White House hosts conference on gender stereotypes in toys

The LGBT community and its allies are looking to President Obama to make the next move after North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory signedinto law a bill that excludes sexual orientation and gender identity from state anti-discrimination protections and bars transgender individuals from choosing which restroom to use based on their gender identities.

The White House ensured it could speak fromthe moral high ground on transgender issues byopening its first“all-gender restroom” last April.

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo was one ofthe first elected officials to retaliate against North Carolina’slaw, signing an executive order banningnon-essential state government travel to the state.

So, what action will the Obama administrationtake?White House press secretary Josh Earnest said on Monday that the new law was “mean-spirited” and that theWhite House was “taking a look” at its legal options.In the meantime, White House advisor Valerie Jarrett is taking a different approach to promoting LGBT acceptance, today hosting a day-long conference on gender stereotypes in toys and media with theWhite House Council on Women and Girls, the Department of Education, and the Media, Diversity, andSocial Change Initiative at the University of Southern California.

Would Bernie Sanders or Hillary Clinton? We suspect the conference wasn’t President Obama’s idea.

Author Rosalind Wisemanenlightened the panel about “good yelling” and dealing with boys. Her best-selling “Queen Bees and Wannabes” series inspired Tina Fey’s “Mean Girls,” and possibly Hillary Clinton’s demand that rival Bernie Sanders “change his tone” before she would agree to another debate.

Jarrett noted that women currently holdonly 29 percent of high-paying STEM(Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) positions and suggested that “the TV, movies, and videos that kids watch, and the toys with which they play, can have a real impact on the skills they develop and their aspirations.”

It wouldn’t be a White House event without a “fact sheet,” which gives an overview of actions pledged by the Girl Scouts, Netflix, Scholastic, theToy Industry Association, and more.

Or not.

Read more: http://twitchy.com/2016/04/06/white-house-hopes-conference-on-gender-stereotypes-in-toys-will-help-close-stem-gap/

Students hijack UNC town hall with list of demands

Those who miss the days when Netflix had a variety of movies to stream have a couple of alternatives available tonight. As Twitchy reported, the University of Missouri College Republicans are hosting conservative Ben Shapiroin the home of the media-free space space and imaginary Klan rallies. And at the University of North CarolinaChapel Hill, students are holding a town hall on race and inclusivity.

Streaming video shows that the town hall, facilitated by Clarence Page, was packed.

What is this, a Bernie Sanders campaign rally? A group of students with a “UNC stands with Mizzou” banner seems to have taken over the town hall and are holding the audience hostage while they read their demands.

What happened to the Pulitzer Prize winning facilitator?

Note that it’s the “abridged version” the full version printed out would likely be too heavy to carry.

Isn’t that Professor Smith?

Did any of these students read the school’s brochure before applying for admission? It would seem if there’s that much wrong with UNC, there must be a better fit somewhere.

It sounds like they’ve already taken plenty of your classes and are putting your lessons into practice.

Sounds like a successful event.

Where’s the after party? Right outside!

Read more: http://twitchy.com/2015/11/19/students-hijack-unc-town-hall-with-list-of-demands-no-sats-no-tuition-gender-free-bathrooms-etc/