Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month: Origins

Abagond

Asian-Heritage-Month-300x246A guest post by commenter Jefe:

Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month was enacted into law by Congress on October 23, 1992 and signed into law by President Bush. It replaced Asian/Pacific American Heritage Week, which was first proclaimed by President Carter in 1979. It joins National Hispanic Heritage Month as one of the few designated cultural heritage or history months enacted into law by Congress. By contrast, Black History Month and Women’s History Month have never been enacted by law, but continue merely by annual Presidential proclamation.

The quest for this law began in1976 when President Ford proclaimed February as Black History Month during the U.S. Bicentennial to recognize the contribution of African-Americans to the nation’s history and culture. Jeanie Fong-Lee Jew, a Chinese-American banker in her 30s and former White House correspondence writer, noticed that Asian Americans were completely left out of the Bicentennial celebrations and seemed destined to…

View original post 423 more words

Regret is not rape: lessons from an old-school Feminist

written in November 2013

 

http://www.avoiceformalestudents.com/regret-is-not-rape-lessons-from-an-old-school-feminist/

by  Maggie Mellon

 

I am an old-school “feminist”.  So old-school, I hardly attach myself to the “cause” any more, because it shames me so deeply. I grew up in a time when a victim’s sexual history was fair-game in a court room, marital rape didn’t exist, prostitutes couldn’t be raped and the idea of “asking for it,” by dress, mannerisms or tone of voice, was very real and very repugnant.

I was on the front-line of seeing such things repealed, and one way of doing so was allowing women to have their own voice in THEIR sexual activity.  You will never hear “slut,” “ho,” or “skank” pass MY lips.

There is currently a case in Florida, involving a lesbian relationship between a 19 year old and a 14 year old student.  It astounds me the hypocrisy being shown. We all know if this had taken place in a heterosexual context, the young man would be lynched by now, but being between two females it’s somehow…excusable?

And now we arrive at my personal “favorite” – Let’s call it “YouTube Rape” – as in, I didn’t even know I WAS raped, until my friends, family, school saw it posted, and decided I’d either been raped or I was a slut.

As a woman, I loathe/hate/despise the idea of the “I was too impaired to properly consent” rape. To me, it infantilizes women, giving the impression that we must be protected from ourselves.  Usually by an equally impaired and “not showing the greatest judgment himself” male.

Haha – silly me!  Don’t even know (and will never learn) my own limits of intoxication.  I can do anything I want, but just don’t hold ME responsible.  I’m just a dumb girl!

Here’s a few inconvenient truths: women/girls, because of the stigmatization of being sexual beings, often use alcohol or other substances, to give themselves an excuse to “misbehave” in ways not normally socially acceptable to their peers, which may include group sex, multiple partners or the stereotypical bad-boy.

Woman can actually enjoy such encounters, despite what their church, neighbors, parents, or school thinks.

Woman can be quite the seductresses.  We’re practically taught it from birth.  We know it, and, on occasion, we use it for nefarious purposes. Like getting better grades, job promotions, getting our tires changed or even – gasp – having others commit crimes for us.

Women DO lie.  In many ways, we have not had traditional power, but in the way of sex? That, as we know, can be used to achieve the results we want (especially now).

I know of one young woman who has sent 4 different men to prison, for sexual assault, on 4 different occasions.  Mostly, because they did something to piss her off. Not a single on involved an actual sexual assault.

There were a few others, but they, fortunately, weren’t convicted. (although the emotional & financial devastating to their lives was enormous)

Woman CAN be aggressive and ask for it.  Literally. And, in my experience, men can be hopeful saps who just want to get laid.  Usually being half in-the-bag themselves, they’re quite able to believe the young lady throwing herself at him wants him just as badly, and he doesn’t give a whole lot of thought to her current blood alcohol level.

That hardly makes him a criminal.  At best, he’s guilty of poor judgment, and so is she.

I realize that in this day and age, where one’s every regrettable mistake is posted for all to see, that’s difficult to deal with. Where once we could simply hide under the covers and think “Man, did really I DO that, last night? I’m such an idiot! Musta been the booze,” now we must confront it on Facebook, YouTube, or wherever.

Because of our excessively sexually repressed society, they’re forced into defending/debunking their actions, in a very public way. By the way, have you noticed that in more sexually open cultures this type of thing happens much less?  Are European men less prone to this alleged need-to-rape phenomenon,  or are women there just not “slut shamed” to the extent ours are?

But “walk of shame” sexual encounters are as old as humankind itself, and do not equal rape.  And if women cannot/will not take responsibility for their own actions in the bedroom, why/how do we expect to be treated any differently in the boardroom?

We don’t have a “rape culture.” We ARE creating a “victim culture.” And in the meantime, real victims of real rape do NOT find the I-got-too-drunk-at-Homecoming to be a shared experience with I-had-a-knife-to-my-throat-and-my-children’s-lives-threatened. It demeans and diminishes the very scary, very humiliating, “power rape.”

To teach young women that men are just somehow madmen-rapists-in-waiting is appalling. We ARE equal – equally able to make dumb mistakes and (hopefully) learn from them.

Such is the human condition.

 

 

Sex: The new war on men

By Professor Gordon Finley, Ph.D
May 4, 2014
NewsWithViews.com

It cannot have escaped anyone’s notice that on May Day (May 1, 2014), and within hours of one another, the nation and the media have been bombarded with more than a half dozen exquisitely choreographed and coordinated reports demanding action based on claims of skyrocketing sexual assaults occurring on campus and on the battlefield.

But are these claims plausible? I argue not.

Singly, or in combination, all of these claims suffer from one or more of the following five fatal flaws.

1. Sexual allegations made by females are not taken as allegations but rather as “settled fact.” These claims do not even consider the possibility that women might lie about any manner of things sexual and there is no statistical correction for false sexual allegations.

2. Women commit sexual assaults on men but female sexual perpetrators only rarely are prosecuted and male reports of abuse by female sexual predators only rarely are believed.

3. In order to “cook” the rapidly rising numbers needed for political effect, the Obama Administration has demanded that all investigations lower the standard of proof required for conviction or expulsion from “clear and convincing” evidence to a “preponderance” of evidence, which basically is a coin toss.

4. In order to falsely boost the rapidly rising numbers needed for political effect, the Obama Administration has moved the goal posts by expanding the definition of “sexual assault” to activities and circumstances most citizens would not even remotely consider to be rape. The former definition of forcible rape has morphed into anything sexual without “consent” and with the determination of “consent” left entirely up to the woman, even to be determined on the morning after.

5. Forcible rape is ranked second only to murder as a serious crime. Yet, Obama and the Progressives want to remove the investigation and prosecution of sexual crimes from the venues of the police and the courts and rather transfer these responsibilities to unqualified but ideologically sympathetic administrative units in universities and the military where the conclusion is foregone. Under Obama and the Progressives, men are stripped of all due process and cross-examination rights that they normally would be guaranteed in a court of law. Truly innocent men have no way to prove their innocence.

Finally: Men — don’t drink and have sex. A core principle of the Obama Administration’s New World Order is this: If alcohol crosses anyone’s lips, the male automatically is guilty of sexual assault and the female automatically is an innocent victim. With the consumption of any amount of alcohol, consensual sex does not exist.

The overwhelming onslaught of exquisitely choreographed and coordinated claims suggests that Obama and the Progressives are launching a War on Men to get the votes of women and advance their political base. This War clearly is designed to create not only “hostile work environments” but “dangerous work environments” for men on campus and in the military. This War further appears to be designed to eliminate men from the institutions to which they have striven and attained in the past and rapidly to make these coveted, prestigious and high paying positions open only to the political base of Obama and the Progressives.

Will Congress and the nation succumb to this loss of due process for men?

One hopes not. In my view, the words engraved above the entrance to the United States Supreme Court should prevail and apply equally to the sexual lives of both men and women: “Equal Justice Under Law.”

© 2014 Gordon E. Finley, Ph.D. – All Rights Reserved

http://www.newswithviews.com/guest_opinion/guest247.htm

Boy accused of sexually harassing teacher

 

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) – A Virginia Beach middle schooler was suspended for sexually harassing his teacher, but the boy and his mother claim the school has twisted an innocent compliment into something “sick.”

For months 10 On Your Side has reported on controversial discipline cases inside the Virginia Beach City Public School System – and this is one of them. It’s all about a compliment the school system claims went too far, and a student’s family who claims the school system went too far.

“I said, ‘you look nice today, Ms. ******.’ That’s all I said, and I said it just like that,” said a 7th grader, who met with WAVY.com, along with his mother, at a Virginia Beach park.

Both the mother and son do not want to identify themselves, and WAVY.com will not identify the teacher by name. We will mention that the teacher refused to comment on this case. We got that denial through the school system’s administrative office.

February 17 began this 7th grader’s nightmare at Princess Anne Middle School. His teacher apparently did not like his tone of voice and took him to another teacher.

“In front of another teacher … she said ‘now what did you say again to me?’ I said again, ‘you look nice today, Ms. ******.’”

He and the teacher then returned to class together for three hours before the end of the day. The next day the student returned to school and received a two-day, out-of-school suspension notice. The listed reason: sexual harassment.

Boy accused of sexually harassing teacher

Medford Police: Woman Wanted for False Rape Report

 

http://www.boston.com/news/local/massachusetts/2014/05/05/medford-police-woman-wanted-for-false-rape-report/roi8OT4HQhMzsmjWBoFUbJ/story.html

 

 

Young mother ‘killed her baby to save her sex life’: German woman, 20, ‘cut son’s throat 30 minutes after he was born before going to a disco’

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2620196/Young-mother-killed-baby-save-sex-life-German-woman-20-cut-sons-throat-30-minutes-born-going-disco.html#ixzz311y0xjWI
Follow us: @MailOnline on Twitter | DailyMail on Facebook

 

http://theccf.ca/publications/familylawbook/

For several decades now, fathers have faced significant, widespread bias in family courts across Canada.  But as author Grant Brown shows in this free e-book, many of the popular prejudices behind this bias simply have no basis in law or fact. InIdeology And Dysfunction In Family Law – How Courts Disenfranchise Fathers, Brown shows us why dads are getting such a raw deal – and what can be done about it.

 

 

 

Grant Brown’s book on family law in Canada has finally been published