Monthly Archives: March 2011

Pace Law School Hiring Assistant Dean of Environmental Programs

Here’s a notice about a mixed administrative/teaching position at my home institution: Pace University School of Law (White Plains, NY) is seeking to fill one position, titled, Assistant Dean of Environmental Programs and Professor of Law for Designated Project or … Continue reading

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Word Clouds: Gender and the Vocabulary of Advertisements for Toys

From here, where the author of the linked post did all the work, and explains the data!

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When the Harasser is the Boss

Many readers of this blog will appreciate a recent essay in the Fordham Law Review, “Consider the Source: When the Harasser is the Boss,” available on SSRN.  The essay is coauthored by my William & Mary colleague Susan Grover and … Continue reading

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GOP and “Social Issues”

The New York Times is running a story about how “a resurgent social conservative movement is shaping the first stage of the presidential nominating contest, complicating the strategy for candidates who prefer to focus on fiscal issues over faith.” Readers … Continue reading

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Geraldine Ferraro Dies at Age 75

The NYT has the story here. Ms. Ferraro was the first woman nominated by a major party as a Vice Presidential candidate.  She was Walter Mondale’s running mate in 1984. However flawed that campaign and candidacy, as a young teenager, I … Continue reading

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Marquette to Offer DP Benefits

It is unclear whether the decision is a direct result of the fiasco last year when the university rescinded an offer to Jodi O’Brien to become dean of the college of arts and sciences. Marquette rescinded to the offer to … Continue reading

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Immigration Judge Adjourns Deportation Proceeding of Bi-National Lesbian Couple Pending DOMA Litigation

In what appears to be the first such action of its type, an Immigration Judge in Manhattan has adjourned deportation proceedings for the Argentine lesbian spouse of an American citizen to allow the couple to proceed with their application to … Continue reading

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Canadian Assistance for LGBT Refugees

The Toronto Star is reporting that, with likely upcoming elections, the Canadian Immigration Minister is “warming” to the LGBT community after last year’s off-putting decision to exclude gay rights history from an updated version of the country’s citizenship guide. Not … Continue reading

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“You can do it, Japan!” Penn Students Raise Funds for Japan Earthquake Relief

Members of the LL.M. Class of 2011 at the University of Pennsylvania Law School have joined with students from Wharton’s Japan Club to fundraise for earthquake relief efforts in Japan.  The students are selling a t-shirt, with all proceeds going … Continue reading

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“Illegality” and Same-Sex Marriage

My earlier post on the recent poll on same-sex marriage got me thinking. I decided to do a little digging to see how the issue of denying same-sex couples access to marriage has been phrased and particularly whether the word … Continue reading

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Prop. 8 Stay and a Poll

The Ninth Circuit has summarily decided to leave a stay in place while it considers an appeal of Judge Vaughn Walker’s ruling that California’s Prop. 8 is unconstitutional. On a related note, it’s worth checking out Leonard Pitts Jr.’s column … Continue reading

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ABA’s IMPOWR Project

The American Bar Association established IMPOWR (the International Models Project for Women’s Rights) in 2008.  (It does not concern fashion models….).  Here is the group’s “Vision Statement”: The IMPOWR vision is to build an open, inclusive and dynamic information sharing … Continue reading

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MIT Releases Third Study On Status Of Women Science and Engineering Faculty

Today, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology releases a report examining the status of women faculty in science and engineering, the third such report since 1999. The upshot: There’s progress, but more needs to be done. The number of women faculty … Continue reading

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Jailed in Mexico for Having an Abortion

According to this article at El Diario NTR, 23 women are in jail in Mexico for “aggravated homicide by reason of kinship.”  Their crime?  Having an abortion.  At least one of the jailed women suffered a spontaneous abortion and was … Continue reading

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The New Wonder Woman?

There is a NBC pilot in the works for a new “Wonder Woman” television series.  Judging by the costume preview (here, at EW.com), I predict the show never gets picked up. Apparently, the costume designer did not use the lasso … Continue reading

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As the Economy Declines, So Does the Frequency of Oral Sex?

For the empiricists, here’s some interesting extra reading:  this National Health Statistics Report on “Sexual Behavior, Sexual Attraction, and Sexual Identity in the  United States: Data from the 2006-2008 National Survey of Family Growth.”  In Table 7, one learns: In … Continue reading

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NCCROW Position Open

From Laura Wolford, Tulane University The Newcomb College Center for Research on Women (NCCROW) is searching for a visiting women’s historian for the 2011-2012 academic year. We are looking for a 20th century American historian with a preference for someone … Continue reading

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Women Of the Ring

NPR’s All Things Considered covers the induction of Lupita Lopez into the society of matadoras (female professional bullfighters) here.

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Teacher to Publicly Apologize for Antigay Harassment

In another instance of repeated antigay bullying, the ACLU of Florida announced yesterday a settlement with the Flagler County School District in a case of a student who had been bullied and harassed by other students and by a teacher. … Continue reading

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Ninth Circuit Allows Muslim Woman To Sue County Under RLUIPA

Reversing a lower court deciion, the Ninth Circuit has ruled that a Muslim woman who was forced to remove her headscarf while in detention in a California facility has stated a claim under the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons … Continue reading

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Ending Antigay Aid?

There has been a bit of buzz (e.g., here, here, and here) about an amendment that Rep. Barney Frank proposed to a House Financial Services Committee measure regarding aid to countries that physically persecute LGBT persons. Much of what is … Continue reading

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Hate Crime Victim Tells His Story

If you think that my last post described disturbing/outrageous events, take a look at this video: Hate Crimes Still Happen -Tony Infanti

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Pattern of Anti-LGBT Bullying and Harassment at a California High School

There have been disturbing reports of “a pattern of bullying, harassment and discrimination against gay and lesbian students on campus” at a Southern California high school. In a cross between Harry Potter and the Scarlet Letter, one student reported that … Continue reading

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Pruitt, “Deconstructing CEDAW’s Article 14: Naming and Explaining Rural Difference”

Lisa Pruitt (Davis) has posted to SSRN her article Deconstructing CEDAW’s Article 14: Naming and Explaining the Rural Difference.  Here is the abstract: The Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) is the first human … Continue reading

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Catchy Tune, Disgusting Lyrics

See also this.

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Maryland Same-Sex Marriage Bill Dead

The bill to extend the right to marry to same-sex couples in Maryland died in the legislature there today. Debate over the bill in the state House of Delegates ended without taking a vote. In fact, in a step backwards, … Continue reading

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New Documentary on Women, War, Family and the Democratic Republic of Congo

Women Make Movies is distributing a new documentary film by Beth Davenport and Elizabeth Mandel.  Here is the description of “Pushing the Elephant“: In the late 1990s, Rose Mapendo lost her family and home to the violence that engulfed the … Continue reading

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Bacon Before Sex?

According to Maple Leaf Foods (and reported here): The people of Canada sure love their bacon. In a recent survey conducted by Maple Leaf Foods, 43% of the respondents said they would rather have bacon than sex. Are you surprised? If … Continue reading

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Black on “Stalled: Gender Diversity on Corporate Boards”

Barbara Black, the Charles Hartsock Professor of Law and Director of the Corporate Law Center at the University of Cincinnati College of Law has posted to SSRN her essay, Stalled: Gender Diversity on Corporate Boards.  Here is the abstract: In … Continue reading

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A Woman’s Work at Home Doesn’t “Count” for Bankruptcy Purposes

The Supreme Judicial Court in Massachusetts has ruled that a woman whose work is “only” at home — meaning caring for minor children and running the household — has no property right in one-half of a federal tax refund, at … Continue reading

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Rodriguez and Elchahal, “Violence Against Women Still a Problem”

Miraisy Rodriguez (far left) and Farrah Elchahal (left), two great students in Professor Caroline Bettinger Lopez’s Human Rights Clinic at the University of Miami, published this op-ed in today’s Miami Herald: Eleven years ago, Jessica Lenahan’s three daughters were kidnapped and … Continue reading

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Where are the Immigrant Women on International Women’s Day?

They are most likely working, looking for better opportunities and sending money home to the family members that have stayed behind. The number of male and female migrants has increased as has the proportion of women (from 47% in 1960 … Continue reading

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Ten Years of Student Notes

We have heard a lot lately about women occupying less written space than men.   Women write and review significantly fewer books.  Women author significantly fewer articles in most major magazines.  Even in the supposed cyber-utopia of Wikipedia, women author only … Continue reading

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A Classroom Experiment

I’m teaching Race and the Law for the first time this semester. Last week we spent some time with Ricci v. DeStefano (the New Haven firefighters’ case) as a way of discussing disparate treatment and disparate impact doctrine. They had … Continue reading

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Military Leadership Diversity Commission Recommends Eliminating “Combat Exclusion Policies” That Discriminate Against Women!

See Recommendation 9 at page 19 of the Executive Summary. The full report is available here. –Ann Bartow

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When Will Equality Be “Sexy”?

Kanye West’s “Monster” video has been banned from MTV “for its violence and explicit content toward women,” according to Essence magazine (here).  That’s a rather glossy description of the video.  According to the petition signed by over 5,000 people: “The … Continue reading

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Whalen Films, “A Question of Habit”

This short film is narrated by Susan Sarandon and is about women religious in the United States.  Here’s the description from the film’s website: In the February 23, 2008 episode of Saturday Night Live, Tina Fey made a seemingly serious … Continue reading

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Does Viewing Pornography Change the Human Brain?

I read with great interest Jim Holt’s essay Smarter, Happier, More Productive in the March 3, 2011 edition of the London Review of Books.  Holt reviews Nicholas Carr’s book How the Internet is Changing the Way We Think, Read and … Continue reading

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Ann Bartow from South Carolina to Pace

From Pace Law School’s press release: Pace Law School is strengthening its offerings in intellectual property by adding to its teaching ranks Professor Ann Bartow, a leading intellectual property scholar, Dean Michelle S. Simon announced. “Ann Bartow is a remarkably … Continue reading

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Does a Faculty Member’s Gender Matter? When Overt Discrimination Isn’t the Problem (Anymore)

There’s a new study out of the University of Massachusetts at Amherst that says it does, at least in science and engineeering.  Here’s how an article over at Slate breaks it down: [Jane Stout, Nilanjana Dasgupta, Matthew Hunsinger, and Melissa … Continue reading

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Liz Glazer on “Sexual Reorientation”

Yesterday I had the good fortunate to hear an engaging talk by Feminist Law Prof Liz Glazer (Hofstra).  She was invited by the student LAMBDA organization in connection with our school’s Spotlight on Diversity Week, held annually each year.  Here … Continue reading

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Chandra on “Surrogacy and India”

Mr. Smith Chandra, a student at the National Academy of Legal Studies and Research University in Hyerabad, India has posted to SSRN his working paper Surrogacy and India.  Here is the abstract: The Law Commission of India has submitted the … Continue reading

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Fatal Charmers

Kevin Nance investigates the disappearance of the femme fatale from our screens. “For all her lying,” he says, “the femme fatale was a truth-teller, a bad woman whose real crime was to introduce a man to his own innate badness. … Continue reading

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