Author Archives: Bridget Crawford

Death of Karyn Washington

Karyn Washington, founder of the “For Brown Girls” website, has died at age 22.  For those who aren’t familiar with it, the purpose of the website is “to celebrate the beauty of dark skin while combating colorism and promoting self … Continue reading

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Changing Sexual Practices, Media Sensationalism and Attention-Getting Rim Jobs

I admit that reading New York magazine is a guilty pleasure of mine.  I enjoy the mix of fluff pieces; vanilla journalism; and NYC-centered, self-satisfied trend-spotting and cultural prognostications.  This week’s mag brings us yet another intriguing “Sex Lives” column … Continue reading

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Pubic Hair and Feminism

‘Cause we keep track of certain trends (e.g., here), the “Full-Bush Brazilian” article in the NY Magazine caught our interest: My bikini-waxer, Jola, recently told me about a pubic-grooming configuration I had not heard of, which patrons of her Williamsburg … Continue reading

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BDSM and Feminism

Writer Kathy Kulig asks here, “BDSM and Feminism – Can They Coexist?” In a recent interview, I was asked whether I thought the BDSM lifestyle and feminism conflicted. I thought it would be an interesting topic for discussion. I think … Continue reading

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Is Unionization Good for Women’s College Athletics?

The NYT chips away at the question in an article published today, “Amid Cheers, Union Bid Stirs Concern for Women.”  Here is an excerpt, quoting Feminist Law Prof Erin Buzuvis and citing her work at the Title IX Blog: Female … Continue reading

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Mass. Supreme Court Affirms Right of Men to Look Up Our Skirts

or at least take pictures up women’s skirts. CNN, e.g., has coverage here.  The AP has coverage here. -Bridget Crawford

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Is Womb-in-a-Box Next? Attempted Pregnancy of Women with Uterine Transplants

Four Swedish women who received uterine transplants have been implanted with embryos in an attempt to carry their own biological child to term.  Read the AP story here. As my mind attempts to grasp this medical leap, I couldn’t help … Continue reading

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French in an Uproar about Judith Butler’s Gender Theories

From the Boston Globe: On Feb. 2, Paris once again became a vast political stage. One hundred thousand demonstrators had gathered, galvanized by a danger looming over the Republic. The threat was not, as in times past, fascism or Nazism, … Continue reading

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bell hooks on the State of the Feminist Movement

In an interview with Kevin Powell over at BK Nation, author Gloria Watkins talks about the state of the feminist movement today: I think feminism has gone the way of all our movements for social justice: Stuck on a pause. … Continue reading

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Black Women Activists Throughout History

Via For Harriet, this list of “27 Black Women Activists Everyone Should Know“: Ella Baker Josephine Baker Daisy Bates Mary McLeod Bethune Beverly Bond Elaine Brown Majora Carter Shirley Chisholm Septima Clark Anna Julia Cooper Angela Davis Marian Wright Edelman … Continue reading

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Mini Symposium on Paid Egg “Donation”

For those of you who haven’t seen it, I wanted to point out the mini-symposium organized by Kim Krawiec (Duke) over at the Faculty Lounge on the Perez v. Commissioner case.  The case involves the tax treatment of amounts received … Continue reading

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On Presidents’ Day: Is Voting for the Female Candidate Bad for Women?

Amy Schiller wrote in May, 2013 in The Nation (here) “The Feminist Case Against a Woman President.” Here is an excerpt” A woman in the Oval Office would not result in greater motivation for feminist action—it may actually dampen it. … Continue reading

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Announcing New Book Project: Feminist Judgments – US Supreme Court Edition

Four feminist law profs – Jamie Abrams (Louisville), Bridget Crawford (Pace), Kathy Stanchi (Temple) and Linda Berger (UNLV) – have embarked on a United States Supreme Court version of the British Feminist Judgments book. Feminist Judgments was a collaborative project … Continue reading

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Call for Nominations: 2015 Ruth Bader Ginsburg Lifetime Achievement Award

The AALS Section on Women in Legal Education is pleased to open nominations for its 2015 Ruth Bader Ginsburg Lifetime Achievement Award. In 2013, the inaugural award honored Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, and in 2014 the award honored Catharine A. … Continue reading

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Bach on “The Hyperregulatory State”

Wendy Bach (Tennessee) has posted to SSRN her article The Hyperregulatory State: Women, Race, Poverty and Support (Yale J. of L. & Feminism, forthcoming 2014).  Here is the abstract: Vulnerability and dependency theory offers a rich and promising vision for those … Continue reading

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Amicus Brief of Guttmacher Institute in Hobby Lobby

The Guttmacher Institute and Professor Sara Rosenbaum (GWU), as amici curiae in support of the government, have filed a brief in the Hobby Lobby case.  Lead attorneys for the amici are Walter Dellinger and colleagues at O’Melveny & Meyers LLP, … Continue reading

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Catharine MacKinnon Receives AALS Section on Women in Legal Education Ruth Bader Ginsburg Lifetime Achievement Award

Professor Catharine MacKinnon received the 2014 Ruth Bader Ginsburg Lifetime Achievement Award from the AALS Section on Women in Legal Education on January 3, 2014 at the AALS Annual Meeting in New York City.  (Here is the press release.) After … Continue reading

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Corbin on “Abortion Distortions”

Caroline Mala Corbin (Miami) has posted to SSRN her article Abortion Distortions (Washington & Lee Law Rev., forthcoming).  Here is the abstract: Two types of distortions often arise in abortion jurisprudence. The first is distortion of scientific fact. Too often … Continue reading

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CFP: Special Issue of the Journal of Lesbian Studies//Pat Parker and Judy Grahn: Where Would I Be Without You?

From the FLP mailbox: 2016 will mark the fortieth anniversary of the only spoken word album produced by Olivia Records,  Where Would I Be Without You? Featuring the poems of Judy Grahn and Pat Parker, Where Would I Be Without … Continue reading

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Law Student Scholarship: M. Katherine Baird Darmer Equality Scholarship

From the FLP mailbox: The M. Katherine Baird Darmer Equality Scholarship Fund was named in memory of the late M. Katherine Baird Darmer, an activist, law professor, and champion of change for the LGBT community in Orange County and beyond. … Continue reading

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Documentary on “Media Coverage and Female Athletes”

From the Tucker Center at the University of Minnesota, a new documentary on “Media Coverage and Female Athletes.” -Bridget Crawford

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Latina Feminist Reader Suggestions

Via Amsterdam-based writer Flavia Dzodan over at Red Light Politics, this list of suggestions for a Latina Feminist Reader: This Bridge Called My Back: Writings by Radical Women of Color - Cherrie Moraga and Gloria Anzaldua Borderlands La Frontera: The New … Continue reading

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National Council for Research on Women’s “Gender Stat”

From the FLP mailbox, this notice of a research aggregation tool: The National Council for Research on Women is proud to announce the launch of Gender Stat, a tool that collects statistics on gender equity, annually and by topic. This first … Continue reading

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The Academic Shark? Jed Rubenfeld and Amy Chua Just Jumped It

If he didn’t jump the academic shark with that rape-by-deception article (see here), then Jed Rubenfeld certainly did with his new book, co-authored with wife Amy Chua.  Even the New York Post senses that something is not right in Rubenfeldville: … Continue reading

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Catharine A. MacKinnon Wins Ruth Bader Ginsburg Lifetime Achievement Award

The AALS Section on Women in Legal Education is pleased to announce that the recipient of the 2014 Ruth Bader Ginsburg Lifetime Achievement Award is Professor Catharine A. MacKinnon. Professor MacKinnon is Elizabeth A. Long Professor of Law at the … Continue reading

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CFP: Transnational Queer Activism

From the FLP mailbox, this CFP: Transnational Queer Activism Janice Irvine and Jill Irvine, eds. This call for papers seeks contributions to an edited volume on transnational queer and LGBT politics, movements, and activism. This volume will feature work that … Continue reading

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Why Does This FindLaw.com Reporter Find Street Harassment and Indecent Exposure So Funny?

According to the website of an Indianapolis, Indiana television station, a man was arrested for exposing himself to two women on the street. An Indianapolis man is facing charges after reportedly “swinging” his genitals at two women on the street. … Continue reading

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Travel Grants for Sallie Bingham Center for Women’s History and Culture

From the FLP mailbox, this notice of grants for travel to the Sallie Bingham Center for Women’s History and Culture at Duke: The Sallie Bingham Center for Women’s History and Culture, part of the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & … Continue reading

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Women in the Media: A Year in Review

Via Upworthy, here. H/T Joan Gaylord. -Bridget Crawford

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Did Jed Rubenfeld Jump the Academic Shark with that Rape-by-Deception Article?

Jed Rubenfeld’s Rape-by-Deception article (previously blogged here) is the subject of four formal responses in the Yale Journal Online: Tom Dougherty, No Way Around Consent: A Reply to Rubenfeld on “Rape-by-Deception” Deborah Tuerkheimer, Sex Without Consent Patricia Falk, Not Logic, … Continue reading

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Call for Nominations: AALS Section on Women in Legal Education Ruth Bader Ginsburg Lifetime Achievement Award

The AALS Section on Women in Legal Education is pleased to open nominations for its second Lifetime Achievement Award. Last year, the inaugural award honored Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg for her remarkable impact and contributions to the Section on Women … Continue reading

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2014-2015 Visiting Scholar Positions at McGill U Institute for Gender, Sexuality, and Feminist Studies

From the FLP mailbox: 2014-2015 VISITING SCHOLAR POSITIONS, McGill University (Montreal) The Institute for Gender, Sexuality, and Feminist Studies (IGSF) invites applications for the competitive position of Visiting Scholar. These positions are open to professors who wish to spend one … Continue reading

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Hasday on “Women’s Exclusion from the Constitutional Canon”

Jill Elaine Hasday (Minnesota) has posted to SSRN her article “Women’s Exclusion from the Constitutional Canon,” forthcoming in the University of Illinois Law Review.  Here is the abstract: This Essay asks why sex equality is outside the constitutional canon. While … Continue reading

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Call for Signatories to Report to UN Human Rights Committee on Domestic Violence and Gun Violence in U.S.

From colleagues at the University of Miami’s Human Rights Clinic: Attached and available here is the final shadow report submitted recently to the United Nations Human Rights Committee by the Advocates for Human Rights, the Human Rights Clinic at the … Continue reading

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Announcing the Penny Pether Award for Law and Language Scholarship

From the FLP mailbox, this announcement of a new award in honor and memory of Penny Pether: A passionate advocate for interdisciplinary scholarship in law, literature, and language, Penelope J. Pether was Professor of Law at Villanova University School of … Continue reading

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Two Carleton University Hiring Announcements

From colleagues at Carleton University (Canada), two hiring announcements: Law and Legal Studies (lndigeneity and the Law) – Assistant Professor The Department of Law and Legal Studies invites applications from qualified candidates for a preliminary (tenure-track) appointment in “lndigeneity and … Continue reading

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Feminist Law Prof Renee Newman Knake as “Legal Rebel”

Renee Newman Knake (Michigan State) is one of the “legal rebels featured in this month’s ABA Journal magazine.  Here is an excerpt from the profile: Two years ago, professional responsibility law professor Renee Newman Knake knew she could no longer … Continue reading

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New Gender and the Law Blog

Tracy Thomas (Akron) and John Kang (St. Thomas) are the editors of the new Gender and the Law Prof Blog, “A Member of the Law Professor Blogs Network Sponsored by Wolters Kluwer.”  Check it out here. Welcome to the blogosphere, … Continue reading

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In Memoriam: Penelope Pether 1958-2013

Villanova Law Professor Penelope (Penny) Pether died on September 10, 2013. Penelope Pether, 55, of Haverford, a law professor at Villanova University, died Tuesday, Sept. 10, of cancer at Pennsylvania Hospital. Dr. Pether was a widely published legal scholar, specializing … Continue reading

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Formal Equality on Yom Kippur

Writing the Jewish Women’s Archive (here), student Dina Lamdany has these reflections on the “gender-neutral” quality of Yom Kippur: The morning Torah reading is about the Kohen Gadol’s (high priest) Yom Kippur service in the temple, and the afternoon reading … Continue reading

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CFP: Canadian Journal of Women and the Law

Canadian Journal of Women and the Law Call for Submissions: Volume 26(2) The Canadian Journal of Women and the Law invites the submission of articles for publication in Volume 26(2) in the Autumn of 2014.  The CJWL is Canada’s oldest … Continue reading

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“Hip Hop and Feminism” Syllabus and CFP

Over at the blog of the Anna Julia Cooper Project on Gender, Race and Politics in the South, this post that includes a link to the syllabus for Dr. Melissa Harris-Perry’s “Hip Hop and Feminism” course at Tulane University: Throughout … Continue reading

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Stetson Hiring Announcement

From colleagues at Stetson, these three hiring announcements: Professor of Legal Skills and Trial Advocacy Stetson University College of Law seeks an entry level or lateral hire to lead Stetson’s award winning trial advocacy program.  The successful candidate is expected … Continue reading

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Robson on “Dressing Constitutionally”

Ruthann Robson (CUNY) has posted to SSRN the Introduction and Table of Contents of her new book Dressing Constitutionally: Hierarchy, Sexuality, and Democracy from Our Hairstyles to Our Shoes.  Here is the abstract: The intertwining of our clothes and our … Continue reading

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Helie and Ashe on “Multiculturalist Liberalism and Harms to Women”

Anissa Helie (CUNY, John Jay College of Criminal Justice) and Marie Ashe (Suffolk) have posted to SSRN their article Multiculturalist Liberalism and Harms to Women: Looking Through the Issue of ‘The Veil’, 19 UC Davis J. of Int’l L. & … Continue reading

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Thank You, Edie Windsor!

Let freedom ring. -Bridget Crawford

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Aloni on “Relationship Recognition Madness”

Erez Aloni (Whittier) has published an op-ed,  “Relationship Recognition Madness.” at Huff Po.  Here is an excerpt. He takes on the new FAFSA rules that take account the income of co-habitating unmarried parents in determining a student’s eligibility for financial … Continue reading

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Sepper on “Doctoring Discrimination in the Same-Sex Marriage Debates”

Elizabeth Sepper (Washington University St. Louis) has posted to SSRN her working paper Doctoring Discrimination in the Same-Sex Marriage Debates,  Indiana L.J. (forthcoming 2014).  Here is the abstract: As an increasing number of state legislatures legalize same-sex marriage, some religious … Continue reading

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Apps Can Teach You Anything: Yes, a Masturbation App

I’m not making this up: Forwarded to me by a friend who said he did *not* see this app and think of me (huh?).  Anyway, it’s HappyPlayTime (tag line: “female masturbation made friendly”).  Here‘s the app’s “mission”: Sexuality is one … Continue reading

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Update on Kaitlyn Hunt Case

Kaitlyn Hunt, the Florida high school senior accused of a sex offense for a lesbian relationship with a then-14 year old girl has rejected a deal that would have required her to plead guilty to third-degree felony child abuse. A … Continue reading

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