Monthly Archives: March 2009

Link Round-up “Recession, job loss & their economic impact on women”

Here, via Jill Zimon.

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“The [New York Times’] policy says the newspaper will not allow personal or partisan attacks from behind a mask of anonymity.”

The NYT’s Public Editor criticizes the paper for failing to live up to this policy here.

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Debunking the Myth of LGBT Affluence

UCLA’s Williams Institute came out with a new study of poverty among the lesbian, gay, and bisexual community this past Friday. Notwithstanding the general perception of lesbians, gays, and bisexuals as an affluent minority group–a perception that, it is worth … Continue reading

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Arkansas Adoption Ban Case Survives Motion to Dismiss

The ACLU’s challenge to the ban on adoption and foster parenting by cohabiting unmarried couples, which was approved by Arkansas voters last November, survived a motion to dismiss this week. As with similar bans in Alabama, Mississippi, Utah, and North … Continue reading

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New Ani DiFranco Song “November 4, 2008″

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“Southern Chiconomics”

One of my fantastic former students has a cool new blog!

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“Images of Masculinity in Disney Films”

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“Lorraine Hansberry’s Gay Politics: Why the ‘Raisin in the Sun’ playwright’s homosexual ties have been straight-washed from black history.”

That’s the title of this essay at The Root. Via.

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John Yoo and Jesse Choper on Gay Marriage

I’ve long maintained the following:   as unwaveringly committed as I am to being pro-choice and anti-death penalty, I can understand the arguments on the other side.   I completely disagree with them, but I get the logic behind the … Continue reading

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What’s with all the new movies in which the woman has to fix herself so that she may be loved by a man?

That’s what Emma Rosenblum asks here in NY Magazine, writing in part: … Since Sex and the City, a woman has become the central protagonist in a genre that used to have two (so instead of Spencer Tracy and Katharine … Continue reading

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“Sophie Germain – Revolutionary Mathematician”

Interesting post about Sophie Germain here at Angry for a Reason, below is an excerpt: In 1794 the École Polytechnique opened in Paris. It’s mission statement was to”train mathematicians and scientists for the country”(Perl 64). The school did not admit … Continue reading

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“Feminism 101: On Language and the Commodification of Sex Via Humor”

Melissa lays it out here, noting: [O]ne of the most common themes among the emails I get is gratitude for expressing frustration or contempt or anger at something of which, women have been told in explicit or implicit ways, our … Continue reading

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Teen Suicide Linked to Cyberbullying

From here: The image was blurred and the voice distorted, but the words spoken by a young Ohio woman are haunting. She had sent nude pictures of herself to a boyfriend. When they broke up, he sent them to other … Continue reading

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The first all-female, all African American crew to operate a commercial flight:

(From top, left) Captain Rachelle Jones, First Officer Stephanie Grant and flight attendants Diana Galloway and Robin Rogers. The AFL-CIO NOW blog reports: Last month, when first officer Stephanie Grant of Atlantic Southeast Airlines got the call to replace the … Continue reading

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Multiple Anxieties: Breaching Race, Class & Gender Norms With Assisted Reproduction

Lolita Buckner Inniss (Cleveland-Marshall, Ain’t I a Feminist Legal Scholar, Too?, Visiting Prof at Pace Law School) and I have posted to SSRN our working paper, Multiple Anxieties: Breaching Race, Class and Gender Norms With Assisted Reproduction.  Here is the … Continue reading

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Is Women’s History Month History?

Did you know that each year the National Women’s History Project establishes a theme for Women’s History month?  I didn’t.  This year’s theme is “Women taking the lead to save our planet.”   I don’t know if it is me, … Continue reading

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LGBT Rights as Human Rights

With all of the focus on the AIG bonuses, an important bit of news might have escaped attention today. The Obama administration once again has broken with the Bush administration. This time, by signing on to the UN Statement on … Continue reading

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Two Interesting Conferences Slated for April 8th

Reproductive and Sexual Health and the African Women’s Protocol at the Washington and Lee University School of Law in Lexington, Virginia, and CEDAW and Its Optional Protocol at the New England Law School in   Boston, Massachusetts. More information here.

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Interview With “Gay Conversion” Pastor

I thought this was hilarious, your mileage may vary… –Ann Bartow

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Report on Global Arc of Justice Conference

Last week the Williams Institute and the International Lesbian and Gay Law Association convened the Global Arc of Justice Conference in Los Angeles.   With participants from forty countries, the conference seems to be the most nationally-diverse gathering of LGBT … Continue reading

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“Iraq’s Unspeakable Crime: Mothers Pimping Daughters”

From Time magazine: She goes by Hinda, but that’s not her real name. That’s what she’s called by the many Iraqi sex traffickers and pimps who contact her several times a week from across the country. They think she is … Continue reading

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Coupon Clipping

Here’s a post that will encourage you to use coupons, and here’s a related post that will encourage you to girlcott Whole Foods. Which I already do, largely because there isn’t one within 100 miles of where I live, but … Continue reading

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Let Them Eat Quiche

Tomorrow the International Law Society at my law school hosts its annual fund raiser. It’s an all you can eat lunch comprised of donated homemade ethnic foods. Here are the University-related fundraisers I’ve already contributed to this academic year: the … Continue reading

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Suzanne Kim on “Marital Naming/Naming Marriage”

Feminist Law Prof Suzanne A. Kim (Rutgers-Newark) has posted to SSRN her article, “Marital Naming/Naming Marriage: Language and Status in Family Law.”  Here is the abstract: What’s in a name? Based on current family law and policy debates, the answer … Continue reading

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“Where to Now?”

The WaPo published a long article about women in politics here. You should definitely read the entire thing, but I’ll give you my brief take away: Women who are able need to either run for office or support the heck … Continue reading

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Bacon Watch

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“Female Merit Badges” were designed by artist Mary Yaeger to represent female rites of passage and the many physical manipulations women undergo to achieve cultural ideals of beauty.

Homepage here. Via, by way of here.

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Should Title IX Apply to the Media?

Title IX, the federal law that prohibits sex discrimination by recipients of federal funds has had, among other things, a tremendous effect in equalizing the funding and status of women’s collegiate sports.   The Women’s NBA would not exist were … Continue reading

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Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

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Krawiec on “Price and Pretense in the Baby Market”

Feminist Law Prof Kim  Krawiec has posted to SSRN her essay  “Price and Pretense in the Baby Market,”to be published in  Baby Markets: Money, Morals, and the Neopolitics of Choice (forthcoming Cambridge University Press 2009).  Here’s the abstract of the … Continue reading

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What Third-Wave Feminism Brings to Animal Law

Third-wave feminists reject what they perceive as a perennial”victim”stance in feminist thinking.   (For more on third-wave wave feminism, see here).   More colloquially, third-wave feminists might say that (some) subordination is in the eyes of the beholder, not the … Continue reading

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Robson Reviews Robert L. Tsai’s “Eloquence and Reason”

Over at the Law and Politics Book Review, Feminist Law Prof Ruthann Robson reviews Robert Tsai’s book Eloquence and Reason, Creating a First Amendment Culture.  Robson points out a noticeable absence from Tsai’s work:   My most serious misgiving about … Continue reading

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Billie Jean King, “No person should be discounted by their sexuality”

Tennis.com features this interview with Billie Jean King, who was “outed” in 1981 by a former lover.  Here are some highlights/soundbites from the interview: “No person should be discounted by their sexuality or any other reason. You just don’t do … Continue reading

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Columbia J. Gender & Law Symposium, “Gender on the Frontiers”

Don’t forget about the “Gender on the Frontiers” Symposium, upcoming on April 10 at Columbia Law School.   Feminist Law Prof speakers include Linda Fentiman (Pace), Tony Varona (American) and Rebecca Tushnet (Georgetown).  A more readable version of the program … Continue reading

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SPEAK! THE WOMEN OF COLOR MEDIA COLLECTIVE HAS RELEASED A SELF-TITLED DEBUT CD

Information here.

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Prop 8 Justice: Will/Should the California Supreme Court Abolish Marriage?

The arguments before the California Supreme Court raised many hard questions, but one that particularly intrigued me was one to which the Justices frequently returned: What did Proposition 8 really do, after all?   Did it overturn the Marriage Cases … Continue reading

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More about academic bullying…

…here at Minding the Workplace, where there is also a post about workplace bullying generally. Via.

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Flash Drives That Look Like Tampons

Via. Available here (scroll down).

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Thinking S-L-O-W-L-Y

  Is it just me, or is there something a little odd about the similarity between the “slow-sex movement,”described here, and the slow-food movement?   (The latter is now organized into”Slow Food,” a non-profit that seeks “to counteract fast food … Continue reading

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“An Ohio city court says it will only accept new case filings from people who bring their own paper.”

Yeesh. The Columbus Dispatch reports: A Morrow County court is going BYOP: Bring your own paper. The Municipal Court that handles civil, small claims, criminal and traffic cases won’t accept new case filings starting Monday because it’s almost out of … Continue reading

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United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime Publishes New Report on Human Trafficking

From StopVAW: The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC)  has just completed a new report on human trafficking. The report begins with a global overview on legislation, the criminal justice response, trafficking patterns, intra-and-international flows, and monitoring. The … Continue reading

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U.N. BIBLIOGRAPHY ON TRAFFICKING IN HUMAN BEINGS

Here.

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Polikoff Nominated for Judy Grahn Award

Feminist Law Prof Nancy Polikoff (American) has been nominated for The Publishing Triangle’s Judy Grahn Award for Lesbian Nonfiction for her excellent book Beyond Straight and Gay Marriage.  The Judy Grahn Award honors the American writer, cultural theorist and activist … Continue reading

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Childbirth Song

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“J’accuse, or, I got yer class warfare right here, pal.”

Yes, another great post by Historiann!

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Kimberly D. Phillips, “My Body is a Sacred ‘Garment': Does the First Amendment Protect Clothing Designers Who Work Naked?”

The abstract: A Warner Brothers employee, Ms. Lyle, sued the writers of the TV program, Friends, for sexual harassment because the writers used sexually explicit coarse and vulgar language during their script writing sessions for the show. In the Supreme … Continue reading

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A Farewell to the L-Word

Here, at Feminist Spectator.

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Not Very Discriminating?: Court of Appeals Of Michigan Erroneously Affirms Summary Judgment Order In Employment Discrimination/Retaliation Appeal

The recent opinion of the Court of Appeals of Michigan in Syrowatka v. County of Washtenaw, 2009 WL 529213 (Mich.App. 2009), affirmed a trial court order granting the defendant’s motion for summary judgment dismissing the plaintiff’s claims for employment discrimination … Continue reading

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“Women Are Heroes”

Interesting account of a global photography project here.

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