Author Archives: Bridget Crawford

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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Where are the Women? Another FSU Edition

This time, a tax conference with 14 “featured participants.”  Number of women?  One. Did noone at Florida State look at this list of speakers and think, “Gee, maybe such an imbalanced list doesn’t present the school in the best light?”  … Continue reading

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In Memory of Gary Munneke, 1947-2012

My Pace Law School colleague Gary Munneke died unexpectedly over the Thanksgiving holiday.  Here is an excerpt from the Law School’s announcement: Professor Munneke was a prolific speaker and writer, authoring law review and journal articles as well as chapters … Continue reading

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Conference Announcement: 7th Annual Feminist Theory Workshop, Duke U. March 22-23, 2012

From the FLP mailbox: The Seventh Annual Feminist Theory Workshop Duke University Durham, NC March 22/23rd 2013 The Seventh Annual Feminist Theory Workshop offers a unique opportunity for scholars to engage in sustained dialogue about feminist theory as a scholarly … Continue reading

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Lance MacMillian, “Adultery as Tort”

Commenting on the Petraeus case, Katherine Franke posted here about the status of adultery as a crime in 27 jurisdictions.  Today I stumbled across an article by Lance McMillian (Atlanta’s John Marshall), Adultery as Tort, 95 N.C. L. Rev. 1987 … Continue reading

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Dr. Kelly Brown Douglas, “Black Bodies and the Black Church: A Blues Slant”

From Palgrave, this new book by Dr. Kelly Brown Douglas (Religion, Goucher College): Black Bodies and the Black Church: A Blues Slant.  Here’s is the publisher’s description: There is a problem in the black church. It is a problem with … Continue reading

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CFP: The Influence and Legacy of Barbara Grier

From the FLP mailbox, this CFP: To reflect on the influence and legacy of Barbara Grier (1933-2011), The Journal of Lesbian Studies will be devoting a thematic journal issue to the topic. 2011 witnessed the passing of Barbara Grier, an … Continue reading

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CFP: Gender Matters – Women, Social Policy and the 2012 Election

From the FLP mailbox: Call for Symposium Papers Gender Matters: Women, Social Policy and the 2012 Election  April 2, 2013 at American University Washington College of Law, Washington, DC The American University Journal of Gender, Social Policy & the Law … Continue reading

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Getting (Back) into the Writing Groove: Inspiration from Georgia NeSmith

Georgia NeSmith is an independent writer and editor who has a great website over at Matrix Editorial Services (here).  In revving up to return to writing after a few weeks off, I stumbled upon upon her advice for “Writing the … Continue reading

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Research Fellowships at The Mary Baker Eddy Library

From the FLP mailbox: Applications are now available for Summer 2013 Research Fellowships at The Mary Baker Eddy Library in Boston.  Fellowships are open to academic scholars, independent researchers, and graduate students.  The Library’s collections, centered on the papers of … Continue reading

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African Probate & Prolicy Initiative at U Miami School of Law

The ABA Journal reported here on the University of Miami School of Law’s new African Probate & Policy Initiative.  Here’s an excerpt: If a Tanzanian man dies without a will, his property goes to his family of origin. If he … Continue reading

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Susan Currier Visiting Professorship at California Polytechnic State University

From the FLP mailbox: COLLEGE OF LIBERAL ARTS – SUSAN CURRIER VISITING PROFESSORSHIP – Full-time, non-renewable, one-quarter appointment as a visiting Associate or Full Professor (Lecturer classification) at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, California. Position will have an … Continue reading

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U Chicago Bio Prof Demonstrates Evolutionary Theory

From Inside Higher Ed (here), this article about a U Chicago professor who took to Facebook to diss the appearances of his female colleagues: Pity the attendees at last week’s annual meeting of the Society for Neuroscience who thought they … Continue reading

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“Life Story” Interpreted by Lynne Wintersteller

 I love Lynne Wintersteller’s interpretation of “Life Story” from the Maltby-Shire Closer than Ever.   It is an especially beautiful song and a beautiful version. -Bridget Crawford

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Corbin on “The Contraception Mandate”

Caroline Mala Corbin (Miami) has posted to SSRN her essay The Contraception Mandate, Northwestern University Law Review Colloquy, Vol. 106, Forthcoming.  Here is the abstract: Under the new health care regime, health insurance plans must cover contraception. While religious employers … Continue reading

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Suit Against Maine Public School Alleges Discrimination Against Transgender Student

From the Bangor (Maine) Daily News: A Superior Court judge will decide whether a lawsuit filed by an Orono couple over the local school district’s handling of their transgender child’s transition from male to female will go forward. A transgender … Continue reading

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Yxta Maya Murray on “Anglo-American Radical Feminism’s Constitutionalism in the Streets”

Yxta Maya Murray has posted to SSRN her article ‘Creating New Categories': Anglo-American Radical Feminism’s Constitutionalism in the Streets, 9 Hastings Race & Poverty L.J. 454 (2012).  Here is the abstract: In 1968 and 1970, U.S. and British radical feminists … Continue reading

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Francine Banner on “Judicial Review of Intra-Military Sexual Assault Claims”

Francine Banner (Phoenix) has posted to SSRN her article, Immoral Waiver: Judicial Review of Intra-Military Sexual Assault Claims, Lewis & Clark L. Rev. (forthcoming 2013).  Here is the abstract: This essay critiques the application of the Feres doctrine and the … Continue reading

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Bringing Your Kids to Class is not “Professional” at American U.

In the first week of classes at American University, anthropology professor Adrienne Pine brought her sick child to class. I sped through the lecture and syllabus review with Lee, dressed in her comfiest blue onesie, alternately strapped to my back … Continue reading

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Register for “Social Justice Feminism” Conference at Cincinnati

From colleagues at Cincinnati: Please join us in Cincinnati on October 25 – 27 for what promises to be a very exciting conference, Social Justice Feminism. Early Bird registration ends on September 14, 2012. What is Social Justice Feminism?  It is the type … Continue reading

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In Memory of Shulamith Firestone, 1945-2012

Feminist writer Shulamith Firestone, author of The Dialectic of Sex, died this month.  Here is an excerpt from her obituary published in the New York Times: Shulamith Firestone…was found dead on Tuesday in her apartment in the East Village neighborhood … Continue reading

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Women, Children and Public Health

My colleague Linda Fentiman will be delivering the James D. Hopkins Lecture — open to the public — on September 12, 2012 at 4:00 p.m. at Pace Law School.  The title of her talk is “Are Mothers Hazardous to their … Continue reading

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Pre-Season Debut of Female High School Quarterback

Via Marc Edelman (Andreas School of Law, Barry U.) this story from the South Florida Sun Sentinel of a female high school football quarterback in Florida: South Plantation’s Erin Dimeglio came one step closer to realizing her dream as she … Continue reading

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Challenge to Sex Segregation in West Virginia Middle School

Ruthann Robson (CUNY) has posted over at Constitutional Law Profs blog (here) about Doe v. Wood County Board of Education, arguing against sex segregation in a West Virginia middle school.  Here is an excerpt of from Professor Robson’s post: The … Continue reading

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