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Men in the #MeToo Era
Contrarian posted a topic in Sex and Gender IssuesAs the #MeToo movement has raised awareness about sexual harassment, assault & bullying, it's important to acknowledge that men can also be victims of false accusations. While it's essential to hold perpetrators accountable for their actions, it's equally important to ensure that innocent men are not unfairly targeted. Men can protect themselves by keeping records of communication and interactions and working with HR to prevent false accusations. I also try not to be alone in the same room with a woman, if I don't know her well. I am sorry, you want me to lie? You won't get it here, just the reality. Society must work to create a culture of respect and accountability that protects individuals from harm but also those faced with fake accusations. A more asssertive opinion: In REAL LIFE, in cases of false accusations, I recommend men should pursue legal action with the full force of the court system to clear their name and protect their reputation. When the #MeToo was in full force, seen the mob justice thinking, which shows today still. I am all for judging individual cases, but the irrationality of the mob think, that, will not stand for, regardless the cause. Myself, I grew up in a culture, where you had to respect women, maybe it was the patriarchy, that is how I grew up, but that does not mean automatically if one is a woman, the men should accept everything that comes out of one's mouth. Not in my book. Personally, in real life, it never happened to me, but if it were, I would gladly do this, the legal action, and ensure someone pays through their nose for talking nonsense. This is the only way people learn that one can NOT sabotage a movement to flex your muscles for personal vendettas.
Women and Jews on a plane
msj posted a topic in Sex and Gender IssuesSo, finally getting around to this story with respect to sexism and religious freedom/accommodation. It seems that several plane flights have been delayed thanks to Orthodox Jews who insist on not sitting next to woman. See this story and the links within it: https://whyevolutionistrue.wordpress.com/2015/05/01/jews-on-a-plane-a-readers-take/ I particularly like the video in that story although I am sure we have all seen it by now. Anyway, just curious as to people's thoughts on this. ---- Ok, got the poll to work now. I say to hell with the Orthodox religious nut jobs.... women before wacko ideas about sitting next to women.
I want to take a bit of break from politics and other bad news stories, and focus on a good news story that came in this weekend: Alissa St Laurent winning this crazy, grueling ultramarathon race in Alberta by a long shot, and what it says about the issue of advantages and disadvantages for women in sports. We are well aware that women are at a significant disadvantage with men in most league sports because men have much greater upper body strength on average. And the power advantage gives an edge in individual sports as well. When we get to the endurance sports, men have an advantage because of lower body/fat ratios, but when we push the distance further, in swimming and running, we find a much smaller contingent of women closing the gap and overtaking men in long distance swimming and ultramarathons. In running, this is mostly because 22 to 24 miles is as far as any non-drug aided body can go using blood sugar (glycogen) as fuel. After that, you have to be running at a pace slow enough that you can metabolize body fat for fuel....which I think would probably be walking pace for me....anyway, a different kind of runner takes the lead in races over 26 miles and many of them are women, despite the relatively low number of serious competitors. http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/edmonton/alissa-st-laurent-becomes-first-woman-to-win-canadian-death-race-ultramarathon-1.3177415 St. Laurent says she would like to inspire more girls and young women to take up ultra-long distance racing, and I hope the notoriety she gets motivates other young women to compete: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/edmonton/alissa-st-laurent-becomes-first-woman-to-win-canadian-death-race-ultramarathon-1.3177415