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Teen Birth Rates Hit Historic Lows; More Access to Contraceptives Credited - RH Reality Check

Teen Birth Rates Hit Historic Lows; More Access to Contraceptives Credited - RH Reality Check | Adolescent Sexuality | Scoop.it
Teen birth rates fell to an historic low in 2011 thanks, in part, to new policies that make it easier for teens to access contraception.
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The Art of the Sex Date: Avoiding Hookups Can Actually Keep You Single

The Art of the Sex Date: Avoiding Hookups Can Actually Keep You Single | Adolescent Sexuality | Scoop.it
There is a problematic and flat-out wrong idea that not having sex on the first date, delaying sex or being on a sex date/hookup app means that a person is not available or is uninterested in a relationship. Many great potential partners are told by others, while being deeply open and interested in a relationship, that they will only meet up for a date because they want a partner, not a hookup. We are bizarrely trapped in a sex-phobic myth that sex is not a legit form of intimacy or connection.

Going for dinner or coffee is a great way to find out about what TV shows someone watches, what their career goals are and whether or not they want kids. But full compatibility, deep affection and full depth intimacy is found out with sexual exploration.  

And that list leaves out the vital importance of sexual compatibility if you want a long-term monogamous relationship. Please do not think that if you love someone enough, or find them hot enough, that good sex will just happen. It doesn’t. Sexual compatibility is its own level of chemistry.

I literally laugh out loud when I hear someone say, “I’m delaying sex because I want to really get to know this guy.” What?! Sex is really getting to know someone! Is sex for you just a meaningless and empty banging of genitals? Sex has no value or intimacy in it?
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Who Does She Think She Is?

Who Does She Think She Is? | Adolescent Sexuality | Scoop.it
The internet hates women. Everyone knows that by now, and nobody precisely approves, but we’ve reached a point of collective tolerance. It’s just the way of the world, and if you can’t handle it, honey, delete your account. Stop engaging online. Cut yourself off from friends, family, and professional contacts, shut down your business, blow up your social capital, stop learning, stop talking, just stop. Or else.

The U.N. Broadband Commission tells us that one in five young women has been sexually harassed online. Amnesty International’s latest report suggested that over three-quarters of women and girls expected violence and abuse if they expressed an opinion online. “Online” is the least significant word in those sentences. I have been asked enough times if “the internet is bad for women.” And yes, there is reason enough to warn your daughter, your partner, your friend to watch out for herself online, to think twice before “putting herself out there.” You’d warn her in much the same way that you might warn her not to walk through town alone at night, not to wear a short skirt, not to let her guard down, not to relax, ever. And the message is the same: The future, like the past, is not for you. You may visit, but only if you behave.
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Evangelical Christian Campuses Are Kissing Consent Goodbye

Evangelical Christian Campuses Are Kissing Consent Goodbye | Adolescent Sexuality | Scoop.it
One researcher describes the cost of purity culture as deep sexual shame and self-loathing so intense that she compares it to survivors of childhood sexual assault. An alumnus of a radicalized Christian college reports that the majority of women who graduate from the school cannot label their own anatomies or explain the basics of sex. For young adults kept woefully ignorant by abstinence initiatives, more advanced topics like consent and coercion are even more obscured.

In assessing the efficacy of purity vows, the findings are also grim. Researchers using those tallied pledge cards report no differences between virginity pledgers and control adolescents in terms of sexual behaviors. It turns out true love doesn’t wait—and it also doesn’t use condoms. Adolescents who sign virginity pledges are much less likely to use birth control or condoms and are at increased risk for both pregnancy and STIs.

One team of researchers, tasked with evaluating the arc of abstinence-only initiatives, decries abstinence programs as a threat to adolescents’ fundamental rights. They also note that the programs “reinforce gender stereotypes about female passivity and male aggressiveness,” highlighting a distinct similarity between purity culture and rape culture.

The purity movement drives this message home, directly holding girls and women responsible for managing the sexual impulses of the boys and men around them. Iconic purity-culture resources like I Kissed Dating Goodbye admonish young women to monitor their dress, speech, and behavior to stop men from stumbling into sexual sin. The best way to do this? Another guide, Lady In Waiting, exhorts adolescent girls to view themselves as sleeping princesses: carefully preserved, inert, and waiting for husbands.
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Fresh Air: 'Doing Harm' By Maya Dusenbery 

Fresh Air: 'Doing Harm' By Maya Dusenbery  | Adolescent Sexuality | Scoop.it
When journalist Maya Dusenbery was in her 20s, she started experiencing progressive pain in her joints, which she learned was caused by rheumatoid arthritis.

As she began to research her own condition, Dusenbery realized how lucky she was to have been diagnosed relatively easily. Other women with similar symptoms, she says, "experienced very long diagnostic delays and felt ... that their symptoms were not taken seriously."

Dusenbery says these experiences fit into a larger pattern of gender bias in medicine. Her new book, Doing Harm, makes the case that women's symptoms are often dismissed and misdiagnosed — in part because of what she calls the "systemic and unconscious bias that's rooted ... in what doctors, regardless of their own gender, are learning in medical schools."
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LGBTQ Americans Won't Be Counted in 2020 U.S. Census After All

LGBTQ Americans Won't Be Counted in 2020 U.S. Census After All | Adolescent Sexuality | Scoop.it
LGBTQ advocacy groups are outraged after proposed questions regarding sexual orientation and gender identity were quickly removed Tuesday from a just-released draft of the 2020 U.S. Census.

The U.S. Census Bureau, which is part of the Department of Commerce, is required to issue a list of categories it plans to track three years before the survey is conducted. Tuesday's list showed categories ranging from race and gender to the type of plumbing in homes and the length of a person's daily commute to work. Each category is followed by a table showing the federal agencies that rely on the data to make decisions about law enforcement, health care, equal employment opportunities and more.

No previous U.S. Census has ever included LGBTQ Americans, which makes it challenging for federal agencies and researchers to accurately track the size, demographics and needs of the community. In addition, the more detailed American Community Survey also leaves out LGBTQ categories. Tuesday's initial release from the Census Bureau proposed including lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people on both surveys.
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March for Our Lives' connection to gay activism [Video]

March for Our Lives' connection to gay activism [Video] | Adolescent Sexuality | Scoop.it
Surrounding the activists throughout the day were colorfully spray-painted signs, declaring “Not in my school,” “Stop trans murder,” “NRA be gone, before we drop the House on you” (a pitch-perfect Wizard of Oz reference), and the pièce de résistance: “Skinhead lesbian.”

It was, of course, the reclamation of an insult hurled by a Maine legislative candidate toward a magnetic leader of this movement: Emma González, the buzzed-headed student who emerged onto the national stage just three days after the deadly Feb. 14 shooting at her Marjorie Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla.

That’s when González’s riveting 11-minute “we call BS” speech went viral, energizing a segment of the nation that had had enough of gun violence and catapulting a crew of similarly smart, tenacious Parkland students into an instant media spotlight.

People soon tweeted that González should run for president. The 18-year-old noted that she already is president — of her school’s Gay-Straight Alliance (GSA). She then told the Washington Post that she identifies as bisexual, and suddenly her fierce badassery just made that much more sense for a whole lot of people, particularly fellow LGBTQ folks and queer activists for whom self-identity and a willingness to stand up for justice have long been inextricably linked.

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 Marriage Has Become a Trophy

 Marriage Has Become a Trophy | Adolescent Sexuality | Scoop.it
The decline of marriage is upon us. Or, at least, that’s what the zeitgeist would have us believe. In 2010, when Time magazine and the Pew Research Center famously asked Americans whether they thought marriage was becoming obsolete, 39 percent said yes. That was up from 28 percent when Time asked the question in 1978. Also, since 2010, the Census Bureau has reported that married couples have made up less than half of all households; in 1950 they made up 78 percent. Data such as these have led to much collective handwringing about the fate of the embattled institution.

But there is one statistical tidbit that flies in the face of this conventional wisdom: A clear majority of same-sex couples who are living together are now married. Same-sex marriage was illegal in every state until Massachusetts legalized it in 2004, and it did not become legal nationwide until the Supreme Court decision Obergefell v. Hodges in 2015. Two years after that decision, 61 percent of same-sex couples who were sharing a household were married, according to a set of surveys by Gallup. That’s a high take-up rate: Just because same-sex couples are able to marry doesn’t mean that they have to; and yet large numbers have seized the opportunity. (That’s compared with 89 percent of different-sex couples.)
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Grindr App to Offer H.I.V. Test Reminders

Grindr App to Offer H.I.V. Test Reminders | Adolescent Sexuality | Scoop.it
In an effort to shrink the global AIDS epidemic, the world’s largest gay dating app is changing its software this week to urge millions of users to get frequent H.I.V. tests.

Grindr, which claims to have 3.3 million daily users from every country in the world, will send men who opt into the service a reminder every three to six months, and simultaneously point them to the nearest testing site. It will also let clinics, gay community centers and other testing sites advertise for free.

The company is making the move to “reduce H.I.V. transmission and support our whole community — regardless of H.I.V. status — in living long and fulfilling lives,” said Jack Harrison-Quintana, Grindr’s director for equality.

H.I.V. experts greeted the announcement enthusiastically.
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Opinion | Does Gay Hollywood Have Room for Queer Kids? 

Opinion | Does Gay Hollywood Have Room for Queer Kids?  | Adolescent Sexuality | Scoop.it
As an undergraduate at Duke University, I was something of a campus unicorn. I was anything but quiet about my sexuality and my gender identity. I’d hold my head high sporting bright red lipstick and a full beard; dance on the bar, unshaven legs exposed by a miniskirt; strut unashamed across cobblestones in four-inch heels. I wasn’t just gay — I was a total queen. And for half of the gay men on campus, I was something of a goddess, an inspiration, a friend.

But for the other half, I was embarrassing. I was that flamboyant gay kid who made everyone else look bad by association. Many gay men on campus were so unsettled by me, so vicariously ashamed of my gender expression, that they’d avoid eye contact, wouldn’t even talk to me. The irony is that these very gay men were allowed to be “normal” because I was the campus freak. My unabashed femininity was what paved the way for gay men in, say, fraternities to come out without jeopardizing their masculinity. I was the shameful femme foil to their butch pride. At the same time as they disavowed me, they profited from my existence.
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Gonorrhea Strain Thwarts 2 Main Drugs, Raising Concerns It's Becoming Untreatable

Gonorrhea Strain Thwarts 2 Main Drugs, Raising Concerns It's Becoming Untreatable | Adolescent Sexuality | Scoop.it

A man in the U.K. has contracted a strain of gonorrhea that is resistant to the two main drugs used to treat it, according to British health officials.

This is the latest in a long history of gonorrhea developing resistance to antibiotics – in fact, the World Health Organization has warned that doctors are running out of ways to treat it.

It's the first report of a gonorrhea case worldwide that is resistant to both ceftriaxone and azithromycin, the pair of drugs typically effective in treating the disease, according to Public Health England, a U.K. government agency. The strain showed high-level resistance to azithromycin and resistance to ceftriaxone.


The patient in the U.K. was diagnosed in early 2018, and health officials believe he contracted the disease through "female sexual contact in south-east Asia a month prior to symptom onset." The man also had one "regular female partner in the UK," and she has not contracted the resistant gonorrhea, according to preliminary test results.

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UPDATE: New Indiana law requires doctors to report to state women's physical or psychological complications connected to abortion

UPDATE: New Indiana law requires doctors to report to state women's physical or psychological complications connected to abortion | Adolescent Sexuality | Scoop.it
* INDIANAPOLIS — A new state law directs Indiana doctors and hospitals to compile and submit a detailed report every time a woman seeks treatment for a physical or psychological
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Senate’s female members push for harassment vote

Senate’s female members push for harassment vote | Adolescent Sexuality | Scoop.it
The Senate's 22 female members joined together Wednesday in a bipartisan push for their leaders to overhaul its workplace misconduct rules, airing "deep disappointment" that the chamber hasn't already moved.

The House approved its own revamp of Congress' system for handling harassment and discrimination on the job last month, and negotiators in both parties had come close to attaching a bipartisan, bicameral deal to the government spending package that President Donald Trump signed last week. But that momentum fizzled last week amid a dispute over whether to keep House-passed language holding lawmakers personally liable for discrimination settlements tied to their behavior, as well as harassment claims.
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Opinion | I Tried to Befriend Nikolas Cruz. He Still Killed My Friends.

Opinion | I Tried to Befriend Nikolas Cruz. He Still Killed My Friends. | Adolescent Sexuality | Scoop.it
PARKLAND, Fla. — My first interaction with Nikolas Cruz happened when I was in seventh grade. I was eating lunch with my friends, most likely discussing One Direction or Ed Sheeran, when I felt a sudden pain in my lower back. The force of the blow knocked the wind out of my 90-pound body; tears stung my eyes. I turned around and saw him, smirking. I had never seen this boy before, but I would never forget his face. His eyes were lit up with a sick, twisted joy as he watched me cry.

The apple that he had thrown at my back rolled slowly along the tiled floor. A cafeteria aide rushed over to ask me if I was O.K. I don’t remember if Mr. Cruz was confronted over his actions, but in my 12-year-old naïveté, I trusted that the adults around me would take care of the situation.

Five years later, hiding in a dark closet inside Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, I would discover just how wrong I was.
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The secret to improving any relationship

The secret to improving any relationship | Adolescent Sexuality | Scoop.it
Dr. John Gottman, professor emeritus of psychology at University of Washington, is the guy when it comes to relationships. He's that researcher featured in Malcolm Gladwell's Blink who, after just a few minutes, could predict with uncanny accuracy whether a couple would end up divorced.

His book is The Relationship Cure: A 5 Step Guide to Strengthening Your Marriage, Family, and Friendships.

Gottman discovered the key element that makes relationships fly or die. It's something you can use to build stronger bonds with all the people you care about — and it's going to surprise you.
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How Endometriosis Became Ground Zero for Healthcare Access

How Endometriosis Became Ground Zero for Healthcare Access | Adolescent Sexuality | Scoop.it
In 2010, Abby Norman was attending Sarah Lawrence College on a scholarship after escaping her hometown and a household where she rarely felt loved and nurtured. She was pursuing a career in dance and didn’t have to foot the bill for her college education because she’d earned an academic scholarship. All of that changed during a routine shower. While Norman was showering, an excruciating, but unexplainable, pain took hold of her body. She found that she could barely pull herself out of the shower and even laying in her bed in the fetal position didn’t ease the persistent pain. In fact, since that fateful shower, the pain has never really left.

The pain forced her to leave Sarah Lawrence because she could no longer keep up with her studies. The pain led to a diagnosis of endometriosis, and then a surgery that didn’t alleviate the symptoms. The pain has kept her in and out of emergency rooms and doctor’s office where physician after physician have misdiagnosed her, undermined her, and made her believe that she was imagining her symptoms. The pain has irreversibly changed her life. In Ask Me About My Uterus: A Quest to Make Doctors Believe in Women’s Pain, Norman situates her experience within the sordid history of medicine dismissing women’s pain.

Her eye-opening memoir makes it clear that women with chronic illnesses are being disregarded and mistreated, and that it will take more women telling their stories to force systems to shift. I spoke with Norman about how she’s fought for treatment, what she’s learned about hysteria, and why endometriosis is characterized as a white woman’s disease.
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Mount Holyoke wants to stop calling students ‘women’

Mount Holyoke wants to stop calling students ‘women’ | Adolescent Sexuality | Scoop.it
An all-women’s college in Massachusetts is asking its professors to stop calling students “women.”

Mount Holyoke College’s web page suggests professors refer to the student body as “Mount Holyoke students” instead of “Mount Holyoke women” and avoid saying things like “we’re all women here…” or referring to “the two genders,” WWLP reported.

The tips are part of the “Supporting Trans and Non-Binary Students” guide created by officials at the historic women’s college, in an effort to promote a “gender neutral” environment, the web page says.

“As we know not every Mount Holyoke student identifies as a woman,” acting President Sonya Stephens said in a statement. “But every student at Mount Holyoke has the right to live and learn in an inclusive environment that is free from hostility and respectful of their identity.
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Mary H.K. Choi's 'Emergency Contact' Exalts Digital Love

Mary H.K. Choi's 'Emergency Contact' Exalts Digital Love | Adolescent Sexuality | Scoop.it
It’s a coincidence that Penny, the heroine of Mary H.K. Choi’s young-adult novel Emergency Contact, happens to be passing by as Sam, her local barista, is having his first panic attack. She gives him a ride, and her number, and tells him to text her when he gets home. He jokes that she’s his “emergency contact.”

Even though their relationship starts with an actual emergency, as the book progresses, being emergency contacts starts to mean that they are each other’s default sounding board for the random stream-of-consciousness thoughts that cry out to be shared, even though they don’t need to be. Sam texts Penny asking for fashion advice; Penny texts Sam about how much she hates maraschino cherries. For the bulk of the book, Penny and Sam are not physically present with each other, but their relationship is built with the bricks of life’s minutiae, constructed line by line within the confines of their phones.

Emergency Contact is a book about how relationships that begin as a collection of pixels can become capital-R Real—in the Velveteen Rabbit sense. It’s also about the vague and slippery rules of communication in the digital age that both help and hurt those relationships. I spoke with Choi—a journalist who’s written for a variety of outlets (including The Atlantic)—about what those rules are, how we pretend to know them when we really don’t, and how she managed to write texts for a pair of young adults without sounding like an out-of-touch old person.

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How an Instagram Post Led to an N.F.L. Cheerleader’s Discrimination Case

How an Instagram Post Led to an N.F.L. Cheerleader’s Discrimination Case | Adolescent Sexuality | Scoop.it

According to the Saints’ handbook for cheerleaders, as well as internal emails and text messages reviewed by The New York Times and interviews with Davis, the Saints have an anti-fraternization policy that requires cheerleaders to avoid contact with players, in person or online, even though players are not penalized for pursuing such engagement with cheerleaders. The cheerleaders must block players from following them on social media and cannot post photos of themselves in Saints gear, denying them the chance to market themselves. The players are not required to do any of these things.



Cheerleaders are told not to dine in the same restaurant as players, or speak to them in any detail. If a Saints cheerleader enters a restaurant and a player is already there, she must leave. If a cheerleader is in a restaurant and a player arrives afterward, she must leave. There are nearly 2,000 players in the N.F.L., and many of them use pseudonyms on social media. Cheerleaders must find a way to block each one, while players have no limits on who can follow them.

The team says its rules are designed to protect cheerleaders from players preying on them. But it puts the onus on the women to fend off the men.

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UPDATE: New Indiana law requires doctors to report to state women's physical or psychological complications connected to abortion 

UPDATE: New Indiana law requires doctors to report to state women's physical or psychological complications connected to abortion  | Adolescent Sexuality | Scoop.it
* INDIANAPOLIS — A new state law directs Indiana doctors and hospitals to compile and submit a detailed report every time a woman seeks treatment for a physical or psychological condition that is in any way connected to a past abortion.

Starting next year, a care provider who fails to submit an "abortion complications" report to the State Department of Health risks being charged with a Class B misdemeanor, punishable by up to six months in jail and a $1,000 fine, for each instance of noncompliance.

Republican Gov. Eric Holcomb, who routinely describes himself as "pro-life," approved Senate Enrolled Act 340 with little fanfare Sunday afternoon prior to departing on a three-day Canadian trade mission.
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The Antiquated Tradition of the Marriage Proposal

The Antiquated Tradition of the Marriage Proposal | Adolescent Sexuality | Scoop.it
The marriage proposal is one of the most ritualized moments in modern American life. Growing up, many girls are instilled with a specific idea of how it should go: He’ll take us somewhere romantic—we’ll have no idea what’s happening—he’ll get down on one knee—we’ll start crying—he’ll pop the question—we’ll immediately say yes. It should be magical.

But for a lot of heterosexual couples, the proposal—as movies portray it, as many millennial women have internalized it—doesn’t reflect the kind of modern, egalitarian relationships many women want today. Whom to marry is among the most important decisions most people will ever make in their lives, and yet it’s not a choice made in the course of a conversation—the normal way two grown humans make big life decisions. Instead, it has to be a show, with a prefixed grand finale: “yes.”
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All 22 female senators slam chamber's 'inaction' on sexual harassment 

All 22 female senators slam chamber's 'inaction' on sexual harassment  | Adolescent Sexuality | Scoop.it
N)All 22 senators -- from both parties -- have written a letter to Senate leadership expressing their "deep disappointment" in the Senate's "inaction" in moving sexual harassment legislation forward.

They are calling for a vote on the legislation that would overhaul how sexual harassment claims are handled on Capitol Hill.
"We write to express our deep disappointment that the Senate has failed to enact meaningful reforms to the Congressional Accountability Act of 1995," the letter says. "We urge you to bring before the full Senate legislation that would update and strengthen the procedures available to survivors of sexual harassment and discrimination in congressional workplaces."
The letter, sent to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, was spearheaded by Democratic Sens. Amy Klobuchar, Kirsten Gillibrand and Patty Murray and signed by every female US senator.
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Washington state outlaws gay conversion therapy for minors

Washington state outlaws gay conversion therapy for minors | Adolescent Sexuality | Scoop.it
The governor of Washington state signed a bill on Wednesday to ban the use of gay conversion therapy on minors.

Gov. Jay Inslee (D) criticized the practice of trying to alter someone’s sexual orientation or gender identity, KIRO 7 News reported.

“We don’t let parents or doctors make decisions to let broken legs be treated in something that ends up losing both your limbs,” Inslee said.

“It's unprofessional, it's damaging, it is not scientifically credible and it violates not only our values, but the mental health of kids with decades of depression ahead of them if they are told to hate themselves,” he said.

Danny Cords, a survivor of conversion therapy, described the treatment to KIRO 7, likening it to torture.

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Minnesota Woman Blamed For Al Franken's Fall Had Nothing To Do With It

Minnesota Woman Blamed For Al Franken's Fall Had Nothing To Do With It | Adolescent Sexuality | Scoop.it
Lindsey Port, 35, doesn’t really know Al Franken. She met the Minnesota Democrat in passing at political events, but that’s about it. And she never even called on him to resign from the Senate after a number of other women accused him of sexual harassment.

But for some reason, she’s being blamed for his downfall.

Port has spoken out about sexual harassment. In November, as a Democratic candidate for the Minnesota state House, she and state Rep. Erin Maye Quade (D) accused state Sen. Dan Schoen (D) of harassing them. Schoen eventually stepped down, and Port became one of the most visible faces of the Me Too movement in Minnesota.

She initially received a flood of goodwill for speaking out. But the reaction changed when the Franken allegations surfaced.

Port’s willingness to call attention to sexual harassment went from being applauded to being questioned. Members of her own party said she had “softened the ground” for Franken’s resignation in early January, and some people even wondered if she was secretly a conservative operative who had planned to take down the popular senator all along.

On social media, Port saw comments that questioned her identity, motives and truthfulness.
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The Very Male Trump Administration

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Earlier this month, a woman broke a glass ceiling: President Donald Trump announced that he would name Gina Haspel, a career intelligence officer, the first female director of the Central Intelligence Agency.

Yet Haspel is something of a rarity, an Atlantic analysis of 2,475 Trump appointees shows. The White House has named twice as many men as women to administration positions. This gender skew is both broad and deep: In no department do female appointees outnumber male appointees, and in some cases men outnumber women four or five to one. Moreover, men significantly outnumber women in low-level positions as well as in high-level ones, with Trump’s Cabinet currently composed of 19 men and five women. Overall, 33 percent of Trump’s appointees are women, compared to 47 percent of the national workforce and 43 percent of the 2 million workers across the executive branch.

The Republican Party and Trump officials have touted the number of women named to top government posts. The president “has appointed more women to senior-level positions than previous administrations,” the GOP has argued. “He’s empowering ALL Americans with his winning agenda.” But the analysis—the biggest and broadest look at Trump appointments conducted thus far—shows that by some measures the White House has assembled the most preponderantly male team since the Reagan administration. Until Haspel, Trump also had not named as many women to top positions as his most recent predecessors, as the GOP has claimed.
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A Big Concern in Norway, a Country Now Ruled by Women: Male Anger 

A Big Concern in Norway, a Country Now Ruled by Women: Male Anger  | Adolescent Sexuality | Scoop.it

Political power in Norway is dominated by women. They hold the office of the prime minister, the finance minister, the foreign minister and the speaker of parliament.

“It’s not a female conspiracy,” says Prime Minister Erna Solberg.

Even by Scandinavian chart-topping standards for gender equality, Norway stands out when it comes to the political landscape (they’re not quite as good in corporate Norway). So what gender issues do these politicians worry about?

“The challenge in the Scandinavian countries is not to end up with a large group of young men who have no purpose in life, no hope for a job,” Solberg said in an interview in Oslo.


It’s a demographic that needs careful political attention to avoid a dangerous backlash, the prime minister said. At the University of Oslo, about 57 percent of all PhD students last year were women. The risk of men falling behind also makes them more vulnerable to losing their jobs to automation.

“That’s what we see in the angry white men who not only don’t like Muslims and immigrants, but absolutely not women either, at least if they can’t keep the woman to themselves,” Solberg said.

Norway was the scene of one of Europe’s worst hate crimes this century, when white supremacist Anders Behring Breivik in 2011 massacred 77 people, mostly members of the youth wing of the country’s Labor Party.

Foreign Minister Ine Eriksen Soreide says, “the problem Erna is pointing to is a massive problem, globally. A lot of very vulnerable countries have enormous youth unemployment, and most of them are men.”

Tone Troen, Norway’s newly minted speaker of parliament, says she’s confident the next generation will do better. But “it’s important that boys and girls make non-traditional choices when it comes to education,” she said.

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