Long way to go before Britain’s police forces can truly stamp out sexism, expert panel agrees

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'There is a long way to go before police forces in Britain can truly stamp out institutionalised sexism, an expert panel hosted by The Independent has agreed,

On 8 March, to mark International Women’s Day, The Independent brought together a panel to discuss how police forces in the UK are tackling violence against women and attempting to eradicate misogyny.

Three years on from the kidnap and murder of Sarah Everard by Met Police officer Wayne Couzens, our Virtual Event explored how Britain’s police forces have changed – if at all – and discussed what work still needs to be done.

Hosted by The Independent’s crime correspondent Amy-Clare Martin, our panel included retired police chief Susannah Fish OBE, chartered psychologist Dr Jessica Taylor, barrister Harriet Johnson and Abigail Ampofo, CEO of domestic abuse charity Refuge.

Explaining the scale of the problem, Ms Fish told our viewers: “It’s a barrel, it’s not a handful of rotten apples.”'

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I research women’s role in media–and yet I recently discovered that my Gen Z son and his peers didn’t support feminism

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'Recently, in the same week, a study from King’s College London and a Financial Times analysis of various studies exposed an unprecedented gender rift emerging within Gen Z. As a mother of two Gen Z boys who researches the role of women in media, I felt enormous sorrow and a sense of loss. If our youngest generation of women and men are diverging in their fundamental values and are polarized on important matters such as the impact of feminism, masculinity, and gender equality, how are they to build healthy, loving, long-lasting relationships in a world starved of unity and social cohesion?

Troubled with these thoughts, I came down to the kitchen on a Saturday morning to check in on my 13-year-old son and his two friends who had stayed overnight. “What do you think of feminism?” I asked spontaneously, curious to hear their thoughts over breakfast before they headed off to football. My son rebutted my question with vehemence, demanding that I not ask such “weird” questions. His negative reaction and visible discomfort puzzled me.'

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Tennessee teacher accused of sexually assaulting boy, 12, allegedly harmed nearly 2 dozen other minors

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'A former Tennessee teacher arrested in September 2023 for allegedly sexually assaulting a 12-year-old boy is now facing a 23-count indictment for sexual misconduct against nearly two dozen other potential minor victims, according to police.

Alissa McCommon, a 38-year-old former elementary school teacher, was initially arrested Sept. 8 and charged with rape of a child.

"Our goal in any of these investigations is to identify any potential victims and provide medical assistance, counseling and support for their families throughout the investigation," Covington Police Chief Donna Turner said in a March 8 statement. "Without this vital intervention, the ripple effect of trauma can last for years with the victims and the family unit."

On March 5, a Tipton County grand jury handed down a 23-count indictment against McCommon "with multiple sexual misconduct offenses against minors," the Covington Police Department said in a March 8 press release.'

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UK: 'Crisis in masculinity’ prompts Labour to consider men’s health strategy

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'Labour is looking at introducing a men’s health strategy to address a “crisis in masculinity” that is costing lives.

The plans could see an expansion in services which offer NHS checks in “men-friendly spaces” – such as sports grounds, pubs and workplaces – alongside efforts to encourage boys and men to be more open about their mental health.

The party is examining strategies rolled out in Ireland and Australia, which have increased male life expectancy, and local schemes in the UK which have offered men health screening in football stadiums.

Shadow health secretary Wes Streeting said he felt “enraged” about failures to tackle male health issues – in particular mental health – with suicide the biggest killer of men under the age of 50.

Official data shows men’s life expectancy in the UK falling at a far sharper rate than that of women. It is now at its lowest for more than a decade.

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UK: 'I'm asking for it': Calls for law change to require 'clear yes' to sex

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'People should be required to make sure they have a “clear yes” before any sexual activity, lawyers and activists have said.

A new campaign named “I’m Asking For It” was launched on Monday, calling for the Government to enshrine “affirmative consent” into British law.

This would mean “anything less than a clear, uncoerced, and informed confirmation of consent like ‘yes’ cannot qualify as consent in the eyes of the law”.'

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Women leaders demand release of female hostages ahead of International Women’s Day

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'As International Women’s Day approaches on March 8, several leading Israeli women appear in a video, demanding that the 19 women held captive by Hamas be released.

Former Supreme Court president Dorit Beinisch, award-winning actor Gila Almagor and other figures including academics, journalists, activists and entertainers appear in the campaign, released Monday, calling to bring the hostages home.

“As long as they are not here, we have nothing to celebrate,” state the women in the video. “All the achievements, all the successes of all of us — are meaningless when there are 19 women, like us, in the captivity of Hamas.”

Hamas took 253 hostages captive on October 7 when thousands of terrrorists stormed across the border, killing some 1,200 people, most of them civilians in their homes or at the music festival.'

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German Police Carry Out Dawn Raids on Homes of Suspected ‘Misogynistic Hate Speech’ Posters

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'German authorities carried out raids Thursday across Germany against people suspected of posting misogynistic hate speech online.

Police raided homes and interrogated 45 suspects in 11 states early in the morning, German news agency dpa reported. None of the suspects were detained.

The raids were part of the annual “combating misogyny on the internet” day of action, which began in 2022 and comes one day before International´s Women´s Day.

In Germany, sweeping slurs against women can be punishable as incitement to hatred.

In preparation for the raids, authorities screened the internet for posts that potentially broke anti-misogyny laws and attempted to identify the authors. Names were then forwarded to the public prosecutor´s offices in the states where the suspects live in order to decide whether to proceed with investigations.

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No More Dating: 15 Reasons Why Some Men Prefer to Be Alone

Article here. Interesting in that it lacks any psychobabble or outrageous BS from a feminist perspective. Of further interest I'd say is the last reason given; you typically don't see such candor in these kinds of things. To wit:

'There is a possibility that men have become disillusioned with the concept of love. Whether from personal experiences or observing others, this skepticism can lead to a lack of interest in pursuing romantic relationships, favoring a solitary life instead.'

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Stop putting men down to improve female equality, says Tory MP

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'People should stop putting men down to improve female equality, a Tory MP has said in a warning about the impact of “toxic masculinity” discussions in schools.

Boys face a “negative narrative and indifference” in classrooms, with four in 10 sixth form pupils told in lessons that boys are a problem, a Westminster Hall debate heard on Tuesday.

Steve Double, the Conservative MP for Austell and Newquay, said: “I absolutely understand and agree that we have needed to address the inequality that many women have experienced in our society for a long time, and we have made huge progress on that, but we should not be putting men down as a result.

“I feel sometimes that that is what we have done, and we need to think carefully about it.”'

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CBS Sued By ‘SEAL Team’ Writer Who Claims ‘Heterosexual, White Men Need Extra Qualifications’

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'CBS Studios and its parent company, Paramount, are being sued by an employee who claims he was discriminated against for being a heterosexual white male.

Brian Beneker, a script coordinator for the drama series “SEAL Team,” filed a lawsuit in California federal court Wednesday, per The Hollywood Reporter.

The studio employee alleged that he was repeatedly denied a staff writer job due to the company’s “illegal policy of race and sex balancing,” which promoted hiring “less qualified applicants who were members of more preferred groups.” Beneker specifically stated in the document that women, minorities, and LGTBQ individuals were given preferential consideration for open positions.

“During Season 6, (in approximately May of 2022), two female writer’s assistants, without any writing credits, were hired as staff writers,” the lawsuit says. “The first of these two hires was black. The second identified as lesbian.”

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One in six men, ages 16-29, say 'feminism has done more harm than good,' study shows

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'A new study is shining light on a generational divide in attitudes towards feminism, revealing younger men's skepticism about its impact compared to women and older men— delving into perceptions of gender challenges and the contentious view of "toxic masculinity." Forbes' Maggie McGrath and Vice-Chair of the 30/50 Summit, Huma Abedin, join Mika Brzezinski to discuss the complex gender dynamics among younger generations.'

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UK: Schools could train young male influencers to counter internet 'misogynists' like Andrew Tate as Labour warns of 'scourge' of sexual violence in classrooms

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'Labour have unveiled plans to help schools train young male influencers to combat self-proclaimed internet 'misogynists' such as Andrew Tate.

Shadow education secretary Bridget Phillipson said young male mentors within schools could provide a 'powerful counterbalance' to negative online content.

She today outlined a blueprint for how Labour would help headteachers tackle a 'scourge' of sexual harassment and sexual violence in schools.

Under Labour's plans, schools would be supported to work together and spread 'best practice' in dealing with misogyny and sexual harassment.

They would establish regional improvement teams to provide mentor training for older schoolboys to coach younger pupils in recognising and stopping misogyny.

Labour also want to embed digital literacy in the national curriculum so young people are given critical tools to deal with online hate and misinformation.

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Masculinity has been under siege for the past decade and boys are fed up with it

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'How do you solve a problem like masculinity? All that anger! All that violence! All that inherent misogyny every young boy has bubbling inside of him!

Well, according to Labour, you install male ‘influencers’ inside classrooms in the hope they can teach other boys how to behave towards women.

Bridget Phillipson, the party's education spokesman, has pledged to introduce the scheme as an answer to the post-pandemic rise in sexual harassment in British classrooms; a response, as it were, to the Andrew Tate-ification of modern man.
So what is the answer? Well I’d start by suggesting compassion, not anger is what is needed. And celebrating what is good about men — ambition, drive, strength (yes, I know, women have these traits, too) rather than admonishing them for what is bad.

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"This Penis Business: A Memoir" Chronicles the Life Events That Compelled Georganne Chapin to Make Ending Circumcision Her Life's Work

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'In a new memoir, "This Penis Business," written by Georganne Chapin with Echo Montgomery Garrett and published by Lucid House Publishing, Chapin explains how her unusual upbringing, travels, and life experiences honed her as a leader, a critical thinker, and an outspoken advocate of children's rights.
Chapin, Co-Founder and Executive Director of Intact America, Exposes the Big Business of Medical Circumcision and the Cruel Absurdity of Circumcising Baby Boys for No Medical Reason

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Texas judge rules school district can restrict the length of male students’ natural hair

Article here. They're making it about race in the press when it's really about equality under law for the sexes. In this case, girls can grow their hair out while, it seems, boys can't. Excerpt:

'A Texas judge ruled Thursday that the state’s CROWN Act does not make it unlawful for school dress codes to limit a student’s hair length.

The decision is a blow to Darryl George, a Houston-area high school student who sued the Barbers Hill Independent School District after he was suspended for months over the length of his locs hairstyle.

The George family did not make an appearance after the trial, but attorneys for the family said they intend to appeal the ruling.'

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