RECENT NEWS ARTICLES

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Sunday
Jan102010

A Woman’s Inalienable Right To Murder?

By Gordon E. Finley, Ph.D.

On January 7, 2010 the Associated Press released a story titled “Maine woman avoids prison for killing of husband”.

What is important about this case are not the details — admittedly unattractive — but the essential legal principle established by Waldo County Superior Court Justice Jeffrey Hjelm. Judge Hjelm established the legal precedent that any woman based on her own internal and unverifiable thoughts and feelings has the right to murder any man and suffer no legal consequences. In short, women and women alone have the right to be judge, jury, and executioner.

The woman, Amber Cummings, using a Battered-Woman Defense, did not testify which would have subjected her to cross-examination. Rather, testimony in her defense was provided by a Psychologist and various other mental health “experts.” Writing as a Psychologist, I can assure all interested parties that among Psychologists and other mental health “experts” there are a very large number who would welcome the opportunity to construct testimony on behalf of a Battered-Woman Defense based on feminist ideology. To judge for yourself whether or not Amber Cummings is a battered woman incapable of any alternative other than murdering her husband, see her interview following the trial here.

What is most critically at issue, however, is whether justice for the crime of murder is to be determined by feminist jurisprudence (the Battered-Woman Defense) or by behavior. In this case the behavior was a woman firing two bullets into the head of a sleeping man.

To fully understand the double standards inherent in feminist jurisprudence one simply has to reverse the genders. Would any judge ruling in a case where a man fired two bullets into the head of a sleeping woman free the man with no criminal penalties?

I don’t know if Judge Hjelm is married but if he is and were his wife to fire two bullets into his head while he slept, it would be ironic justice for his wife to be freed by the subsequent Judge on her case on the basis of her husband’s own ruling.

More importantly, this case establishes a precedent that all men and all women who love men and want a man in their lives should oppose and seek to overturn. Were the core principle established by Judge Hjelm to be retained, we would be a society living under the rule of gender rather than a society living under the rule of law.

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Friday
Jan082010

One in eight youths in US prisons sexually abused

Around one in every eight youths in US prisons, with some as young as 12, has been sexually abused by another inmate or jail staff, a survey says.

Eighty percent of abuse cases involved a member of the prison staff, and in nearly all those cases, the alleged offenders were women — even though less than half the staffs in US juvenile prisons are women — said the first National Survey of Youth in Custody report, which was published Thursday.

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Wednesday
Jan062010

It’s Time to Tell the Truth About Partner Abuse

What is the truth about intimate partner aggression? Nearly 200 scientific studies point to this simple conclusion: Women are at least as likely as men to engage in partner aggression.

This is what leading researchers say:

“Research indicates that women can be just as violent as their partners.” – Irene Hanson Frieze, Psychology of Women’s Quarterly, 2005

“Differences were observed in the rates of male and female partner violence, with female violence occurring more frequently.” – Renee McDonald, Journal of Family Psychology, 2006

“A recent meta-analysis found that a woman’ s perpetration of violence was the strongest predictor of her being a victim of partner violence.” – Daniel Whitaker, American Journal of Public Health, 2007

“Several studies, including large and nationally representative sample, have found that the most prevalent pattern is mutual violence.” – Murray Straus, Prevention of Partner Violence, 2008

Men are often injured by their wives or girlfriends. According to a 2000 meta-analysis by John Archer, PhD, men suffer 38% of all injuries arising from partner aggression. But men often don’t report the incident, so they endure their pain in silence.

As a result, the media often presents a one-sided view of domestic violence.

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Tuesday
Jan052010

Barbara Kay, 'Allo Police? My boyfriend just called me a "vache"! Arrest him! France's proposed new "psychological violence" bill

I think we're all in favour of the proposition that men and women should treat each other respectfully. It would be a bright and sunny world if every day were Valentine's Day in each and every couple's home. Sadly, this world is populated by real human beings, who often are losers, or get into foul moods for reasons good and bad, or grew up with verbally abusive parents, or for any number of other reasons can't always be counted on to treat their domestic partners with absolute courtesy.

Verbal abuse isn't pleasant. Nobody likes to be called a fat cow, or crazy or stupid, but when life's a bitch because your partner is crude, mean-spirited or cruel, who ya' gonna call? Traditionally you call your mom to vent, or a friend, or a therapist - or nobody, you just deal with it - but if a new bill backed by the government is passed by France's parliament, the French will indeed soon be able to call the police when their partner bad-mouths them and he will be charged with "psychological violence."

I assume it is always going to be "he" that gets charged, since in the longish BBC news article about this proposed innovation, including interviews with women psychologists and lawyers, I saw no mention of men being victims, only perpetrators. That tells me the bill is ideologically inspired by feminists, who seem to think that women are too fragile to fend off an insult from their boyfriend, too timid to give as good as they get, or too stupid to know where the front door is and use it.

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Monday
Jan042010

Alcohol blamed for surge in violence among Hunter women

Police are charging more women with assault in the Hunter and health workers say alcohol abuse is mostly to blame.

A Herald investigation has found that while the number of men arrested in the Hunter for non-domestic assaults has remained stable during the past decade, the number of women charged has increased almost 40 per cent.

Data prepared for The Herald by the NSW Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research also shows a 200 per cent surge in the number of women proceeded against by police for domestic violence-related assaults from October 1999 to September 2009.

This compares with an increase of 60 per cent in the number of men charged with domestic violence-related assaults during the same period.

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