UCLA course uses Cardi B to teach about ‘respectability politics’

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'A summer course at the University of California, Los Angeles, is using the rapper Cardi B to explore the subject of “respectability politics” and its “historical relationship with black women.”

The class, taught by guest lecturer Christian Green, “analyzes U.S. history, ranging from the post-Reconstruction era to the country’s current political administration, and the struggle for black women to gain respect in American society,” according to The Daily Bruin.

The professor is a “self-professed Cardi B fan” who admires the rapper’s “rise to worldwide success without sacrificing her authenticity, such as the way she speaks,” as well as her involvement in the socialist Bernie Sanders’ political campaign.'

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Alyssa Ahlgren: Destroying Fatherhood and Masculinity

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'“I don’t need a man!” This phrase has been celebrated in the modern feminist movement as a cry of liberation, self-love, and condemnation of the so-called patriarchy. The idea that women should reject the necessary involvement of men is not only accepted, it’s encouraged. What does this liberation entail? Not being serious about settling down or finding a suitable partner, sex without consequences, delaying marriage, and raising children without the presence of their father.
The great irony about the self-proclaimed progressivism of modern-day feminism is the onset of cultural regression that results from it. The fatherless rate has tripled since 1960, with some inner cities seeing upwards of 70 percent. This deconstruction of the nuclear family has brought increased depression, anxiety, suicide, drug abuse, crime, domestic violence, decreased levels of education, and not to mention a heavy reliance on government to replace the father figure in the home.

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Study Finds Women-only STEM College Programs/Scholarships Amount to Male Discrimination

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'“While men may not have a natural ability advantage in STEM fields, the numerous government and other policy initiatives designed to get women interested in STEM fields may have the unintended effect of signaling to women an inherent lack of fit,” the Georgetown report reads.

Given the overwhelming female domination in neurobiology, environmental biology, and biology of global health, it is a fallacy to assert that STEM fields are inherently male and dominated by men. “Society keeps telling us that STEM fields are masculine fields, that we need to increase the participation of women in STEM fields, but that kind of sends a signal that it’s not a field for women, and it kind of works against keeping women in these fields,” Kugler explains.

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India: Women must prove men’s intent to not keep promise of marriage to establish rape

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'The Supreme Court on Wednesday clarified that sex on the false promise of marriage does not automatically amount to rape. The judgment given by Justices DY Chandrachud and Indira Banerjee states: “The promise of marriage must have been a false promise, given in bad faith and with no intention of being adhered to at the time it was given. The false promise itself must be of immediate relevance or bear a direct nexus to the woman's decision to engage in the sexual act.”

The court made the distinction between the breach of a promise and deceiving the woman. The judgment stated that in a situation where the promise made is false and was made with the intention of deceiving the woman, it is not consensual. On the other hand, the judges said that a breach of promise cannot be a false promise.

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Gillette ‘Shifting The Spotlight’ After Losing $8 Billion Amid ‘Toxic Masculinity’ Backlash

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'Just a few weeks after Procter & Gamble reported a sobering $8 billion writedown, Gillette has officially called off its war on "toxic masculinity." The embattled brand has announced that it is now "shifting the spotlight from social issues to local heroes."

While the brand is admitting that it's reversing course on the social issues messaging, Gillette is presenting its new focus as simply a return to what it's always done. "We will continue to represent men at their best," Gillette said in a statement reported by News Corp Australia. Instead of the "social issues" focus, the brand will begin to highlight positive portrayals of "heroic" masculinity, as seen in its new ad starring Ben Ziekenheiner, an Australian firefighter and personal trainer.'

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A hotel that only allows women to stay has opened in Spain

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'Women-only hotel floors have been around for some time but in Spain they're taking the concept even further with the country's first hotel that caters exclusively to women.

The four-star Som Dona hotel opened in the resort of Porto Cristo in Mallorca with 39 rooms catering to female-identifying customers over the age of 14. On announcing the project last year, Som Hotels president, Joan Enric Capellá said they saw a gap in the market that came from a "growing business trend focused on female audience". There are already specialised hotels like adults-only hotels, gay-friendly hotels and even hotels for vegans but Capellá said there was nothing in Spain to cater exclusively for women, despite the rise of female-only gyms and co-working spaces throughout the globe. It conducted a survey across the hotel chain and found that its customers liked the idea of a women-only hotel'

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Do Women-Only STEM Programs Hold Up Legally Under Title IX

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'Women-only STEM programs are being criticized as discriminatory against males.

Computer and science programs and scholarships focused specifically on women aim to bridge the gender gap in STEM fields, but some question the legality under Title IX, which bans sexual discrimination in educational programs.

The U.S Department of Education is investigating several universities and schools that offer women-only scholarships, workshops and other programs. Some legal experts argue the practice of offering female-focused STEM programs is legally sound because there’s still an uneven playing field as a result of historic discrimination against women. But others say things have swung too far the other way, and now males are being negatively impacted by these types of programs.'

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MSNBC’s Kasie Hunt Tees Off: ‘You Don’t Want to Worry About Character? Elect a Woman!’

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'NBC News correspondent and MSNBC host Kasie Hunt said today that for all the talk of “character” in politics, one solution would be just to elect a woman.

During the panel discussion on the Democratic primary race, Todd asked what Elizabeth Warren needs to do to reassure voters “that probably would prefer to go with her, but believe all of the analysis that says Joe Biden‘s more electable.”

Hunt said Warren’s been able to rebut it successfully, telling Todd, “She has been out-hustling, out-organizing, out-doing basically, outworking every other candidate in the field, and it is showing up… in the crowd’s she’s getting, in the reaction that suddenly instead of thinking about the DNA test people are thinking, ‘Oh, she’s the one that’s got a plan for that.'”'

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What if #MeToo takes down powerful women?

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'Katy Perry has a #MeToo problem, and she’s the one who’s in trouble.

Perry ignited a discussion around the gender-flipped version of the #MeToo movement last year when she kissed an unsuspecting American Idol contestant. The 19-year-old had just said he’d never been kissed before and wanted to be in a relationship first. So, naturally, Perry translated that to mean he would be thrilled to get his first kiss from a celebrity, which takes quite a degree of hubris.

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Canada: Ottawa kick-starts push to bring men and boys into fight for gender equality

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'Trumpeting the need for men and boys to enlist in the fight for gender equality, the federal government is awarding $562,000 to four organizations in a bid to lay the foundation for its promised national strategy.

Women and Gender Equality Minister Maryam Monsef is set to announce the funding Friday in Calgary, where she will also hail the release of a report prepared by her department to summarize months of cross-country consultations about how men and boys can “unlearn” what the government deems “outdated gender stereotypes” that harm everyone.

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Women-only STEM college programs under attack for male discrimination

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'Female-only science programs, launched by many universities to redress gender imbalance in such fields as computer science and engineering, are coming under growing legal attack as sex discrimination against men.

The U.S. Department of Education has opened more than two dozen investigations into universities across the nation — UC Berkeley, UCLA and USC as well as Yale, Princeton and Rice — that offer female-only scholarships, awards, professional development workshops and even science and engineering camps for middle and high school girls. Sex discrimination in educational programs is banned under Title IX, a federal law that applies to all schools, both public and private, that receive federal funding.

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U. Alabama got millions from taxpayer for 'diversity'

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'The federal government has granted the University of Alabama-Birmingham $1.25 million to help achieve gender equality in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics, or STEM, both at the university and beyond.

The grant is part of the National Science Foundation’s ADVANCE: Organizational Change for Gender Equity in STEM Academic Professions initiative to increase “the participation & advancement of women in academic STEM careers.” The government entity seeks to do this by granting money to various institutions, mostly universities, to push said institutions to “develop systemic approaches” to increase the hiring rates, retention, and participation of women in STEM departments.

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Johns Hopkins University Fires Professor Who Defied Campus Protesters

Tangential to the MRM, this story demonstrates the degree to which The Crazies have taken over and now rule over college administrators. Excerpt:

'Johns Hopkins University has fired Daniel Povey, an associate professor of speech and language processing, who used bolt cutters to gain entry to an administration building on campus that was taken over by student protesters who had chained the doors shut.

The university, located in Baltimore, has been attempting to create a private, armed campus police force to deal with crimes on and around campus for months. In April, activists from SAPP (Students Against Private Police), took over Garland Hall, the main administration building. Some chained themselves to railings and fixtures while others chained the building’s doors.
On May 8, Professor Povey went to Garland Hall and used a pair of bolt cutters to cut the chains on the doors, outraging the students inside.

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Boeing concentrates on having diverse staff -- and is failing to build trustworthy airplanes

From a MANN reader:

Boeing is, or was, one of the foremost airplane manufacturers in the world.

Recently, they began to concentrate on diversity hiring. That's not specialisation diversity, which might have led to something completely different in aircraft design. It's just making sure that the identity groups their staff belong to are numerous. It seems that Boeing management think that being able to identify as a Boeing employee is no longer enough for Boeing employees.

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NY Post: It’s masculinity to the rescue

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'In every story of bloodshed and mayhem, it’s the same. Tales of selfless male heroism and chivalry emerge in the face of mortal danger.

These are men who rush toward danger, risking their lives and even dying in the noble cause of protecting women and children.
We always are quick to point to the dark side of masculinity when violence is committed, but too often we overlook the feats of bravery by men who combat it.

Call it the chivalry instinct, it is what inspires men to run toward danger to protect the weak.

This is the noble side of masculinity that we once would perpetuate in folklore and stories passed down from father to son about what it means to be a real man.'

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