Monthly Archives: March 2009

“Eco Friendly” and “Fair Trade” are good, but some things should not be recycled!

Ahem.

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Nell Jessup Newton has been appointed Dean of the University of Notre Dame Law School

Press release here. Via Leiter.

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Annals of Bad Academic Job Interviews

Two posts at Historiann document some callback atrocities: here and here, and they are prodigiously supplemented in the appended comments. Here are just a few of the oddball things that happened to me when I interviewed for jobs: 1. A … Continue reading

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Feminist Law Prof “Teachers of the Year”

The AALS quarterly newsletter arrived today, with its list of the “Teachers of the Year” from each member school.   Congratulations to the Feminist Law Profs who received that honor (L-R): Julia Belian (Detroit-Mercy); Mary Clark (American); Susan Kuo (South … Continue reading

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“PETA Killed 95 Percent of Adoptable Pets in its Care During 2008″ – It’s apparently so busy convincing women to appear naked, it doesn’t have time to find placements for homeless critters.

Note: The source of this info is a pro-meat industry group, but the records appear to be accurate! From here: Today the nonprofit Center for Consumer Freedom (CCF) published documents online showing that People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals … Continue reading

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“Still Alice” by Lisa Genova

I bought a copy of this novel at an airport bookstore with low expectations, just looking for something to pass a few hours when yet another flight got delayed. I got drawn into it quickly, and about 100 pages in, … Continue reading

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Disaster Law Reader: Call For Papers

Editors: Kathleen A. Bergin and Tracy L. McGaugh Hurricane Katrina was unlike any other weather disaster to hit the United States in the way it exposed deficiencies in federal, state, and local disaster planning and management. It was also unique … Continue reading

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The Phabulous Phoebe Haddon is to be the U of Maryland School of Law’s Next Top Administrator

Rather a heinous loss for Temple Law, but a great hire for Maryland, which announced (in part): David J. Ramsay, DM, DPhil, president of the University of Maryland, Baltimore, today announced the appointment of Phoebe A. Haddon, JD, LLM, as … Continue reading

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Why Colleges Become More Dangerous Places for Female Students During “March Madness”

Last Friday night, the Syracuse men’s basketball team was routed by Oklahoma, losing 84-71 – in no small measure because of the shooting collapse of Syracuse’s star guard Eric Devendorf, who finished the game with only 8 points. Why should … Continue reading

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Race, Gender, and the Recent Presidential Election

Over at What Tami Said is a post that discusses the tensions among feminists that arose during the Democratic primary, which is followed by a fairly pitched discussion in the comments section. In some ways it was hard to read, … Continue reading

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“Are women sexually liberated, or just confused?”

That’s the title of this (U.K.)Times Online article. Two excerpts follow: … Fifty years ago, in The Second Sex, Simone de Beauvoir described womanhood as a socially constructed activity; today, after several waves of feminism, and a recognised right to … Continue reading

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Reach Out and Touch Some Public Art

There are many wonderful public artworks in New York.  My favorite pieces of permanent public art include the Jean Dubuffet sculpture at One Chase Manhattan Plaza and the Dante sculpture across from Lincoln Center.  In 1993, there was a temporary installation … Continue reading

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“Thrift Makes Drift or Why the Crisis in Academe is Bad for Everyone”

Prof Susurro makes some very good points about the ways that certain kind of cuts will hurt students.

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Is Nancy Pelosi Too Hot Looking Or Not Hot Looking Enough?

She can’t be just right, no woman ever is.

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Calling Out Sexism By Blog!

This wild and out there feminist blog makes me laugh. If you want to check it out, here’s a good sample post. –Ann Bartow

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Judicial Flubber?: First Circuit Seemingly Repudiates Supreme Court Sex-Stereotyping Precedent In Sex Discrimination Appeal

When the Supreme Court replaced the relatively simple Frye test with the relatively complicated Daubert  test for determining the admissibility of expert opinion testimony, many critics (correctly) groused that science-starved judges would not be able to rise to the task … Continue reading

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Red Tide Rising: Online Erotica in Conservative America

People in red states are significantly more likely to subscribe to internet pornography. At least this seems to be the upshot of a recent study by Harvard economist Benjamin Edelman (here) [and blogged by Professor Ann Bartow here].   According … Continue reading

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Gender Law Journals vs. Women’s Law Journals: What’s In a Name?

Inside HigherEd carried this interview  under the heading, “The Evolution of American Women’s Studies.”  In it, Alice E. Ginsberg, the editor of    The Evolution of American Women’s Studies: Reflections on Triumphs, Controversies and Change  (Palgrave Macmillan), talks about how … Continue reading

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John A. Humbach on “Pornography in the Cockpit: Did Common Sense Take Flight?”

Sexual harassment is a serious matter, and ought to be treated as such. Women (and men) who need to go out into the workplace for a living are legally entitled to do so without rude reactions to make them deeply … Continue reading

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Mary Anne Franks, “What’s Left of Pleasure? A Book Review of Janet Halley’s Split Decisions: How and Why to Take a Break from Feminism”

This book review appeared in 30 Harv. J. L. & Gender 257 (2007) Abstract: This book review critically evaluates Janet Halley’s “hedonics of critique,” a theoretical approach that prioritizes the celebration of pleasure over harm – harm that Halley claims … Continue reading

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Michele E. Gilman, “Welfare, Privacy, and Feminism”

Abstract: Feminism has long been concerned with privacy. Second-wave feminists assailed the divide between the public and the private spheres that trapped women in the home, excluded them from the workforce, and subjected them to domestic abuse. Second-wave feminists also … Continue reading

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Follow Feminist Law Professors on Twitter

You can subscribe to our Twitter feed  here. We Feminist Law Profs can tweet ourselves. We don’t need someone else to do it for us.  (See today’s NY Times on “ghost twitterers” here.) -Bridget Crawford

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Burger Pornography Starring a Former Vegetarian

In a new commercial for Hardee’s “Western Bacon Thickburger,” Padma Lakshmi, former vegetarian and current host of reality TV show Top Chef, strolls through a farmer’s market and takes up residence on an urban stoop.  She takes a burger out … Continue reading

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Breast is Best?

Hannah Rosin expresses her doubts here in The Atlantic.   Here’s the intro: In certain overachieving circles, breast-feeding is no longer a choice:it’s a no-exceptions requirement, the ultimate badge of responsible parenting. Yet the actual health benefits of breast-feeding are … Continue reading

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These Pictures Tell Thousands of Words

  Hanne Dahl, Denmark’s representative to the European Parliament, brought her child to work yesterday (photos by Vincent Kessler, Reuters). Dahl’s EU Parliament page is here.  According to the website maintained by the Alliance for a Europe of Democracies (here): … Continue reading

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Bad News on Legal Recognition of Same-Sex Relationships

Bad news on two fronts in the battle for legal recognition of same-sex relationships today. First, a bill that would allow same-sex couples in Hawaii to enter into civil unions died in that state’s senate. Second, the governor of Vermont … Continue reading

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Lambda Legal Internship Opportunity

Intern in Education & Public Affairs at Lambda Legal 120 Wall Street, National Headquarters, New York Lambda Legal’s Education and Public Affairs Department seeks college and high school students for Summer 2009 semester internships in our New York City national … Continue reading

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Nine Children, Nine Mothers, One Father: Why Isn’t He the Novem-Dad?

The  media dubbed Nadya Suleman the “octo-mom,” but noone calls Travis Henry  the “novem-dad.”   The former NFL running back has fathered nine children with nine different women in six years (see NY Times story here). He is engaged to … Continue reading

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United Airlines settles harassment suit over cockpit pornography

The Seattle Times reports: United Airlines has settled a federal sexual-harassment lawsuit filed by a former pilot who grounded herself after repeatedly finding pornography hidden in the cockpits of domestic airline flights. Details of the settlement with former Capt. Lisa … Continue reading

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Financial Scandals Hit the Surrogacy Market

Slate has more details here about funds missing from trust accounts that a California surrogacy agency recommended its clients establish to facilitate payments to surrogates. The Slate article, entitled “Fetal Foreclosure,” asks in its subtitle, “If You Stop Paying a … Continue reading

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Jonathan Todres, “Law, Otherness, and Human Trafficking”

Abstract: Despite concerted efforts to combat human trafficking, the trade in persons persists and, in fact, continues to grow. This article suggests that a central reason for the limited success in preventing human trafficking is the dominant conception of the … Continue reading

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Octomom: Social Factoring the Numbers (Or, LCD meets OCD)

In recent weeks the airwaves have sizzled with stories about Nadya Suleman, the California woman who gave birth to octuplets conceived via assisted reproductive technology. In doing so, Suleman breached numerous mainstream social norms of motherhood. First and foremost, in … Continue reading

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Naomi Cahn and Jennifer M. Collins, “Eight is Enough”

The Abstract On January 26, 2009, the nation’s second set of live-born octuplets was delivered. The public fascination with this event quickly turned ugly when the media revealed that the mother was thirty-three year-old Nadya Suleman, who is single, unemployed, … Continue reading

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“Sarah Palin – Objectification – Reaction – Situation”

That is the title of an interesting post at The Situationist which provides an overview of research by psychologists from University of South Florida, Jamie L. Goldenberg and Nathan A. Heflick,  which examined the objectifying effects of thinking about Sarah … Continue reading

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Client’s use of eff word gets lawyer sanctioned.

From here: A federal judge has levied sanctions of more than $29,000 on a lawyer and his client after finding that a deposition was a “spectacular failure” because of the client’s constant use of vulgar language and insults and dodging … Continue reading

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Note that it happened in NORTH Carolina…

This. Oy. –Ann Bartow

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Sixth Annual IP/Gender: Mapping the Connections Conference – “Female Fan Culture and Intellectual Property” April 23 & 24, 2009

Presented by American University Washington College of Law’s Program on Information Justice and Intellectual Property, Women and the Law Program, and Journal of Gender, Social Policy & the Law, in collaboration with American University’s Center for Social Media and The … Continue reading

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Portia De Rossi Apologizes For Getting Married

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Justice O’Connor on Women’s Rights

Justice O’Connor participated in an interview with the New York Times to promote her new website for children.   Though she declines to call herself a feminist, take note of what she does say: Do you call yourself a feminist? … Continue reading

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Yale Law School Has A Woman “Acting Dean”

Current Yale Law School Dean Harold Koh has been nominated by President Obama to serve as the Legal Adviser of the U.S. Department of State. Taking his place as Acting Dean is Prof. Kate Stith. More here.

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From the Department of: “Women Law Profs Don’t Know Anything About Hate Speech”

Columbia Law School division. This lecture series is advertising this speaker line up: ‘Hate Speech’ and Incitement to Violence This workshop series is being convened by Professor Kendall Thomas and Lecturer-in-Law Peter Molnar, Senior Research Fellow at the Center for … Continue reading

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Hoarding Babies, Hoarding Animals

I previously blogged (here) about my essay, co-authored with  Lolita Buckner Inniss,  Multiple Anxieties: Breaching Race, Class and Gender Norms With Assisted Reproduction.  Multiple Anxieties is about is about misplaced attention on women’s bodies.   Focusing on Nadya Suleman, the … Continue reading

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Eat Me.

Via I Blame the Patriarchy, I found the blog Suicide Food, which tracks “depiction[s] of animals that act as though they wish to be consumed.” Images like this: and this: That second one makes me think about terminating the “baconpheffer” … Continue reading

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“Jaded”

That’s the name of this post at What Tami Said, a blog I like a lot. Tami is a talented writer and her posts are always interesting. Here’s a short except from “Jaded“: Women’s equality, I think, is best achieved–not … Continue reading

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“I Was Followed, Harassed, And Ambushed By Bill O’Reilly’s Producer”

Read Amanda Terkel’s story here.

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Murray on “Criminal Law, Family Law, and the Legal Construction of Intimate Life”

Feminist Law Prof Melissa Murray (Berkeley) has posted to SSRN her article, “Strange Bedfellows: Criminal Law, Family Law, and the Legal Construction of Intimate Life” (forthcoming, Iowa L. Rev.).  Here is the abstract:   This Article focuses on the relationship … Continue reading

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“Frontiers in Social Justice Lawyering: Critical Race Revisited,” April 16-17, 2009

This free program will be held at Yale, April 16-17, 2009: In 1997, Yale Law School held a conference on Critical Race Theory (CRT) with some of the founding members of that discipline. Twelve years later, this conference on Critical … Continue reading

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Trim and Transform? Not That Again…

 This network television ad for the Schick Quattro TrimStyle for Women razor proclaims, “Now it’s easy to shave, trim and transform with just a flip of a handle, whatever your style.”  A female runner passes three small bushes that go … Continue reading

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“In fiscal 2008, the department received a total of 2,908 reports of sexual assault involving service members, representing an eight percent increase from fiscal 2007.”

Quote pulled from this DOD press release, which provides an overview of this DOD report. Excerpt from Executive Summary below: – Aggregate Report of Sexual Assault Incidents: In FY08 there were 2,908 reports of sexual assault involving Military Service members: … Continue reading

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