National Party leader Christopher Luxon demands Marama Davidson apologise to cis white men

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'National is demanding Marama Davidson apologise to cis white men over her comments from Saturday. Prime Minister Chris Hipkins says he considers the matter closed.

Davidson clarified her comments on Monday after criticism over her comments about cis white men committing violence, saying she should have been clearer but had just been hit by a motorcycle and was being followed down the street by far-right network Counterspin Media.

She had initially said as prevention of sexual and family violence minister, she knew it was white cis men who caused violence. Her clarification said violence happened in every community and was unacceptable in any, but women were overwhelmingly more likely to be victims of family and sexual violence.'

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UK: Concerns about harassment have ‘morphed into institutional misandry’, MP says

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'Concerns about sexual harassment have “morphed into an institutional misandry”, a Conservative former minister said.

Senior Tory MP Sir Christopher Chope warned that the public debate about harassment was having a damaging impact on the mental health of men and boys, as a Bill aimed at creating a specific offence of sexual harassment cleared the Commons.

The Protection from Sex-based Harassment in Public Bill received an unopposed third reading from MPs, and will now face scrutiny in the House of Lords.

Warning about the impact of the public discussion around sexual harassment, Christchurch MP Sir Christopher said: “There seems to be an inability to hold two notions in our heads, that sexual assault is bad and that treating men as inherent sex pests is also bad.

“A reasonable worry about assault appears to have morphed into an institutional misandry.”

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Stanford Goes All In On “Diversity”, 2023 Surgical Team Includes Zero White Men

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'Stanford University announced its 2023 Surgical Residency Intern Class earlier this month.

The new class will start their residency programs at Stanford’s School of Medicine in June 2023. The Ivy League school made the announcement on Twitter.

One Twitter user, @EndWokeness, pointed out the surprising amount of women and nonwhite individuals that are entering the prestigious school’s residency program.

“Stanford’s 2023 surgical team: 92% women (US: 50% women) 69% nonwhite (US: 38% nonwhite) 0% white men (US: 30% white men),” the Twitter user wrote, suggesting the university may be accepting candidates based off of their race or gender.'

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Governor Hochul Announces Initiative to Improve Food Benefit Access for Women, Infants and Children

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'Governor Kathy Hochul today announced a new client feedback initiative that will improve understanding of the challenges New Yorkers face enrolling in the Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children, also known as WIC. Announced as part of Governor Hochul's 2023 State of the State address, the New York State Department of Health will partner with Code for America to pilot a live, online chat program that will help the agency gather client feedback to improve the WIC program and enrollment statewide.'

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Women leaders make work better. Here’s the science behind how to promote them

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'When more women are empowered to lead, everyone benefits. Decades of studies show women leaders help increase productivity, enhance collaboration, inspire organizational dedication, and improve fairness.

Despite these benefits, only 10% of Fortune 500 companies are led by women. How can businesses create more opportunities for women in leadership spaces using psychological science?

Industrial/organizational (I/O) psychologists offer a host of evidence-backed strategies for helping close the gender gap. These include earlier identification of leadership potential, training for men and others already in power to serve as allies, and formal mentoring and sponsorship programs.

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Marama Davidson: “I am the prevention violence Minister, and I know who causes violence in the world, and it’s white cis men’.

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'Marama Davidson yesterday said, “I am the prevention violence Minister, and I know who causes violence in the world, and it’s white cis men’.

Clearly the Minister misspoke and she didn’t actually mean that her Ministerial position has led her to believe that all white cis men cause all the violence in the world.

The irony of stating white cis men cause the violence in the world only to be run over by a Māori Destiny Church Biker an hour later is too great.'


Wikipedia on Marama Davidson

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Video Game Writer Chris Avellone’s Accusers Issue Public Statement Retracting Allegations Of Misconduct

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'Back in June of 2021 I reported on video game writer Chris Avellone’s libel lawsuit against two women who had accused Avellone of sexual assault on Twitter. Avellone publicly denied the accusations and announced he was taking both women to court over their statements.

Now, nearly two years later, the case has been settled. Avellone’s accusers, Karissa Barrows and Kelly Bristol, have signed a joint statement retracting their previous claims on social media and clearing Avellone of any wrongdoing. A seven-figure payment to Avellone is part of a confidential settlement between the parties according to Avellone's lawyers.

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Australia: Female teacher spared jail by judge who said she wasn't a "predator"

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'A female teacher who admitted to having sex with her 16-year-old student in the backseat of her car has avoided jail after the judge deemed she was not a predator.

Monique Ooms, 31, of Maffra, was sentenced on Friday by County Court of Victoria Judge John Smallwood to a four year community corrections order, with 300 hours of community work for the crime.

She pleaded guilty this month in Victoria's Latrobe Valley County Court to four counts of sexual penetration of a child under her supervision and care.

Over 30 minutes, Judge Smallwood outlined the contributions to society Ooms had contributed and the hardship she had endured in the community after being outed as a child sex offender.

The court heard Ooms had been abused in the street by strangers and was sacked from her jobs at a pharmacy and the local pub.

Her local Country Fire Association had given her the boot and the footy club no longer wanted a bar of her.

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NH Supreme Court overturns former state Sen. Woodburn’s domestic violence conviction

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'The New Hampshire Supreme Court has overturned the conviction of former state Sen. Jeffrey Woodburn, who was found guilty on domestic violence charges stemming from an altercation with his then-girlfriend following a Christmas party in 2017.

In a 3-0 opinion released Thursday, the justices found that a lower court judge’s refusal to allow the jury to consider Woodburn’s self-defense claim was improper.

Writing for the court, Justice James Bassett said that “because the record contains some evidence supporting a rational finding that the defendant acted in self-defense, the trial court’s refusal to instruct the jury on that theory of defense was unreasonable.”

Woodburn’s case will now be sent back to a lower court for a new trial, where he will be allowed to present his self-defense arguments.'

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Hollywood Blacklisted ‘Rick & Morty’ Creator – Then the DA Dropped the Case

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'This is everything wrong with modern-day America in a nutshell.

The #MeToo McCarthyism marches on…

I know nothing about anyone or anything involved in this case. Before this situation blew up in January, I had never heard of Justin Roiland. What’s more, I’ve never watched a frame of Rick and Morty. Roiland might be the biggest left-wing jerk in Hollywood. He might hate Christians and wish Trump supporters dead. He might be a transvestite Satanist. I don’t care about any of that because that has nothing to do with the injustice here.

Justin Roiland’s career, reputation, and income were wiped in a few days over an allegation.

Although the allegation had not seen the inside of a courtroom, Hollywood still annihilated this man and everything he’d worked for.'

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Australia: The coercive control con job

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'In a book called Coercive Control: The Entrapment of Women in Personal Life, it was argued that the domestic violence industry was running into problems because of mounting evidence that men and women are equally violent. The book took ideas that had been floating around in the domestic violence industry about patterns of ‘patriarchal terrorism’ and invented a brand-new form of domestic ‘violence’ called ‘coercive control’. This idea claimed men started to use ‘coercive control’ to control their relationships after society moved on from the systematic, widespread ‘wife torture’ of the past, due to women’s liberation eroding men’s sex-based patriarchal privilege.

Even though everyone knows that both men and women use controlling behaviours, it was argued that people should ‘take on faith’ that ‘the pattern of intimidation, isolation, and control … is unique to men’s abuse of women’.

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Equal Pay Day: Fact or Fabrication? – by Don Mathis

‘Equal Pay Day’ is March 14 this year. But ever since its founding in 1996, this event is based on erroneous assumptions. It is meant to illustrate the gap between men’s and women’s wages. But is there really such a gap? And is it based on discrimination?

The idea to select a Tuesday as Equal Pay Day was to represent how far into the work week women must work to earn what men earned the previous week. A date in March was selected which would mark the month when a woman’s earnings catch up to what her male counterpart earned in the previous year.

According to statistics from a women’s committee on pay equity, women now earn 81.6 cents for every dollar men earn. A few years ago, it was 77 cents; a few years before that, it was 74 cents. Maybe ‘Equal Pay Day’ should be on a Monday in February.

The first time I heard that women earn less than men, I nearly choked on my food (served by a waitress who earns more than I do) at a café (owned by a woman who earns more than I do) before returning to work (for a woman who earns more than I do).

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The demonisation of our sons: Browbeaten by toxic masculinity crusaders invited into schools, boys are feeling cowed and worthless

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'Masculinity has been in crisis for as long as anyone can remember. The usual explanation is that post-industrial society doesn't much care for brawn.

We're all office-dwellers now, mutely churning out spreadsheets for other spreadsheet producers.

The theory makes sense as far as it goes. But something else has changed much more recently: a rejection of the very concept of masculinity.

The polling company YouGov found that just eight per cent of people have positive views of white men in their 20s, by far the lowest of any ethnicity or age group.

Males are routinely presented as inherently dangerous, aggressive and animalistic, incapable of controlling their own instincts.

You can see it on public transport, where government advertisements announce that staring is sexual harassment.

We blokes can't even be trusted to use our eyes properly. Teenage boys are routinely disciplined by their schools for even the most minor infractions of an insurgent sexual politics.

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Women cops ‘insulted,’ ‘offended’ by NYPD lowering academy standards

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'Female cops are “insulted” by the NYPD’s efforts to boost gender equity — by lowering standards during rookie tryouts, including scrapping the timed 1.5-mile run.

The controversial shift — which former training Chief Juanita Holmes said would help more women applicants make the grade — sparked fireworks between Holmes and Police Commissioner Keechant Sewell, who sources said wanted to keep the run.

Holmes was abruptly shifted to lead the city Probation Department on March 9.

The run “will no longer be part of the final evaluation of officers” an NYPD spokesperson confirmed on Friday.

“I’m offended,” huffed one female cop on patrol Friday. “We were in the academy when it was on the fence whether or not [the run] was going to be canceled and we had to pass it to get through the academy. … If those females don’t want to put in that effort to pass the mile and a half run, I don’t think they should be cops.”'

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Canadian General Sues Trudeau Govt for Millions After Sex Assault Acquittal

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'Major General Fortin filed his lawsuit on Wednesday at the Ontario Superior Court of Justice, alleging that the Trudeau government acted in a “reprehensible, extreme, flagrant and high-handed” manner in 2021.

Fortin was charged with sexual assault in August of 2021 as a result of allegations from 1988 when he was enrolled in the Canadian military college, but he was acquitted of the charges in December of last year, the National Post newspaper reports.

The lawsuit claims that Fortin was defamed and accuses government officials of disclosing private information inappropriately as well as negligence in their investigation, breaching confidence and conspiracy to cause damage to him.'

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