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A fairly well balanced article on International Men's Day:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/men/thinking-man/10456888/Do-we-really-need-an-International-Mens-Day.html

Excerpt:

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We know that men in the UK are still dying four years sooner than women, on average; that 12 men each day take their own lives; that 90% of rough sleepers are men; that 95% of the prison population is male; that seven out of ten murder victims are male; that girls are outperforming boys at every stage of education; that women are a third more likely to go to university than men; that young men account for 70% of long-term youth unemployment; that male graduates are 50% more likely to be unemployed; that men in their twenties are earning less than their female peers; that 96% of people who die at work are male and that men accounted for 84% of suicides linked to the recession.

If women and girls were experiencing any one of those problems at the rate that men and boys are, it would be grounds for an international day in its own right - so why are we so indifferent to the various problems that are more likely to impact the male half of the population?
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Today I doing some shopping at the local Safeway, when I happened to stroll down the cereal aisle.  I couldn't help but notice that most of the characters, human or animal, on the cereal boxes, were male.  Well, one in particular - Cocoa Pebbles - gave me concern.  Just look at the box cover:

http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5347/8847923775_86a7504fe3_z.jpg

In this image, Bam Bam is striking a bowl of Cocoa Pebbles with a small club, creating quite a mess, while Pebbles looks on and smiles approvingly.  This is clearly a case of Bam Bam asserting his hegemonic masculinity over Pebbles, while she is apparently complicit in her subjugation, both present and future, to Bam Bam.  Even the aggressive smile on Bam Bam's face seems to reinforce his glee at his brutal expression of male dominance.  This is obviously one of the many ways in which The Patriarchy seeks to brainwash young children through the consumption of cereals such as this into accepting stereotypical gender roles in which women and girls are subjugated to men.

And the other cereal boxes weren't much better.  From Cap'n Crunch to the Trix rabbit, one mostly sees expressions of male dominance and female characters are either nowhere to be seen, or mere accessories to the male characters.

Clearly this outrage must be stopped!  We must contact the advertisers behind the companies that produce these sexist cereal boxes and demand that they portray an equal number of empowered women and girls.  Only then can children learn a more fair and balanced portrayal of female characters, and rise up against the male oppression that expresses itself everywhere, even on cereal boxes.

[Note: I was inspired to write this piece of satire by an earlier posting about an actual feminist that made a similar observation about cereal boxes.  I just had to write it down while the idea was still fresh.]
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A few years ago over at Wikipedia some feminist wanted to delete the entry for "misandry", and the discussion can be found in the "Talk" section.  Here are a couple of excerpts from that Talk page (Note: It's so absurd you may not be able to stop laughing for a few minutes):

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"Wimmin are incapable of hatred. Misandry is an artificial construct of the Patriarchy created because they hate it when feminists assert them..."

"Misandry is just an artificial construct of the Patriarchy created because they hate it when feminists assert themselves and try to deconstruct the..."


Here's the link:

http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Wikipedia:Articles_for_deletion/Misandry&action=history

Perhaps I shouldn't have laughed so hard as obviously the crazy feminist was serious in her comment, and unaware of how Orwellian it was.
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This is an incident that occurred on a greenbelt trail in the Denver suburb of Wheat Ridge about a month ago.  It was reported as a man stabbing a woman and her toddler child, and there was a manhunt for the man.  I almost didn't see this follow up to this story in which it turned out that the woman allegedly stabbed herself and her child and blamed the man.  This was during the major flooding in Colorado that week, so this new story slipped under my radar until now.

http://www.ourcoloradonews.com/wheatridge/news/police-arrest-woman-accused-of-stabbing-child/article_d8e83664-1cc0-11e3-bdcb-0019bb2963f4.html


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Police arrest woman accused of stabbing child

The investigation into last month's Wheat Ridge Greenbelt-area double-stabbing took a bizarre twist last week after police arrested the woman who was once thought to be a victim in the case - no accused of trying to pin the attack of her and her child on a man who she claims raped her years ago.
 
Stephany Harwood, 21, of Lakewood was arrested last week, and was being held at the Jefferson County jail on a felony charge of child abuse resulting in serious bodily injury. She was given a $100,000 bond.

Police believe that Harwood was the one who stabbed herself and her toddler son on a walking trail on Aug. 22. Harwood then allegedly concocted a story to try to place the blame on Marvin Gean Wilson - a man with a lengthy criminal history and whom Harwood claims she has known since she was a girl.

Harwood told police that Wilson attacked her and her son as they were walking along a Greenbelt trail near 48th Avenue and Otis Street.

But police aren't buying her story.

Detectives suspect several inconsistencies with Harwood's account, which is detailed in a 15-page arrest warrant affidavit. And police find it troubling that Harwood allegedly told a neighbor prior to the Greenbelt incident that she recently had a dream about being assaulted by Wilson and that she had a "weird feeling in her stomach" that he was back in the area - the day before the stabbing occurred, according to the affidavit.

Harwood was arrested Sept. 13 on a felony charge of child abuse resulting in serious bodily injury and is being held on a $100,000 cash-only bond at the Jefferson County jail. She made her first court appearance on Sept. 16.

Police had become suspicious of Harwood's story even prior to them interviewing her the day after the incident.

Detectives were troubled by the number of times that Harwood and her family have filed police reports against Wilson over the years. The first one was a 2007 case, where Harwood helped authorities in an investigation into a sexual assault case that allegedly took place two years prior. Harwood also claimed to have been sexually assaulted by Wilson in Park County that same year, but that case was never prosecuted.

In four other reports of incidents involving Wilson that were brought forth by either Harwood or her family from 2008 through 2010, police say that "no evidence was located to believe that Wilson had been involved in any of the incidents, and investigating officers were suspicious of the events occurring as reported," according to the affidavit.

The day after the Greenbelt stabbings, police met with a neighbor whom Harwood spoke with the day before she reported being attacked by Wilson. The neighbor told police that Harwood told her that she had a dream about Wilson stabbing her the night before, and that Harwood told her that she "gets a weird feeling in her stomach when the guy that raped her comes around."

Harwood told police in an interview later that day that she first met Wilson when she about 15 years old, at time when he was involved in a relationship with her nephew's mother.

She told police that she knew it was Wilson who had attacked her on the Greenbelt, because she had "'looked him in the eyes,'" according to the affidavit.

"I was raped by him when I was 15 years old and I've never (forgotten) that face," she told detectives.

Prior to the Greenbelt incident, she told police that she had last seen Wilson three years ago, during an incident where she claimed that he used a knife to cut the side of her face and threatened to harm her son. She said that Wilson "has always stalked her" and he's wanted her dead ever since she cooperated in the case against him several years ago.

"I guess I was honestly done but I guess I was wrong because he got my son this time," she said, according to the affidavit.

But detectives told Harwood that her story "doesn't add up," and that "it is unusual" for someone to have a dream about being assaulted, feel an attack coming on and then have it actually occur.

Police were also confused after Harwood had them that Wilson had threatened her son three years ago, at a time when it was "not humanly possible" for her to have yet been pregnant with her son.

After telling Harwood that she needed to start telling the truth, she asked for a lawyer.

Police also interviewed Harwood's boyfriend, who told them that Harwood "seems like a decent person, but she may have some mental issues," according to the affidavit.

As for Wilson's whereabouts, police haven't been able to locate him. The FBI made contact with Wilson's brother in Florida, who told the agency that Wilson may now be living in Mexico.


The accused man is apparently a criminal and it's unclear whether her allegation against him raping her as a teenager is true or not, so the story is rather complex.  However, I thought I'd post this here.

Here is the original story that many saw a month ago in which it appeared that the man stabbed the woman and child.  It was rather upsetting and demoralizing at the time (and the whole weird story still is):

http://denver.cbslocal.com/2013/08/22/police-investigate-double-stabbing-at-trailhead-in-wheat-ridge/

BTW, the other story I posted about the woman allegedly killed by her lesbian roommate and buried in the mountains also took place in Wheat Ridge.  What is going on there?
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I was looking at vintage ads for Life magazine, and found a sexist ad ... against men that is:

http://www.pinterest.com/pin/119134352613887218/

Life Magazine, September 1956. Ad for Arrow Shirts. "A woman's most important accessory is a well dressed man."

Feminists have put up lists of vintage "sexist" ads against women, and a few of them may be, but it seems to be cherry picking from the vast majority that weren't or that even portrayed women (and men) in a positive light.
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Crazy woman:

http://www.thedenverchannel.com/news/local-news/ex-deputy-cleared-in-sexual-contact-complaint-in-montezuma-county


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Ex-deputy cleared in sexual contact complaint in Montezuma County
Darrin Harper fired last month

Posted: 09/07/2013
Last Updated: 34 minutes ago

A former Montezuma County sheriff's deputy accused of inappropriately touching a female suspect has been cleared of any wrongdoing after an investigation.

The Cortez Journal reports that prosecutors and the sheriff's office both conducted an investigation and determined no charges were warranted against former deputy Darrin Harper.

A 52-year-old woman had alleged in a January complaint that Harper had fondled her during a traffic stop in 2012. But the woman later told investigators during an interview that she has a mental illness and sometimes makes up things "that did not happen."

The woman had been arrested on suspicion of driving on the influence of drugs on the night in question, but the charges were later dismissed.

The investigation into the complaint also included listening to recorded jail phone calls, talking with the alleged victim's husband, and interviewing several officers present at the scene on the night in question, but no evidence was found to corroborate the complaint.

Harper was fired last month because of other misconduct complaints, including arresting people without probable cause.
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I forgot to post this as it appeared a couple of months ago, but the woman suspect is a lesbian who killed her roommate Annie Meyer.  It's sad, and flies in the face of the feminist idea that lesbian relationships are less violent than heterosexual ones (though we already know that):

http://www.thedenverchannel.com/news/local-news/annie-meyers-roommate-melissa-miller-arrested-in-connection-with-missing-womans-death
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This happened last week in the Denver area.  An 18 year old girl stabbed her mother to death - 79 times.  A horrible story:

http://www.thedenverchannel.com/news/local-news/isabella-guzman-charged-with-first-degree-murder-in-moms-stabbing-death
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http://www.thedenverchannel.com/news/local-news/lakewood-woman-arrested-in-husbands-beating-death

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Lakewood woman arrested in husband's beating death

LAKEWOOD, Colo. - Lakewood police have arrested the 73-year-old wife of an 83-year-old man who was severely beaten in his home and later died.

Police said they responded to a call of a domestic dispute in on  W. Warren Drive and S. Moore Court  just before 11 a.m. Wednesday.

Upon arrival, they found Carol Weigum outside the house and found her husband, Wallace "Wally" Weigum inside the house.  He was rushed to a local hospital where he died later that afternoon.

An investigation revealed the husband died from blunt force trauma to the head, police said.

Carol Weigum was arrested at the house for investigation of first-degree murder.  Police said detectives don't believe the man's death was related to any sort of assisted suicide.
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Your tax dollars at work - targeting men only:

http://www.9news.com/news/local/article/352251/222/CDOT-using-talking-urinal-cakes-in-drunk-driving-campaign

DENVER - The Colorado Department of Transportation is targeting men in its latest drunk driving campaign.

The Heat Is On campaign is launching radio, bus and billboard advertising, as well as in-bar advertising such as coasters, posters and a new tool for CDOT, the Interactive Urinal Communicator.

The IUCs feature a 15-second audio message encouraging male bar patrons to not drive and instead look to other alternatives, such as public transit, 1800taxicab.com or Uber.

Males, ages 21-34, have a higher propensity for dying in alcohol-related motor vehicle crashes, according to CDOT.
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Story here:

http://kwgn.com/2013/08/22/du-law-professor-fights-for-equal-pay-for-women/

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DU law professor fights for equal pay for women

DENVER -- While women are making strides in closing the wage gap between them and men, there's still work to be done.

A recent report revealed that a typical working woman will earn more than $440,000 less than a man over a 40-year career.

That's why a professor at the University of Denver is trying to change the way females are paid at the school.

Professor Lucy Marsh has taught at DU for 40 years. She first filed a complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission in July after she began researching the alleged pay disparity. She said she discovered the alleged pay inequality after a salary memo was sent out by the law school's Dean last year.

"My hope is this will have an impact much broader than just my own case but just to make sure that everybody pays equally for equal work," Marsh said.

DU's Sturm College of Law is among the highest rated in the nation, but a group of alumni brought over 1,700 petitions to the school leadership Thursday, demanding answers over allegations that women professors are paid far less than men.

"It's time that we talk about in our society, about women and men being paid equally and it's taken too long to get there," DU law graduate Ashley Wheeland said.

DU's provost and law school dean both said there is a merit pay system based on teaching, scholarly work and service to the community.

"It's a system that is designed to be both transparent and objective, which is actually designed to avoid any type of bias creeping into that system," DU Sturm College of Law Dean Martin Katz said.

Marsh disagrees, saying the pay system is by no means transparent because nobody knows what anybody else is being paid. She says the school has not responded to her or her lawyers, but officials did meet with the alumni.

"We explained our concern about equitable treatment which is crucial for us," DU provost Gregg Kvistad said.

The alumni group called Thursday's meeting a first step.
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 :rolle: Oh, boy:

http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2013/08/08/210272604/bill-clinton-oprah-receiving-presidential-medal-of-freedom?ft=1&f=1001&sc=tw&utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter

Other women are mentioned who "broke barriers" by entering "male dominated" fields.

Gosh, us men are just such a bunch of horrid oppressors toward women.  :rolle:

Hey, any mention of, say, Warren Farrell or Glenn Sacks, etc.?
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Boy collects canned food for the homeless in "Generosity, pass it on" commercial:


http://www.values.com/inspirational-stories-tv-spots/92-Generosity
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I found this on xfinity today:

http://xfinity.comcast.net/video/Lulu-App-Allows-Women-to-Dish-Dirt-on-Exes/36995651765/

This app for women only allows them to rate their exes.  At the end of the video, the women commentators themselves admit if it were the other way around, women would be protesting.

Facebook is linking its profiles to Lulu.  Perhaps men need to boycott Facebook.  I may delete my page soon, after writing why I'm doing so.
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Main / Boy Scout helps rescue injured man
Jul 05, 2013, 08:42 AM
Story here:

http://www.thedenverchannel.com/news/local-news/boy-scout-helps-rescue-injured-man

BOULDER COUNTY, Colo. - A Boy Scout helped save a possibly suicidal man on Thursday in the Roosevelt National Forest in Boulder County.

Deputies said a 17-year-old Boy Scout was riding an ATV on Forest Service Road 105 in the Bunce School Recreation Area when he found a 46-year-old man bleeding from an apparent self-inflicted injury to his wrist.

The teen gave the victim first aid until medical and law enforcement personnel arrived.

The victim's injury was serious enough that he was airlifted to St. Anthony's Central Hospital where he underwent surgery, deputies said.
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A story about teens and dating violence on CNN, and how some teens are trying to spot warning signs early.  Guess which gender is the "abuser" and which is the "victim":

Teens trained to spot drama before it turns dangerous

http://www.cnn.com/2013/06/25/living/bystander-education-dating-violence/index.html

I can see how this can happen in some cases, but dating violence works both ways.