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Are women making the men's rights movement a force to be reckoned with?

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Ashe Schow of the Washington Examiner and Mariah Blake of Mother Jones work for media organizations that aren't normally thought of as being on the same wavelength.

But on this particular Monday, Schow and Blake are definitely listening to a common journalistic muse.

They report from different tacks — Schow focuses specifically on one issue while Blake addresses a more general question — but both are well worth reading for the same reason: They have fresh and important insights for readers about how men and women should be valued in civil society.

Due process for men

Schow's focus is on the case of Kevin Parisi, a former Drew University junior who was unjustly accused of forcing a female student to have sex with him in his dorm room:

"He was kicked off campus and placed under investigation. Three months went by before he was found 'not responsible' in a campus disciplinary proceeding. Local police never filed charges against him," Schow tells us.

"Being accused, however, was enough to cause his world to collapse. Now he is suing Drew for assuming he was guilty from the outset and treating him as such until it was determined he was innocent."

There are dozens of similar cases across the country in what appears to be a gathering rebellion against an academic culture saturated with radical feminist assumptions that undermine constitutional rights like due process.

Women defending men's rights?

Blake looks at the views and biographies of a half-dozen women who are vigorously defending men against feminist extremism.

"It may seem counterintuitive that women would be helping drive the conversation about a movement that's fighting anti-male discrimination and campaigning fiercely against feminism," Blake reports.

Interestingly enough, two of these women — Karen Straughan and Janet "Judgybitch" Bloomfield — are Canadians who shred feminist cliches with acidic logic and humor. Both attained public notice via YouTube.

Pendulum swings both ways

Injustice abounds whenever ideologues have no limits upon their exercise of power. It takes genuine intellectual courage to challenge orthodoxy, especially on the typical American college campus and in the mainstream media where the many isms of liberal orthodoxy reign supreme.

Schow shines much-needed light on the injustice of dispensing with the presumption of innocence, while Blake does the same by highlighting six heretofore obscure but intellectually courageous women.

That's what journalism does at its best — bring into clearer view previously unseen people and forgotten ideas that make us think in new ways about old issues.

On today's washingtonexaminer.com

Monday's Editorial: Moneyed interests call the tune for Democrats.

Sunday's Editorial: Health agency officials breaks the law by deleting emails.

Columnists/Hugh Hewitt: Unlike his ice cream, Doug Ducey won't melt in Arizona's political heat.

Columnists/James Jay Carafano: There's a place for the National Guard, even in a tight budget, and Congress needs to find it.

Columnists/Star Parker: Don't mistake Tea Party birth pangs for death throes.

Columnists/Michael Barone: Three hundred years later, Americans owe a debt to King George I.

Beltway Confidential/Byron York: North Carolina's nondescript, hardly noticed, hugely important Senate race.

PennAve/Sean Lengell: Military families complain as personal cars go missing.

Law/Ashe Schow: College men challenge "guilty until proven innocent" standard for sex assault cases.

Video/Morning Examiner: Morning Examiner with Steve Doty for Aug. 11.

In other news

The Washington Post: Republican Senate takeover looking more and more likely.

The New York Times: Print is down and now out.

CBS News: Embattled Iraqi leader refuses to quit amid crisis.

Righty Playbook

The Weekly Standard: Obama boasted in 2012 debate that he didn't want to leave any U.S. troops in Iraq.

National Review Online: If only America had a leader like Netanyahu.

The American Spectator: Tavenner's transparency for thee but not for me.

Bonus must-read

The Federalist: Is America becoming pro-choice on everything?

Lefty Playbook

The Daily Beast: Amnesty International says U.S. troops tortured Afghans under Obama.

Salon.com: Something very strange is happening in Miami.

The American Prospect: Our liberty and privacy still at risk even if Leahy NSA bill passes.

Bonus must-read

Mother Jones: The men's rights movement and the women who love it.

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