Here are our most-viewed blog posts from 2010, in rank order:
1. Sexual Assault Prevention Tips Guaranteed to Work! Advice like this had cyber-legs: “Always be honest with people! Don’t pretend to be a caring friend in order to gain the trust of someone you want to assault. Consider telling them you plan to assault them. If you don’t communicate your intentions, the other person may take that as a sign that you do not plan to rape them.”
2. Annals of Bad Writing. “Missing baby found in Sandwich.” Shadenfreude.
3. “Kermit the inside story.” As if you didn’t know….
4. Funny/Not Funny Cartoon of Some Women’s Experiences with the Internet. Humor courtesy of great cartoonist Gabby Shultz (aka Ken Dahl). The commentary felt a little close to home. Do we dare to read his graphic novel about sexually transmitted diseases?
5. The Internet Pile-on over a Woman Dean’s Paycheck. Kaimi Wenger honed in on a disturbing aspect of the response to news that Maryland Dean Karen Rothenberg’s compensation: “Let’s ask how much the outrage is driven by unstated gender norms. And let’s remember that internet attacks on Dean Rothenberg draw on a problematic history of silencing powerful women through anonymous internet sliming.” As Dan Filler noted here at the Faculty Lounge, Dean Rothenberg has repaid $300,000 related to a non-taken sabbatical. Did the Maryland AG go after University President David Ramsay, too, for failing to clear the payment with Maryland’s Board of Regents?
6. The NYSBA Sponsors Panel of Men Opining on Women’s “Strengths and Weaknesses” as Lawyers. They ended up changing the panel in response to public criticism.
7. Strawberry Shortcake Gets a Makeover at 30, trading one retro look for another. But are granny bonnets and hipster lids really so different?
8. Sex Reassignment Surgery Is Tax Deductible. Tony Infanti comments that the decision in O’Donnabhain v. Commissioner “ineluctably contributes to the medicalization and pathologization of gender identity.” Think the tax law isn’t political? Read anything Tony Infanti has written (including his blog post next on this list).
9. No Same-Sex Marriage in New Jersey. Forty state senators didn’t even bother to vote, but my guess is that the tide had not changed yet in the Garden State.
10. “Men who buy sex: Who they buy and what they know.” Ann blogged this research study by Melissa Farley, Julie Bindel and Jacqueline Golding. Many male buyers appear to be quite aware that they have purchased sex from women who are trafficking victims.