Author Archives: Ann Bartow

“Survivors Speak: Essential Leadership in Combating Demand for Sex Trafficking and Commercial Sex”

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Rather Perplexing “Professional Development” Story

Attendance is not something that should have been required, anyway. And of course female attorneys were excluded. –Ann Bartow

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“Sexting: Youth Practices and Legal Implications”

 Abstract:       This document addresses legal and practical issues related to the practice colloquially known as sexting. It was created by Harvard Law School’s Cyberlaw Clinic, based at the Berkman Center for Internet & Society, for the Berkman Center’s Youth and Media … Continue reading

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Blog on hiatus due to technical issues.

Hopefully blogging will resume soon.

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New Study Finds Women and Girls Underrepresented and Oversexualized in Media

The Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media has recently issued a report of the results of studies conducted about gender in media. The results can be viewed here (PDF). Among them: Study 1: G-rated movies from 1990-Jan. 2005: Fewer … Continue reading

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Half of the trained artists in the U.S. are women, yet they make up just 2% of the artists with works in the National Gallery in DC; at the contemporary art-focused Hirshhorn Museum, women make up only 5% of featured artists.

Pamela T. Boll examines this disparity and its causes in her documentary Who Does She Think She Is? Via. –Ann Bartow

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SCOTUS rules in U.S. v. Stevens that law banning “crush porn” is unconstitutional infringement on free speech.

From the NYT: The Supreme Court, with only one dissenting vote, on Tuesday struck down a federal ban on videos that show graphic violence against animals. The ruling cheered free speech advocates, but it raised concerns that more animals will … Continue reading

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Could it be you don’t have any?

Fun with corporate website search functions: Via.

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When the NYT wants to spark debate about cussing, it asks “Why Do Educated People Use Bad Words?” and then queries one woman and five men.

Which makes the NYT ripe for cussing out. Impressive class bias, in addition to the sexism. Lovely quote from Timothy Jay: “This doesn’t mean the average person is swearing more. But we have recorded more women swearing in public than … Continue reading

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Where Are The Women? The Catholic University of America and its Law School’s Center for Law, Philosophy and Culture is hosting a womenless symposium on”The Nature of Judicial Duty: A Reflection on Philip Hamburger’s Law and Judicial Duty”on April 8-9, 2010.

The Symposium’s home page is here. The listed speakers include: Philip Hamburger (keynote), Richard A. Epstein, Emilio M. Garza, R.H. Helmholz, H. Jefferson Powell, Lloyd L. Weinreb and Michael P. Zuckert. –Ann Bartow

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Why did David Brooks feel the need to churn out another concern-trolling column urging women to choose marriage over career success?

Historiann contemplated that question here. –Ann Bartow

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Important Post at The Legal Theory Blog.

It’s quite convincing. Excellent drafting, Professor Solum.

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Gender Construction Right Before Your Eyes

Startling and moving. I have to give the dad props for posting this to YouTube, given how things roll. –Ann Bartow ETA: Video has been made “private.” What it showed was three children, two girls and a boy, in the … Continue reading

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Tomorrow, April 1st is the last day to apply to Ms. JD’s 2L Fellowship

No fooling! More information here.

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Latoya Peterson originally wanted to title the post: “All The Women Are Still White, All The Blacks Are Still Men, But Some Of Us Are Tired of Being Brave and Want to Kick Someone’s Ass.”

Read it here. Peterson co-authored it with Thea Lim and there is a lot there to think about, that really needs to be thought about. –Ann Bartow

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If you have forgotten for a second how much Supposedly Liberal Doods hate women, read the comments about the RNC “stripper” expenditures at any supposedly liberal blog.

For example here, here or here.   Impressive amount of racism too. Those folks are not our allies. –Ann   Bartow

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“VERGINA WEISS is a wheat, foamy beer with a hazy appearance, which comes from a special top fermenting yeast…”

Website here.

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“Maryland’s roadblock to helping victims of abuse”

WaPo article by Eileen King: The Maryland House Judiciary Committee has a reputation for being not only a place where good bills go to die but also where witnesses can expect little sympathy for having suffered from violent or sexual … Continue reading

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Naomi Cahn and June Carbone, “Blue Biology: Women, Economics, and Family Values”

Full text at the HuffPo, excerpt below: … The economy and biology are on a collision course. The latest news confirms what many women fear — wait too long and your eggs are gone. The scientific findings aren’t quite that … Continue reading

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High divorce rates and teen pregnancy are worse in conservative states than liberal states, but moral panic won’t help lower divorce rates and teen pregnancy in conservative states; education will.

Read a recent op-ed by this title written by Feminist Law Profs Extraordinare Naomi Cahn and June Carbone here! –Ann Bartow

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New Law Blog on Religion and the First Amendment!

Leslie Griffiths (Houston) just started a blog on religion and the first amendment. Check it out here:   http://www.religionrogue.blogspot.com/

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“Chess For Girls” from SNL around 1997 – Has anything changed?

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“House of the Setting Sun”

Interviews with residents of a home for elderly prostitutes in Mexico City – watch Part One here, and Part Two here. –Ann Bartow

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Coyote Publishing v. Ross Miller: 9th Circuit Upholds Restrictions on Ads for Prostitution

The opinion is available here. The ads at issue were characterized as “pure commercial speech.” Below are two excerpts in which the court explains the ways that legalized prostitution drives the demand for sex slaves and sex trafficking: The federal … Continue reading

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Where are the Women? SUPREME COURT ECONOMIC REVIEW ADDITION (NB: that is a pun on “edition” for the humor impaired, given the focus on sum numbers.) (Yes, “sum” is another bad pun! Try to keep up!)

17 SUPREME COURT ECONOMIC REVIEW, PP. 1-337, 2009. Symposium on Post-Kelo Reform. 17 Sup. Ct. Econ. Rev. 1-278 (2009). Somin, Ilya. Introduction to the symposium. 17 Sup. Ct. Econ. Rev. 1-5 (2009). Dana, David A. Exclusionary eminent domain. 17 Sup. … Continue reading

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Georgia judge obstructs effort by Hustler to pornify photo of murdered hiker; Georgia law preventing distribution of certain crime scene photos has also been proposed.

From CNN: Photos of the nude and decapitated body of a murdered hiker, sought by a writer on assignment for Hustler magazine, will not be released, a judge in Georgia ordered Wednesday. The decision came as state lawmakers considered legislation … Continue reading

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“Why are women being left out of climate decision-making?”

From this article: U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon announced an important new climate change financing group last week, but out of the 19 people named, no women were included. This is unfortunate because women will bear the brunt of the effects … Continue reading

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Don’t drink and paint signs, either.

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“Pop culture’s suddenly full of tweeniuses – but why are they all boys?”

That is the question addressed by Bitch magazine in this article.

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In honor of “The Hurt Locker’s” Kathryn Bigelow, who became the first woman to win the Oscar for Best Director last night, and International Women’s Day, a list of pioneering women movie directors.

From “Movie Mom” Nell Minow: 1. Penny Marshall, who started as an actress (“Laverne and Shirley”), went on to direct films that included “Awakenings,” “Big,” and “A League of Their Own.” 2. Amy Heckerling is the director of “Clueless” and … Continue reading

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Vulnerability, Resilience, and the State: A Feminism and Legal Theory Project Workshop:March 19 – 20, 2010 at Emory

Vulnerability, Resilience, and the State A Feminism and Legal Theory Project Workshop:March 19 – 20, 2010 575 Gambrell Hall Emory University School of Law 1301 Clifton Road, Atlanta GA 30322 Friday, March 19, 2010 4:00 pm – 6:30 pm – … Continue reading

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Rigel Christine Oliveri, “Discriminatory Housing Advertisements On-Line: Lessons from Craigslist”

The Abstract: The Fair Housing Act makes it illegal to publish discriminatory housing advertisements. This has long been applied to newspapers, which have effectively screened all discriminatory housing ads from sight. However, in 1996 Congress created a loophole when it … Continue reading

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Marines to Women Soldiers: Clean Up On Aisle Seven!

When their gender is seen as an advantage rather than a disability, suddenly it is permissible for women soldiers to assume combat roles: … Women make up only 6 percent of the Marine Corps, which cultivates an image as the … Continue reading

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HuffPo post asserts Stephen Colbert treated Sean Hannity “like a prostitute.”

The post is here, along with a video clip. Below is the appalling text: Last night Stephen Colbert sat down with Sean Hannity, who “joined [him] live from stuff [he] could edit together,” and with some crafty splicing, proceeded to … Continue reading

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“Canada has dropped a proposal to change the country’s national anthem by making it more gender-inclusive.”

From the BBC News: O Canada! Our home and native land! True patriot love in all thy sons command. With glowing hearts we see thee rise, The true north strong and free! The government had said it was open to … Continue reading

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“Pig Business” – A documentary about pork production that may never be commercially released in the US

According to this account, the documentary has been effectively censored in the U.S.: … That’s how it’s gone with the British 2009 documentary film Pig Business. I watched this film in several 10-minute segments via YouTube (Part One) because it … Continue reading

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Nobel Women’s Initiative – Video Stream: International Tribunal on Crimes Against Women of Burma

HERE! More information here. “The Tribunal is a women-directed and women-centered justice and advocacy initiative. Judges will hear testimony from several women of Burma who will share their personal stories of surviving human rights violations and crimes under miliatry rule … Continue reading

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“As part of the gender almost universally considered to be the most vain, I find it kind of amusing that we take it as a given that men shouldn’t have to come to terms with the penis nature gave them.”

The post title is a quote from this Broadsheet piece (found via) which highlights an Atlantic article entitled “The Challenge of Marketing Small  Condoms,” in which one learns: … According to the medical journal Sexually Transmitted Infections, 45 percent of … Continue reading

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Susan J. Douglas, “Enlightened Sexism: The Seductive Message that Feminism’s Work is Done”

Described here. An essay by Douglas entitled “Girls Gone Anti-Feminist” that touches on the book’s themes is available here. Below is an excerpt: … Enlightened sexism is a response, deliberate or not, to the perceived threat of a new gender … Continue reading

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The De-Anonymization of the Internet Begins In Earnest

From this article entitled “Start-Up Links 65 Million IP Addresses To Users, Readies Targeting Platform”: … [T]he company ClearSight Interactive is getting ready to launch a form of targeting based on users’ IP addresses. ClearSight, which describes IP addresses as … Continue reading

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“TIME CHANGE–In Our Own Backyard: Child Prostitution and Sex Trafficking in the United States”

Hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee Subcommittee on Human Rights and the Law which took place yesterday (Wednesday, February 24, 2010) View webcast here! Panel I The Honorable Ron Wyden United States Senator for the State of Oregon Panel II … Continue reading

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CFP:”New Voices in Gender Studies”

Call for Papers Announcement AALS Section on Women in Legal Education “New Voices in Gender Studies” 2011 AALS Annual Meeting January 4-8, 2011 San Francisco, California The AALS Section on Women in Legal Education will hold a program during the … Continue reading

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Meredith Render, “Gender Rules”

Abstract: Sex-stereotypes are of perennial concern within antidiscrimination law and theory, yet there is widespread disagreement about what constitutes a”sex-stereotype.”This article enters the debate surrounding the correct understanding of”stereotype”and posits that the concept is too thin to serve as a … Continue reading

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If you are a feminist, just read this and see what you think.

Here, the post and the comments. That is all I have to say – I have opinions, you have opinions, and we probably both have scabs we would rather not dislodge, in the hopes that some day the wounds will … Continue reading

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Is the headline “SC man dies, wife injured in domestic shootings” reasonable for the facts it reports?

Here is the text of the story as it appeared in the online version of my local newspaper: Posted on Mon, Feb. 22, 2010 SC man dies, wife injured in domestic shootings The Associated Press Police say a South Carolina … Continue reading

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On the Silence of Justice Thomas

This article discusses the fact that Justice Thomas has not asked a question during oral argument for about four years, and has been mostly quiet his entire time on the SCOTUS bench. It notes that a recent graduate of the … Continue reading

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Where are the Women? Lateral Hires Edition, Cripes!

Over at The Faculty Lounge Dan Filler lists lateral moves he is aware of (with supplementation from the appended comments and other sources) as follows: Arizona State Daniel Bodansky from Georgia Boston College Brian Galle from Florida State Charleston Todd … Continue reading

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The Feminist Theory Papers at Brown University’s Pembroke Center

From the official website: The Feminist Theory Papers is an exceptional archival collection representing scholars who have transformed their disciplines and the intellectual landscape of universities in the United States and internationally. This focused and coherent manuscript collection is indispensable … Continue reading

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Fighting Your Oppressor

versus: Via. –Ann Bartow

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“PROPERTY OUTLAWS: How Squatters, Pirates and Protesters Improve the Law of Ownership” by Eduardo M. Peñalver and Sonia K. Katyal

PROPERTY OUTLAWS: How Squatters, Pirates and Protesters Improve the Law of Ownership by Eduardo M. Peñalver and Sonia K. Katyal Property Outlaws puts forth the intriguingly counterintuitive proposition that, in the case of both tangible and intellectual property law, disobedience … Continue reading

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