City argues that cutting Toronto council during an election violates the constitution

TORONTO — The decision to reduce the size of Toronto council in the middle of a municipal election is “discriminatory and arbitrary” and violates the Constitution, city lawyers argue in court filings ahead of a Friday hearing on the controversial law passed by Ontario’s Progressive Conservative government.

The documents, filed with Ontario’s Superior Court, say that Bill 5 — the so-called Better Local Government Act — interferes with the democratic rights of city residents by imposing the change in the middle of an election period.

The legislation, which passed earlier this month, reduces Toronto council to 25 seats from 47 to align the city’s ward map with federal ridings in time for the Oct. 22 municipal election, a move Premier Doug Ford has argued will improve decision-making and save $25 million.

https://toronto.ctvnews.ca/city-argues-that-cutting-toronto-council-during-an-election-violates-the-constitution-1.4071717

 

 

A Brown University Researcher Released A Study About Teens Imitating Their Peers By Turning Trans.

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Brown University. “Rapid-onset gender dysphoria.” ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 22 August 2018. <www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/08/180822150809.htm>.

 

For individuals with gender dysphoria, the conflict between experienced gender identity and sex observed at birth produces significant emotional distress.

Until recently, it was unusual for a teen to report initial feelings of gender dysphoria during or after puberty without childhood symptoms. Clinicians have reported that this kind of gender dysphoria is on the rise, particularly for patients whose sex was observed to be female at birth. Additionally, the numbers of adolescents seeking care for gender dysphoria has increased dramatically. It is unknown why these changes are occurring.

This month, a Brown University researcher published the first studyto empirically describe teens and young adults who did not have symptoms of gender dysphoria during childhood but who were observed by their parents to rapidly develop gender dysphoria symptoms over days, weeks or months during or after puberty.

“This kind of descriptive study is important because it defines a group and raises questions for more research,” said study author Lisa Littman, an assistant professor of the practice of behavioral and social sciences at Brown’s School of Public Health. “One of the main conclusions is that more research needs to be done. Descriptive studies aren’t randomized controlled trials — you can’t tell cause and effect, and you can’t tell prevalence. It’s going to take more studies to bring in more information, but this is a start.”

The study was published on Aug. 16 in PLOS ONE.

Littman surveyed more than 250 parents of children who suddenly developed gender dysphoria symptoms during or after puberty. She said she wanted to better understand the phenomenon, which seems to be on the rise, but had been considered atypical even just a few years ago. Gender dysphoria is defined as the emotional distress a person feels because of the difference between their experienced gender identity and their sex observed at birth. Gender dysphoria is not the same as gender nonconformity, or not following the stereotypes of one’s assigned gender.

The children of the parents surveyed were more than 80 percent female at birth and ranged between 11 and 27 years old at the time of survey, with an average age of 16. Additionally, 47 percent of the children were reported as academically gifted, and 41 percent expressed a non-heterosexual sexual orientation prior to their gender dysphoria symptoms. Most of the parent respondents were female, white and U.S. residents.

In the 90-question survey, Littman asked the parents about each of the eight indicators for gender dysphoria in childhood that are detailed by the American Psychiatric Association. To meet the diagnostic criteria for gender dysphoria in childhood, a child needs to experience at least six of the eight indicators. Most include readily observable signs, such as a strong rejection of typically feminine or masculine toys and games, and strong resistance to wearing typically feminine or masculine clothes. Eighty percent of the parents reported observing none of these indicators in their children before puberty.

Among the noteworthy patterns Littman found in the survey data: 21 percent of parents reported their child had one or more friends become transgender-identified at around the same time; 20 percent reported an increase in their child’s social media use around the same time as experiencing gender dysphoria symptoms; and 45 percent reported both.

The pattern of clusters of teens in friend groups becoming transgender-identified, the group dynamics of these friend groups and the types of advice viewed online led her to the hypothesis that friends and online sources could spread certain beliefs. Examples include the belief that non-specific symptoms such as feeling uncomfortable in their own skins or feeling like they don’t fit in — which could be a part of normal puberty or associated with trauma — should be perceived as gender dysphoria; the belief that the only path to happiness is transition; and the belief that anyone who disagrees with the teen is transphobic and should be cut out of their life.

“Of the parents who provided information about their child’s friendship group, about a third responded that more than half of the kids in the friendship group became transgender-identified,” Littman said. “A group with 50 percent of its members becoming transgender-identified represents a rate that is more 70 times the expected prevalence for young adults.”

Additionally, 62 percent of parents reported their teen or young adult had one or more diagnoses of a psychiatric disorder or neurodevelopmental disability before the onset of gender dysphoria. Forty-eight percent reported that their child had experienced a traumatic or stressful event prior to the onset of their gender dysphoria, including being bullied, sexually assaulted or having their parents get divorced.

This suggests that the drive to transition expressed by these teens and young adults could be a harmful coping mechanism like drugs, alcohol or cutting, Littman said. With harmful coping mechanisms, certain behaviors are used to avoid feeling negative emotions in the short term, but they do not solve the underlying problems and they often cause additional problems, she noted.

Littman added that more research is needed to determine the prevalence of rapid-onset gender dysphoria, whether adolescent-onset gender dysphoria and rapid-onset gender dysphoria are temporary or likely to be long term, and how to best to support individuals with rapid-onset gender dysphoria and their families.

As a next step, Littman is planning to survey parent/teen pairs where the teenager experienced rapid-onset gender dysphoria and their symptoms of gender dysphoria resolved in one to three years without medical treatment. She has encountered such stories anecdotally, she said, and wants to better understand this phenomenon.

In addition, Littman is currently analyzing data from a survey of 100 people who experienced gender dysphoria, chose to undergo medical or surgical transition, and then de-transitioned by stopping hormone treatment or having surgery to reverse the effects of transition.

“There’s a lot that we don’t know about gender dysphoria,” Littman said. “The cultural landscape has changed very dramatically, so it’s not unexpected to see new types of presentations. It’s important to determine which patients would benefit from medical and surgical transition and which patients would not benefit and might be harmed.”


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  1. Lisa Littman. Rapid-onset gender dysphoria in adolescents and young adults: A study of parental reportsPLOS ONE, 2018; 13 (8): e0202330 DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0202330

What is the new world order?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oHyJwN90VXM

 

Western entertainment, which is really edutainment, has a more profound influence on people’ lives than many people actually realise. When people talk on the New World Order, they usually mention the secret societies, banking cartels, oligarchical families and multi-corporations, but very little is said on the role modern entertainment plays in shaping the thinking and attitudes of modern day societies. As celebrities become more and more deified and commonplace in people’ lives, their pagan philosophies (which are all basically the same), will also be readily accepted and embraced by a generation whose intelligence is more and more being dumbed down.

Can anybody explain this?

An Asian man who owns Jun’s Beauty Supply in #Tulsa #Oklahoma was caught on video punching a Black female customer in the face and giving her a bloody nose. Locals say this store owner has a history of violence against Black female customers. So Black men started protesting outside of the store, in an effort to shut him down. The owner announced a 50% of sale on the products, and now there is a line of Black females customers outside of his store trying to get in. And some of them even started arguing AGAINST the Black male protesters.
Is it really that serious to get hair products from these people? Are bundles more important than dignity? Are we willing to get socked in the face for a lace front?

 

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UPenn Women’s Center targeted in federal Title IX complaint

The nation’s oldest men’s nonprofit has filed a Title IX complaint against the University of Pennsylvania, alleging that 22 of the school’s programs unlawfully exclude men, including the Women’s Center.

According to a complaint filed on June 22, the National Coalition for Men requests that the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR) launch a formal probe into certain women-only scholarships and programs at the Ivy League school.

Programs that directly exclude men include The Penn Forum for Women Faculty, The Penn Women’s Support Group, and the Trustees Council of Penn Women, according to the complaint.

[RELATED: Title IX complaint filed against ‘hate men’ professor]

But the complaint also takes aim at programs with ambiguous membership rules, such as the Women’s Studies Department, the Alice Paul Center for Research on Gender, Sexuality, and Women, and various other initiatives to “support women” in STEM and academia.

Though these programs might not bar men from joining, per se, NCFM alleges that many of these programs indirectly bar men. In many cases, the group cites the absolute lack, or near lack, of male participants to justify its claims.

“University of Pennsylvania Women’s Center engages in discrimination against men because the overall effect is discriminatory,” the complaint asserts. “The Center describes itself as ‘a perfect space for women, female-identified persons, and feminists of all genders’—the overall effect of which is to create a hostile environment against men.”

Moreover, NCFM contends that while the Women’s Center does have an anti-discrimination clause, it is “hollow and illusory” because the Center offers numerous programs that are explicitly labeled as “woman-only,” such as a “Rape Aggression Defence” program and an event series called “Voices for Change.”

Per federal guidelines, the OCR could not confirm receipt of the complaint, but a spokesman did tell Campus Reform that the office evaluates the merits of every complaint filed and, if it decides to investigate, will notify the appropriate parties.

The OCR will likely need a few more months to process the complaint, however.

[RELATED: Prof creates guide to challenging anti-male discrimination]

If the OCR agrees to investigate—and considering precedent, it’s likely that at least a few of the 22 programs listed will fall under further scrutiny—UPenn will become the 3rd Ivy League school to fall under a federal Title IX probe for male discrimination.

On April 26, the OCR agreed to investigate seven programs at Yale University for allegedly discriminating against men. That investigation, and a subsequent one looking into similar programs at Princeton University that was approved on July 9, are still underway, according to the OCR.

NCFM President Harry Crouch, who filed the complaint against the University of Pennsylvania, called the lack of programs for young men “horrible.”

“If you go to see the other programs that the University of Pennsylvania offers for men, all of them are about teaching men not to attack women, whereas they have 22 programs to support and empower women,” he told Campus Reform. “So there are really no programs that have anything to do with helping men, for their own sake.”

“That’s horrible,” he remarked. “Who helps men? They’re a minority now.”

[RELATED: UMich ignored federal guidance in dismissing Title IX complaint]

In NCFM’s complaint against the UPenn, the organization points out that the school continues to offer female-only programs even though men are now a minority of students both at UPenn (47 percent of the incoming class of 2021) and nationwide (42 percent).

NCFM also worries about the potential impact of that disparity on employment prospects.

“Men are beginning to face significant problems in the workplace due to this disparity in terms of college degree attainment,” NCFM writes in its complaint, noting that “a recent study found out that women are 36% more likely than men to receive a job offer.”

Founded in 1977, NCFM is the most prominent men’s organization and professes to be non-political and non-religious. In addition to its main office in California, the group has 27 active chapters across the United States, including Mexico, Israel, Sweden, Australia, and Canada.

The University of Pennsylvania did not respond to a request for comment.

https://www.campusreform.org/?ID=11252

 

‘I don’t come to work to be sexually assaulted’: Police inspector boasts of arresting woman who ‘thought it was funny to slap his bum’ at Notting Hill Carnival.

A police officer on duty at London’s Notting Hill Carnival has revealed he arrested a female reveller who slapped his bottom during an on-going incident.

Inspector Owen Pyle, who is a neighbourhood inspector for MPS Southwark, tweeted his disdain at the female party goer, who he later arrested.

‘While dealing with an incident at Carnival yesterday a woman thought it’d be funny to slap my bum. She soon regretted it when I arrested her.

‘I don’t come to work to be sexually assaulted while doing my job. That kind of behaviour is unacceptable.’

Other social media users chimed in to support the officer, with the tweet receiving over twenty likes, but the officer did point out that the festival atmosphere may have fueled her behaviour.

‘I think alcohol played a part tbh. But we need to be robust in dealing with people who think it’s ok to do that.’

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6105985/Police-inspector-boasts-arresting-woman-thought-funny-slap-bum.html