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TV reporter masterfully handles abuse from random stranger on the street

Why are people so unkind?

Maggie Raworth, a journalist with 9 News in Ballarat, Australia, was confronted by a stranger who stopped his car and walked out to harass her. And it was all caught on camera.

“I make ten times the amount of money you do. Get a real job,” the unnamed man tells Raworth. “Fucking journos. Lowest of the low.”

To her credit, Raworth kept the confrontation civil, asking the man what she had personally done to make him angry. But he wasn’t having it, and continued to abuse her with profanities and comments about her appearance.

The incident didn’t faze Raworth too much, who told News Corp she actually loves her job and that she has enough of a thick skin to deal with it.

“It happens all the time, every TV journalist can say that happens to them almost on a daily basis. I get yelled at from cars all the time, it’s just part of the job,” Raworth said.

“Don’t just hate somebody you don’t even know purely because they work for the media. Nobody deserves to be spoken to like that and you shouldn’t just have to accept people speaking to you in that manner.”

Damn right.

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Texas looks set to follow North Carolina with push for ‘bathroom bill’

Lieutenant governor Dan Patrick is proposing what critics see as an attack on transgender people and business leaders call unnecessary and unenforceable

The passage of a bathroom bill last March sparked a maelstrom with severe political, economic and cultural consequences for North Carolina that continued through the end of 2016. Yet Texas is poised to propose a similar law in 2017.

In November, one of the states most senior politicians published his top 10 priorities for the next legislative session. A Womens Privacy Act was at number six, right after banning immigration sanctuary cities and insisting on photo ID at the ballot box.

The act, said lieutenant governor Dan Patrick, is necessary so that women and girls can have privacy and safety in their restrooms, showers and locker rooms.

When filed, the bill is likely to turn national attention to Texas in the wake of North Carolina legislators failure to repeal their bill during a special session on 21 December. Patrick issued a statement the following day congratulating them.

The so-called bathroom bill in North Carolina includes a provision that requires people to use public bathrooms that match the gender on their birth certificate. Critics have described it as a thinly veiled attack on the transgender community under the guise of protecting public safety.

Patrick hasnt released his own proposed bill, but has said it would allow businesses to create their own bathroom policies.

Despite the demonstrable negative consequences in states that have passed laws that undermine LGBTQ equality, the coming months will indicate whether the ascent of Donald Trump to the White House is emboldening religious conservatives to press for more such bills after a series of gains for gay and transgender people at the federal level under the Obama administration.

A federal court ruling Saturday may further embolden these efforts. A Texas judge temporarily halted Obama administration rules that are intended to ban discrimination by doctors and hospitals against transgender persons. Joining Texas in the suit were Wisconsin, Kentucky, Nebraska and Kansas.

In August, the same judge sided with 13 Republican-controlled states to block transgender protections in public schools sought by the Obama administration.

Something that should be avoided

Protesters rally against HB2 in Raleigh, North Carolina in April. Photograph: Chuck Liddy/AP

Olsen Twins Reportedly Settle Lawsuit With Former Interns

Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen

are settling a class-action
brought by former unpaid interns, the New York Daily News reports.

Lead plaintiff Shahista Lalani filed the suit against the Olsens company Dualstar Entertainment Group in 2015 after she interned for their fashion label, The Row. Court filings alleged Lalaniworked 50 hour weeks, had the same responsibilities as her paid counterparts, was treated poorly and suffered from dehydration during her five-month internship.

The two parties reportedly agreed to a settlement of $140,000. Each of the 185 interns who joined the suit and are believed to be eligible for a payout will walk away with $530, Entertainment Tonight reports, though the outlet notes a judge has yet to sign off an agreement. Funds remaining after interns are paid will reportedly cover legal fees.

Neither Lalanis attorneys nor Dualstar could be reached for comment before publication. Back in September 2015, Dualstar refuted Lalanis claims. In court filings obtained by Fashionista, the company said that it denies each and every allegation and maintained that Dualstar “at no time” acted in a willful, wanton, reckless and/or malicious manner.

The reported settlement follows astring of similar lawsuits. Cond Nast paid between $700-$1,900to nearly 7,500 former unpaid interns and ended its program altogether in 2013, while CBS was hit with a class action lawsuit by its interns in 2015.

Their settlement amounts may not be quite enough for the Olsen twins former interns to take a Holiday in the Sun, but it is something.

University Of Tennessee Condoned Football Rape Culture, Lawsuit Alleges

University of Tennessee officials looked the other way as the school’s male athletes raped women and assaulted the people who helped them, and then arranged lawyers for the suspects when victims came forward, a new federal lawsuit alleges.

The civil suit, filed Tuesday on behalf of six female victims identified only as Jane Does, accuses the university of “deliberate indifference” to several rapes and doing everything in its power to aid six sexual assault suspects. 

The lawsuit, filed by attorney David Randolph Smith, pulls no punches:

UT intentionally acted by an official policy of deliberate indifference to known sexual assaults so as to create a hostile sexual environment. UT had actual notice (and itself created) a long-standing, severely hostile sexual environment of rape by male athletes (particularly football players) that was condoned and completely unaddressed by UT officials, including Chancellor Jimmy Cheek, Athletic Department Director and Vice-Chancellor Dave Hart, and head football coach Butch Jones.

It accuses four former and two current athletes at the school of sexual assault. Three football players identified —  Riyahd Jones, A.J. Johnson and Michael Williams — are already going through criminal court cases. The suit also accuses baseball player Yemi Makanjuola of assault, as well as another two current student suspects who weren’t named.

It also accuses students of attacking player Drae Bowles, who was allegedly targeted by his peers for driving one of the alleged victims to the hospital after her assault and supporting her move to come forward. The lawsuit didn’t specify who attacked Bowles.

Some of the most egregious allegations outlined in the suit paint a picture of a university administration that knew about sexual assault claims, but gave the advantage to the accused students.

That inequity was carried out in two ways, the lawsuit claims: First, school officials arranged for high-quality counsel for the accused, many of whom ended up using the same lawyer.

Then, the suspects were encouraged to invoke a state-exclusive administrative hearing process. It’s a procedure used by universities across Tennessee that gives the accused the right to attorneys and the ability to confront their accusers through cross-examination. An administrative law judge, appointed by the school chancellor, then oversees what the plaintiffs are calling a “mini-trial.”

According to the suit:

Varsity athletes knew that they (not victims) would be fully supported by the UT athletic department and administration’s process and that the perpetrators and athletic department could deter and discourage victims from pursuing complaints by: having their lawyers depose female victims; subjecting victims to extensive discovery; cross-examining sexual assault victims in a full blown hearing before an administrative law judge (appointed by Cheek); and delaying the investigation process until the athlete perpetrators transferred to another school or graduated without sanction or discipline.

Plaintiffs say that process flies in the face of the federal Title IX law — a gender equity law that prohibits discrimination or a hostile environment based on an individual’s sex.

“This is a big issue in our case — if a student is facing discipline they can invoke that procedure law and have a mini-trial with a judge and cross examination that is contrary to Title IX and the Violence Against Women Act,” Smith told The Huffington Post. “You’re not supposed to further harass somebody by putting them through the meat grinder procedurally.”

UT — which retained a lawyer from Neal & Harwell, a firm known for defending the Ford Pinto and Exxon Valdez — denies the allegations.

In a prepared statement, attorney Bill Ramsey wrote:

The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, has devoted significant time and energy to provide a safe environment for our students, to educate and raise awareness about sexual assault, and to encourage students to come forward and report sexual assault. When the University receives a report of sexual assault, we offer care and support to the person who came forward and work to investigate and resolve the matter in a timely, thorough, and equitable manner. When warranted, the University takes disciplinary action but will not do so in a manner that violates state law or the constitutional due process rights of our students. 

In the situations identified in the lawsuit filed today; the University acted lawfully and in good faith, and we expect a court to agree. Any assertion that we do not take sexual assault seriously enough is simply not true. To claim that we have allowed a culture to exist contrary to our institutional commitment to providing a safe environment for our students or that we do not support those who report sexual assault is just false. 

As of 2015, UT was already under a federal investigation into its handling of sexual assault cases, although no details are available about whether that investigation is related to the cases described in the lawsuit.

UT has long been under the public microscope after The Tennessean released several reports about sexual assault coverups at the administrative level. As Ramsey said, though, the university has indeed offered education and awareness about sexual assault. Late last year, it hired the founder of the National Coalition Against Violent Athletes, Kathy Redmond Brown, to speak to both men and women on campus about the effects of assault.

Brown told HuffPost on Wednesday that she was “not surprised” to see Tuesday’s lawsuit. She noted, however, that she had not been briefed on problems at the administrative level when she was invited to speak.

“There are clear issues that need to be resolved here,” she said. “In athletic departments across the country there’s this idea of protectionism, that student athletes are just a part of a society and culture that is everywhere. It’s just not true, and it can be stopped.”

Brown questioned the administrative “mini-trial” as well, and said she was interested to see whether the state law allowing universities to handle the case will undermine Title IX.

Tuesday’s suit calls for unspecified damages as well as sweeping changes to the way UT handles cases of sexual assault.

Of course, UT isn’t alone. According to the most recent data, 200 federal investigations are now underway at 162 colleges and universities for how the schools handled of sexual assault cases.

If Men Breastfed

I never would have thought to blog a commercial about breast pumps, or that something like that could be funny. But today is your lucky day, breast pump industry! “If Men Breastfed” by Naya Health is pretty entertaining and plays a lot with stereotypes (that mostly are totally true). Good thing I am a man – and doesn’t have to breastfeed!

“#IfMenBreastfed would we still be dealing with outdated breast pumps, closets that double as lactation rooms, and a work culture that treats pumping as an inconvenience?”

via: seitvertreib