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Tuesday, June 02, 2015

A Florida father has taken a stand against publicly shaming children as a form of discipline. In a video posted on his Facebook page Friday, Wayman Gresham leads viewers to think he's about to give his son, Isaiah, a "bald head, messed up haircut" as punishment. Instead, Gresham calls out parents who use online humiliation as discipline, sparking further conversation about best practices in parenting in the age of Internet and social media. "There's no way in the world I would ever embarrass my son like that," the Fort Lauderdale dad says in the video, which as of Monday had more than 18 million views. "Good parenting starts before he even gets to the point of being out of control."

A kitchen manager at an elementary school in the Denver area has been fired for giving lunches to kids who didn't have the money to buy them. Della Curry said some of her students at Dakota Valley Elementary School in Aurora didn't qualify for free- or reduced-cost lunch programs but still lacked the money to eat. "I had a first grader in front of me, crying, because she doesn't have enough money for lunch. Yes, I gave her lunch," Curry said. "I?ll own that I broke the law. The law needs to change." read more

Just days after he was voted to another term as FIFA president, Sepp Blatter has announced his resignation. The Guardian is live-blogging the news, which he revealed during a press conference at Noon Eastern Tuesday. TalkSport radio in the U.K. is currently covering it as well. The announcement comes after media reports that Blatter's top lieutenant, Jerome Valcke, made $10 million in transactions central to the bribery scandal involving World Cup site selection.

A Virginia woman said she is considering legal action against Petco after she says her golden retriever died while in the care of a store's grooming services. Allison Marks said she dropped off 2-year-old Colby at a Petco in Midlothian, Virginia, early Friday morning and started worrying when she didn't hear from the groomers by 1 p.m., so she called and was told to go to a local animal clinic. A vet there said Colby had been dead for at least 45 minutes "and his temperature was still above 105 degrees." The dog had been left in a drying unit when an employee left to attend a graduation.

The restaurant operator KFC has filed a lawsuit against three companies in China whose social media accounts spread false claims about its food. In an announcement posted on its Chinese website, KFC said one of the best-known fake rumors was that chickens used by the company are genetically modified and have six wings and eight legs. The companies sued -- Shanxi Weilukuang Technology Company, Taiyuan Zero Point Technology Company and Yingchenanzhi Success and Culture Communication -- did not answer their phones or had disconnected service when contacted by AP.


In reality, Jenner is biologically a man.

In reality, gender identity isn't just about biology. It never was. You don't feel like a man just because it matches your plumbing. You feel like a man because of how hormones shaped your gender identity in the womb. If these hormones were present at lower or higher levels than the norm, your internal gender identity might not match your external one.

Some biological females have congenital adrenal hyperplasia, a condition that can cause them to have external male-appearing genitalia. Would you insist that they are men too, or in that case would you accept that plumbing isn't gender identity?

Here's what life is like in the head of someone with CAH:

Even after girls with CAH have surgeries to make their genitalia look more characteristically female, they continue to show heightened masculine traits. For instance, they prefer to play with male peers; tend to choose traditionally masculine toys and activities (e.g., blocks, cars, models, sports) over more "feminine" toys and games; and are physically active and aggressive. In addition, girls with CAH tend to avoid having girl playmates; don't play games revolving around stereotypical feminine events such as playing at being a mother or bride; and tend to care less about their physical appearance than do girls of their age who do not have CAH. In other words, higher levels of male hormones strongly influence girls to behave as though they were boys.

So there's a clear example of a person whose internal gender identity isn't a good match with her external gender identity.

Life is complex. Gender identity is, like a lot of other things rattling around our brains, exceptionally complex. I see neither truth nor any other benefit gained by the small-minded pretense that this is simple.

The airline has no open-can rule, so the attendant was just being a bigot:


"There is no policy difference in serving alcoholic or non-alcoholic canned beverages to passengers. There is no differentiation between opened and unopened beverages, and there is no policy suggesting what may or may not be done with a container," the Republic Airways statement read.

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