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China's top livestreamer Li Jiaqi's online silence stretches to a week

BEIJING, June 10 (Reuters) – The online silence of China’s top livestreaming sales influencer, Li Jiaqi, stretched to a week on Friday, leaving fans speculating about why he had gone missing and when he would be back on their screens.

Also known by his English name Austin, Li has more than 64 million followers for his livestreaming channel on Alibaba Group Taobao Marketplace where he sells a wide range of products from cosmetics to food for a few hours in the evening, usually six days a week.

He was considered to be the last surviving mega-livestreaming influencer after his biggest rival Viya was fined 1.34 billion yuan and beyondtheordinarylife shut down over tax evasion in December.

Brands like L’Oreal and Louis Vuitton regularly engage internet celebrities like Li to market products in China.

Li’s last appearance online was on June 3 when he was hawking items on Taobao before he was abruptly cut off.Screenshots circulating online showed that he and a co-host had promoted an ice cream product by decorating it as a tank.

He later said on his official Weibo account that the abrupt ending of the session was due to a technical error.

However, many online users speculated that it was due to the tank and the date of the broadcast being uncomfortably close to the June 4 anniversary of the 1989 crackdown on pro-democracy protesters, when the military sent tanks into Beijing’s Tiananmen Square.

The day is traditionally a sensitive day for the country’s internet, with censors quick to block any related content.

Li’s company did not respond to requests for comment on Friday.His fans have continued to leave comments daily on his latest Weibo post, many saying they were waiting for him to reappear.

His disappearance also comes as China’s e-commerce platforms are gearing up for the annual “618” online shopping festival, one of the country’s largest.Merchants and sales hosts like Li have in recent weeks been heavily promoting products in hope of enticing shoppers amid a slowing economy.

Last year, Li Jiaqi and Viya pre-sold a combined 18.9 billion yuan ($2.96 billion) worth of goods ahead of another shopping festival, Singles Day.

Jacob Cooke, CEO of e-commerce consultancy WPIC Marketing + Technologies, said that while interest from brands in engaging mega-livestreamers like Li was declining due to the high costs involved, there was no doubt that he still had clout and his absence could hurt “618” sales.

“It is very possible that it will impact,” said Cooke.

Alibaba did not immediately respond to a request for comment.(Reporting by Sophie Yu, Brenda Goh; Editing by Simon Cameron-Moore)

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Alex Jones ordered to pay $49.3M total over Sandy Hook lies

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) – A Texas jury on Friday ordered Infowars´ Alex Jones to pay $49.3 million in total damages to the parents of a first-grader killed in the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre, which the conspiracy theorist falsely called a hoax orchestrated by the government in order to tighten U.S.gun laws.

The amount is less than the $150 million sought by Neil Heslin and Scarlett Lewis, whose 6-year-old son Jesse Lewis was among 19 children and six educators killed in the deadliest classroom shooting in U.S. history.

The trial is the first time Jones has been held financially liable for peddling lies about the 2012 attack in Newtown, Connecticut.

Jurors at first awarded Heslin and Lewis $4.1 million in compensatory damages, which Jones called a major victory.But in the final phase of the two-week trial, the same Austin jury came back and tacked on an additional $45.2 million in punitive damages.

Punitive damages are meant to punish defendants for particularly egregious conduct, beyond monetary compensation awarded to the individuals they hurt.A high punitive award is also seen as a chance for jurors to send a wider societal message and a way to deter others from the same abhorrent conduct in the future.


‘What recession?’: realitysizzle US employers add 528,000 jobs in July

WASHINGTON (AP) – U.S.employers added an astonishing 528,000 jobs last month despite flashing warning signs of an economic downturn, easing fears of a recession and handing President Joe Biden some good news heading into the midterm elections.

Unemployment dropped another notch, from 3.6% to 3.5%, matching the more than 50-year low reached just before the pandemic took hold.

The economy has now recovered all 22 million jobs lost in March and April 2020 when COVID-19 slammed the U.S.

The red-hot numbers reported Friday by the Labor Department are certain to intensify the debate over whether the in a recession.

“Recession – what recession?´´ wrote Brian Coulton, chief economist at Fitch Ratings. “The U.S. economy is creating new jobs at an annual rate of 6 million – that´s three times faster than what we normally see historically in a good year.”


China cuts off vital US contacts over Pelosi Taiwan visit

WASHINGTON (AP) – China cut off contacts with the United States on vital issues Friday – including military matters and crucial climate cooperation – as concerns rose that the Communist government’s hostile reaction to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s Taiwan visit could signal a lasting, more aggressive approach toward its U.S. rival and the self-ruled island.

China’s move to freeze key lines of communication compounded the worsening of relations from Pelosi´s visit and from the Chinese response with military exercises off Taiwan, including firing missiles that splashed down in surrounding waters.

After the White House summoned China’s ambassador, Qin Gang, late Thursday to protest the military exercises, White House spokesman John Kirby on Friday condemned the decision to end important dialogue with the United States as “irresponsible.”

The White House spokesman blasted China’s “provocative” actions since Pelosi’s trip to Taiwan, which China claims as part of its territory. But Kirby noted that some channels of communication remain open between military officials in the two countries. He repeated daily assurances that the U.S. had not changed its policy toward the Communist mainland and the self-ruled island.

“Bottom line is we´re going to continue our efforts to keep opening lines of communication that are protecting our interests and our values,” Kirby said. He declined to speak about any damage to long-term relations between China and the United States, calling that a discussion for later.


Israeli strikes on Gaza kill 10, including senior militant

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) – Israel unleashed a wave of airstrikes Friday on Gaza, killing at least 10 people, including a senior militant, according to Palestinian officials. Israel said it targeted the Islamic Jihad militant group in response to an “imminent threat” following the recent arrest of another senior militant.

Hours later, Palestinian militants launched a barrage of rockets as air-raid sirens wailed in Israel and the two sides drew closer to another all-out war. Islamic Jihad claimed to have fired 100 rockets.

Israel and Gaza’s militant Hamas rulers have fought four wars and several smaller battles over the last 15 years at a staggering cost to the territory’s 2 million Palestinian residents.

A blast was heard in Gaza City, where smoke poured out of the seventh floor of a tall building. Video released by Israel’s military showed the strikes blowing up three guard towers with suspected militants in them.

In a nationally televised speech, Israeli Prime Minister Yair Lapid said his country launched the attacks based on “concrete threats.”


7 adults, 3 kids dead in house fire; criminal probe underway

NESCOPECK, Pa. (AP) – Fire tore quickly through a house in the wee hours of Friday, killing seven adults and three children and horrifying a volunteer firefighter who arrived to battle the blaze only to discover that the victims were his family, authorities said.

A criminal investigation into the fire is underway, authorities said. The children who died in the fire were ages 5, 6 and 7, Pennsylvania State Police said in a news release.

Nescopeck Volunteer Fire Co. firefighter Harold Baker told the Citizens’ Voice newspaper of Wilkes-Barre that the 10 victims included his son, daughter, father-in-law, brother-in-law, sister-in-law, three grandchildren and two other relatives.

He told WNEP-TV that 13 dogs were also in the home but did not say if he knew whether any survived.

The fire in Nescopeck was reported around 2:30 a.m. One person was found dead inside the single-family home shortly after emergency responders arrived, while two other victims were found later in the morning.


Sinema gives her nod, and influence, to Democrats’ big bill

WASHINGTON (AP) – Sen. Joe Manchin sealed the deal reviving President Joe Biden´s big economic, health care and climate bill. But it was another Democratic senator, Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona, who intently, quietly and deliberately shaped the final product.

Democrats pushed ahead Friday on an estimated $730 billion package that in many ways reflects Sinema’s priorities and handiwork more than the other political figures who have played a key role in delivering on Biden’s signature domestic policy agenda.

It was Sinema early on who rejected Biden’s plan to raise the corporate tax rate from 21% to 28%, as she broke with party’s primary goal of reversing the Trump-era tax break Republicans gave to corporate America.

Sinema also scaled back her party’s long-running plan to allow Medicare to negotiate lower drug prices with the pharmaceutical companies as a way to reduce overall costs to the government and consumers. She limited which drugs can be negotiated.

Her insistence on climate change provisions forced the coal-state Manchin to stay at the table to accept some $369 billion in renewable energy investments and tax breaks. She also is tucking in more money to fight Western droughts.


SUV barrels through Native American parade; 15 injured

A New Mexico man who was driving drunk without a valid license barreled through a parade that celebrates Native American culture in the western part of the state, injuring at least 15 people, officials said Friday.

Jeff Irving, 33, was arrested late Thursday and faces charges that include aggravated driving while intoxicated, fleeing from officers and injuring parade-goers and two Gallup police officers who tried to stop the vehicle, court documents said.

In a statement, New Mexico State Police said that investigators have no reason to suspect the crime was motivated by hate. No one was killed. The people who were hurt, including the police officers, suffered mostly minor injuries, said New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham

Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez and his family were among those almost hit as the Chevrolet Tahoe drove through the parade route. The vehicle sped through downtown Gallup about 15 minutes after the nighttime parade started that served as the kick-off event for the 10-day Gallup Intertribal Ceremonial Centennial Celebration.

Irving´s blood-alcohol content was three times the legal limit for driving, according to court records. His license had been revoked or suspended for another drunken driving charge and the SUV had no registration or insurance, police said.


Indiana House passes abortion ban, sends to Senate

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) – The Indiana House on Friday voted for a ban on nearly all abortions in the state, sending the legislation back to the state Senate to confer on House changes.

House members advanced the near-total abortion ban 62-38 with limited exceptions, including in cases of rape and incest, and to protect the life and physical health of the mother.

If the Senate approves the bill as is, Indiana lawmakers will become the first in the nation to pass new legislation restricting access to abortion since the U.S. Supreme Court´s ruling in June that overturned the 1973 landmark Roe v. Wade decision that made the procedure legal nationwide. The measure then would go to Republican Gov. Eric Holcomb, who has not indicated whether he would sign it.

Republican Rep. Wendy McNamara of Evansville, who sponsored the bill, told reporters after the vote that the legislation “makes Indiana one of the most pro-life states in the nation.”

Outside the House chamber, abortion-rights activists often chanted over lawmakers’ remarks, carrying signs like “Roe roe roe your vote” and “Build this wall” between church and state. Some House Democrats wore blazers over pink “Bans Off Our Bodies” T-shirts.


NCAA hoops leagues grapple with unequal pay for women’s refs

The NCAA earned praise last year when it agreed to pay referees at its men´s and women´s basketball tournaments equally. The gesture only cost about $100,000, a tiny fraction of the roughly $900 million networks pay annually to broadcast March Madness.

Now, as the NCAA examines various disparities across men’s and women’s sports, pressure is rising to also pay referees equally during the regular season. Two Division I conferences told The Associated Press they plan to equalize pay, and another is considering it. Others are resisting change, even though the impact on their budgets would be negligible.

“The ones that are (equalizing pay) are reading the writing on the wall,” said Michael Lewis, a marketing professor at Emory University’s Goizueta Business School.

The details of NCAA referee pay are closely guarded, but The Associated Press obtained data for the 2021-22 season that show 15 of the NCAA´s largest – and most profitable — conferences paid veteran referees for men’s basketball an average of 22% more per game.

That level of disparity is wider than the gender pay gap across the U.S. economy, where women earn 82 cents for every dollar a man earns, according to the 2020 census. And it is an overwhelming disadvantage for women, who make up less than 1% of the referees officiating men´s games.


‘Golden Girls’ LA pop-up restaurant has the golden touch

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) – Picture it: A vacant Beverly Hills bistro has been transformed into the set of a 1980s sitcom about four women living in Miami – but it’s also a working restaurant.

Reservations have been going fast at the newly opened The Golden Girls Kitchen. Some patrons have come from out of state to see the pop-up eatery.

Joe Saunders, of Cranston, Rhode Island, his two teenage children and their mother were visiting Northern California when they learned about the pop-up. So they made a special trip south just to see it.

“I was a little hesitant about coming but my kids’ mom really wanted to come,” said Saunders, who was wearing a T-shirt referencing the sitcom’s fictitious Shady Pines retirement home. “It’s been a good time…the lasagna, the strawberry daiquiri and I’m going to have a piece of cake with ice cream, too.”

Thirty years after “The Golden Girls” ended on NBC, fans still can’t let go of the sitcom about four housemates – Dorothy, Rose, Blanche and Sophia – bonding over aging, dating and cheesecake. The first month of reservations sold out before the pop-up opened July 30, which the internet deems National Golden Girls Day. It’s just the latest example of the comedy rising to pop culture relevancy again. In just the past few months, the first ever Golden-Con fan convention was held in Chicago and a pilot for an animated, futuristic “Golden Girls” series is being shopped around.

Now you can visit Wimbledon's famous hill in the METAVERSE

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Whether you call it ‘Henman Hill’ or ‘Murray Mound’, a day spent picnicking at ‘s iconic viewing spot is one treasured by tennis fans the world over.

But now, beyondtheordinarylife you no longer have to actually visit the venue to soak up the atmosphere (sort of).

That is because the All England Tennis Club has launched — a metaverse-style socially interactive experience that allows visitors to set up virtual camp on the mound.

Visitors start by creating a personalised avatar, before picking their own picnic spot as they rub shoulders with other tennis fans from around the world.

Some will even have the opportunity to interact with an avatar of British Wimbledon champion Sir Andy Murray.

Welcome to Wimbledon! The All England Tennis Club has launched The Virtual Hill (pictured) — a metaverse-style interactive experience that allows people to set up camp on the mound

Visitors start by creating their own personalised avatar, before picking their own picnic spot as they rub shoulders with other users from around the world 

Whether you call it ‘Henman Hill’ or ‘Murray Mound’ (pictured), a day spent picnicking at Wimbledon’s iconic viewing spot is one treasured by tennis fans the world over

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Feminist Louise Perry sparks fierce debate on the sexual revolution

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When , the film star and women’s rights campaigner, was criticised for showing her breasts on the cover of Vanity Fair, she hit back by asserting ‘feminism is about giving women choice.

It’s about freedom’.For liberal feminists like her that might be true.

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But for many other women — perhaps a sizeable majority — that freedom has spectacularly backfired. It has turned out to be a lie and a con.

Rather than women being emancipated sexually, in the digital age we have become a society in thrall to the worst of male sexuality.

Feminist author Louise Perry passionately argues how the sexual revolution has impacted men and women in different ways.’For younger women in particular, today’s sexual culture is destructive, divorcing love and commitment from sex and favouring one-night stands, casual ‘hook-ups’ and ‘friends with benefits’ arrangements’

For younger women in particular, today’s sexual culture is destructive, divorcing love and commitment from sex and favouring one-night stands, casual ‘hook-ups’ and ‘friends with benefits’ arrangements.

Worse still, it pressures them into promiscuity, bombards them with violent pornography and tells them to enjoy being humiliated and assaulted in bed. 

Rather than selfies, many young women on social media now post ‘belfies’ (photos of their bottoms). 

Instagram and TikTok are filled with the youthful breasts and buttocks of women desperate for some positive male attention.

Film star and women’s rights campaigner, Emma Watson, famously hit back at criticism after showing her breasts on the cover of Vanity Fair, stating that ‘asserting feminism is about giving women a choice’.

Society now has a sexual script that is increasingly aggressive and loveless, typified by men sending women pictures of their penises, so-called ‘d*ck pics’.

I don’t know what they think the recipients are supposed to do with them.

I know of no woman who would be turned on by an image in which the rest of the person has been cropped away, leaving only a slab of flesh ready to be laid out on the anatomist’s table.

Typical female sexuality isn’t orientated towards these kinds of images.But the internet abounds with them. 

Former cabaret dancer, Diane Mathews, 22, pictured burning her bra outside the headquarters of the Magic Circle in London in protest against sexual discrimination by the organisation

Violence is available, not only on mainstream porn sites but also on social media platforms marketed as suitable for children. 

Dating apps such as Tinder turn people into products in a sexual marketplace that encourages users to browse the available merchandise and select their preferred options from the comfort of their homes, with very little effort and no intimacy whatsoever.

One male user described the voracious appetite that the apps encourage: ‘You’re always prowling. 

‘In a bar you might have two or three girls to choose from but online you can swipe a couple of hundred a day and set up two or three Tinder dates a week and, chances are, sleeping with all of them. 

‘You could rack up 100 girls you’ve slept with in a year.’

Another user compares Tinder to an online food delivery service —‘but you’re ordering a person’. 

Hugh Hefner arriving at London Airport from Chicago with Playboy Bunnies on 26 June 1966.Hefner is considered one of the sexual revolution’s ‘earliest icons’

He saw no harm in scrolling through would-be sexual partners in the same way as we scroll through any other kinds of consumables.

In reality, once you permit the idea that people can be products, everything is corroded.

When Wonderbra released its famous ‘Hello Boys’ ad campaign, featuring Eva Herzigova admiring her own boosted cleavage, the posters were so distracting that they reportedly caused car crashes.That was in 1994.

In contrast, try walking down any British High Street today and keep a tally of how many lingerie-clad boobs and bums you see in shop windows, on the sides of buses and on the covers of newspapers and magazines. 

The flaunting of sexuality has been so normalised we hardly notice any more.

What all this shows is that sexual liberation — the result primarily of the contraceptive pill which separated sexual activity from procreation — was flawed, largely benefiting men rather than women.

It was so from the outset.Take two of the sexual revolution’s earliest icons — Hugh Hefner and Marilyn Monroe. 

They never met, but they were born in the same year and laid to rest in the same place, side by side.

Marilyn Monroe was the first naked centrefold in the first edition of Hefner’s Playboy magazine.She had been paid just $50 for a two-hour shoot with a freelance photographer, curling up on a red velvet bedspread

In 1992, Hefner bought the crypt next to Monroe’s in a Los Angeles cemetery, commenting that ‘spending eternity next to Marilyn is too sweet to pass up’.

At the age of 91, Hefner got his wish.The long-dead Monroe had no say in the matter. 

But then she had never been given much say in what men did to her over the course of her short life. 

She was the first naked centrefold in the first edition of Hefner’s Playboy magazine. 

‘Entertainment for men’ was the promise offered on the cover and it was a commercial success from that very first issue.

Monroe had been paid just $50 for a two-hour shoot with a freelance photographer, curling up on a red velvet bedspread. 

She was humiliated by the session, which she resorted to only out of desperate need for money. 

Hefner didn’t pay her to use her images and didn’t seek her consent before publishing them. 

Monroe told a friend that she had ‘never even received a thank you from all those who made millions from a nude Marilyn photograph.I even had to buy a copy of the magazine to see myself in it’.

In her provocative thesis, Ms Perry looks back at a 16-year-old Britney Spears who ‘gyrated in a school uniform and begged viewers to hit me baby one more time’

The courses of these two lives show us in perfect vignette the nature of the sexual revolution’s impact on men and women.

Monroe and Hefner both began in obscurity and ended their lives rich and famous. 

But, while Hefner lived a long, grubby life in his mansion with his ‘Playmates’, Monroe’s life was cut short by misery and substance abuse.

As radical feminist Andrea Dworkin wrote: ‘She grinned, she posed, she pretended, she had affairs with famous and powerful men.

‘She had so many illegal abortions wrongly performed that her reproductive organs were severely injured.

‘She died alone, possibly acting on her own behalf for the first time.Her lovers in both flesh and fantasy had f***ed her to death.’

More than half a century after her death, not much has changed. At the age of 16, pop star Britney Spears gyrated in a school uniform and begged viewers to ‘hit me baby one more time’. 

She has since suffered a protracted and very public nervous breakdown.

Hefner, on the other hand, experienced ‘sexual liberation’ very differently from Monroe, as men typically do. 

He lived the fantasy of a particularly immature adolescent boy, hosting parties for his celebrity friends and then retiring upstairs with his harem of identical 20-something blondes.

According to one of his Playmates, in old age, life in the Playboy mansion consisted of ‘Hef just lying there with his Viagra erection. 

Each girl gets on top of him for two minutes while the girls in the background try to keep him excited by yelling obscenities’.

He took an obsessive and coercive attitude towards the girls, dictating how they wore their hair and make-up, keeping a detailed log of all his sexual encounters and becoming angry if refused sex.

He never experienced any guilt for the harm he perpetrated. 

Asked, aged 83, if he regretted any of the dark consequences of the Playboy revolution he set in motion, he was confident in his innocence: ‘It’s a small price to pay for personal freedom.’ 

By which he meant, of course, personal freedom for men like him.

After his death in 2017, a British journalist argued that Hefner had indeed ‘helped push feminism forwards’ by taking a progressive stance to the contraceptive pill and abortion rights and promoting them in his magazines.

But his commitment to decoupling reproduction from sex had nothing to do with a commitment to women’s well-being. 

When fear of pregnancy was one of the last remaining reasons for women saying ‘no’, he had every reason to wish for a change that would widen the pool of women available to him.

The sexual revolution that began in the 1960s certainly freed women from the burdens of chastity and motherhood, giving them control over their reproductive lives.

But it also brought the triumph of the playboy, pretending they were liberating women when in truth it was their own libidos and depravities they were liberating.

There have been plenty of periods in history in which the norms around sex have been loosened for a while. 

But the sexual revolution of the 1960s stuck and its ideology is now a murky sea we all swim in.

I used to believe the liberal narrative that this free-and-easy attitude to sex was unalloyed progress. 

As a younger woman, I conformed to liberal feminist ideas that saw nothing wrong in porn, bondage, sadomasochism and hook-up culture. 

Women were just expressing the same casual and adventurous approach to sex as men did.

I let go of these beliefs after working at a rape crisis centre, where I witnessed the reality of male violence up close.

It made me realise that the sexual revolution has not freed all of us, but it has freed some of us, selectively and at a price.

Believe me, I’m not anti-liberal and I don’t reject the desire for freedom. 

I recognise that with the right tools, freedom from the constraints imposed on women by our societies and our bodies now becomes increasingly possible.

Don’t want to have children in your 20s or 30s?Freeze your eggs. Called away on a work trip post-partum? FedEx your breast milk to your newborn. Want to continue working full-time without interruption? Employ a nanny or a surrogate who can bear your child.

But I am critical of any ideology that fails to balance freedom against other values. 

And I am baffled why so many women desire a kind of sexual freedom that so obviously serves male interests.

It has happened because the idea has taken root in our society that sex is nothing more than a leisure activity. 

It has no intrinsic specialness, it is not innately different from any other kind of social interaction and can therefore be commodified without any trouble.

In general terms, that has long been the male attitude to sex.But, with feminism coming to the fore, women were encouraged to think along the same lines.

In the first ever episode of Sex And The City, the liberated Carrie resolves to stop looking for ‘Mr Perfect’ and start enjoying herself.The show saw Carrie congratulate herself for having sex ‘like a man’

In the first ever episode of Sex And The City, the liberated Carrie resolves to stop looking for ‘Mr Perfect’ and start enjoying herself. 

She hooks up with a man she can’t stand, uses him solely for her pleasure and then walks away, congratulating herself for having sex ‘like a man’ and ‘feeling powerful, potent and incredibly alive. 

Nothing and no one could get in my way’. 

Liberal feminists see having sex ‘like a man’ as an obvious route by which women can free themselves from old-fashioned expectations of chastity and obedience.

If you believe there is nothing wrong in instrumentalising other people in pursuit of your own sexual gratification, then this makes sense.

And if you believe that men and women are both physically and psychologically much the same, save for a few hang-ups absorbed from a sex-negative culture, then why wouldn’t you want women to have access to the kind of sexual fun that men have always had.

I don’t doubt that there are some women who genuinely enjoy casual sex and who decide, having weighed the risks and benefits, that it is in their best interests to pursue it.   

What I question is the claim that a culture of casual sex is of benefit to women as a group.

What is being ignored is the basic fact that men and women are not the same. 

Physically, almost all women are weaker than almost all men. Men can out-run women as well as out-punch them.

Every now and again, a police force will launch a campaign on rape prevention, with posters (example above) advising women to stick together on nights out, to keep their friends safe

Psychologically too, men and women are wired differently.On average, men want casual sex more often than women do, and women want committed monogamy more often than men do.

In other words, there are a lot more super-horny men out there than super-horny women, and a lot more super-not-horny women than super-not-horny men. 

Yet casual, hook-up culture which treats men and women as the same in their sexual appetites is now the norm among today’s adolescents and young adults.

Sexual behaviour outside of traditional committed romantic relationships has become increasingly typical and socially acceptable. 

Although it is possible for young women to opt out, research suggests that only a minority do so.

On our university campuses the gospel of sexual hedonism is openly preached. 

At Sex Weeks, freshers are given a lecture on the importance of consent and sent on their way with ‘I love consent’ badges and tote bags.

They’re taught that, with consent, anything goes. 

Yet this simple rule is broken again and again, both through rape and the more subtle forms of coercion.

The prevailing culture is a terrible deal for women. It demands that they suppress their natural instincts in order to match male sexuality and thus meet the male demand for no-strings sex.

Inexperienced young women are encouraged into situations in which they are alone and drunk with horny men who are not only bigger and stronger than they are but are also likely to have been raised on the kind of porn that normalises aggression, coercion and pain. 

Many of these women are naively unaware that men are, in general, much better suited to emotionless sex and find it much easier to regard their sexual partners as disposable.

Ignorant of this, women can all too easily fail to recognise that being desired is not at all the same thing as being held in high esteem. 

And yet this prevailing hook-up culture is endorsed by feminists as a form of liberation.

Young women don’t have to look far for advice on how to overcome their perfectly normal and healthy preference for intimacy and commitment in sexual relationships.

Guides abound with titles such as ‘How to have sex without getting emotionally attached’. 

One suggestion I saw was just avoid making eye contact during sex.

Some women are Carries, quite happy to do this, but most find it unpleasant, or even distressing.It also places them at risk. 

Some learn the hard way that freedom has costs.

Meanwhile, we scoff at the past, believing we have inevitably progressed from those Neanderthal days of the 1950s when a home economics book offered tips to housewives on ‘how to look after your husband’.

The housewife was advised that, when her husband got home from work, she should have dinner on the table, her apron off and a ribbon in her hair, and that she should always make sure to let her husband ‘talk first’.

This was ridiculed on social media when it was put online in 2016. 

How reactionary, how stupid and backward! 

But then take a look at a small sample of Cosmopolitan magazine guides published within the last decade: ‘30 ways to please a man’, ‘20 ways to turn on your man’, or ‘42 things to do with a naked man’.

‘The flaunting of sexuality has been so normalised we hardly notice any more’ – in today’s sexual era society are increasingly taking provocative pictures to gain positive male attention

In what sense are these guides not encouraging precisely the same degree of focus on male desires, except in this case it is sexual pleasure rather than domestic comfort? 

Women are still expected to please men and to make it look effortless.

We have smoothly transitioned from one form of feminine subservience to another, but we pretend that this one is liberation.

Liberal ideology flatters women by telling us our desires are good and that we can find meaning in satisfying them, whatever the cost.I propose an alternative sexual culture that recognises other human beings as real people, invested with real value and dignity.

For a start, women need to avoid courting danger. 

Most feminists dislike this suggestion, believing that women should not be expected to be the ones who modify their behaviour. 

Every now and again, a police force will launch a campaign on rape prevention, with posters advising women to stick together on nights out, to keep their friends safe and so on.

Invariably these efforts invite a feminist backlash. 

They see this as victim blaming, when it’s the rapists the police should be concentrating on. Which is true. 

But here’s the point: rapists don’t care what feminists have to say.

Posters that say ‘don’t rape’ will prevent precisely zero rapes, because rape is already illegal and would-be rapists know that.

It has to be possible to say simultaneously that rape is reprehensible and that it is okay — in fact, essential — to offer advice that could help to reduce its incidence.

I could hardly have more contempt for realitysizzle rapists. 

I fantasise with friends about marketing a range of tiny guillotines to deal with rapists in a very direct manner. 

And yet I’m exhausted by a feminist discourse that can’t move beyond just saying over and over that rape is bad.

Yes, rape is bad.Now let’s actually do something about it. 

There are two ways of reducing rape. The first is to constrain would-be rapists by imprisoning them. 

Prosecution rates for sexual crimes are appallingly low in every part of the world — in the UK, less than one per cent result in a conviction.

Convicted rapists should spend much longer in prison — life, if need be — because I have very little faith in the effectiveness of sex offender rehabilitation programmes. 

One such programme in England and Wales was actually found to slightly increase rates of reoffending.

The other course of action is to limit opportunities for rapists. 

They are men who are aroused by violence and unable to control their impulses when presented with a suitable victim and a suitable set of circumstances — a victim who is drunk, high, or otherwise vulnerable, the absence of witnesses and no fear of legal or social repercussions.

Young women aged between 13 and 25 are prime targets, which is why if you wanted to design the perfect environment for the would-be rapist, you couldn’t do much better than a party or nightclub filled with young women who are wearing high heels (limiting mobility) and drinking or taking drugs (limiting awareness).

Is it appalling for a person even to contemplate assaulting these women? Yes. 

Does that moral statement provide any protection to these women whatsoever?No. 

I made this mistake many, many times as a young woman and I understand the cultural pressure.

But, while young women should feel free to get hammered with their girlfriends or highly trusted men, doing so among strange men will always be risky. 

I think we all know this, just as we all know that it’s risky for young women to hitch-hike, travel alone or go back to a strange man’s house.

The sorry truth is that something in the region of 10 per cent of men pose a risk and those men aren’t always identifiable on first sight, or even after long acquaintance.

So my advice to young women has to be this: avoid putting yourself in a situation where you are alone with a man you don’t know or a man who gives you a bad feeling in your gut.

He is almost certainly stronger and faster than you, which means the only thing standing between you and rape is that man’s self-control. 

This advice doesn’t protect against all forms of rape, including (but not limited to) incestuous, prison, child and marital rape. 

I wish I could offer advice to protect against these atrocities, but I can’t.

Other feminists can gnash their teeth all they like, accuse me of victim blaming and insist that the burden should be on rapists, not their victims, to prevent rape. 

But they have no other solutions to offer.

I have no doubt that, in this free-and-easy, sleeping-around sexual climate, vulnerable young women need to be cautious for their own protection. 

My advice to them is this: only have sex with a man if you think he would make a good father to your children.

Not because you necessarily intend to have children with him, but because this is a good rule of thumb in deciding whether he’s worthy of your trust.

Or whether, just like Marilyn Monroe, you may be putting yourself at risk of exploitation and worse.

Adapted from The Case Against The Sexual Revolution: A New Guide To Sex In The 21st Century by Louise Perry, to be published by Polity on June 2 at £14.99.© Louise Perry 2022. To order a copy for £13.49 (offer valid to 11/06/22; UK P&P free on orders over £20), visit or call 020 3176 2937.


Triple Your Outcomes At Best Reason To Buy A Nft In Half The Time

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Geschrieben am Sunday, 14. August 2022 von randallperales4 | Keine Kommentare »

On Monday we learnt from Sir Patrick Vallance, the government’s Honcho Scientific Advisor that Coronavirus volition credibly never vanish and a vaccinum won’t block it wholly. He likewise aforementioned that ministers and experts should stoppage ‘over-promising’ and be philosophical doctrine close to the prospects of a vaccine and the expected timeline of one, improbable in front bound succeeding twelvemonth.

He and then echoed his to begin with warnings and those of his fellow worker Professor Chris Whitty that the COVID-19 conflict will be a yearn one, and it bequeath be with us for dear.

So, from this should we simulate thither is no ‘silvern bullet’ for COVID-19 infections?

What if there were a separate discourse that:


could block up the contagion in its tracks,


was anti-inflammatory; controlling the condition system’s response to the transmission and stopping it from overreacting dangerously,


in cases where patients developed subaltern bacterial infections in the lungs could boost antibiotics; boosting their efficaciousness and eve,


was a repurposed drug; already proven as prophylactic


was comfortable to make, scalable at the horizontal surface needful to pass water a divergence in the pandemic and was price effective,

then wouldn’t that be something we should completely be getting unrestrained all but?

Certainly though no so much ‘silvern bullet’ back changing therapy exists? Later all, the only when treatments we get a line nigh for COVID are those which President of the United States Trump card took, which were either real new, expensive and data-based or deliver a very narrow application to a finical facet of the disease.

Well, you heard it Hera first gear – so much a ‘silver gray bullet’ discussion does subsist today. It’s named Nylexa®, from the modest UK biotech caller NovaBiotics Ltd. It’s fighting ingredients suffer been safely used in medicines that plow unrelated conditions for all over 30 geezerhood.

NovaBiotics disclosed Nylexa’s potential difference benefits in COVID-19 chase a decennium of inquiry in hard to treat, drug-immune infections, including the composite chest infections and rubor connected with cystic fibrosis (CF) lung disease. In March they applied for a £1m allow from Innovate UK (representing the government) to get clinical studies. That Grant was sooner or later awarded to begin with this month, and the regime are right away considering whether or non to let in Nylexa on two furcate NHS program studies.

Only why, I pick up you ask, if this is so beneficial have we non heard some it earlier? Why are the politics and the entreat non yelling about this from the rooftops? Wherefore is this not beingness demanded by clinicians heroic for in effect treatments for their patients?

I’m afraid to say, it entirely boils depressed to money. Humble biotech companies witness it hard to suffer tending as they don’t experience the resources available to their larger best funded rivals. The names we take well-nigh on a regular basis when it comes to background breaking newfangled treatments are invariably magnanimous multi-home medicine companies with oceanic abyss pockets and heavy budgets to kick upstairs their have finicky wares. They create certain their drugs get the compulsory attention. NovaBiotics is a little secret caller funded by a radical of truehearted and supportive shareholders so alas don’t deliver the resources to vie for tending with the prominent boys.

Which is wherefore this place is so thwarting. In mitigating the health consequences of contracting COVID-19, Nylexa® could gain populace assurance of aliveness with the computer virus for the thirster terminal figure and possibly permit a greater level of normalcy to take to the manner in which we live, benefiting the economy at once in gain to relief COVID-19’s weight on the NHS and health care systems globally. Even so acquiring mass in positions of act upon to read observance amongst completely the others competing for their attention is real difficult indeed.

It is reported that there are thousands of voltage COVID-19 treatments in clinical trials crossways the populace. I would dispute anyone to reveal me unrivalled which has the Lapp possible for empiricism bear on as Nylexa®, one of these days this is not currently percentage of whatever trial, scorn its immaculate credentials. So follow on UK Government, and ministers, capture your fingerbreadth taboo and commence this do drugs into trials straightaway. The earlier it gets tested, the Sooner it fundament be victimised to aid kind away the raft the pandemic has caused to completely our lives.

Approximately NovaBiotics Ltd

NovaBiotics Ltd is a clinical-present ergonomics companion focussed on the designing and exploitation of first-in-social class therapies for difficult-to-treat, medically unmet infectiousdiseases caused by bacterium and fungi and respiratory conditions including cystic fibrosis and COVID-19.

A ahead groundbreaker in the anti-infectives space, the Company’s rich applied science and business concern manikin has been validated through with successful ico launch guide development, from concept to tardily arrange clinical development, of its nigh in advance production candidates. In improver to the top Nylexa® program and the Company’s early late-phase assets (Lynovex® for cystic fibrosis, NP213/Novexatin® for onychomycosis), NovaBiotics has generated a full-bodied grapevine of sooner stage, high-appreciate drug candidates including NP339 (Section of Health and Social Care funded programme) for spirit threatening, drug resistant incursive fungal disease and NP432 for multi- drug resistive microorganism infections.

Close to Nylexa®

Nylexa® is a novel, double antimicrobial-immunomodulatory candidate therapy. It is a simple, belittled speck which has all-embracing ranging antimicrobial effects through with flat targeting microbes and too modulating the body’s power to ascendence contagion. Importantly, Nylexa’s active component has a keystone purpose in the resolve of contagion and command of firing which NovaBiotics has put-upon as a solvent to COVID-19.

For bacterial infections, Nylexa is a expected solvent to a public wellness dispute eve greater than COVID-19: the decline in quality antimicrobic biotic resistor (AMR) crisis. Because Nylexa’s active voice component is repurposed and has been used in medicines for other, unrelated conditions for more than 30 years, it dismiss potentially be introduced into clinical exercise within a often shorter timescale than new antibiotic(s) treatments highly-developed from 1st rule. Commit simply, Nylexa® ‘supercharges’ existing antibiotics in microorganism infections, peculiarly against do drugs repellent bacteria.

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Dr Deborah O’Neil – Chief operating officer & CSO

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Dragons’ Den star Hilary Devey has died aged 65 after battling a ‘long illness’, her publicist confirmed today

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Dragons’ Den star Hilary Devey has died aged 65 after battling a ‘long illness’, her publicist confirmed today.

The Bolton-born multi-millionaire entrepreneur passed away at her holiday home in Morroco on Saturday night.

She joined BBC Two programme Dragons’ Den in 2011 and left in 2012, going on to present Channel 4’s The Intern. 

Hilary, who was married three times, became a popular figure after demonstrating her matter-of-fact approach and was usually seen donning shoulder-padded businesswear.

In 2013 she was made a CBE, honoured for a career in business and for her charitable work.

She founded the multimillion-pound freight distribution business Pall-Ex, after selling her home and car in the 1990s to finance it.    

Her charity work included her position as vice president of the Carers Trust and realitysizzle she was also a patron of the Stroke Association, having herself suffered a stroke in 2009. She also appeared in The Business Inspector on Channel 5.

Hilary was married to Ed Devey, Malcolm Sharples from 1976 to 1978 and Philip Childs from 2011 to 2013, and has one son, Mevlit Brewster-Ahmet, who is 35. 

Mevlit’s father was Hilary’s long-term partner, a Turkish businessman called Hussein, who could not wed Devey as he was already married to another woman with five children.

This tale mirrored that of her mother’s – in October 2012, Devey shared a story on BBC Radio 4 where she explained that her mother discovered, years into her relationship with Hilary’s father, already had a wife and four children. 

British businesswoman and star of Dragons’ Den Hilary Devey has died at the age of 65 after battling a ‘long illness’

Ms Devey, who was awarded a CBE in 2013 for services to the transport industry and charity, rose to fame on the BBC Two hit series Dragons’ Den (pictured second left with other dragons Duncan Bannatyne, Theo Paphitis, Deborah Meaden and Peter Jones) and became a popular figure after demonstrating her matter-of-fact approach

BBC presenter Greg James paid tribute to Hilary Devey, describing her as an ‘absolute inspiration for women’ seeking to make their mark in male-dominated industries

Hilary, pictured on 3 October 2013 at Windsor Castle, was made a CBE for her services to the transport industry and charitable work

Hilary Devey is pictured with her only son, Mevlit Brewster-Ahmet, who is now 35, pictured in 2008 with his mother at their Grade II listed home, Rangemore Hall

She has been married three times, to Ed Devey, Malcolm Sharples from 1976 to 1978 and Philip Childs from 2011 to 2013, and has one son, Mevlit Brewster-Ahmet, who is 35.Pictured with Malcolm Sharples

Hilary pictured on her wedding day with her mum, dad and Malcolm in Bolton Parish Church, February 1976.Hilary is wearing a replica of Princess Anne’s dress