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Kavanaugh and the Assault on Men

October 22nd, 2018
By Matt
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Posted in MensActivism.org

Article here. Excerpt:

'Women’s anger is also invoked to justify eliding traditional methods of fact-gathering and verification; an accusation is enough, and the assumption is that all women will believe other women. “Today, every woman in America was Dr. Christine Blasey Ford’s co-witness,” a tweet from TimesUp stated. “We believe you. We are with you. #BelieveSurvivors.”  In a public statement demanding that Kavanaugh withdraw his nomination, the organization doubled down on the idea that an accusation should be taken as proof enough of male turpitude: “A man accused of multiple instances of sexual violence cannot have decision-making power over the lives of American women for decades to come.”
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But something unexpected happened on the way to his character assassination: Kavanaugh defended himself and was defended by others, including many women. Where feminists wanted women to see themselves in the seat Christine Blasey Ford occupied, many instead saw their sons or husbands or brothers sitting in the chair where Kavanaugh sat. 

And they should have, and they still should. For what the Kavanaugh nomination did was bring the Star-Chamber-driven transformation of gender norms into broader view. For several years now on many college campuses, regrettable sex has been an actionable offense that can get young men expelled without anything remotely resembling due process.'

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Tried earlier db restore

October 22nd, 2018
By Matt
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All,

Tried the 10/19/18 restore today. No luck. I think we just have to eat it. I'm really sorry. Clearly I need a better plan for Drupal updates, especially since this next version seems to roll a bit differently from the prior versions.

Go ahead and start submitting stories again. Thank you.

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Upgrade Failure, Loss of Content

October 21st, 2018
By Matt
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All,

Mea culpa, mea culpa, mea maxima culpa. I went to do a Drupal install upgrade and something went veeerryyy wrong. I had to do a site restore from my backup provider. Despite restoring the database snapshot from 10/20/18, content dated only as late as 9/28/18 is appearing. Why this is, I can't say, but tomorrow I may try restoring the database snapshot from 10/19/18. Getting the site back up again was its own victory for tonight and so I am not pressing my luck by going after another database restore tonight.

Please refrain from submitting new stories until after I have made a run at the 10/19/18 backup, just to avoid losing content should that not work out.

Thank you.

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Theme much?

October 21st, 2018
By Matt
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Posted in MensActivism.org

I ran a Softalicious update script and blam-o, my theme was whacked. Well, the CSS pages are fine so the layout is good but my colors are MIA. Rats. As luck would have it there is a Drupal update I have to install and I went to do so but I'll be durned if the transfer rate is dog-slow on the necessary files. I ran an Internet speed test on-line and it isn't my ISP. Possibly the hosting service is having a slow-down day. Anyway once sanity is restored I will run the theme update and that should (SHOULD) restore the page color scheme.

Until then, it's a throwback to the good ol' days when most web pages had one background color: white. Like the original Ford Model T... You can have it in any color you want, so long as it's black.

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UK: “Making misandry a hate crime will embolden abusive men”

October 19th, 2018
By Mastodon
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Posted in MensActivism.org

Article here. Excerpt:

'A campaign started by the Labour MP Stella Creasy to consider misogyny as a form of hate crime has resulted in the Law Commission deciding to consider whether misandry should be categorised as a hate crime, too. It is the ultimate example of whataboutery – when a group of people cries, “But what about X?”, to distract attention from any legitimate discussion of Y.

While misogyny has centuries of research, evidence, statistics, law and legislation, oppression, death and suffering behind it, misandry is harder to pinpoint. Some people even ask the question: “Does misandry exist?”

This is not because we believe that men are not harmed, that men cannot be abused or that men cannot be oppressed – but because misandry seems to be thrown around (generally at women) for some pretty tenuous things that definitely are not hatred or hostility to men.'

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UK: The fact that we’re considering making misandry a hate crime should concern everyone who believes in equality

October 18th, 2018
By Mastodon
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'As a feminist, I confess that I am not happy about this. I am also well aware of the way in which such unhappiness will be perceived by many. Typical feminist, right? I say I want equality, but I actually want special treatment. I say I think women are strong, but I actually want them to be weak. I say feminism isn’t about hating men… but actually, it is.

I am familiar with all of these arguments, and the way in which they are used, time and again, to recast women’s demands for recognition of their unequal status as requests for validation of their victimhood. It seems there’s nothing women can have – not even their status as a marginalised sex class – that men will not expect them to share.
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I suspect it is unlikely that misandry will ever be made into a hate crime. That there is even the slightest possibility that it could be remains hugely concerning. It would undermine the most basic feminist arguments in favour of sex-based protections for women, effectively endorsing the MRA claim that “reverse sexism” exists.

It would also provide further opportunities for abusive men to recast women’s resistance to their demands as “hate”. Women and girls face enough censure for any failure to accommodate men and boys. Where would we be if the latter could start to claim our treatment of them was motivated by anti-male bigotry?

Misogyny should recognised as a hate crime for the same reason that misandry should not be: women and girls are systematically oppressed and exploited by men and boys. This does not always have to be the case. We can have a world in which all things are equal, but first, let’s stop telling women to pretend we’re already there.'

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Students accused of sexual misconduct suing colleges, universities

October 18th, 2018
By Mastodon
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'Brooklyn College history professor KC Johnson has become a critic of how universities are handling allegations of sexual misconduct. In general, Johnson said, schools have established procedures that incorporate no meaningful investigation and do not provide any way for the accused to defend themselves.

As evidence, he pointed to the increase in lawsuits. According to his records, an average of one lawsuit has been filed every week in federal court by an accused student for the last 2-1/2 years. Most of the lawsuits end in settlements because, he said, universities do not want to go through the discovery process and a trial.

“I think the purpose of a university is to pursue the truth,” Johnson said. “In this system, pursuing the truth or finding out what happened is not the No. 1 priority.”

Jennifer Drobac, an Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law professor, maintains false accusations are very rare. She believes the rise in complaints reflects the growing awareness of sexual violence. Society is just now realizing the “breadth and depth” of the problem, she said.'

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Drake University Expelled Male Student After Female Allegedly Admitted to Sexually Assaulting Him

October 18th, 2018
By Mastodon
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'Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa, has come under fire after it was revealed that it expelled a male student for sexual assault even though his accuser allegedly admitted to sexually assaulting him as well.

Drake University is now facing a court battle over their investigation into an alleged incident in which Thomas Rossley Jr. and an unnamed female both accused each other of sexual assault. According to a report from The College Fix, the unnamed female admitted to performing oral sex on Rossley Jr. without his consent. Despite this, Drake University never investigated that portion of the incident. He was ultimately expelled from the university.

Rossley Jr., who has ADHD, dyslexia, and “word-retrieval issues,” requested assistance at the hearing that took place after the investigation. However, Rossley Jr. was not provided with assistance and made to fend for himself during a nine-hour hearing.

Rossley Jr.’s father, Tom, was fired from his position on the Drake University Board of Trustees after he argued that his son was being treated unfairly. Rossley Sr. then sued, alleging “Title IX retaliation.” A judge threw out the lawsuit over the summer, arguing that Rossley’s position on the board was not covered under Title IX.

The Rossleys argue that several parts of the proceedings were biased against him because of his gender. Rossley Jr. claims that university officials told him that it would be seen as “retaliatory” if he filed a complaint against his accuser. The implication is that officials told Rossley Jr. that the only reason he might file a complaint would be if he committed an assault and was looking to cover it up.'

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Feminist Ally Accused Of Rape By #MeToo Movement Is Fighting Back

October 18th, 2018
By Mastodon
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'Stephen Elliott founded the left-wing website The Rumpus and is a staunch feminist ally. That, however, didn’t protect him from being anonymously accused of rape on a list of “S****y Media Men” circulated early in the #MeToo movement.

At first, Elliott, according to an article in The New York Times, was going to just take “a bullet for the movement” and let himself be falsely accused. You know, like a good ally.

“Multiple people asked me at first if I was O.K. just taking a bullet for the movement,” Elliott told Bari Weiss of the Times. “Because of their politics and, frankly, because of mine.”

“If I was to come out and say, ‘Hey, I was falsely accused of rape,’ it would be like I was attacking this movement which at the time, was a movement that I believed in,” he added.

But while Elliott accepted his fate, getting “high for three months,” he saw his life crumble.

“He lost friends. His Hollywood agent stopped calling him back. Already prone to depression, he became suicidal,” Weiss wrote.'

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UK: Parents ‘weaponising’ domestic violence orders, claims charity

October 18th, 2018
By Mastodon
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'The number of non-molestation orders – issued by courts to prevent domestic abuse – has rocketed by 37% over the past five years because they are being exploited to secure legal aid, according to the charity Families Needs Fathers.

The “weaponisation” of court procedures by “angry and vengeful parents” is encouraging false allegations and fuelling conflict between separating couples, the head of the organisation has claimed.

The figures are based on the latest quarterly statistics produced by the Ministry of Justice. Since 2013, when the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act (Laspo) came into force the number of non-molestation orders issued by English and Welsh courts has increased from fewer than 20,000 to more than 26,000 a year.

That increase, equivalent to a 37.3% rise, has been linked to the withdrawal of legal aid in all divorce cases except those where there is evidence of domestic violence. As many as 80% of all family law cases now involve one party who is unrepresented.'

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