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6-Year-Old’s Suspension Is Evidence Of ‘War On Men’ In ‘Obama’s America,’ Says James Taranto

| by Sarah Fruchtnicht

James Taranto, editor of the Wall Street Journal, says the suspension of a 6-year-old for kissing a little girl on the hand is evidence of the “Obama administration's war on men.”

First-grader Hunter Yelton was suspended in Colorado for repeatedly kissing a little girl in his class. The school said he violated their sexual harassment policy.

In a Dec. 6 piece in the WSJ, Taranto wrote about what he called the “Obama administration’s war on men." He cited the withholding federal money from schools that fail to take appropriate action against sexual misconduct to ensure “that all students feel safe in their school.”

Taranto now says Yelton is the “littlest casualty in the war on men” because “in Barack Obama's America, even a small boy can become a sexual suspect.”

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“Clearly buffoons are in charge of the school and the district,” wrote Taranto, “but what does that have to do with Obama? The answer is that these buffoons are following orders from Washington.”

After a public backlash, the school decide to reduce the “sexual harassment” mark on Yelton’s permanent record to “misconduct.”

The girl’s family says they don’t want to get involved in Hunter’s suspension, but they don't want him to kiss or touch their daughter again.

According to Media Matters, Taranto says the crack down on sexual assault in the military amount to an “effort to criminalize male sexuality.”

He says that “female sexual freedom” has created a “war on men” and argues that it is sexist that sexual harassment policy is “used primarily to police males."

“‘Sexual harassment’ rules are ostensibly sex-neutral, but in practice they are used primarily to police male behavior,” he wrote.

If more women were charged with sexual harassment, he believes they would suffer the same stigmatization as males.

“Feminists like Hanna Rosin note with triumph that girls and women do better in school than their male counterparts,” he said. “One reason is that normal female behavior is seldom stigmatized or punished in the name of 'civil rights.'"

Sources: Media Matters, Wall Street Journal