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Main / Revealed: women's role in Nazi crimes
Feb 26, 2009, 12:19 PM

Revealed: women's role in Nazi crimes

A new book published this week in Germany has said that women played as great a role in Nazi atrocities as the men.

By Allan Hall in Berlin
Last Updated: 3:12PM GMT 03 Feb 2009

In Nazi art, films and magazines, women were always portrayed as the fairer sex, fighting on the home-front as their menfolk fought on the battlefields.

Adolf Hitler awarded them gold crosses for rearing children and honoured their role as wives and mothers - a soft image that was rarely questioned after the war.

But a new book by the historian Kathrin Kompisch has revealed a very different reality.

"Apart from a few particularly cruel examples, the participation of women in the crimes of the Nazis has been blended out of the collective conscious of the Germans for a long time," she wrote in the book, Female Perpetrators: Women under National Socialism.

Many women were in fact used as assistants to the doctors who sterilised and murdered disabled people and as guards in the concentration camps - like the character played by Kate Winslet in her Oscar nominated role in the film The Reader.

"The history of National Socialism has long been reduced to one that blamed men for everything," said Ms Kompisch. "This was and is the popular picture."

The true picture was very different.

"Women typed the statistics of the murdered victims of the SS Action Squads in the east, operated the radios which called up for more bullets, were invariably the secretaries - and sometimes much more - in all the Gestapo posts," she said. "And at the end of the war they tried to diminish their responsibility by saying they were just cogs in the all-male machine which gave the orders."

Analysing pre and post-war statistics, Ms Kompisch found there were more government, private sector and military jobs to be had for women under Hitler than in peacetime.

The high-testosterone, all-male hierarchy of the Nazi state blocked out women from leadership positions from the very start, but the regime actively encouraged female participation in enforcing the Nazi terror at grassroots levels.

Most "Blockwaerts" - apartment house snoops who reported on un-Nazi activities to the party - were women, who denounced their neighbours to the Gestapo if they suspected them of being ideologically unsound or Jewish.

The surviving files of the Gestapo in the city of Duesseldorf noted that women "try to change the power balance of the household by denouncing their husbands as spies or Communists or anti-Nazis." "Lower-middle or working-class urban women tended to be the ones who filed reports with the Gestapo, and such reports were most likely to lead to the persecution of the denounced party if he was a member of a group considered racially inferior, like the Poles," said Ms Kompisch.

Some 3,200 women served in the concentration camps. Female guards were generally low-to-middle class and had little or no work experience, although SS records show that some were matrons, hairdressers, tram conductors or retired teachers.
Main / Re: This will be interesting to watch!
Feb 18, 2009, 10:04 AM
Wow,   discriminated  against  for  NOT  being  gay  !   That's  one  I  haven't  heard.  I  hope  she  wins.    While  I  support  same-sex  marriage,  I've  met  many  lesbians  who  were  so  brutal  and  vicious  to  their   partners  and  families,  they  make  the  most  violent  of  men  look  tame.
HIV stripper deemed danger to the public

Published: Feb. 16, 2009 at 8:28 AM
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TORONTO, Feb. 16 (UPI) -- Canada's federal court has ordered an HIV-positive stripper kept in a Toronto jail until she is deported to Thailand.

Suwalee Iamkhong, 39, was sentenced in August 2007 to three years in jail for criminal negligence causing bodily harm for infecting her husband and immigration sponsor Percy Whiteman.

A bid to grant her release on bond was denied by Justice Michel Shore, the Toronto Sun reported.

"If the respondent reoffends by having unprotected sex, this would result in irreparable harm for a victim," Shore wrote in his decision.

Whiteman said he didn't know of Iamkhong's HIV status until she collapsed in 2004 and was hospitalized. He also alleges she had unprotected sex with other men during their marriage, which lasted from 1997 to 2004, the Sun said.

"I never knew she was a prostitute in Hong Kong before coming to Canada," he said. "Everything came out in court."

There was no word on when the deportation was scheduled.

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Campus group strives to uplift Black men

Danielle Skinner

Issue date: 2/4/09 Section: News

Media Credit: Danielle Skinner

Students (l-r) Malcolm Jones, Mark Duncan, Randall Barnes, Joshua Clark, Mario McCottrell and Lamar Madison plan to help more young Black men begin ending negativity.

A new organization called College Men is beginning to make its mark on Langston's campus.

Joshua Clark, Randall Barnes, Malcolm Jones, Lamar Madison and Mark Duncan founded the organization to encourage and promote a positive change among Black men. They hope to bring in "Men Ending Negativity," which is what the organization stands for.

"We are trying to end negative connotations associated with males on campus, like the way men dress, and how they don't go to class-I've heard men and women say this," said Clark, a sophomore business administration major from Kansas City, Mo. "We also want to bring young men together in a social organization."

The organization is for male students who wish to get involved in campus activities, mentoring, and community service projects.

"Our community service helps us give back to people who are in need. We also want to help people be leaders on campus and in life," said Madison, a business administration major from Nassau, Bahamas.

As part of the community service, Madison said College Men will host seminars on a variety of topics, including how to do taxes, create resumes, fill out a FASFA form, and apply for scholarships.

Unlike a fraternity, this organization is open to all who are interested. The men meet once a week to coordinate weekly activities and discuss ideas. Members are required to dress in shirts and ties in order to establish a professional atmosphere. So far, the organization has 11 members.

Miles Kelly, a sophomore education major from Dallas, Texas said he joined the organization to give back to Langston's campus.

"I took an interest in College Men because I think it's cool to have a group of men that want to do more than go to school, and want to serve the community as a whole," he said.

Randall Barnes expects the organization to have a lasting impact on campus.

"This is something that is going to change Langston University overall. We want to make a difference, and we are the movement," Randall said.

College Men member Ritchie Cherry agrees.

"Our goal is to strengthen and bring men together. The men in this organization have a bond and a friendship. We hope to also bring Langston together as a family," said Cherry, a junior psychology major from East St. Louis, Ill.

In the fall, the men plan to form a sister organization, College Women, which stands for "Women Opening Minds and Ending Negativity." The men hope to reach all students through these organizations.

The organization meets every Thursday on the third floor in the library. For more information call (816)-878-4592.
What's the difference between sperm samples and discarded toenails?

Former is still a man's property, judge rules in landmark case

By Robert Verkaik, Law Editor

Thursday, 5 February 2009

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Sperm samples - given by the men after they were warned by doctors that chemotherapy might damage their fertility - were the property of the six NHS patients who can claim damages for the loss according to the ruling today


Sperm samples - given by the men after they were warned by doctors that chemotherapy might damage their fertility - were the property of the six NHS patients who can claim damages for the loss according to the ruling today

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Six cancer patients whose sperm samples were lost by the NHS have won their claim for damages in a landmark judgement which establishes the legal principle that a man's semen is his own property.

The case, which could cost the NHS hundreds of thousands of pounds in compensation, is expected to lead to a review of the law relating to ownership of human body parts.

In yesterday's judgment the Lord Chief Justice, Lord Judge, the most senior judge in England and Wales, rejected the notion that sperm held by North Bristol NHS Trust had the same legal status as a discarded toenail or hair cut at a barber's shop.
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Lord Judge, Master of the Rolls Sir Anthony Clarke, and Lord Justice Wilson, ruled that the sperm samples - given by the men after they were warned by doctors that chemotherapy might damage their fertility - were the property of the six who could claim damages for the loss. "Unlike products of the body which are removed from it with a view to their being abandoned - such as cut hair, clipped nails, excised tissue and amputated limbs - the sperm was ejaculated with a view to its being kept," said the judges.

Their ruling, overturning the county court judgment in favour of the NHS trust, opens the door for the men to claim for psychiatric injury or mental distress at a later date at Exeter County Court.

Lord Judge said: "The appeals raise interesting questions about the application of common law principles to the ever-expanding frontiers of medical science." He said the "novel question" was whether the men could sue over the loss of semen produced for possible later use.

The men were diagnosed with cancer and received treatment at Southmead Hospital, Bristol. They were told chemotherapy treatment might damage their fertility. They also agreed to save semen samples for possible later use, but in 2003 liquid nitrogen in storage tanks fell below the required level, the semen thawed and was lost. The men, none of whom wants to be named, believed their hopes of fathering children were dashed. Some have regained their fertility and one has died.

Lord Justice Wilson said: "Their reaction to news of the loss lies at the heart of their claims. They each argue that in any event it is patently foreseeable that, already in a vulnerable condition, each would be likely to suffer - to put it at its lowest - a severe adverse reaction to the news that, unless he was to recover his natural fertility, his chance of becoming a father, represented by the storage of his sperm, had been lost."

The hospital trust denied liability, saying the samples were not property in the legal sense.

But the Court of Appeal judges ruled: "The sperm retained a significant property, namely that, although... suspended by having been frozen, it remained in essence biologically active... a living nexus with the men whose bodies had generated it.
Main / Men are Victims of Violence Too
Jan 27, 2009, 01:43 PM
Husband Abuse
Men are Victims of Violence Too
Karen Stephenson

Silent victims of domestic violence still exist - and many are men. Studies validate that some women are capable of violence against their male partners. There is help.

In thousands of homes across Canada and the United States the family can be a crucible for seething violence. Women are beaten daily and innocent children are victims of brutal assaults. There is another form of violence that exists, has been largely ignored and even laughed at. Men are also victims of domestic violence.

Statistics show that men are sometimes the victim of physical and emotional abuse at the hands of their partners or spouses. Martin Fiebert, Ph.D. investigated physical aggression by women on their male partner. 285 women from 978 women polled, stated they were physically aggressive toward their male partner. He also found that women in their twenties were significantly more likely to be aggressive than women in their thirties and above.

Numerous studies have been conducted that validate some women are physically and emotionally aggressive in relationships. There have been public conferences about this issue and Senator Anne C Cools (of Canada) has been instrumental in helping to get these issues into the public forum.

Men rarely come forward to share their experiences, as they fear it is a loss of their manhood and they fear being labeled "a wimp". There is now clinical literature (Williams & Myer 92) that states men are reluctant to seek help, as they fear being stigmatized. Seeking help, regardless of gender takes a wealth of strength and courage regardless of whether the victim is male or female.

Women Can Be Violent Too
Many of today's women know of an uncle, father, brother or cousin who has been the victim of domestic violence. Women have in fact sought services for their loved ones as they can not believe what women can get away with in today's society. They have found in their search is the attitude that if men are abused, it's only in self-defense. In the late 1990's there was a public debate in Toronto, "When She Hurts Him". During this debate, Judy Rebick (former president of the National Action Committee on the Status of Women of Canada) said that if a man hits his wife it is in self-defense.

Violence against men should be no laughing matter. Yet on television and in the comics violence against men is laughed at. Many of us Seinfeld fans laughed every time Elaine acted surprised and blurted "get out" as she sent Kramer off his feet. No man will ever be seen doing that to a woman in a sitcom and getting away with it.

Public Awareness
Over the past decade there has been a lot of good work accomplished to bring awareness to this social issue. Shelters for men have opened and crisis lines have been set up specifically for men. There are empathetic individuals out there who are willing to listen and to help.

If you know of anyone, regardless of gender who has been abused, please urge them to seek help.

Violence is not a gender issue - it is a human issue.

The copyright of the article Husband Abuse in Abuse is owned by Karen Stephenson. Permission to republish Husband Abuse in print or online must be granted by the author in writing.
Husband Abuse: Support and Recovery
Domestic Violence Help for Men
Karen Stephenson

Jan 25, 2009

Men's rights advocates have come a long way in getting husband abuse recognized as a form of domestic abuse. There is help and resources for men to recover from abuse.

An American sociologist, Suzanne Steinmetz, introduced the term battered husband thirty-two years ago. Battered men may have officially become recognized as victims in abusive relationships in the academic world, however, it took over twenty years before it slowly was accepted in other professional fields.

Some will argue that husband abuse is widespread and will claim that women are equally physically and psychologically abusive as men. In contrast, those who have a feminist perspective will claim the risk of husband abuse is significantly less, if at all. No matter, few can deny that the physical abuse women suffer is much greater as men tend to be stronger. However, some women can be physically aggressive by throwing household items, causing harm to their partner.

As the debate carries on, some agencies and governments have recognized men are victims as well and have responded.

Is Violence the Same as Abuse?
Most abuse definitions include broader concepts of control and power. Although physical abuse is violence, emotional abuse is widespread among men and women. For example, some men control their wives by controlling finances, limiting their activities, telling them who they can or can not have as friends or more to the extreme: sexual assault. Many men have been emotionally abused with verbal put downs. What is more common is the threat of never seeing the kids again if they separate or the threat of a false allegation.

According to researchers Hamby, Poindexter and Gray-Little (1996), they suggest that the frequency of violent acts reflects abuse more accurately than the severity of a single act of violence.

Government of Canada
The Canadian government has written a document titled "Husband Abuse: An overview of Research and Perspective". The document states that community survey studies in both Canada and the United States found that just as many women as men exhibit violent behaviors, although only a small number of either uses serious violence.

The writers of this government document discuss the lack of men coming forward. Many men will not come forward as the image of "being a man" is still embedded deep. Admitting to being emotionally abused or assaulted by the spouse is perceived as shame.

One practitioner who was contacted for this document reported getting a call from a woman asking for counseling as she had beaten her husband to the point he was hospitalized. Notably, this man did not tell medical staff that his wife caused the injuries.

Help for Abused Men
There are many services to help men who are physically or emotionally abused. They may not be geographically available, but there is online or telephone support. Stop Abuse for Everyone can be Googled and is usually comes up as page one number one. They have a comprehensive support guide for not only Canada and the United States, but globally as well.

The Equal Justice Foundation in the United States is another extensive resource that can be Googled and generally is on page one number one. Their website has a comprehensive state-by-state listing of available services.

The Canadian government has the Directory of Services and Programs for Abused Men in Canada. This extensive directory covers every province and territory in Canada. Some of the agencies listed in this guide include support and services for men who are victims of sexual abuse.

In Calgary, Alberta, Family of Men Support Society has a referral service as well as in-house support and a shelter for men called Men's Alternative Safe House, otherwise known as MASH*4077. They can be reached at 403-242-4077. Earl Silverman, founder, received a letter of recognition for the work he has done is the field of family violence from Stephen Harper just before he became the Prime Minister of Canada.

Debating the prevalence or severity of husband abuse is irrelevant. Domestic violence should not be a gender issue: it is a human issue.

Further Reading:

Abuse Victims: Help Support a Person in Need

Husband Abuse: Men are Victims Too
National   Conference on the College Male

Best Practices for Involving College Men

February 13-14, 2009

Research has confirmed that college men are often less engaged in campus life than college women.  This conference will focus on best practices for increasing male volunteering, vocational discernment and other experiential learning activities.  A core group of schools has been pursuing pilot projects to address this issue and will present their findings.


Registrations are being accepted now through February 6, 2009 - registration form

Conference Highlights:

Preconference Luncheon with Linda Sax - RSVP required

Preconference sessions:
Linda Sax, UCLA and author of The Gender Gap in College:  Maximizing the Developmental Potiential of Women and Men
Harry Brod, University of Northern Iowa, on Teaching Men's Studies. 

Keynote Speakers:  Larry Daloz, Whidbey Institute; Edward Klein, University of Cincinnati

Dinner with award presentation to Harry Brod for his years of leadership in men's issues

Presentations of pilot projects by 14 colleges and universities:  Augustana, Duke, Davidson, Georgetown, Gustavus Adolphus, Hastings, Hope, Luther, Morehouse, Siena, Saint John's, University of Portland, Wabash and Wagner.

Best Practices for enhancing involvement of high school youth

Annual Father/Son Luncheon

Performance by the SJU Men's Choir

Genuine Men:  Journeys in Stories and Stills photo exhibit by Nancy Bruno

Hosted by the Center for Men's Leadership and Service
Saint John's University
and supported by Lilly Endowment, Inc.
You've  got  to  admit  they  look  good  together. :dontknow:
Main / Prosecutors: Sexual Assaults Staged
Jan 24, 2009, 10:10 AM
Prosecutors: Sexual Assaults Staged

  Reported by: Marissa Cleaver
Email: [email protected]
Posted by: Mike Markewinski
Last Update: 1/23 8:35 am 

Waldo Sexual Assault Charges News Release (38.0KB)

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Women Ambushed, Beat in Waldo Garage
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Federal Prosecutors say an alleged sexual assault and attack in the Waldo neighborhood was staged.

Federal prosecutors charged Julie Bernet, 39, of Bucrys, Mo. And Gordon Reabe, Jr., 33 of Lee's Summit, Mo. with wire fraud on Thursday.

Court documents say Bernet and 23-year old Lindsey Crawford offered to pay Reabe $100,000 to duct tape them and assault both women inside Carwford's garage on Nov. 25, 2008.

"I can honestly say this is one of the most bizarre crimes that I've dealt with. To have someone go to this length to have it look like something happened. It's just absolutely amazing," says Capt. Mark Fulsom with Kansas City Police Departments Special Victim's Unit.

Prosecutors say the women hoped the attacks would force a higher settlement of their sexual harassment lawsuit against a former employer.

Bernet and Crawford filed the lawsuit against former employer Mercedes-Benz of Kansas City last year, citing gender discrimination, sexual harassment, hostile work environment and retaliation.

Court documents indicate Bernet ran across the street to a neighbor's house, claiming two masked men attacked them the home minutes after Reabe assaulted them.

Both women indicated they believed this assault was related to their pending sexual harassment lawsuit.

"This alleged conduct had an impact not just on the former employer, for whom they were trying to get a civil settlement; it also had a huge drain on the resources of the Kansas City Police Department. And of course caused fear throughout the community," says John Wood U.S. Attorney Western District.

Bernet is set to be in court on Tuesday, Jan. 27th.

A hearing date Reabe, who was arrested in Salt Lake City, has not been set.

Crawford has not been charged.
Woman allegedly tries to kill hubby with eye drops

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She was arrested late Wednesday after a co-worker told Greene County deputies that the woman told her about the plot to kill her husband.

A probable cause statement said the husband told investigators he'd been having stomach problems for the past two months.

The statement said poison control experts told a detective that ingesting too much Visine would lead to a coma and other "serious symptoms."

Authorities say the woman researched other means of killing her husband when the first attempt didn't work.


Information from: Springfield News-Leader,

Contraceptive pill is polluting environment: Vatican newspaper

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Contraceptive pill is polluting environment: Vatican newspaper AFP/Getty Images/File - A woman holds prescription contraceptives. The contraceptive pill is polluting the environment and is ...

VATICAN CITY (AFP) - The contraceptive pill is polluting the environment and is in part responsible for male infertility, a report in the Vatican newspaper L'Osservatore Romano said Saturday.

The pill "has for some years had devastating effects on the environment by releasing tonnes of hormones into nature" through female urine, said Pedro Jose Maria Simon Castellvi, president of the International Federation of Catholic Medical Associations, in the report.

"We have sufficient evidence to state that a non-negligible cause of male infertility in the West is the environmental pollution caused by the pill," he said, without elaborating further.

"We are faced with a clear anti-environmental effect which demands more explanation on the part of the manufacturers," added Castellvi.

The article was promptly dismissed by several organisations.

"Once metabolised, the hormones contained in oral contraceptives no longer have any of the characteristic effects of feminine hormones," said Gianbenedetto Melis, vice-president of a contraceptive research association, quoted by the ANSA news agency.

The hormones contained in the pill such as oestrogen "are present everywhere... in plastic, in disinfectants, in meat that we eat," added Flavia Franconi, of the Society of Italian Pharmacology.

Pope Benedict XVI in October reaffirmed the Roman Catholic Church's condemnation of artificial birth control.

Contraception "means negating the intimate truth of conjugal love, with which the divine gift (of life) is communicated," the leader of the world's 1.1 billion Roman Catholics wrote on the 40th anniversary of a papal encyclical on the topic.

An encyclical is a letter usually treating some aspect of Catholic doctrine and issued occasionally by the pope.

The landmark document, whose title in English is "On the Regulation of Birth", was published at a time when the development of the Pill was giving new sexual freedom to women across the world.

Millions of Catholics distanced themselves from Rome as a result.
Main / New Male-positive fiction books
Dec 31, 2008, 02:58 PM
The  dearth  of  male-positive  literature  bothers  me  a  whole  lot.   So  I  was overjoyed when  I  came  across  these  novels....

A   Great  Leader  of  Men  by   Teejay  LeCapois.

Sandra Roland, the first female athletic director of wealthy Kingman College draws the ire of feminist groups and the attention of the media when she challenges Title IX by starting a football program to boost male enrollment at her school. Will she succeed in her quest or will it cost her everything ?

The End Of Political Correctness   by Teejay LeCapois

The end of political correctness is upon us. This once-noble idea has been perverted. And now men and women of all races, backgrounds and sexual orientations are rejecting it once and for all. Instead of creating an egalitarian paradise, political correctness has divided men and women, blacks and whites, straights and gays. Now, they're uniting against political correctness to destroy this thinly disguised evil once and for all. It's the beginning of a better world.

You have to own the shame.  She wants you to be ashamed of violating rules that she assumes you have violated.  Rather than ignoring her (which validates her resentment) or justifying yourself to her (which enhances her self-perceived moral superiority), simply be a jerk.

"Yes, the line starts there.  Have a nice day!"

I'll  be  sure  to  remember  that,  John.  Happy  new  year,  my  friend.   I  try  not  to sweat  the  small stuff,  but  the  petty  stuff  women  and  some men  do  bugs  me  sometimes.
Just  so  you  know,  I  told  the   black  female  security  guard  who  was  on  duty  and  she's going  in  the  public  access  computer  room   to  take  a  look  and  maybe  have  a  chat with our   unruly  customer.