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Jeff Bezos is stepping down as the CEO of Amazon.

On Tuesday, Bezos announced that he would be moving on from his position as Amazon’s CEO. Bezos, 57, founded the company 27 years ago. NBC News reports that he will transition into the executive chair role in the third quarter of 2021, which starts July 1. He will be passing the CEO torch to Andy Jassy, the chief executive of Amazon Web Services.

Bezos told his employees in a memo that he will be stepping down because it will give him “the time and energy I need to focus on the Day 1 Fund, the Bezos Earth Fund, Blue Origin, The Washington Post, and my other passions.”

On Tuesday, Amazon’s latest records were released, which includes a 38 percent increase in net sales from 2019, pulling in a whopping $21 billion in income, NBC News reports. That’s double what the company made a year prior. Amazon’s share price also went up about 1.5 percent after the announcement. Amazon is currently worth $1.7 trillion.

What has now become a mega-conglomerate company started as an online bookstore. Amazon is now one of the most valuable companies in the world. “The question I was asked most frequently at that time was, ‘What’s the internet?,’” Bezos said in the employee memo about the early days of Amazon. “Blessedly, I haven’t had to explain that in a long while.”

Bezos may not be the CEO soon, but he definitely still plans on taking care of business. NBC reports that Bezos intends on spending more time on his space exploration company Blue Origin and The Washington Post, which he owns. He also wants to focus on his philanthropic efforts, including the Day 1 Fund and the Bezos Earth Fund, which are geared towards assisting homeless families and starting preschools in low-income communities and climate change. “I’m super passionate about the impact I think these organizations can have,” he wrote in his note to employees.




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China Wants To Teach Masculinity After Seeing Stereotypical Gender Roles Change; Political Advisers Claim Country Is Going Through ‘Masculinity Crisis’

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China wants to create masculinity courses for boys in response to changing gender roles.

In January, China’s Education Ministry published plans to “cultivate masculinity” in boys from kindergarten through high school. The initiative involves hiring and training more gym teachers, testing students more comprehensively in physical education, making health education compulsory, and supporting research into issues like the “influence of the phenomenon of internet celebrities on adolescents’ values,” the ministry stated, according to NBC.

But advocates in the country feel the move is working against equality and perpetuating gender stereotypes. “Boys don’t need masculinity education,” said Lü Pin, the founder of China’s largest feminist advocacy media channel, Feminist Voices.

“The concept of masculinity forces every man to be tough, which excludes and harms men with other types of characteristics,” she said. “It also reinforces men’s hegemony, control, and position over women, which goes against gender equality.” Chinese censors banned Feminist Voices back in 2018.

The plan’s announcement comes after China’s political advisers claimed the nation was going through a “masculinity crisis.” “Chinese boys have been spoiled by housewives and female teachers,” the adviser, Si Zefu, said in a policy proposal back in May, NBC reports. Boys would soon become “delicate, timid and effeminate” unless action was taken, he said. Zefu went on to say that the “feminization” of Chinese boys “threatens China’s survival and development.”




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Missouri, Kansas Legislators Propose Anti-Transgender Bills That Would Make It Illegal For Doctors To Perform Gender-Reassignment Services To People Under 18; LGBTQ Advocates Fight Back

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LGBTQ advocates are trying to stop proposed anti-transgender bills from passing in Missouri and Kansas.

Legislators in Missouri and Kansas have proposed bills that would make it illegal for doctors in the states to perform gender-reassignment services, procedures, or surgeries for transgender children under 18, according to KSHB’s Sarah Place. The American Civil Liberties Union and LGBTQ advocates are pushing back against the move.

The bills called Kansas House Bill 2210 and Missouri House Bill 33 would also make it illegal to prescribe puberty blockers and hormone therapy. Currently, gender reassignment procedures are only available to people older than 18, according to NBC 52. The bill would also ban parents from helping or supporting their children who are undergoing medical treatments. If parents do support their children, they can be reported to the state children’s division.

While lawmakers claim they are protecting children, advocates say they are putting children in danger. “Our kids hear that,” Shira Berkowitz with PROMO Missouri says, “and we’re doing everything we can to make sure they’re supported by their parents, by the adults in their lives, and know there is a much larger support system for them than these bills set to attack them.”




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Texas school scraps ‘Rules for Chivalry’ lessons following public backlash

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Divorce rates have spiked in America during the Covid-19 lockdowns. The divorce rate, normally the highest in the world, is 34 percent higher from March through June compared to 2019, according to the NY Post.

One Texas school teacher hoped a new lesson would help change the relationship dynamics between males and females that lead to higher divorce rates.

Titled “Rules for Chivalry”, the class assignment teaches young students how to be proper ladies and gentlemen.

The rules for girls include “dress in a feminine manner to please men”, “address all men respectfully by title” and “obey any reasonable request by a male”.

Additionally, girls are instructed to “walk behind men”, not to “criticize men” or “complain or whine”.

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There were also a set of rules for boys, instructing them to “dress in jackets and ties or suits”, “treat ladies with respect”, “show courtesy and assist women”, assist ladies to seat themselves at a table, and “pay for all expenses during dates”.

These rules are routinely taught to children in other cultures where the divorce rates are significantly lower than in America.

Despite the fact that the rules have proven effective in other cultures, the class was canceled due to the fierce public backlash.

The Shallowater school district released a statement saying the assignment “does not reflect our district and community values. The matter has been addressed with the teacher, and the assignment was removed.”

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