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The problem of unisex bathrooms and male perverts

first_imgThe Federalist 9 February 2017Voyeurism is an enormous monster that lives in the shadows of our culture, continually nourished by advancing technology, pervasive pornography, and increasing opportunity.It Happens More Than You ThinkInherent in the question “How can we get men to stop doing this?” is the question of prevalence. Is voyeurism widespread, or limited to a few scattered predators? A look at the literature and studies on voyeurism reveals surprisingly little. In a day and age where every topic has seemingly been studied in minute detail, there is a glaring paucity of good information on the subject.But the data that does exist is eye-opening. Templeman (1991) found that no less than 42 percent of college men in a rural sample reported that they had engaged in voyeurism. Bradford et al. (1992) reported that “of 443 adult males studied, 115 admitted to voyeurism” (cited from Krueger, 2016). Rye & Meaney (2007) found that 61 percent of the men in their university sample would engage in voyeurism if the likelihood of getting caught was 25 percent (cited from Krueger, 2016).These enormous percentages suggest that voyeurism is far more prevalent than commonly thought. It’s not only because of the amount of men who are voyeurs or express voyeuristic desire, but also because of the amount of acts committed by those who are recognized as paraphilic (anomalous or deviant in their sexual behavior). Langstrom & Seto (2006) cite a 1988 study of sexual deviants by Abel, “Exhibitionistic and voyeuristic acts occurred up to 150 times more often than official police arrest statistics indicated.”We see this not only in the literature, but also in the news. In May 2016, David Walker (archived) was convicted of voyeuristic activities, including filming “hundreds of women in swimming pool changing rooms,” most of which probably occurred in unisex facilities, a common layout in public pools in the United Kingdom.In December 2015, George Thomas was convicted of voyeurism after police found personally filmed voyeuristic videos of more than 3,500 people in his possession. Yes, that number is correct. These were recorded over a six-year period. Thomas was finally discovered when a female colleague found a recording device in the unisex staff shower room.Voyeurism Seems to Be On the RiseSome of these cases have had high visibility, but are incidents actually on the rise? As Krueger explains in “Noncontact Paraphilic Sexual Offenses” (2016), it has been difficult to track historically because of how it is criminally categorized in different countries, including the United States. In Great Britain, however, they do have a criminal offense for voyeurism.We did a search at The Law Pages, and found a significant rise in voyeurism convictions. In the years 2006-2009 there were only 2.25 convictions per year. A significant rise was noted in 2010-2012 where the average rose to six convictions per year. However, over the last four years, 2013-2016, this number has exploded even higher, up to an average of 16 convictions per year.These scary statistics on voyeurism prevalence, incidents per perpetrator, and the exponential rise of convictions have a significant bearing on “bathroom bills” and allowing access of biologic males into women’s safe spaces. At WOMAN Means Something, we oppose trans-advocacy policies and bills like Canada’s Bill C-16 which, although well-intentioned, put many women at risk of sexual violence.On January 14, 2017 we released a set of data, with original sources, that documents no fewer than 140 incidents in North America and the United Kingdom of sexual violence to women by biologic males in safe spaces like washrooms and change-rooms. Seventy-six of these recorded incidents took place in 2015 and 2016. To our knowledge this is the most comprehensive database on these kinds of incidents available. The vast majority of these were of non-transgender males who took advantage of unisex spaces to perpetrate voyeuristic activities against women.Given the statistics found in the literature, it is highly likely that these incidents represent the tip of the proverbial iceberg. Policy makers and politicians need to understand that the push to open women’s spaces is taking place in the middle of a voyeurism epidemic. Rights and freedoms don’t live in a vacuum. In this case the rights of one group (trans individuals) dramatically affects the rights of another (females).STATISTICS: http://womanmeanssomething.com/violencedatabase/http://thefederalist.com/2017/02/09/data-suggests-unisex-bathrooms-bonanza-male-perverts/?utm_source=The+Federalist+List&utm_campaign=1f5a3d1bb2-RSS_The_Federalist_Daily_Updates_w_Transom&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_cfcb868ceb-1f5a3d1bb2-83919629last_img read more

Roach hat-trick

first_img Share Share Sharing is caring! Share PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad— West Indies’ Kemar Roach bowls during the second innings on the fourth day of a second cricket Test match against Australia at Queen’s Park Oval here, yesterday. (Photo: AP)PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad (AFP) — An outstanding spell from speedster Kemar Roach was the brightest spot as rain wrecked the fourth day of the second Test between West Indies and Australia here yesterday, allowing just 30.4 overs at Queen’s Park Oval.Roach claimed three for 27 in a penetrative 10-over spell, leaving Australia to battle to 73 for three when the adverse weather halted play 65 minutes before tea.Experienced right-hander Ricky Ponting was unbeaten on 32 and was partnered by captain Michael Clarke on one.The rain, which has plagued contest over the last three days, continued into the evening forcing match officials to eventually abandon the day just after 4:00 pm (3:00 pm Ja).It was a disappointing end to a day that promised so much after Australia snatched a 54-run lead at the start, by bowling West Indies out for 257.The hosts added just five to their overnight 252 for nine before Carlton Baugh was lbw for 21, sweeping at the fourth ball of the day from left-arm spinner Michael Beer.Left-handed openers Ed Cowan (20) and David Warner (17) then built on Australia’s lead by adding 26, despite a troubling opening spell from fast bowler Fidel Edwards.Warner, who faced 31 balls and struck three fours, grew in confidence and gathered two fours in one over from Edwards with a glance through mid-wicket and a drive through cover.However, he fell to the second ball of Roach’s first over, edging to first slip where Darren Bravo pouched a low catch.Three balls later, vice-captain Shane Watson followed without scoring, as Roach breached his forward defensive prod and removed his off-stump.Rain arrived 45 minutes before the scheduled lunch interval forcing an early break, but Cowan and Ponting led the Aussies fightback on resumption, extending their third-wicket partnership to 31.Roach continued his impressive spell, however, trapping Cowan lbw at 57 for three, to set the Aussies back again.Cowan, dropped at slip by captain Darren Sammy off Edwards before he had scored, faced 78 balls and struck two fours.Ponting was playing fluently with two fours off 57 balls when the rains arrived again, this time curtailing play for the day with the Aussies 127 runs ahead.ScoreboardAustralia 1st Innings 311West Indies 1st Innings(Overnight 252-9)Adrian Barath lbw b Beer 7Kraigg Brathwaite lbw b Hilfenhaus 0Kieran Powell lbw b Pattinson 19Darren Bravo lbw b Hussey 38Shivnarine Chanderpaul lbw b Lyon 94Narsingh Deonarine st Wade b Lyon 55Carlton Baugh lbw b Beer 21Darren Sammy c Hussey b Lyon 1Shane Shillingford c Cowan b Lyon 4Kemar Roach c Wade b Lyon 0Fidel Edwards not out 0Extras: (7b, 2lb, 8nb, 1w) 18TOTAL: (all out) 257Overs: 104.4.Fall of wickets: 1-0, 2-26, 3-38, 4-100, 5-230, 6-231, 7-237, 8-241, 9-249.Bowling: Michael Beer 25.4-9-56-2, Ben Hilfenhaus 16-4-39-1, Nathan Lyon 29-9-68-5, James Pattinson 11-2-40-1 (nb8), Michael Hussey 6-1-19-1 (w1), Shane Watson 12-5-14-0, David Warner 3-1-9-0, Michael Clarke 2-0-3-0.Australia 2nd InningsDavid Warner c Bravo b Roach 17Ed Cowan lbw b Roach 20Shane Watson b Roach 0Ricky Ponting not out 32Michael Clarke not out 3Extras: (1nb) 1TOTAL: (for three wickets) 73Overs: 30.Fall of wickets: 1-26, 2-26, 3-57.To bat: Michael Hussey, Matthew Wade, James Pattinson, Nathan Lyon, Ben Hilfenhaus, Michael Beer.Bowling: Fidel Edwards 5-2-13-0 (1nb), Shane Shillingford 15-3-33-0, Kemar Roach 10-1-27-3.Umpires: Marais Erasmus (South Africa), Ian Gould (England).TV Umpire: Tony Hill (New Zealand).Match Referee: Jeff Crowe (New Zealand).Jamaica Observercenter_img NewsSports Roach hat-trick by: – April 19, 2012 18 Views   no discussions Tweetlast_img read more

Badgers look to keep rolling vs. UWM

first_imgThe seven-game skid is finally over after the Wisconsin women’s basketballteam (3-7) went on the road and defeated Drake (5-3) 60-49. Badgers headcoach Lisa Stone returned to the floor where she coached prior to Wisconsin. Senior guard Alyssa Karel scored 24 points to lead all scorers and seniorforward Lin Zastrow added another 15 points for the Badgers and notched 6rebounds.The Badgers will now get to return to the Kohl Center for anin-state rivalry game versus the UW-Milwaukee Panthers (3-5).The Panthers come to Madison on a three-game losing streakand will search for a rare win against the Wisconsin. The Badgers lead the all-time seriesbetween the two schools 19-1. Thelone win for Milwaukee was all the way back in 1992 when they edged Wisconsin78-77 in Madison, but have dropped the last 12. Despite a worse record than Milwaukee, the Badgers haveplayed a much tougher early-season schedule than the Panthers and should bewell-prepared after facing ranked teams such as Duke and UW-Green Bay.Milwaukee is headlined by senior forward Lindsay Laur, whois averaging 17.4 points and 8.3 rebounds per game. Her skills in the post and outside the 3-point line make hera difficult player to guard and when she gets to the free throw line she knocksdown 94 percent of her shots.That type of threat could pose a real problem for theBadgers because in the last seven games Wisconsin has committed 135 fouls andallowed opponents to shoot 175 free throws. Although free throws have been an easy source of points forthe Wisconsin opposition the key to the game for the Badgers will probably beturnovers. A major contributingfactor to many of the problems Wisconsin has endured this season has been theinability to take care of the basketball. In its last five games UW is averaging about 20 turnovers per game.“We have to take care of the ball and I think right now it’sabout being fearless on offense instead of worrying about making mistakes, justplaying with confidence,” assistant coach Oties Epps said.Milwaukee also has two other double-digit scorers in freshmanguard Angela Rodriguez and freshman center Courtney Lindfors. Rodriguez leads the Panthers from deep,shooting almost 40 percent from behind the arc and averages 13.3 points pergame. Lindfors is six-foot-four, leads the team in blocked shots and is chipping in12.3 points per game.The Badgers have three scorers in double figures to matchthe Panthers. Those three leadersalso have experience that Milwaukee’s leaders don’t. Karell is averaging 14points per game since returning from an injury that caused her to miss thefirst three games of the season. Sheis flanked by fellow senior leaders and forwards Tara Steinbauer and Zastrow,who are each averaging 10 points and six rebounds per game.Another key for Wisconsin is the team’s feel for each other thatis developing now that the Badgers have had all of its players healthy for thelast three games. “It might not show in the box score, but our chemistry iscoming. Things are going to startto turn. I see it in practice, andsometimes it just takes a little bit of time,” Epps said.Sitting at 3-7 is not a comfortable position for any of theWisconsin players according to Steinbauer, but they aren’t panicking yet. The Badgers realize the impact the rashof injuries had on the early part of the season and also know that the seasonis just barely a month old with the entire Big Ten season left to play.The UW-Milwaukee Panthers may not be a top team in women’scollege basketball, but that isn’t what the Badgers need right now to get backon the right track. Wisconsin needsto gather their footing and try to finish the non-conference schedule with3-game winning streak, so that when the stronger opponents start to visitcampus they have some momentum.“We definitely have some uphill road to climb in the future,”Steinbauer says. “It isn’t enoughfor us to say that we can compete with the best, we want to be able to winagainst the best.So far in aseason that has had anything but guarantees for the Badgers, Steinbauer justgave one.“This is not the way things are; come the end of the seasonwe will not be a team with a losing record,” she said.last_img read more

LOOKING BACK

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Below, two cars were damaged by bricks that had fallen from the building they were parked next to during the 1987 Whittier Narrows Earthquake. Above left, residents at the Bright Hotel and other area hotels in the Uptown area were evacuated due to extensive damage to the buildings’ structures. Above center, heavy machinery work to clean up the rubble from a damaged building at the southwest corner of Bright Avenue at Philadelphia Street in Uptown Whittier. Above right, facades of Uptown businesses on Greenleaf Avenue collapsed, leaving interior walls exposed after the temblor. last_img read more

QPR and West Brom target set for Moscow move

first_img Yann M’Vila 1 QPR and West Brom target Yann M’Vila is considering a loan move to Dynamo Moscow, according to reports in France.The midfielder was heavily linked with a switch to the Premier League in January after falling out of favour at Rubin Kazan.However, neither QPR or West Brom were able to complete a deal for the Frenchman during the final days of the transfer window.M’Vila has now been handed a lifeline, though, as the Russian transfer window does not close until February 27.And, according to L’Equipe, Dynamo Moscow have made a loan offer to Rubin Kazan for the 24-year-old’s services.Negotiations are said to be an at advanced stage but the two parties will have to act first to beat the transfer deadline.last_img read more