Pinterest Share on Facebook New research suggests that sexual promiscuity negatively impacts social responses toward both gay and straight men. The study, published in the journal Psychology of Men & Masculinities, found that women are more likely to seek to avoid gay men described as promiscuous compared to gay men who are not described as promiscuous.“Perceptions of masculinity, and stereotypes toward gay men, are multifaceted,” said study author Corey Cook, an assistant professor of psychology at Pacific Lutheran University.“I was interested in knowing what happens when some of these perceptions overlap; for example, does perceived sexual promiscuity (which is associated with traditional ideas of masculinity, but also used as a justification for antigay prejudice) affect perceptions of gay and straight men similarly? These kinds of comparisons can help us understand where these prejudices come from, and hopefully help us find ways to reduce them.” Share on Twitter Share Email LinkedIn In the study, 354 heterosexual undergraduate students were randomly assigned to report their social attitudes towards either gay men, straight men, gay men who are sexually promiscuous, straight men who are sexually promiscuous, gay men with very feminine qualities, straight men with very feminine qualities, gay men with very masculine qualities, or straight men with very masculine qualities.To assess their attitudes, the participants were asked how strongly they agreed or disagreed with statements such as “I would like for a member of this group to work in the same place as I do” and “Members of this group are the kind of people that I tend to avoid.”The researchers found that both female and male participants reported greater social distancing toward gay men than toward straight men. Women also reported greater social distancing toward sexually promiscuous gay men than gay men in general. Men, however, showed no difference in attitude between sexually promiscuous gay men and gay men in generalIn addition, Cook and his colleagues found that women reported greater social distancing toward sexually promiscuous straight men compared to all other groups.“One important implication of this research is that attitudes based on sexual behavior can be more nuanced than we often think. Research consistently finds that heterosexual women are generally more accepting of gay men than heterosexual men are. My findings suggest that this is not the case when gay men are explicitly labeled as sexually promiscuous,” Cook told PsyPost.“Additionally, heterosexual women and men respond negatively toward straight men labeled as sexually promiscuous. This is interesting because heterosexual men have traditionally used ‘sexual prowess’ as a way to boost their status; my research suggests that this tactic might not work as well as men think.”In a second experiment with 500 participants recruited via Amazon’s Mechanical Turk, the researchers found evidence that women’s negativity toward sexually promiscuous gay men was related to concern for disease threats. But perceived disease threat only explained some of the relationship.“One major caveat to these findings is that our data do not fully explain why women responded so negatively toward targets labeled as sexually promiscuous. What is it about sexual promiscuity that elicited such negative reactions from women in our studies?” Cook said.“Also, what perpetuates this “masculine” norm among men if both men and women respond negatively to sexual promiscuity? I hope my findings are interesting enough to motivate other researchers to explore these questions in ways I haven’t yet thought of.”“I think the timing of this research is fortuitous. We are at a point culturally when people are beginning to ask very important questions about traditional ideas of gender, sex, and sexuality. Maybe findings such as these can help us think of ways to redefine masculinity and help us find healthier ways of perceiving sexuality,” Cook added.The study, “You Don’t Know Where He’s Been: Sexual Promiscuity Negatively Affects Responses Toward Both Gay and Straight Men“, was authored by Corey L. Cook and Catherine A. Cottrell.
In what the World Health Organization (WHO) has called a rapidly evolving Ebola virus outbreak in Guinea, sick patients in neighboring Liberia are being tested, and officials today ruled out an Ebola infection in a Canadian traveler who had recently visited West Africa.The count of lab-confirmed cases in Guinea stayed at 13, as reported by the WHO late yesterday, with the numbers of suspected cases and deaths also remaining the same at 86 and 59, the WHO said in a note e-mailed to the media today.WHO spokesman Gregory Hartl said in a Twitter post today that many different diseases produce symptoms similar to Ebola and other viral hemorrhagic fevers and that some cases will undoubtedly be ruled out.Six of seven blood samples had tested positive for the virus at the Pasteur Institute in Lyon, France, and seven other cases were confirmed at a Pasteur Institute lab deployed from Dakar, Senegal.Tests have confirmed that that the subtype involved in the outbreak is Zaire, the WHO said. Earlier tests on a gene segment from one of the samples initially suggested the outbreak likely involved the Zaire subtype, which has a mortality rate as high as 90%.Of six suspected cases in Liberia, which borders the districts in Guinea that have reported cases, two samples have been obtained and are being tested. Yesterday, health officials said suspected cases were being investigated in neighboring Sierra Leone as well.The patients in Liberia—four women, a boy, and a girl—came from Guinea for treatment in a hospital in the northern part of the country, Agence-France Presse (AFP) reported today. A government official said health inspectors have been in the area since Mar 21 and are collecting samples, tracing contacts, and educating local health teams.Meanwhile, the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) released a statement today that said a patient in Saskatchewan does not have Ebola, Lassa, Marburg, or Crimean Congo virus. It added that more tests are under way to diagnose the patient’s illness.Provincial health officials said yesterday that a man who had recently visited Liberia was hospitalized in critical condition in Saskatoon with a suspected viral hemorrhaging fever infection, according to a report today from CBC News.In a Twitter post today, the WHO’s Hartl said testing continues and that the man might have malaria.The US embassy in Conakry, Guinea, yesterday in a security statement warned US citizens about the outbreak in the country’s forest region and strongly recommended that they avoid individuals with symptoms including diarrhea, vomiting, high fever, and heavy bleeding until more information is available.It also warned that Ebola can spread quickly in healthcare settings, especially when hospital staff are not equipped with protective equipment such as masks, gowns, and gloves.The outbreak in Guinea marks the first appearance of the disease in the country, as well as in West Africa.See also:Mar 25 WHO statementMar 24 AFP statementGregory Hartl Twitter feedMar 25 PHAC statementMar 25 CBC storyMar 24 CIDRAP News story “Ebola outbreak kills 59 in Guinea”Mar 24 US embassy security message
STATE News:SANTA FE — House Bill 62, sponsored by Majority Floor Leader and Rep. Sheryl Williams Stapleton (D-Albuquerque), Rep. Andres Romero (D-Albuquerque), Rep. Willie Madrid (D-Chaparral), Rep. Debra Sarinana (D-Albuquerque), and Rep. Joy Garratt (D-Albuquerque), was heard Thursday in the House Education Committee. House Bill 62 creates a fund through which PED can establish a formal mentorship program help school districts and individual schools support educators and help them succeed.“New Mexico is facing a crisis in our schools, particularly in our rural areas,” Rep. Williams Stapleton said. “The data is clear; a teacher is most likely to leave the classroom inside of their first 3 years of teaching. This bill helps stem the loss of our teachers by establishing a fund that supports a system of formalized mentorship giving teachers what they need to be the qualified educators our kids deserve.”“As an educator and former mentor teachers, I understand the importance of providing incoming teachers with mentoring resources to succeed in their profession,” Rep. Debra Sarinana said. “A new teacher who can regularly consult with a mentor for honest feedback and guidance is more likely to stay in the profession and contribute to the high-quality education each of our students deserve and need.”Data indicates that the greatest proportion of teachers leave the teaching profession in their first 3 years of teaching. A formal teacher mentorship program helps stem the loss of New Mexico’s teachers – an issue impacting students throughout the state – by providing beginning teachers with the supports they need to become experienced and qualified teachers. House Bill 62 creates a fund through PED to provide school districts and schools the resources they need to implement mentorship programs.House Bill 62 passed unanimously out of the House Education Committee and will be heard next in the House Appropriations and Finance Committee.
The purchase comprises two investments on Southfields Industrial Estate, seven miles from junction 29 of the M25. Juniper 1 is a former gin factory dating from the 1980s, which has been reconfigured into three warehouses and an office block and Juniper 2 comprises four modern industrial buildings completed in 2003. The 432,145 sq ft (40,148) generates annual rental income of £2.37m, giving a net initial yield of 7.26%. The relatively high yield reflects the fact that the average unexpired lease period on Juniper 1, the larger of the two properties, is 19 months. King Sturge advised Slough and Franc Warwick advised Catalyst and Close.
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The Joshua Levine Memorial Foundation and Slow Food East End will host “A Moveable Feast” this Sunday from 4 to 7 PM at Dodds & Eder Landscape Design Showroom in Sag Harbor.On the first weekend of the spring season, the community will come together to awaken the earth with food, drinks, music, and a silent auction. The evening celebrates the life of Quail Hill farmer Joshua Levine.In addition, the event will support Edible School Gardens, an organization dedicated to reconnecting children and their families with organic food. Through building greenhouses and gardens on school property, students can learn firsthand where their nutrients come from. What started with only seven schools has grown to include 25 schools on the East End.The theme this year is Grow: awareness of healthy eating habits, hard work, and philanthropy within the community.“We hope to bring awareness of the importance of what we are doing, to the parents . . . so that they can participate and assist in what we are trying to instill in their children,” explained Myron Levine, founder of The Joshua Levine Foundation.“When my son [Joshua] was here, and worked on the Quail Hill farm and at the Sag Harbor Farmer’s Market, he made many friends in the farming community. I have continued to be involved with that community. I have personally seen it grow, and I see the passion on their faces and the excitement they all feel about what they are doing.”Since its first event in 2011, the foundation has received an outpouring of community participation. The foundation’s mission is to identify and support charitable programs which promote good farming practices, healthy eating, education, and a sustainable environment.This year’s keynote speaker is Sam Kass, food entrepreneur and former White House chef and Senior Policy Advisor for Nutrition under the Obama administration. Richard McCarthy, the head of Slow Food USA, will moderate a discussion on “Growing Healthy Kids and Healthy Communities, and the Future of Food.” Slow Food’s goal is to transform the way the world produces and enjoys food.This year’s event features business sponsors. Platinum sponsors include Dodds & Edger Landscape and The Art of Eating; Gold sponsors Norsic & Sons, and Bartlett Tree Service; Silver sponsors, Sparkling Pools & Harbor Tubs, BNB Bank, Hampton Jitney, and Tates Bake Shop; and Bronze sponsorships, Compass Real Estate, WordHampton, Dayton Ritz & Osborne, Ferraris Accounting, Jackson Dodds, Ray Smith Tree Care, Kolb Mechanical, Land Planning Associates, Merrill Lynch, Mulvey Plumbing, Peconic Gate, and Phoebe & Bell.The silent auction items include golf course tickets, restaurant gift certificates, overnight stays at local hotels, CSA membership, experience tours, personal training sessions, and Hampton Jitney vouchers.Dodds & Eder Landscape Design Showroom is located at 11 Bridge Lane in Sag Harbor. Tickets are $100 for Slow Food members and $150 for non-members. For more information visit www.slowfoodeastend.org.Nicole@indyeastend.com@NikkiOnTheDaily Share
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The government has rejected a recommendation from a commons committee to extend the ban on referral fees. A ban on receiving or paying fees for personal injury cases features in the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders bill. It is set to come into law next October once it has passed through the House of Lords. In October, the House of Commons Justice Committee called for that ban to be extended to other types of cases and to be punished with a custodial sentence. But ministers have insisted referral fees must be a regulatory offence and for now the ban will apply only to personal injury. In a response to the committee report, the government says today: ‘The main concerns giving rise to the proposal have arisen in relation to personal injury claimants being actively encouraged to pursue their claims. ‘The government is therefore taking immediate action in this area. However, the provisions in the bill do include powers to enable the Lord Chancellor to make regulations to extend the ban to other types of claim and legal services, should the need arise in due course.’ Sir Alan Beith, chair of the committee, said it was ‘disappointing’ that the government had chosen to limit its enforcement capacity for the most serious cases of abuse of personal information. He added: ‘It is likely that ministers will have to return both to this issue and to the issue of referral fees in areas other than personal injury, where they are taking welcome action.’ The government announced a partial ban on referral fees in September, days before a commons motion calling for the measure from former justice secretary Jack Straw. Last summer the Legal Services Board said a ban was not justified and resources would be better spent clamping down on rogue elements in the claims farming industry.
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