Saturday, July 20, 2013

Weekly Mashup Part....Oh screw the numbers.

Yes I know its been a while since you've seen one of these but there is just so much going on that I don't have a lot of time to think about the the events in question much less write a fleshed out article. In light of that I want to at least take the time to say point out a few things so here we go again.

Anal hazing is apparently a thing in American high schools now - The sexual assault of school age boys under the guise of hazing is becoming a real problem. Although I have to wonder when you consider how prevalent  the attitudes of "man up" and "sex crimes against males aren't that big of a deal" are I wonder if the incidents are increasing or are we just at a point where these crimes are finally coming to light.

How Not To Be A Dad: The Latest Science Of Male Birth Control - 8 Methods of male birth control that are in development.

Boys and Self-Loathing: The Conversations That Never Took Place - Mark Greene on trying to shed some light on the silence that is coming from boys (and men) about past events that were never spoken of.

McDonalds’ suggested budget for employees shows just how impossible it is to get by on minimum wage

The Straight Married White American Male Feminist Manifesto - It never ceases to amaze me how when confronted with criticism from men, feminists will just accuse them of playing the victim and then end their participation in the conversation (or in this case end the conversation). Edit: At the time that I published this the comments had been turned off. Looks like the comments have been turned back on.

Male rape: the last human rights taboo? - I'd agree that the marginalization of male rape victims is a problem that needs to be addressed. Its hard to reach out to them when the very narratives around rape built around "its something men do to women". Breaking these narratives would do them a lot of good.

Parental benefits and paternity leave - Definitely nothing wrong with making sure dads know that they have an opportunity to take paternal leave but I wonder if reserving time like that (there is a 10 week block of time off that dads cannot give to mom, either he uses it or he loses it) is such a great idea.

Should New Dads Be Allowed To Stay Overnight In Hospital? England Struggles With Answer - On the other hand you know what's not a great idea to foster the father/child bond? Arguing other whether or not he should be "allowed" to stay overnight when the child is born. These conversations, policies, and arguing are convincing me more and more than the whole "dads need to participate more in child care" is not for the sake of the father or the sake of the child. No its for the convenience of mom. Involve dad just enough so that mom won't be over burdened. That's not gonna work folks.

Emma Roberts Arrested For Assaulting Evan Peters: How Common Is This? - I must say I am glad to see something like this in a source of mainstream media, and one that's targeted towards women no less. (Although I can't help but notice how quite the usual "DV IS BAD!!!!" crowd is on this. I guess it doesn't count when the woman gets violent as well.)

Too much Va Va Voom? Renault advert featuring close-ups of burlesque dancers is banned by watchdog because it 'treats women like sexual objects - Odd. A car company makes two ads. One with scantly clad women, one with scantly clad men. Watchdogs jump on one and give the other a free pass.

Bulletin Board v198 - Weekly Bulletin Board courtesy of Toy Soldier.

Here's is one of the four interviews that Omake Ikuze's did this week focusing on female cosplayers.