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She notes that nearly 60 percent of college students are female, but that most studies don't ask graduating seniors why they are making the choices they do. Kleinfeld chose to focus her interviews on Alaska students because Alaska has one of the highest college-attendance gender gaps in the nation.
Through her interviews, she found several reasons why boys are less apt to go to college. Some mistakenly thought they could earn high wages right away without a college education, deciding they would rather get paid for working than pay for college. Some had limited knowledge of the job market and little concept of how much it costs to live a middle-class lifestyle. Many simply disliked school and didn't want more of it.
The young pledge said she was told the beatings would "humble" her, that each flesh-rending strike with a wooden paddle would build love and trust between sorority sisters.
It wasn't hazing, she said they told her. The women of Sigma Gamma Rho at Rutgers University didn't condone hazing.
For seven nights the beatings went on, she said. In all, she was struck 201 times. On the eighth day -- unable to sit, her buttocks covered with blood clots and welts -- she went to the hospital. Then she reported it to the university.
Nearly 80 percent of the jobs lost since December 2007, in fields like construction and manufacturing, were held by men. Thus, to respond to actual economic needs, the Obama stimulus plan would have skewed toward male-dominated industries. But feminist advocacy groups in Washington hijacked the stimulus, getting the administration to add funding to boost employment in (still-growing) fields dominated by women, like health care, education, and social services. Four months after the stimulus bill's passage, the lion's share of funding is not addressing America's real unemployment challenges.
Four women--all mothers but one--were ordered held without bail Monday on charges of armed robbery and murder in Wilson's death. Authorities said his death stemmed from a drunken fight over a cigarette at about 2 a.m. Sunday.
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"In a perverse and trashy sort of way, however, Snapped is a feminist program. It's payback time for all the male serial rapist-murderers who have committed violent acts against women over the years. Its stories add up to a crude evening out of the murder score with men. Snapped makes it almost refreshing to see women stand up and be murderers."
Most people either love or hate the iPhone's touch screen, and based on a report on the LA Times, women with long fingernails are among the haters. Why? Well, since the iPhone's touchscreen only responds to electrical charges emitted by your bare fingertips, women with long nails are left out in the cold. A woman interviewed for the article went so far as to suggest Apple was being misogynistic because it did not include a stylus for women and didn't consider womens' fingers and nails when designing the phone.
Atwell's thesis isn't that women are the only people abused by the system. She doesn't argue that gender is the major obstacle a woman on trial for her life must overcome. But it is an added burden, Atwell says.
"PROFESSOR Mark Wooden this week learned how shocking it is to tell people the surest way to earn more is to work harder.
Actually, that's not shocking at all, is it? Common sense, really. Refreshing.
But not if you're a certain kind of professional complainer. Then you gasp at the crass rudeness of blockheads such as Wooden. Literally gasp.
To illustrate, here's a report this week from news.com.au: "(The) pay equity gap between men and women in Australia will not close until women are prepared to work longer hours, an academic says.
"Social researcher for the University of Melbourne Mark Wooden said men were earning on average 15 per cent more than women because they put in more time at the workplace."
Quite true, of course, but read on: "The only male taking part in a National Press Club panel discussion about the pay equity gap, Prof Wooden's remarks drew gasps from the mostly female audience."
Gasps? Here were professional women being told of a link between hours and pay, and gasping?
I refuse to believe all these women, including ones as successful and seemingly bright as Minister for the Status of Women Tanya Plibersek, are actually so dumb as to not know that Wooden is actually right.
After all, we have laws banning people from being paid less just because they are women, and I know of not a single job where the pay for the sexes is different.
Do you? Nor can I imagine bosses paying less than market rates for workers in this tight market just because they are women.
And, indeed, Wooden wasn't sucking his opinion out of his trotter.
Nault accepted a guilty plea from Katherine M. Clifton, accused of making false statements to a public servant.
Those statements led to the rape charge last summer against the professor who subsequently spent nine days in jail and was placed on leave from his job.
Clifton declined to comment at the hearing but filed a detailed statement saying that she had been sexually abused by her grandfather, who was convicted of rape of a child in 1994.
"In order to understand why, I have to explain what has happened to me in my past that has forever affected me," she wrote.
Clifton, who now lives in Ellensburg, was sentenced to serve 365 days in jail, with 357 days suspended, and to pay a $5,000 fine, with $4,750 suspended, plus other conditions that include probation and community service. Nault also ordered her to pay the professor's attorney fees.
"In hindsight, what was presented to us was an allegation of a violent rape," said Ian Goodhew, deputy chief of staff. "That doesn't mean the investigation stopped."
Clifton was "an extremely articulate and credible victim," said Sgt. John Urquhart, Sheriff's Office spokesman. "There was no reason to suspect she wasn't telling the truth."
On July 10, detectives contacted the professor, who denied all the charges and said he'd never seen Clifton off the school campus. He acknowledged exchanging e-mails with her but said the ones she provided to police had been altered.
The professor was charged with first-degree rape and burglary on July 12. The Prosecutor's Office asked for $500,000 bail, describing the professor as "an extreme threat to the victim and the community."
But as detectives continued working, it became clear that the text in the e-mails had been changed. None of the professor's fingerprints were found at Clifton's house. A sexual-assault examination found no evidence of rape.
The detective also checked on a supposed court order shown by Clifton to people at the college that seemed to bear the heading "In the Superior Court of Washington State for King County" and apparently ordered her not to talk about the professor.
But the judge's signature was illegible and the case number didn't match any King County filings.
On July 25, Clifton told detectives she had forged a judge's signature and made up a legal document on her computer.
On July 26 the charges were dismissed, and a day later Clifton was charged with making false statements to a public servant.
Clifton's attorney, Kelly Faoro, said her client has "extremely deep remorse" for the false statements and realizes that "none of this makes it any better" for the professor.
The professor now has his job back, but said in court documents that the experience would stay with him.
"Even though I did absolutely nothing wrong ... my rape and burglary with sexual-motivation charges, albeit false, will remain in the court records forever," he swore in one filing.
King County Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Shelby Smith said Clifton's actions will also "harm the community of sexual-assault victims," who will find their cases more difficult to pursue.
"Other victims will be treated with more scrutiny," she said.
Police at Clemson University took the complaint so seriously that students at the school were alerted that a sexual assault had taken place on campus. Now, they have learned that the student lied about the rape and that raises even more concerns for everyone.
Eighteen year old sophomore Krutika Mediwala was arrested Thursday and charged with filing a false police report. Back in January she told police two guys knocked her down and assaulted her from behind in a dark parking lot on campus. . But according to the police, her story did not add up and she was arrested for the lie.
When it was Sherri VanOost's time Tuesday to give a packed courtroom some explanation about what happened the day she plowed her SUV into the rear of another vehicle, killing an 11-year-old girl, all she could do was repeat "I'm sorry."
If precedent is an indication, prosecutors may face an additional challenge should they opt to seek the death penalty against Michele Kristen Anderson, 29, charged in the killing of six of her relatives near Carnation Christmas Eve:
No woman has been sentenced to die in Washington state. Of the 3,300 inmates on death row in the U.S. in the last complete count, only 49 were women -- less than 1.5 percent.