEO Audrey Gelman on down to individual members of the space.

“If they cared, they would have blacklisted members who were being rude to us and racist,” says Johana Broughton, a black former Wing employee who worked at the SoHo location from August 2018 until she was let go in February 2019. “Because they’re looking at us like we’re supposed to be the maid.”

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In our opinion: The world must reenthrone the vital role of fathers

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'Society is reeling from the retreat of men from the home, neighborhood and society. Some have given up or given in to declining morals, values and narcissism. Others are struggling to be good fathers, are worried about making ends meet and are stressed about helping their children succeed. And still others feel they have failed as fathers and wonder if they are even needed anymore.

The world seems determined to dumb-down and even dismiss the role of men and fathers. The media often portrays men as knuckleheaded, bumbling idiots who have to constantly be saved from themselves.

Bashing men over the head with their faults while diminishing all the good they do is not helpful to men, women or children.

Numerous studies point to the fact that having a positive father or father figure in the home can be life-changing for children.'

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The Dutch university that's only hiring women

Article here. Excerpt:

'As a female computer scientist, Alexia Athanasopoulou is used to being in the minority. “People have asked me: ‘you’re a girl, why are you doing this?’”. But it was when she moved to the Netherlands to start her PhD that she noticed a big difference. “The ratio of men to women in my engineering department was very high, and this had consequences for the working culture,” she says.

That women are underrepresented in science, technology, engineering and maths (Stem) is a well-known problem. The statistics for gender balance in higher education are similarly bleak: the European Commission estimates that women make up 48% of graduates but hold only 24% of senior academic roles, falling to 15% in Stem. Dutch universities are particularly gender imbalanced, and last year Eindhoven University of Technology (TUE) sat at the bottom of the pile with women representing just 15% of professors.

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China Is Collecting DNA From Tens of Millions of Men and Boys, Using U.S. Equipment

Article here. Why just males, I wonder? Excerpt:

'The police in China are collecting blood samples from men and boys from across the country to build a genetic map of its roughly 700 million males, giving the authorities a powerful new tool for their emerging high-tech surveillance state.

They have swept across the country since late 2017 to collect enough samples to build a vast DNA database, according to a new study published on Wednesday by the Australian Strategic Policy Institute, a research organization, based on documents also reviewed by The New York Times. With this database, the authorities would be able to track down a man’s male relatives using only that man’s blood, saliva or other genetic material.

An American company, Thermo Fisher, is helping: The Massachusetts company has sold testing kits to the Chinese police tailored to their specifications. American lawmakers have criticized Thermo Fisher for selling equipment to the Chinese authorities, but the company has defended its business.

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USC Football Player Who Was Expelled After an Unfair Title IX Investigation Wins in Court

Article here. Excerpt:

'The 2017 expulsion of former University of Southern California (USC) football player Matt Boermeester for intimate partner violence was so blatantly unfair that Education Secretary Betsy DeVos cited the case as an argument for revising federal guidance on campus sexual assault adjudication. (DeVos's new rules, which restore some due process protections to students accused of misconduct, will take effect in the fall.)

After three years, Boermeester has won an: an appeals court reversed his utterly unjust expulsion in a ruling last week.

"The California Court of Appeal's decision, finding that USC violated Matt Boermeester's right to basic fairness, is a great initial victory," said Andrew Miltenberg, an attorney for Boermeester, in a statement. "We will not rest until Matt Boermeester's name is cleared and USC answers for their blatant misconduct."

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'mensactivism.org' now has a Facebook Page

Since people seem to be getting most of their news information from social media off-links these days, I thought I'd join the 21st century some more and I created a 'mensactivism.org' Facebook Page. To subscribe to it, just search Facebook for 'mensactivism.org' and you should get the page. Then Like it and you'll be subscribed to it.

My immediate plan is to duplicate the news items hereon to that page in an effort to make life easier for MANN's readers. Feel free to share posts to it to your own feed.

You can get to the Page directly with https://fb.me/mensactivism

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