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The Latest from My BlackBerry News Feeds

Wednesday, May 25, 2011, 16:11 EDT Leave a comment Go to comments

Dozens of news items pop up every day on the various feeds to which I subscribe, but three recent stories from near and far stood out from the rest. Each story could be a lengthy post in itself, but I’ll be uncharacteristically terse in my remarks.

South KoreaFemale broadcasters ‘should be willing to have sex to advance careers’, claims Korean politician

A South Korean politician said the country’s female broadcasters should be willing to offer sexual intercourse to advance their careers.

[ . . . ]

“TV broadcasters have to serve (their seniors) with all they have. Do you think you yourself can do that?” [Kang Yong-Seok] reportedly told one student who expressed her wish to become a broadcaster.

The remarks, reported by a local newspaper, sparked public anger and Mr Kang was expelled from the conservative ruling Grand National Party. Parliament’s ethics committee will vote Monday on a move to oust him from parliament.

The Seoul Western District Court sentenced Kang to six months in jail, suspended for a year, saying his position as a lawmaker meant his comments would have greater weight with the public.

My first reaction was to wonder why Kang doesn’t think male reporters shouldn’t also have to be willing to use sex to get ahead. My second reaction was to question a legal system that can impose a jail sentence for saying something stupid. If we had such a law here, half of Congress would be in the city lock-up at any given time.

CanadaParents keep child’s gender secret

The neighbours know [Kathy] Witterick and her husband, David Stocker, are raising a genderless baby. But they don’t pretend to understand it.

While there’s nothing ambiguous about [four month old] Storm’s genitalia, they aren’t telling anyone whether their third child is a boy or a girl.

The only people who know are Storm’s brothers, Jazz, 5, and Kio, 2, a close family friend and the two midwives who helped deliver the baby in a birthing pool at their Toronto home on New Year’s Day.

“When the baby comes out, even the people who love you the most and know you so intimately, the first question they ask is, ‘Is it a girl or a boy?’” says Witterick, bouncing Storm, dressed in a red-fleece jumper, on her lap at the kitchen table.

“If you really want to get to know someone, you don’t ask what’s between their legs,” says Stocker.

The article includes many more clues to the unconventional nature of these parents, both of whom “come from liberal families” and presumably are liberal themselves. I have no idea why they consider a person’s sex, a biological and physical characteristic that is what it is, to be something that’s open to interpretation, in contrast to other liberals who seem obsessively focused on another biological trait, skin color.

United StatesNewborn in New York City survives toss down trash chute; mom charged with attempted murder

A newborn tossed down a housing project’s trash chute survived the eight-story fall because he landed on a pile of garbage and the compactor was jammed, investigators said Monday.

A maintenance worker heard a baby’s cries coming from the trash compactor in the Walt Whitman Houses on Sunday morning. The baby was taken to Brooklyn Hospital, where he remains in stable condition, said Jerry Schmetterer, spokesman for the Brooklyn district attorney’s office. He said the baby did not appear to have been injured in the fall.

Laquasia Wright, 18, was arrested on charges of attempted murder and endangering the welfare of a child. Police said it appeared Wright had given birth shortly before tossing the baby.

Wasn’t legal abortion, which in New York isn’t subject to even the most sensible regulations, supposed to solve the problem of unwanted children? Oops. And one more thing: let’s end the foolish practice of using the word “mom” in news headlines. “Mom” is a term of endearment, wholly unsuitable to straight news reporting, especially when the mother in question isn’t all that endearing.

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