Monthly Archives: October 2008
47 children were rescued in a mass arrest targeting pimps who forced children into prostitution, but 518 adult prostitutes were arrested.
Story here. Below is an excerpt: … The FBI said the roundup by federal, state and local law enforcement occurred in 29 cities, adding that the raids dismantled 12 large-scale prostitution operations run through call services, truck stops, casinos and … Continue reading
What to Expect: Legal Developments and Challenges in Reproductive Justice February 25, 2009 This symposium issue of the Cardozo Journal of Law and Gender will address the changing legal status of reproductive rights and the development of new problems, challenges, … Continue reading
It’s called “A Mercy.” Historiann reviews it here.
Remember the “liberal” who wrote that he wanted to have sex with Sarah Palin on his Barack Obama sheets while his wife read aloud from the Constitution? Now he says he is “thinking that maybe Sarah Palin is a special needs child.”
Michael Seitzman wrote that in this HuffPo column entitled, wait for it, The Lyin’, the Witch and the Wardrobe. Is it fair to criticize Palin on the merits (or lack thereof) of the substance of what she was saying? Absolutely. … Continue reading
The abstract: Although the International Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) technically does not regulate Internet content, its day-to-day decisions consistently influence not only the structure of the Internet, but its content as well. ICANN policies concerning the approval … Continue reading
The abstract: It has been approximately forty years since the U.S. Supreme Court found the Fairness Doctrine constitutional and approximately twenty years since the Federal Communications Commission (the “FCC”) eliminated it. The Fairness Doctrine provided that the broadcasters were required … Continue reading
Obscured in the hoopla surrounding Sarah Palin’s personal family values is the fact that we are losing the war on teen pregnancy and trapping another generation of the most vulnerable women and children in poverty. After dramatic successes in the … Continue reading
… Californians will soon be voting on a ballot measure that would endanger teens by mandating parental notification 48 hours in advance of a minor terminating a pregnancy, this is Prop. 4. By now, you’ve probably read all about the … Continue reading
As a native of Oakland, California, this video makes me really sad. As much as I love California, I don’t think I could stomach being there right now. –Sharon Sandeen
Via. More photos here.
That’s the title of this New Yorker article by Margaret Talbot, which mentions Feminist Law Profs Naomi Cahn and June Carbone prominently, as you can see in the excerpt below: Among blue-state social liberals, commitment to the institution of marriage … Continue reading
On Friday, October 24, 2008, Lisa Belkin was the keynote speaker at a conference at Pace Law School on “Women and the Law: How Far We’ve Come and Where We Need to Go.” I was a fan of Belkin’s “Life’s … Continue reading
“Growing Up Skipper” One of the most controversial dolls in 1975, just about every newspaper in the U.S.A. carried a story about her, some women’s groups & a few parents wrote to complain, but with sales expected at 1 1/2 … Continue reading
Two contrasting views of the Democratic Party’s use of the abortion issue in this year’s election have emerged in recent press reports. When one reads them together, a fascinating picture emerges of how the Dems are deploying and funding … Continue reading
Federal Appeals Court to Hear Argument in Virginia’s Abortion Ban Case on Tuesday, October 28, 2008 at 8:15 a.m.
From The Center for Reproductive Rights: Oral argument will be heard at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit in the case Richmond Medical Center for Women v. Herring. The Center for Reproductive Rights will be arguing against … Continue reading
I came across the blog for Hoochie, “a feminist magazine created by and for the Boston University community (while remaining unaffiliated with Boston University).” Their on-line Body Image Issue is available here. There’s lots on the blog and in the … Continue reading
For Democrats? Via. Note that at the bottom it says “Sarah Palin is not a woman’s choice.” Well guess what, neither is this stupid, condescending and offensive poster. See also. And for Republicans? Via. Yo Republicans, your complaints about the … Continue reading
Below are the first couple of paragraphs from his essay: There are a finite number of ways that human bodies can be placed together sexually, and as one pornography industry veteran lamented to me at the annual trade show, “they’ve … Continue reading
From the FLP mailbox, this message from the Call for Papers: The Freedom Center Journal (“FCJ”) is a joint scholarly publication of the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center and the University of Cincinnati College of Law. The purpose of … Continue reading
Report by “Women’s Voices, Women Vote” – “The Disparate Impact of the Economic Crisis on Unmarried Women”
Income: Unmarried women earn only 56 cents for every dollar that married men make. [Center for American Progress, 4/25/08] According to analysis of data from the Panel Study of Income Dynamics for individuals 25 to 61 years old, female-headed households … Continue reading
Feminist Law Professor David Cassuto (Pace), together with Professor Luis Chiesa (Pace) and JD candidate Suzanne McMillan have started the Animal Blawg (tagline “Transcending Speciesism Since October 2008″). Here’s the description of the blog: This blog’s scope is intended … Continue reading
If McCain and Palin win, Women Lose. Eleanor Smeal, President of Feminist Majority, says, “Obama/Biden are running on the strongest platform for women’s rights of any major party in U.S. history”. That’s why Feminist Majority launched www.FeministsForObama.org, a side-by-side comparison … Continue reading
As of this past September, Wikipedia has been cited by U.S. courts almost 300 times, according to Lee Peoples’ new article, The Citation of Wikipedia in American Judicial Opinions. It’s frightening to think that judges are according wikipedia so … Continue reading
From the October 21, 2008 edition of the Chronicle of Higher Education: Sixty-three fraternity members from Centre College donned identical red pumps and hobbled en masse through downtown Danville, Ky., last week as part of “Walk a Mile in Her … Continue reading
Feminist Law Profs Nareissa Smith (Florida Coastal) and Ruthann Robson (CUNY), together with Steven Schwinn (John Marshall), have launched the Constitutional Law Prof Blog. Here’s an excerpt from their announcement: We are proud to announce a new blog. … Continue reading
Cleaning as a substitute for romance? Here.
Professor Catharine MacKinnon’s editorial endorsing Barack Obama appears in today’s Wall Street Journal (of all places!). It is titled “Obama is the Way Forward for Women: Abortion Rights and Equal Pay Are at Stake in the Election” and focuses … Continue reading
Two federal judges apparently think so. From the NYT: Two prominent federal appeals court judges say that Justice Antonin Scalia’s majority opinion in the case, District of Columbia v. Heller, is illegitimate, activist, poorly reasoned and fueled by politics rather … Continue reading
“U.S. suicide rates appear to be on the rise, driven mostly by middle-aged white women, researchers reported on Tuesday.”
Short article here.
Eds. MarÃa Ochoa, Alvina Quintana, Myra Mendible, Barbara K. Ige We seek papers that provide a variety of critical frames for the many, indeed thousands, of exchangesâ€“â€“â€“formal and informal, analytical and reflectiveâ€“â€“â€“that are brought about and sustained by the 2008 … Continue reading
In Queens, New York, the executor of a gay person’s estate must follow different procedures than the executor of a straight person’s estate, so says The Honorable Robert L. Nahman, in a decision issued last month. Because of the uncertain … Continue reading
Even among highly educated professionals, there is a persistent difference in the salaries of men and women. Untangling the reasons for that difference is quite difficult, and it involves as a threshold matter trying to figure out whether there are … Continue reading
Over at slate.com, Erica Perl recalls her favorite books from childhood: The first time I heard the word recession, I was 10 years old. It was 1978, and my parents, like everyone we knew, were cranky and stressed out about … Continue reading
This weekend the ACLU elected my wonderful former colleague, Brooklyn Law School Professor Susan Herman, as its new president. There are many things to love about Susan: her integrity, her intelligence and her wisdom, among others. Susan’s recent … Continue reading
From brittanica.com, this short bio: Shange attended Barnard College (B.A., 1970) and the University of Southern California (M.A., 1973). From 1972 to 1975 she taught humanities, women’s studies, and Afro-American studies at California colleges. During this period she also made … Continue reading
In Vegas. Via. Because sexualizing Sarah Palin is a great way to disparage her. See also, see also, see also, most revoltingly of all, see also.
Comedian Katie Halper has made a compelling spoof video entitled “Women for McCain.” It’s worth watching and sending to anyone you know who cares about women’s rights but also might be thinking about voting for McCain: Women for McCain … Continue reading
I just learned that today a recent graduate of our law school was killed. She was a terrific person, and her parents are two of the finest people I know, period. I wish the blogosphere was the kind of place … Continue reading
“Baylor University is being called ‘the poster child for SAT misuse’ after the student newspaper revealed an unusual practice: paying admitted freshmen to retake the SAT and offering large financial rewards for those whose scores go up by certain levels.”
That’s the first line of this article in Inside Higher Ed. Via Historiann, who adds the usual colorful commentary and illustrations that make her so popular around these here parts. Of course here in law school land, we are witnessing … Continue reading
Trade is a movie that dramatizes sex trafficking. The movie’s web site asserts: The practice of slavery in the US is something most people think ended with the 13th Amendment in 1865, but in recent years it has returned in … Continue reading
Teen boy gives lifeguard a Pepsi in exchange for the opportunity to sexually assault an unconscious woman?
Via. Two other ads in the series are below: ETA: Details about these ads by the agency that created them for Pepsi is available here. And, see also. And, see also. For another example of sexist advertising by Pepsi as … Continue reading