HK journalists faced ‘unprecedented’ assaults in protests

http://www.chinapost.com.tw/china/national-news/2015/07/13/440527/HK-journalists.htm

HONG KONG — Hong Kong’s journalists faced an “unprecedented” number of assaults last year as political tensions surged during a massive pro-democracy movement in the city, a press freedom watchdog said on Sunday.

A ruling by Beijing restricting how Hong Kong choose its next leader sent discontent surging in the southern Chinese city last year, sparking mass street rallies for more than two months.

More than 30 journalists were harassed or physically assaulted by either protesters or police during the demonstrations, the Hong Kong Journalists Association said in its annual report on press freedom in the city.

“It was a range of assaults from getting hit by water bottles to being punched and kicked. Some have got their cameras pushed down and dragged onto the floor,” the independent watchdog’s vice chairwoman Shirley Yam told AFP.

“In terms of physical assaults it was definitely a record (year).”

China ruled last summer that the public could vote for Hong Kong’s chief executive for the first time in 2017, but the move has been derided as “fake democracy” by the opposition as candidates must first be vetted by a pro-Beijing committee.

The bill enshrining that measure was voted down by pro-democracy lawmakers in Hong Kong’s legislature last month.

Hong Kong was a UK colony until it was handed back to China in 1997 and is ruled under a “one country, two systems” deal that allows it far greater civil liberties than those enjoyed on the Chinese mainland, including freedom of speech and the right to protest.

But there are fears that these liberties are fading with greater influence from Beijing.

Amnesty International said in November that Hong Kong police had used “unjustifiable force against protesters, bystanders and journalists” when authorities cleared another campaign site in Mongkok, which was also the scene of some of the most violent clashes of last year’s rallies.

Yam said few perpetrators were held accountable.

“There were cases that occurred during chaotic situations, and it has been difficult to get the people responsible to face the music,” she said.

British feminists formed a women’s equality party

http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2015/07/11/dont-laugh-but-british-feminists-have-formed-their-own-womens-equality-party/

Have you heard about the UK’s new feminist Women’s Equality Party? Well, you’re a Breitbart reader, so I’ll presume no. Allow me to darken your day.

The party was founded last week by a peculiar coalition of lesbian celebrities, feminist journalists and perennial malcontents in the British media. Its most enthusiastic welcome was in the ephemeral world of social media, where, if there’s any justice, the party will remain.

I hate to be disobliging about such an ostentatiously noble goal – freeing women from the appalling shackles of well-paid columns in national newspapers and cushy presenting gigs at our national broadcaster – but I had to suppress a giggle when I saw how utterly hopelessly the party approached even such trivial decisions as what hashtag to use on Twitter.

The party initially promoted itself with the tag #WE, for women’s equality. Alas, the ladies of the WEP had failed to notice that “we” is quite a common word in the English language, and that by selecting it as their moniker, they risked being drowned out by general conversation.

Time for a reboot! Next up was #WepUK. Let’s just say that after all that confusion, the final hashtag didn’t exactly set the digital world alight. Imagine it! A feminist political party getting social media wrong. A mean-spirited observer might ask what they could possibly hope to get right, if that was an indication of their general competence.

This column, of course, is more indulgent.

Yet it’s tough to be kind about the risible Women’s Equality Party, and not just because the idea of it is a laughable anachronism.

For instance: why on earth was BBC megabore Sandi Toksvig chosen as a figurehead?

T0ksvig, for those of you who don’t know, is a BBC heavyweight. (At least, that’s what set designers tell me.) She’s the epitome of  dull bien pensant BBC liberalism, mystifyingly omnipresent on comedy panel shows.

She likes to present herself as the unthreatening face of lesbian middle-class Middle England, but truthfully the only thing middling about her is her talent. Next to Toksvig, Michael McIntyre looks like Bill Hicks.

Is it just me, or is there something totally bizarre about a lesbian pontificating to the country about gender relations? It’s not like she’s got any skin in the game, is it?

I’d actually prefer it if the party were led by some rainbow haired she-twink from Tumblr. Sure, they’re completely bonkers and would probably have me up against the wall given the opportunity, but I have to grudgingly acknowledge the purity of their rabid hatred.

I don’t mind ideologues; I can’t stand bores.

Sandi Toksvig’s feminism is stultifyingly dreary: pearl-clutching, mumsy, blue-rinse lesbianic feminism that has as much to offer the average woman as her frequent QI host Stephen Fry has to offer the average bloke. What can I say but… Zzzzzzzzzzz!

Toksvig’s idea of fun is an evening of Scrabble, knitting and feeding the cat, and this dull-as-ditchwater elite liberalism is what’s wrong with the Women’s Equality Party and is why it will fail to inspire ordinary women.

That, and the fact that women everywhere are abandoning feminism in their millions: in just two years,  the number of American women who identify as feminist has collapsed from 28 per cent to 18 per cent in response to the outlandish irrelevances of the modern feminist movement.

But there’s something even more offensive about this new party. It’s 2015! Who in their right mind thinks a Women’s Equality Party is needed in Britain today? Anyone at all, outside the M25? If anything, it’s men and boys who need some political support.

It reminds you of the trades unions of the 1970s, says my colleague Allum Bokhari. Having won their most important fights decades before, the movement had nothing to do but push for greater and greater privileges, all the while advancing a rhetoric of victimhood that was entirely out of step with reality.

Eventually, the public’s patience ran out, and we had the 1980s.

I did say I was going to darken your day, but remember: it’s always darkest just before dawn.

The Women’s Equality Party. What larks!

Suspect charged in Canada for plotting ‘IS-inspired attacks’

http://www.timesofisrael.com/suspect-charged-in-canada-for-plotting-is-inspired-attacks/

A man was arrested and charged in British Columbia Friday after allegedly posting material supporting the Islamic State group and calling for killings in the name of “jihad,” officials said.

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police said 33-year-old Othman Ayed Hamdan of Fort St. John, about 1,200 kilometers (745 miles) north of Vancouver, was charged on three counts.

He is accused of counseling to commit murder, counseling to assault causing bodily harm and counseling to commit aggravated assault — all “for the benefit of a terrorist group,” according to an RCMP statement.

“Hamdan was involved in posting pro-Islamic State (IS) propaganda online which included inducement and instructions to commit murder in the name of jihad,” the statement said.

Hamdan, who has been under investigation since October 2014, is in custody and is expected to appear in court shortly.

The RCMP said “a number of items” were seized from his residence.

“We were able to arrest this individual and disrupt his efforts to harm citizens across the country,” said RCMP Superintendent Dan Bond, an assistant criminal operations officer for national security.

Canadian lawmakers passed new anti-terror measures this year, in response to attacks on Canadian soil last October, when a gunman shot dead a ceremonial guard and then stormed parliament, and a soldier was run over and killed in rural Quebec.

The toughened stance has drawn criticism from those who say it violates civil rights and say the law is too broad and lacks oversight.

Officials defended the measure Friday after Hamdan’s arrest, and said that the government would remain vigilant.

“It is clear that the terrorism threat is real. The international jihadist movement has declared war on Canada,” said Public Safety Minister Steven Blaney.

“That is why our government passed the anti-terrorism act… which enhances the ability of our police officers to detain suspected terrorists before they can harm Canadians.”

The law criminalizes the promotion of terrorism, makes it easier for police to arrest and detain individuals without charge and expands the Canadian Security Intelligence Service’s mandate from intelligence-collection to actively thwarting terror plots and spying outside Canada.

Kosovo cuts water to tens of thousands of people in Pristina over Islamic State plot to poison reservoir

http://www.jihadwatch.org/2015/07/kosovo-cuts-water-to-tens-of-thousands-of-people-in-pristina-over-islamic-state-plot-to-poison-reservoir

The jihad threat to the water supply is real. And as far back as 2002, the feds arrested two jihadis who were carrying plans about how to poison water supplies. In 2003, al-Qaeda threatened to poison water supplies in Western countries. In 2011, a jihadi in Spain likewise planned to poison water supplies.

And in May 2013, seven Muslim “chemical engineers” were caught trespassing at the Quabbin Reservoir, a key supply of water for Boston, after midnight. Only months later and indirectly did we hear that it was a “criminal matter.” That same month, jihadists were caught in Canada who hadconsidered poisoning air and water to murder up to 100,000 people.

“Kosovo cuts Pristina water supply over alleged Isis plot to poison reservoir,” Guardian, July 11, 2015 (thanks to Anne Crockett):

Kosovo authorities say they have cut off the water supply to tens of thousands of people in the capital after police arrested five suspects linked to Islamic State who were allegedly planning to poison a reservoir.

Pristina’s water authority said the water supply was shut off early on Saturday “because of security issues” and that samples were being tested for suspicious substances.

Police say officers patrolling the Badovac reservoir saw three of the men, whose identities have not been revealed, behaving suspiciously. The reservoir supplies almost half of Pristina, a city of more than 200,000 people. Another two suspects were arrested elsewhere in Kosovo….

A police source, who spoke on condition of anonymity, told Reuters that two of the suspects had been arrested last year on suspicion of traveling to Syria.

Police have been on alert in recent weeks after Kosovo-born volunteers appeared on Isis propaganda videos warning of imminent attacks against targets including water supplies.

Security officials say more than 200 people from Kosovo have gone to fight in Syria and Iraq, and more than 30 are believed to have been killed. There are concerns over the potential threat posed by those who return.

#Blacklivesmatter #Blackspring Four Dead, Eight Shot In Baltimore City This Weekend.

http://www.wbal.com/article/117026/2/four-dead-eight-shot-in-baltimore-city-this-weekend

It has been a  deadly weekend on the streets of Baltimore City, with police investigating four  homicides and at least eight shootings.

The latest homicide was reported just before 7 a.m. today.

Police arrived to the 2100-block of East Eager Street, where they found a man and a woman who had been shot.

The man, who was 33-years-old was pronounced dead at the scene, while the woman, who is 35-years-old is hospitalized in critical condition.

Police are also investigating the shooting death of a 29-year-old man, who was killed earlier in the morning.

The shooting took place at around 2:30 a.m. in the 1800-block of East Federal Street.  The victim was taken to the hospital, where he died.

The victim had been shot several times in the back.

Another homicide was  reported just before 10 p.m. Saturday.

Police responded to the 4300-block of East Wabash Avenue, where they found an 18-year-old man shot several times.  That victim later died at the hospital.

Early Saturday morning, a 40-year-old man was found with multiple gunshot wounds  in the 1800 block of North Durham Street. He was taken to a hospital, where he died.

Anyone with information about  any one of these killings is asked to call police at 410-396-2100.

Police also reported three shootings early Sunday morning.

Police say a 30-year-old man walked into the University of Maryland Medical Center for treatment of a gunshot wound to the leg.

Police later determined the shooting occurred near the hospital in the 200-block of North Greene Street.

Central District Detectives are seeking information in the case, and ask anyone with information to call 410-396-2411.

Another shooting occurred at around 2 a.m., when a 17-year-old boy who had been shot in the leg walked into a hospital emergency room.

Police alter determined the shooting occurred in the 4900-block of Park Heights Avenue.

Another shooting occurred in the 2300-block of Aiken Street at around 12:40 a.m., where police say a 37 year old man had been shot in the abdomen.

There are five shootings on Saturday.

At around 8:30 p.m., police responded to the 2600-block of Boone Street, where officers found a 39-year-old man who was shot in the head.  He is hospitalized in critical condition.

Police ask anyone with information on this shooting to call  Northern District Detectives at 410-396-2455.

Police are also investigating a shooting that occurred about two hours earlier in South Baltimore.

Police say a 22-year-old man walked into a hospital emergency room suffering from multiple gunshot wounds to the back and arm.

The shooting took place in the 4100-block of Hayden Court.

Anyone with information on this shooting should call Southern District Detectives at 410-396-2499.

Police are also investigating a shooting that took place at around 3:20 Saturday afternoon in the 300-block of Wylie Avenue.

Officers arriving on the scene found a 26-year-old man suffering from multiple gunshot wounds.

The victim is hospitalized in stable condition.

Northern District Detectives are investigating and ask anyone with information to call 410-396-2455

A 48-year-old woman was shot in the chest around 1:15 a.m. in the 300 block of Franklintown Road. She was taken to a hospital, where she was listed as stable. Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to call police at 410-396-2488.

A 25-year-old man was shot in the shoulder around 1:50 a.m. in the 200 block of Conkling Street. He was taken to a hospital, where he was listed as stable. Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to call police at 410-396-2422.

The names of the victims were not released.

Baltimore City Police also say two men shot on Friday have died.

Police say 19-year-old Darrius Johnson died of his injuries Saturday.

He was shot on Friday afternoon.

The shooting occurred in the 5100-block of Park Heights Avenue.

Police also say 22-year-old Tyrell Hardy dies Saturday from gunshot wounds he suffered early Friday morning.

That shooting occurred in the 1200-block of North Woodington Road.

fase rape accuser: Latiqwa Mayes

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Vengeance was hers, but she picked a bad way to seek retribution. Latiqwa Mayes, 20, was infuriated because the judge didn’t impose a stricter sentence on Donald Robinson for breaking into her boarding house and assaulting her friend.

On Sept. 2, 2013, she spotted Robinson walking down the street  in Baltimore, Maryland, and yelled, “He raped me. He’s a sex offender.”

Like any father would, when her dad Willie Mayes heard her, he rushed over along with a group of teenagers playing basketball  in hearing distance and held Robinson down.

http://rollingout.com/shame-on-you/baltimore-girl-falsely-accuses-rape/

Hillary Clinton treats volunteers like trafficked sex slaves

http://newsmachete.com/?news=749

Do you ever read those stories about women who are secretly brought into the country and then forced to be sex slaves? The stories all read the same, how they are kept in dingy apartments that are little more than dungeons, where they are forced to prostitute themselves.

Well, a similar story is playing out with Hillary Clinton volunteers, who are forced to prostitute themselves out of similarly disreputable quarters.

When Jesse Lehrich heard he might have a chance to work on Hillary Rodham Clinton’s presidential campaign, he did what most young staffers did. He moved to New York as an unpaid volunteer… Eventually, he found a room in an East Village apartment just above the glowing red silhouette of a rooster that marks the famed gay bar the Cock.

Sidebar: Why is it that only gay bars have such sexual names? Why don’t normal bars have such names? Do you ever see heterosexuals say, “Let’s go and get stoned at the Testicle!” or “Why don’t we wet our whistle at the Prostate?”

Mr. Lehrich has three roommates and his room does not have windows… at $1,700 a month

So Mr. Lehrich is living in a small, windowless room and has to endure not only the noise but also the seismic level vibrations from the bawdy bar underneath him. Isn’t this the same story we read about girls forced to live in dungeons to serve as prostitutes? The only difference is that sex slaves prostitute themselves for their pimps, while Mr. Lehrich is prostituting himself for Hillary Clinton.

With all her millions, why doesn’t Hillary Clinton pay for housing for her volunteers?

Mrs. Clinton’s campaign prides itself on living on the cheap and keeping salaries low, which is good for its own bottom line

I’m sure. I thought Mrs. Clinton wanted to reduce the gap between rich and poor, not exacerbate it.

Adrienne Elrod, 39, a campaign spokeswoman… [says] If she stretches her arms far enough in her tidy studio in “the dorm,” she can almost touch the foot of her bed and her kitchen countertop at the same time.

Elrod is a nimrod, to let herself be exploited like that. Hillar y Clinton is worth hundreds of millions of dollars, she could afford to pay every volunteer a salary, or at least pay for their housing. Does anyone else see the irony in a class warrior like Clinton excoriating “the rich” while she exploits these naive lib-bots?

Has Ellen Pao castrated the feminist movement?

http://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2015/07/has_ellen_pao_castrated_the_feminist_movement.html

Ellen Pao has dealt a decided blow to the feminist movement, in an unintentionally self-inflicted way.  Pao, a former senior employee of the venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins, sued, claiming gender discrimination after she (like most other employees) was passed over for partnership.  She lost her lawsuit, in part because the trial revealed she had actually benefited from favoritism and that despite her busy work schedule, she still found the time to have an adulterous relationship with another married partner.

After losing the case, instead of being disgraced, she was held up as a feminist icon.  You could not turn to the homepage of the Washington Post or the Huffington Post for weeks without seeing her confused, owlish-looking face with thick glasses making wise pronouncements on issues of the day, including the belief that women aren’t strong enough to negotiate their own salaries.

And now Pao has just been forced out as the CEO of the popular message board website Reddit.  Chairman Pao, as she is sometimes called, got into trouble when she fired a popular female employee without explanation.  So the feminist icon was forced out because she mistreated another woman.

So what has Pao done for the feminist cause?

1) She has let the nation know that many so-called “gender discrimination” lawsuits are actually without merit, and are just tools used by some women to extort money from their former employers.

2) She was held up as a business leader who could succeed, if not for gender discrimination, and now she has been shown to be a complete failure.

3) She has been exposed as a hypocrite, a symbol of oppressed women who herself oppresses women.

4) She has made employers think twice about hiring women because of the fear that some of them might turn out to be litigious extortionists like her.

With feminist heroes like these, do you think they need enemies?

Read more: http://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2015/07/has_ellen_pao_castrated_the_feminist_movement.html#ixzz3feMH9bIM
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Why Do Drunk Sluts Get Drunk?

http://theothermccain.com/2015/07/11/why-do-drunk-sluts-get-drunk/

 

“Campus sexual assault is an all-hands-on-deck epidemic in America.”
Rep. Nancy Pelosi, July 7, 2015

Pardon the deliberately provocative clickbait headline, but the campus “rape culture” discourse keeps avoiding this issue. There is an obvious connection between (a) claims that sexual assault is an “epidemic” among college and university students; (b) the phenomenon of binge drinking among students, most of whom are below the legal drinking age; and (c) the adamant insistence of feminists that it is “slut-shaming” and “victim blaming” to suggest how (a) and (b) are most likely related.

A blog post is probably not an appropriate forum to conduct a psychology seminar, but anyone familiar with the research knows how promiscuity correlates with low self-esteem, and how alcohol abuse correlates with depression. It is not necessary to consult the work of academic experts, however, to know that drunks commonly wake up with hangovers and feelings of profound remorse for the irresponsible behavior they engaged in during their night of extreme inebriation.

“The plural of ‘anecdote’ is data,” as they say. There is a negative feedback loop of low self-esteem, drunkenness, impulsive behavior, shame and depression involved in the typical downward spiral of the alcoholic’s life. Getting the drunk to sober up and stay sober is usually just the beginning of recovery, because there are always unresolved emotional issues related to this pattern of irresponsible behavior.

What does it tell us, then, when we repeatedly see stories about alleged “sexual assault” which, when subjected to close scrutiny, turn out to be variations on the same familiar tale of youthful misadventure? Two drunk teenagers hooked up, then the female drunk teenager claimed (often months after the incident) that she was raped by the male drunk teenager? This is actually becoming part of the “consent” message:

Jake was drunk. Josie was drunk.
Jake and Josie hooked up.
Josie could NOT consent.
The next day Jake was charged with rape.
A woman who is intoxicated cannot give her legal consent to sex, so proceeding under these circumstances is a crime.
It only takes a single day to ruin your life.
Think about it! Be responsible.

Are you kidding me? While we may say it is always “irresponsible” to get drunk and have sex, this is something college kids do quite routinely. When two people are both in “these circumstances,” how can anyone fairly assert that the male is guilty of a felony, while a drunken hookup makes the female a helpless victim? How does such a claim — that males bear 100% responsibility in heterosexual encounters, and that females never bear any responsibility — comport with the idea that feminism is about men and women being equal? Am I the only one who sees how “social justice” in this context becomes the exact opposite of justice?

 

[University of Minnesota student body president Joelle] Stangler describes yes means yes policies as “common practice.” But these policies are anything but common practice. People don’t have sex by asking “May I kiss you?” “May I touch you here?” etc. . . .
Really, anything the accuser decides later they didn’t like can become grounds for an accusation. And if the accuser was drinking, consent is automatically negated, even if the accused had been drinking as well (and would presumably therefore be unable to consent). The policy shifts the burden of proof onto the accused, meaning they have to prove a crime didn’t happen, which, short of a video recording, is impossible in a he said/she said situation.

Under “these circumstances” — where radical feminists are demanding the implementation of policies that have the effect of criminalizing heterosexuality on campus and denying male students their basic civil rights — every college boy who hooks up with a college girl should be advised to seek psychiatric treatment immediately, because any guy who has sex on campus in 2015 must obviously be crazy.

 

Any attempt to discuss the “affirmative consent” agenda, especially in the context of due-process rights and the climate of anti-male hysteria feminists have created on campus, results in skeptics being branded “rape apologists.” Shrugging off this slander is easy enough for an adult — what do I care what a left-wing Minnesota college kid thinks of me? — but what we must take seriously is how this rhetoric functions as a terroristic intimidation tactic that silences dissent on campus. Ms. Stangler’s student government produced a 20-page report entitled “Guys Don’t Get Consent” (PDF) which made no mention of false accusations and said nothing at all about the psychological factors involved in binge drinking and sexual promiscuity among college-age females. Instead, the UM report blamed “masculinity” and asserted (based on a survey of about 60 male students and focus groups with 18 of those) that male students at the university are all clueless creeps:

“Telling guys to ‘stop at no’ is useless. They already know that no means no. What they don’t know is that not-yes also means no. The idea of affirmative consent is foreign.”

Feminist crusaders like Ms. Stangler seem to believe new laws and mandatory lectures about “affirmative consent” are the solution, but parents of male college students can implement a far more effective solution: Tell your sons to avoid female students, period.

When your sons return to campus this fall, they will enter a climate where all male students are viewed as rape suspects, where new federal policiesencourage rape accusations, where accusations are treated as tantamount to proof of guilt, and where university officials are under heavy pressure from the Obama administration to increase the number of punitive procedures against male students. Any heterosexual activity on campus poses a grave risk for male students in this climate of frenzied hysteria, where feminists are hunting for rapists with more fanatical zeal than 17th-century Puritans hunted witches in Salem.

Responsible parents must sternly warn their sons going off to college not only to avoid sex with female students, but also never to speak to any woman on campus. The feminist campaign against masculinity, as evidenced in the University of Minnesota report, will have the effect of producing accusations of “harassment” against male students who attempt to flirt with female students, or who say or do anything that any female student may find offensive.

What do feminists find offensive? Men having sex with women.

 

“That consent rather than nonmutuality is the line between rape and intercourse further exposes the inequality in normal social expectations. . . . If sex is ordinarily accepted as something men do to women, the better question would be whether consent is a meaningful concept. . . .
“Sexuality, then, is a form of power. . . Women and men are divided by gender, made into the sexes as we know them, by the social requirements of heterosexuality, which institutionalizes male sexual dominance and female sexual submission.”
Catharine MacKinnon, “Feminism, Marxism, Method, and the State: An Agenda for Theory” (1982)

The Feminist-Industrial Complex of Women’s Studies programs on the 21st-century campus teaches female students to hate and fear men. Before parents send a son off to college, they should advise him to expect that he will be viewed with contempt and suspicion by every female on campus. No matter how handsome he is or how popular he was in high school, your son would be a fool to presume that any female college student might ever find him attractive. Your son’s confidence in his judgment, based on his previous romantic successes, could be the hubristhat precedes nemesis in so many campus tragedies.

If anyone thinks I am exaggerating the dangers facing male college students, let them consider what happened to Paul Nungesser, what happened to Daniel Kopin, and what happened to Joshua Strange. Or consider the cases discussed by Professor K.C. Johnson at Minding the Campus. Over and over, we have seen these stories of male students who had no idea that they had encountered nemesis in the form of a female student whose emotional problems would result in accusations of sexual assault. Nor did these male students realize that such an accusation — often many weeks or months after the incident — would put them into the Kafkaesque nightmare of campus disciplinary tribunals where an accused student has none of the civil rights afforded to any common criminal in a court of law. Feminists have a cynical contempt for truth and no regard at all for the rights of innocent men destroyed by such false accusations. This dishonest campaign of deliberate cruelty is making more and more males casualties “in the Obama administration’s war on men,” as James Taranto of the Wall Street Journal said.

Promiscuity is rampant among female college students, many of whom are infected with sexually transmitted diseases. Wesleyan University’s Ella Dawson is infected with herpes, which is incurable, and a footnote on page 7 of Paul Nungesser’s lawsuit mentions that his accuser Emma Sulkowicz was reportedly treated for chlamydia. “According to Stanford University’s Sexual Health Peer Resource Center, 1 in 4 college students have an STD,” Dr. Laura Berman reports, and parents must warn their sons against this danger. Even if he were willing to accept such a grave risk to his health, however, the male student must be warned that many females on campus are psychologically disturbed.

Joelle Stengler reports that 25 percent of University of Minnesota students have mental health problems, and college-age women are particularly prone to these disorders. The student newspaper at the University of Michigan profiled a mentally ill female student they called “Maria” who has been twice arrested for assaulting police officers while in drunken blackouts. Maria is being treated with four different drugs:

The Klonopin treats her anxiety. The Lomictal and Seroquel act as mood stabilizers. The Vyvanse helps her focus. . . .
Over the last decade, it has become more and more common for college-aged women to be on the types of medication that Maria takes. The chance of a major depressive episode in 18 to 29-year-olds is three times higher than in individuals 60 years or older, according to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders.
Most of these episodes occur in females. A quarter of American women take a drug for a mental health disorder, compared to 15 percent of men. The ratio of women to men on anti-anxiety meds is 2 to 1.

Whereas emotionally unbalanced young women were once institutionalized in psychiatric wards, now they are on university campuses and, like Maria at Michigan, many mentally ill female students “self-medicate” with alcohol. How can any male student know whether the girl he hooks up with at a college party — drinking, dancing, seemingly eager to be his sexual partner — is among the 1-in-4 with mental health problems? Wouldn’t he be safer if he operated with the assumption that every girl at the party is a psychiatric basket case, a deranged crazy-bomb just waiting to explode?