Australians show their arms and legs when they wear a bikini’: Outrage as taxpayers fund a ‘modesty’ fashion exhibition promoting Islamic clothing – calling the controversial burqini ‘ground-breaking,’” by Kate Darvall, Daily Mail Australia, January 29, 2018:
The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade has been slammed for its decision to sponsor the ‘modest fashion’ industry including the hijab and burqa.
DFAT promoted an Australian-made Islamic clothing exhibition this month, describing the invention of the burqini swimsuit as ‘ground-breaking’.
The taxpayer-funded department described the Islamic clothing market as ‘booming’ in Australia.
DFAT’s promotion of the industry sparked outrage from the Australian public.
Taking to Twitter in response this week, one man asked: ‘Why are you supporting the oppression of girls and women?’…
In its promotion, DFAT praised the ‘booming’ modest fashion market saying it ‘ beautifully showcased Australia’s contemporary and inclusive society’.
‘The rise of the ‘hijabista’ presents valuable opportunities for Australia. Apart from the obvious economic benefits, the emerging modest fashion market can help advance Australia’s public diplomacy objectives,’ DFAT said….
Students at a community college in Washington state will soon be required to complete a diversity-related course in order to graduate.
Starting in Fall 2018, Wenatchee Valley College will be instituting a “Diversity Requirement for Graduation” mandating that every student seeking a “Direct Transfer Agreement” Associate Degree must complete at least one five-credit diversity course before going on to complete a bachelor’s degree at a four-year institution.
A preliminary list of courses that fulfill the diversity requirement includes an Anthropology course on “Plateau Native Peoples,” Sociology courses on gender and race, three “Chicano/a Studies” courses, and history courses examining “Eastern World History” and “History of the First Peoples of the Plateau Region.”
According to the school’s website, the course was implemented to help students become “aware of the role we can play in educating our students for participation in a multicultural world.”
The requirement comes with “six standards” for learning objectives, starting with helping students to develop “an understanding of race and racism in the U.S. while also exploring the meaning of power and privilege, along with historical patterns, marginalization, and demographics of American society in terms of race, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, ability, and class differences.”
Other standards call for “self-reflection by students regarding one’s own personal identities, biases, and personal prejudices;” explaining the impact of international issues on U.S. culture, and “exploring how race, class, gender, and other categories of difference…intersect with one another and are shaped by power, privilege, and systemic discrimination.”
In addition, the diversity courses are expected to explain the nature of “systemic discrimination,” as well as analyze and critique “public policies that affect various groups of people in different ways.”
Erin Tofte, Wenatchee’s director of diversity and inclusion, stressed the importance of the requirement based on the school’s demographics.
“We have instituted this requirement as we live in a very diverse area with 55% of our students being students of color,” she told Campus Reform. “We feel it is important that all of our students are comfortable living, learning, and working in multicultural environments and we want to equip them with the tools to thrive in every situation.”
She went on to say that by “equipping” students to work well with people from a variety of “background, cultures, genders, and socio-economic status, they will be more prepared when they enter the workforce.”
“Knowledge and understanding will create more well-rounded graduates,” Tofte contended. “Our requirement should not add any extra time or work for our students as this requirement can be fulfilled in conjunction with our other requirements for graduation.”
Dartmouth expelled a male student after he accused a female student of sexually assaulting him and threatening to accuse him of rape if he didn’t keep having sex with her, according to a lawsuit against the college filed earlier this month.
“John Doe” alleges the Ivy League school violated Title IX by assigning an administrator to his case who “held the belief that men are inherently violent” and that accusing women “are to be believed, even if a jury has found their story to lack credibility.”
Though “Sally Smith” had initiated an evening of “sadomasochistic” sex with an incapacitated Doe that left him bruised, bleeding and in “extreme pain” in his genitalia, Smith was the one to file the first complaint, according to the suit.
Doe alleges his expulsion was completely contrary to numerous pieces of evidence, which actually pointed to Smith as the aggressor.
Dartmouth committed negligence and breach of contract and “fair dealing” in the investigation, he said, asking a federal judge in New Hampshire to force the school to expunge his record, reinstate him and award him damages.
The allegations mirror those in an earlier lawsuit against nearby Amherst College, which expelled a male student who claimed his sober accuser had violated him while he was “blacked out.”
‘Veiled threat’ if he didn’t keep having sex with her
Flipping the script on other lawsuits that describe a female student accusing a male of one or two incidents of nonconsensual sex in an otherwise consensual relationship, Doe claims his first sex with Smith was consensual and the following liaison was not.
After their first encounter in July 2016, Smith asked Doe to try “S&M” with her and even slapped him in the face, according to the lawsuit.
She showed up unannounced at his fraternity party the next month, where Doe drank so much that his last memory of the night was throwing up: “He does not have any memory of seeing Smith that night.” The suit says he drank about 36 ounces of “predominantly hard alcohol.”
The next morning Doe woke up to Smith in his bed, who informed him they had sex again and things got “rough.” Because he had been incapacitated the night before, Doe could not consent to Smith’s advances, he claims.
Doe noticed his injuries after Smith left. Soon after, the S&M enthusiast sent him photos of her own bruises and said the night had been “fun.”
In a meeting that afternoon, Smith told Doe how they got their injuries, confirmed he had asked her to leave “multiple times during the evening,” and issued what he considered a “veiled threat”:
Smith made comments to him about a friend of hers who had been falsely accused of sexual assault, and said she would never do such a thing to Plaintiff. She stated that if Plaintiff had sex with her that afternoon it would be helpful to his “case.”
After two months of trying to avoid Smith, Doe learned she had filed a “physical assault” claim against him with Dartmouth’s Title IX office.