Sunday, October 27, 2013

Ontario Liberals want TSE companies to hire more women Directors

Recently the Ontario Teachers Pension Plan supported this "trial balloon" floated by untested Premier Kathleen Wynne that Corporate Board listing in Toronto must have at least 3 Female Corporate Board members by 2020 or face de-listing.  Response has been mute - only because it is unPC to say anything.

National Post columnist Matt Gurney suggested that if they want to invest their $160bn with that requirement - there is nothing stopping them - and the fact less than 30% of High School teachers are men doesn't seem to bother them - so they should get their own house in order BEFORE they begin lecturing the rest of us.

But the supposed "reason" for greater Gender Diversity is the idea that companies benefit somehow from these "affirmative action" quotas - but that evidence is flimsy indeed.   (In fact the supposed proof of the superior returns from female directors has not even been released - but "trust us" says female advocacy group "Catalyst" - dedicated to getting this kind of legislation through.)

However - this all seems part of a fairly well orchestrated plot as Catalyst groups in the UK are  demanding the same thing - although it has been going on a bit longer.

But guess what - none of the research is conclusive.  In fact it seems quite likely that they have confused cause and effect so that wealthy, well-performing companies may just be able to hire more women - rather the the other way around.

This report from Norway shows that stock performance dropped 10%.

Mike Buchanan - Men's Rights Advocate and leader of UK political organization Justice for Men and Boys.  In cooperation with A Voice For Men - Europe - they are dealing with feminist Board quotas in the UK and EU of 40% Women by 2020.


Monday, October 21, 2013

Sun News interviews Dr. Janice Fiamengo

Bio of Dr. Fiamengo

Oct 2006 - "The Minds of Boys"

Michael Gurian - author of "The Minds of Boys" - on why girls do better than boys in school.

He researched schools in 35 countries to find out why girls were outstripping boys. He believes the reason lies mainly with the learning differences of the two genders which are pre-determined by structural differences in the brain. Girls have a greater capacity for verbal skills, which encompass reading, writing and speaking, while boys have a natural advantage with spatial/mechanical skills.

and related.

Rachel Simmons - author of "Odd Girl Out" on how girls show aggression

Rachel Simmons is the author of "Odd Girl Out: The Hidden Culture of Aggression in Girls". Whereas boys' aggression often takes a physical form, girls will be more subtle, using manipulation and name-calling or threatening isolation from their peers. (relational aggression - from Oct 2002)
Finally, Rosalind Wiseman who wrote best-seller "Queen Bees and Wanna-be's" about girls has just published a new book about boys called ""Masterminds and Wingmen" - details here.

This follows closely an academic speaker who came thru Western Canada recently - Dr. James S. Brown - who was pushing his book "Saving our under-achieving Boys".    Here is a YouTube Video of his talk.

And here is Dr. Christina Hoff-Sommers approach on the same topic.

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Two excellent AVfM YouTube Video's

For some reason, these two video's from AVfM really struck me as excellent.


and then this article.

Pink Ribbon "haircut"

Now it is October we are facing the usual assault of Pink Ribbon fundraising events.    I must admit that it has long bothered me that these "Pink Ribbon" campaigns make no absolutely contribution to Men's Cancers like  Prostate - but I have just tried to remind anyone who approached me of that fact.

But recently there seems to some Pink Ribbon "fatigue" but - it is based on poor management rather than disappointment in the purpose of funds raised.  Only 8c of every $1.00  actually makes it back to Anti-Cancer Research!


Another Canadian Feminist plot?

Following last weeks outrage by feminists about the gendered phrase "In all our son's command" in our national anthem - apparently Margaret Atwood is behind yet another crazy campaign - the supposed lack of "equal gender" representation on our new plastic currency.   You can't make this stuff up!

Sun commentator David Menzies gives this all the attention this issue deserves.

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Camille Paglia destroys Feminism

I just read this very interesting, recent debate by Camille Paglia.

She nailed it.
.... a volatility in gender roles is usually symptomatic of tensions and anxieties about larger issues. That is, sexual identity becomes a primary focus only when other forms of identification and affiliation—religious, national, tribal, familial—break down.
 I consider it completely irresponsible that public schools offer sex education but no systematic guidance to adolescent girls, who should be thinking about how they want to  structure their future lives: do they want children, and if so, when that should be scheduled, with the advantages and disadvantages of each option laid out. Because of the stubborn biologic burden of pregnancy and childbirth, these are issues that will always affect women more profoundly than men.
Similarly, our present system of primary and secondary education should be stringently reviewed for its confinement of boys to a prison-like setting that curtails their energy and
requires ideological renunciation of male traits.
But the majority of earthlings do seem to find clear gender roles helpful compass points in the often conflicted formation of identity.

I close with this question: is a nation whose elite education is increasingly predicated on the neutralization of gender prepared to defend itself against that growing challenge?

Chris Christie finesses NJ Govenors Debate

Commentary from Blog

In the end, the governor who earned his fame as a gladiator won Tuesday night’s gubernatorial debate with a chivalrous kiss on the cheek.
State Sen. Barbara Buono went first, and all she could muster was a sideways compliment that was grudging and quick: "He’s good on late-night TV," she snapped.

Then came Gov. Chris Christie’s turn. And he layered on the sweet tones as if Buono were an old friend who needed some cheering up.

"She’s obviously a good and caring mother and someone who cares deeply about public service," he said, turning toward her. "I would never denigrate her service."
Update:  Oct 17 - Cory Booker is new Senator from New Jersey. :[

Thursday, October 10, 2013

1st Anniversary of Amanda Todd's death

I saw this interview with Carol Todd - mother of BC teen Amanda Todd who took her life 1 year ago.

She has marked Oct 10 as Light up the World for Amanda Day - and she has many participants on her tribute website to her daughter.

But this U.S study indicates that teaching kids NOT to bully may actually INCREASE the level of bullying as they learn new tools/skills to torture their victims.

Wednesday, October 09, 2013

Sorry, it's Official

US adults are dumber than the average human

American adults scored below the international average on a global test, according to results released Tuesday.

Adults in Japan, Canada, Australia, Finland and multiple other countries scored significantly higher than the United States in all three areas on the test -  math, reading and problem-solving using technology – all skills considered critical for global competitiveness and economic strength.

Beyond basic reading and math, respondents were tested on activities such as calculating mileage reimbursement due to a salesman, sorting email and comparing food expiration dates on grocery store tags.

This might  be a contributing factor.

Oh yes - Canada is not much better at 15th and 16th respectively.

Tuesday, October 08, 2013

Positive contributions of dads

I have seen a host of interesting articles in the last few days - so I just thought I would list them here.

1) National Father Initiative: Why Do People Continue to Believe Children Don’t Need Fathers?

Includes references to a number of dismissive of not critical articles like this one.  Which I am sure prompted Brad Wilcox to pen this reply.

These Wilcox stats remind me of poster I came across a few years ago that trumpeted much the same list of "social deficits" of "Fatherlessness".

Here is a PDF of this same image.

The problem is most people blame Men for dropping out of their children's lives - whereas it seems equally as likely that women drive their husbands out of their children's lives in order to exact revenge and/or establish a new step-father.

2) Disgraced UW on-campus Feminist Megan Lanker-Simons has plead "no contest" to charges she fabricated the online comments she claimed were made targeting her for rape.  The hoax has laid bare the empty rhetoric of feminist Anti-Rape Campaigns the University.  Of course she has been a leading member of the campus Anti-Rape Campaigns until she graduated in the spring so she could enroll at another western university's Law faculty.

3) New, expanded definition of "Family Violence" in B.C Family Law Act effective April 1, 2013 that was used against a mother by a judge in M.W.B v. A.R.B who felt her actions had been the cause of much strife.
"... the mother consistently thwarted the father’s attempts to sell the property for a realistic price, resulting in a string of legal actions."
 "The father also had to argue for the right to see his 12-year-old son and teenage daughter one-on-one, after the mother ignored a court access order."
 "The “needless litigation” led the claimant to receive counselling for stress, precipitated a “very painful medical condition that has needed surgical procedures,” and hindered his capacity to spend time with the children, according to Brown."
 "I find the [mother’s] litigation conduct, related both to the selling of the commercial property and to parenting arrangements, considered in their totality, is a form of emotional abuse and harassment that constitute a form of family violence.”

Canlii link

Another bit of common-sense

h/t VladTepes

Saturday, October 05, 2013

DC Man who set himself ablaze dies

Two bizarre incidents in Washington DC during the fisrt week of the Federal Government Shutdown precipitated by the Budget/ Debt-Ceiling crisis caught the attention of many this week.

1) An unidentified man set himself ablaze on the Mall outside the Capitol.

We know nothing about him.  He is invisible.  No media outlet wants to uncover some vestige of fact that might help us understand WHY he did this terrible act of violence HIMSELF?

2) Another women puts herself, her child and countless others at potential risk - yet we are absolving her of any responsibilty?

WAIT Damit!  Stephan Molyneux has beat me to it.

UPDATE Oct 12 - Dead man is identified as John Constantino, 64, of Mount Laurel, N.J.

Thursday, October 03, 2013

Cruel acid revenge

This is a cruel example of how an acid revenge disfigured this women.  The assault was committed by a young women and I sense it was related to that 7th Cenury religion.

More Canadian Feminist outbursts!

This is getting epic.  

1) Hard on the heels of my last post I have learned that assorted Feminists in the media (notably Tabatha Southey1 at the Globe & Mail and this self-professed lesbian writer at Macleans.) are frothing at the mouth about UofT English Prof David Gilmour for telling his students that:

I’m not interested in teaching books by women. ... when I was given this job I said I would only teach the people that I truly, truly love. What I teach is guys. Serious heterosexual guys. F. Scott Fitzgerald, Chekhov, Tolstoy. Real guy-guys. Henry Miller. Philip Roth.
But of course Barbara Kay defended his right to teach exactly what he wanted to - even though she doesn't care much for him.

2) And then Feminist hotbed York University is up in arms about being called a "Hunting Ground for Sexual Predators!" it has launched a libel suit against Toronto Life magazine.    The irony was not lost on bloggers as it is the kind of thing the Campus Rape Crisis Center has been selling for years - so why the enormous "volt face" and concern that it is being misrepresented now?

1) Her ex-husband discussed his feelings about their arrangement.

Wednesday, October 02, 2013

Chief Justice of Supreme Court affirms bias for Gender Parity

Continuing the bias that got her where she is today - Bev McLaughlin continues to lobby for "gender parity" rather than merit in Supreme Court appointments.

Canadian Feminists attempt to gain media attention - fail.

Perhaps because they sense their eroding power I was surprised to see TWO items in todays media featuring Feminist ideologues.

1) Removal of phrase "in all our son's command" from our National Anthem "O' Canada" that was changed in 1913 from "in us thou dost command".  This charge was lead by noted writer and feminist Margaret Atwood.   Interestingly - the Quebec french version remains un-challenged.

2) Femen protest at Quebec National Assembly over display of Christian/Catholic crucifix.

Of course it is related to a sad debate about establishing a secular state where  NO evidence of religious symbols are allowed - Christian, Hindu, or any other - so it is even more ironic that this disruption occurred to the left-wing PQ Government hanging by a thread-like seat margin in the provincial legislature.