Author Archives: Bridget Crawford

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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Camille Paglia’s Review of Three Academic Studies of BDSM

Camille Paglia reviews (here) for the Chronicle three recent books: Three books from university presses dramatize the degree to which once taboo sexual subjects have gained academic legitimacy. Margot Weiss’s Techniques of Pleasure: BDSM and the Circuits of Sexuality (Duke … Continue reading

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Fla. Asst. State Attorney Prosecuting High School Senior for Same-Sex Relationship

There is a petition here at change.org urging the Indian River County (Florida) State Attorney and Assistant Attorney to stop the prosecution of 18-year old Kaitlyn Hunt, an 18-year old high school senior in a consensual relationship with a fellow … Continue reading

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Sexual Behavior and Critics of Consent Theory

Over (here) at The Atlantic, Conor Friedersdorf has in interesting take on whether consent is an appropriate litmus test for measuring ethical sexual behavior. Unfortunately, the article’s title — The Ethics of Extreme Porn: Is Some Sex Wrong Even Among … Continue reading

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Corbin on “Compelled Disclosures”

Carolina Mala Corbin (Miami) has posted to SSRN her article Compelled Disclosures, Ala. L. Rev. (forthcoming).  Here is the abstract: Courts have faced a wave of compelled disclosure cases recently. By government mandate, tobacco manufacturers must include graphic warnings on their … Continue reading

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A Creative Photographer’s Birthday Gift to Her 5 Year-Old Daughter (and the Rest of Us)

Texas-based photographer Jamie C. Moore wanted to take pictures of her daughter Emma on the occasion of Emma’s fifth birthday.  She writes (here) on her blog: So my amazing daughter, Emma,  turned 5 last month, and I had been searching … Continue reading

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Gender and Curse Words

From Holy Sh*t: A Brief History of Swearing by Melissa Moher (via Slate here) : With the development of feminism, many swearwords have become more equal-opportunity, not less. Bitch can now be applied to men and women, as can cunt. … Continue reading

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Spindelman’s Review of Dale Carpenter’s “Flagrant Conduct: The Story of Lawrence v. Texas”

Marc Spindelman (OSU) has published Tyrone Garner’s Lawrence v. Texas at 111 Mich. L. Rev. 1111 (2013).  Here is the abstract: Dale Carpenter’s Flagrant Conduct: The Story of Lawrence v. Texas has been roundly greeted with well-earned praise. After exploring … Continue reading

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Persad on “What Marriage Law Can Learn from Citizenship Law (and Vice Versa)”

Govind Persad (Visiting Scholar, University of Pennsylvania; PhD Candidate, Philosophy, Stanford University) has posted to SSRN What Marriage Law Can Learn from Citizenship Law (and Vice Versa).  Here is the abstract: Citizenship and marriage are legal statuses that generate numerous … Continue reading

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Ben-Asher on “The Lawmaking Family”

Noa Ben-Asher (Pace) has posted to SSRN her working paper The Lawmaking Family.  Here is the abstract:  Increasingly there are conflicts over families trying to “opt out” of various legal structures, especially public school education. Examples of opting-out conflicts include … Continue reading

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Student-Teacher Loses Her Job Over SlutWalk

From the Las Cruces (New Mexico) Sun News (here): [Theresa] Illgen, 23, appeared in a front-page photograph in the Las Cruces Sun-News wearing a bra and appearing to motivate those who marched to educate students, and the public, about the … Continue reading

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Where are the Women? Stanford Law School “CodeX FutureLaw Conference” Edition

Check out the line-up for yourself, here. 26 speakers; 25 men.  One woman who is a student. Conference organizer Tim Hwang said this in a Law.com article about the purpose of the conference. He said the inspiration behind the conference … Continue reading

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On the Importance of Recognizing Women’s Role in Parenting

I read with interest the post Why we should be careful about taking the ‘maternity’ out of ‘parental leave’ over at Blue Milk.  I think the piece nicely summarizes some of the conservative undercurrents in the arguments surrounding gender-neutral parental leave … Continue reading

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Emens on “Compulsory Sexuality”

Elizabeth Emens (Columbia) has posted to SSRN her article Compulsory Sexuality, 66 Stan. L. Rev. (forthcoming). Here is the abstract: Asexuality is an emerging identity category that challenges the common assumption that everyone is defined by some type of sexual … Continue reading

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Where are the Women? Florida Law Review Edition

Here’s the TOC for Volume 64, Number 6 of the Florida Law Review: Martin H. Redish & Matthew B. Arnould, Judicial Review, Constitutional Interpretation, and the Democratic Dilemma: Proposing a “Controlled Activism” Alternative Erwin Chemerinsky, The Elusive Quest for Value Neutral Judging: … Continue reading

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Gilman on “The Class Differential in Privacy Law” and “The Poverty Defense”

Michele Gilman (Baltimore) has posted two articles to SSRN.  The Class Differential in Privacy Law, 77 Brooklyn L. Rev. 1389 (2012) This article analyzes how privacy law fails the poor. Due to advanced technologies, all Americans are facing corporate and … Continue reading

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All the “Ladies” in the House? Women, Put Your Hands Up (Gloves Off)

Author Ann Friedman writes in the New Republic “Hey ‘Ladies': The Unlikely Revival of a Fusty Old Label.”  Here is an excerpt: With its slippery meaning—associations range from grandma’s lavender-scented powder to the raunchiest of rap lyrics—it encapsulates the fundamental … Continue reading

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Death of Cardiss Collins, 1931-2012, Illinois Congressional Representative

The New York Times reports (here) today on the death of Cardiss Collins, “who reluctantly ran for a Chicago Congressional seat left vacant when her husband died in a plane crash and went on to become Illinois’s first black congresswoman, … Continue reading

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Where are the Women? Yale Law Journal Editorial Board Edition

The Yale Law Journal has announced its new editorial board here. For the 6th year in a row, the EIC is a man. The six officers are all men. Out of 22 content committee editors for the print journal (Articles, … Continue reading

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Manian on “Abortion Restrictions and Side Effects on Women’s Health”

Maya Manian (USF) has posted to SSRN her article Lessons from Personhood’s Defeat: Abortion Restrictions and Side Effects on Women’s Health, Ohio State L.J. (forthcoming).  Here is the abstract: State personhood laws pose a puzzle. These laws would establish fertilized … Continue reading

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Claudine V. Pease-Wingenter, “Halting the Profession’s Female Brain Drain While Increasing the Provision of Legal Services to the Poor: A Proposal to Revamp and Expand Emeritus Attorney Programs”

Claudine V. Pease-Wingenter (Phoenix) has posted to SSRN her article, “Halting the Profession’s Female Brain Drain While Increasing the Provision of Legal Services to the Poor: A Proposal to Revamp and Expand Emeritus Attorney Programs,” 37 Oklahoma City Law Review … Continue reading

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CFP: Feminisms and Rhetorics

From the FLP mailbox, this CFP: The 2013 Feminisms & Rhetorics Conference is now accepting proposals. Submissions are due February 1. Please note that the word limit for individual proposal submissions is 250, and the word limit for panel proposals … Continue reading

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Most Women Don’t Want Power and Status, She Says

Kay S. Hymowitz of the Manhattan Institute for Policy Research writes in the City Journal about “The Plight of the Alpha Female.”  Here’s her explanation for the lack of gender parity in the highest ranks of business, government, academia: [W]omen … Continue reading

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One Woman’s Message to a Harrasser

Over at Role Reboot, writer Emily Heist Moss writes this “Letter to the Guy Who Harrassed Me Outside the Bar“: So, to you, the man on the sidewalk, I’m quite sure you will never read this essay. You will never … Continue reading

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Announcing Third Edition of “Introduction to Feminist Legal Theory”

Martha Chamallas has updated her invaluable text Introduction to Feminist Legal Theory.  Here is the publisher’s description of the new edition: Widely respected as a leading text in the field, Introduction to Feminist Legal Theory (3d ed. 2012) spans the … Continue reading

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CFP: Gendered Rites/Gendered Rights: Sex Segregation, Religious Practice, and Public Live

From colleagues at Brandeis, this CFP: GENDERED RITES/GENDERED RIGHTS: Sex Segregation, Religious Practice, and Public Life Call for Papers The Hadassah-Brandeis Institute Project on Gender, Culture, Religion, and the Law seeks paper proposals for an international conference entitled Gendered Rites/Gendered … Continue reading

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Lesbian Herstory Archives Internships

From the FLP mailbox: The Lesbian Herstory Archives (located in Park Slope, Brooklyn, NYC) is looking for graduate and undergraduate students who are interested in library and/or archives with a demonstrated interest in Lesbian Studies, History and Activism. We have … Continue reading

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Girls’ Soccer in the Shadow of Amelia Earhart

Floyd Bennett Field, located in Brooklyn, New York, is part of the Gateway National Recreation Area.  Floyd Bennett Field was established in 1931 as the first airport within New York City limits.  Lots of historic flights began there, including a … Continue reading

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Joslin on “Marriage, Biology and Federal Benefits”

Courtney Joslin (Davis) has posted to SSRN her article Marriage, Biology, and Federal Benefits, Iowa Law Review (forthcoming).  Here is the abstract: This Article approaches the topic of same-sex marriage from a novel perspective by scrutinizing the historical accuracy of … Continue reading

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