Feminist Law Prof Profile: Darren Rosenblum

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  Darren Rosenblum teaches International and Comparative Equality (focused on gender and sexuality), Sexuality, Gender and the Law, International Business Transactions, European Union Law and Contracts at Pace Law School.   He studied Philosophy and French, as well as Law, at the University of Pennsylvania (BA 1991, JD 1995).   More recently, Darren received a Masters in International Affairs from Columbia.   He also practiced international arbitration at Clifford Chance and Skadden Arps after clerking for the Honorable Jose Antonio Fuste in the U.S.D.C. of Puerto Rico.  

For Feminist Law Professors. Bridget Crawford asked Darren to summarize his current work, his views on feminism and his prognosis for the feminist future:

My current work focuses on international and comparative implications of recent laws in various countries to promote women’s political representation through quotas.   My most recent article, Parity/Disparity: Electoral Gender Inequality on the Tightrope of Liberal Constitutional Traditions, appears in 39 U.C. Davis L. Rev. 1119 (2006).

I view feminism as a broad theory that encompasses my approach to knowledge, learning, as well as social and political relations.   I believe we should strive toward a society, both at the micro level within the family and where we work, as well as at a macro level, in which power is not typed as “male.”   I bring this into my teaching by trying to model a less coercive learning method, but have occasionally found that if I don’t exercise male privilege, I get little respect.  

I first knew I was a feminist when I was in high school and my English teacher told me about the women’s movement.   I soon began to read mainstream feminists such as Gloria Steinem and Alice Walker and off I went.   Of course, the fact that I never really thought of myself as a typical boy made me fertile ground for such understandings.  

As I see it, the main issue for feminists is to advocate for and obtain a less gendered political system so that decisions at every level of government reflect goals that liberate us from sexist paradigms rather than reinforce them.

– Darren Rosenblum

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