Sex Laws and Sexuality Rights in Comparative and Global Perspectives…


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Date: August 25, 2020

01) Sex Laws and Sexuality Rights in Comparative and Global Perspectives

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“Article (PDF Available) in Annual Review of Law and Social Science 9(1):249-267 · November 2013 with 56 Reads
DOI: 10.1146/annurev-lawsocsci-102612-134007

Abstract

This article seeks to explain the emergence of a new field of study oriented toward sex laws and sexuality rights in comparative and global perspectives. We argue that this field comes into focus because of three changes in the social context: the introductions of sexuality into sex, of human rights into national laws, and of global into comparative perspectives. Each turn of the social kaleidoscope generates new objects of and rationales for scholarly analysis, along with new ways and reasons to think about existing objects of analysis. Together, these contextual changes inaugurate the global study of sexuality rights and invigorate the comparative study of sex laws. Theoretical shifts accompany the empirical developments. Phenomenological approaches arise alongside their realist counterparts. The consolidation of this new field of study is important not only on academic grounds: It suggests the dynamics of a wider field of policy and practice.”

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AOC Speaks Truth About Postal Service…


Date: August 24, 2020

01) AOC Speaks Truth About Postal Service


“Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez speaks the truth about what’s going on with the US postal service.

The United States Postal Service will pause its cost-cutting policies after the recent moves sparked controversy and intensified fears that such measures might undermine the US elections this November.

Postmaster General Louis DeJoy said Tuesday in a statement that “to avoid even the appearance of any impact on election mail, I am suspending these initiatives until after the election is concluded.”

DeJoy’s announcement comes as changes to USPS’s operations faced increasing pressure from lawmakers, particularly Democrats, and voting-rights groups and the public, which are happening against the backdrop of President Donald Trump waging a campaign against mail-in voting.

Citation:
https://www.vox.com/2020/8/18/21374014/post-office-usps-louis-dejoy-statement-trump-mail-in-voting

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USPS Ex-Honcho FLAMES Trump…


Date: August 24, 2020

01) USPS Ex-Honcho FLAMES Trump


“Trump and DeJoy are destroying American democracy.

In his first public remarks since resigning from the U.S. Postal Service Board of Governors in protest at the end of April, David Williams on Thursday offered a number of alarming new details surrounding the selection of Trump megadonor Louis DeJoy as postmaster general and Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin’s efforts to exert influence over mail operations and finances.

Williams, the former vice chairman of the USPS Board of Governors with decades of federal government experience, testified to the Congressional Progressive Caucus that what he witnessed in his final months at the Postal Service was unprecedented, detailing how Mnuchin required members of the supposedly independent board to “come to his office to kiss the ring and receive his blessing before confirmation” and made “illegal” demands of officials.

Citation:
https://www.commondreams.org/news/2020/08/21/complete-bombshell-former-top-usps-official-reveals-disturbing-new-details-dejoy

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Jared Kushner CHEERS 170,000 Dead…


Date: August 24, 2020

01) Jared Kushner CHEERS 170,000 Dead


“Jared Kushner cheers over 170,000 American deaths from coronavirus.

Even as public schools across Mississippi reported hundreds of new COVID-19 cases among students and teachers, dozens more schools opened up today. In Hinds County, Gov. Tate Reeves arrived for his press conference today and immediately launched into a discussion of the latest news.

“Good afternoon. Thank you all for being here today,” the governor began, moments after removing his deep-red mask with the words “Make America Great Again” embroidered across it in white. “I know it was just announced the University of Florida is scheduled to play at Ole Miss on Sept. 26 and that Mississippi State is scheduled to play at LSU on the same day. I know a lot of people in our state are very interested in college football happening, and I’m very interested in college football happening.

Citation:
https://www.mississippifreepress.org/5325/mississippi-quarantines-2035-students-teachers-as-444-test-positive-for-covid-19/

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Susan Collins Slips Slimy Bailout Into Stimulus…


Date: August 24, 2020

01) Susan Collins Slips Slimy Bailout Into Stimulus


“Susan Collins and Marco Rubio introduced a bill to bailout lobbyist groups in the upcoming stimulus bill.

Of all the priorities on which lawmakers can focus right now, bailing out corporate lobbying groups should be among the lowest. Yet, during this historic crisis, when millions have lost their jobs and health insurance, there are multiple bills in Congress to do just that.

Last month, Senate Republicans introduced their COVID-19 relief stimulus package, the HEALS Act. Tucked inside the legislation was a bill introduced by Sens. Susan Collins and Marco Rubio that would make 501(c)(6) organizations — i.e., lobbying groups — eligible for the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), the forgivable loan program created by Congress to help small businesses and their workers get through the pandemic.

Proponents of such a bailout, such as Pennsylvania Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick — who co-introduced his own lobbying group bailout bill, HR 6697, in the House — tout the importance of ensuring that local chambers of commerce and regional 501(c)(6) organizations can continue “assisting our small businesses as they navigate through the COVID-19 crisis.” What Fitzpatrick and others fail to reveal is that many of the largest corporate lobbying groups in D.C. could also be eligible for a bailout in the proposals floating around Congress.

Citation:
https://www.inquirer.com/opinion/commentary/congress-coronavirus-relief-bailouts-lobbying-groups-brian-fitzpatrick-20200810.html

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Scientist says research proves paedophiles are born, not made – 60 Minutes Australia…


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Date: August 24, 2020

01) Scientist says research proves paedophiles are born, not made – 60 Minutes Australia


“In an extended interview with 60 Minutes reporter Liam Bartlett, neuroscientist Dr Cantor argues that rather than condemning people born with something they can’t control, we need to start helping paedophiles before they offend. And incredibly, he says many paedophiles actually don’t want to act on their urges.”

Yes…it’s a clip from Dr. James Cantors interview…Yes…a lot of people consider it highly controversial, and turn their nose up at this…

It is your option if you want to watch this short clip, or not…comment on it, or not…but I wanted to include this in this series, because I think it’s relevant that someone with status is acknowledging we are born this way.

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Sexual Consent: The Criminal Law in Europe and Overseas…


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Date: August 23, 2020

01) Sexual Consent: The Criminal Law in Europe and Overseas

“Article in Archives of Sexual Behavior 29(5):415-61 · November 2000 with 31 Reads
DOI: 10.1023/A:1001986103125 · Source: PubMed

Abstract

What role can the criminal law play in the battle against child sexual abuse? Should sexual relations of and with, persons under a certain age be criminalized regardless of the circumstances, even if they are consensual (“age of consent,” “minimum age”)? Where should such a minimum age-limit be fixed? Should there be a special, higher age-limit for particular conditions (e.g., “seduction,” “corruption”)? Should sexual contacts with minors within a relationship of authority be criminalized generally, or just if authority is abused? Should criminal proceedings be instituted ex officio or upon complaint only? Should authorities be provided with a power of discretion or should they be obliged to prosecute and sentence in each case? In answering these questions, it is highly beneficial to have a look across the borders to the solutions other countries have reached. This study presents an overview on the criminal law governing the sexual behavior of, and with, children and adolescents in all European jurisdictions and in selected jurisdictions outside of Europe. It shows which categories of offences exist and from which age onward young people can effectively consent to various kinds of sexual behavior and relations in the different countries. All states in Europe and all of the studied jurisdictions overseas have minimum age limits for sexual relations, and punish sexual relations with persons under a certain age. Nowhere is this age set lower than 12 years. In Europe, in one-half of the jurisdictions, consensual sexual relations with 14-year-old adolescents are legal; in three-quarters, with 15-year olds; in a majority, this is also the case when the older partner has started the relation (and also when the initiative contains an offer of remuneration). In nearly all jurisdictions, such relations are legal from age 16 onward. Most states apply a higher age limit for contacts in relationships of authority. If the authority is not misused, the age limit in most jurisdictions is set between 14 and 16; if it is misused, between 16 and 18. Most states make no difference between heterosexual and homosexual relations.”


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… 9 In some legal systems, such as variant applications of Sharia law, a person’s chronological age may be considered less important than their stage of physical development. 11 Furthermore, in many legal contexts there is no specific age established for consent to sex, per se, but an individual is only legally allowed to give such consent in the context of marriage. 9 Significantly, it is very common for states to establish different legal ages of consent for married and unmarried individuals, for boys and for girls, and for particular sexual partnerships and acts. …

… 9 Whilst there is very little consensus around what the specific age of sexual consent should be, what appears almost universal is the notion that youth and childhood sexuality is a matter for legal regulation, and that there is at least some threshold below which sexual activity involving a child or young person is considered problematic and thus subject to state prohibition and control. 11 Furthermore, the lowest established legal limits indicate consensus around the idea that this minimum age should never, at least, be set below the age of puberty. In fact, when age of consent provisions first started appearing in national legislation, they tended to reflect the onset of biological sexual maturity, with most states establishing the limit at around 12-13 years; this was also typically the time at which a person was legally able to get married. …

… In fact, when age of consent provisions first started appearing in national legislation, they tended to reflect the onset of biological sexual maturity, with most states establishing the limit at around 12-13 years; this was also typically the time at which a person was legally able to get married. 11 Thus, the history of state regulation of sexual activity has long established connections between physical/ biological development, reproduction, marriage, and the legal sanction of sexual agency and decision-making. 4 Over time, the age of sexual consent in many states around the world has gradually been rising, rupturing the link between puberty and sexual consent, and extending the period of time between which a child may first be physically capable of reproducing and first legally able to have sex. …

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