Author Archives: Bridget Crawford

Marc Spindelman, “Gay Men and Sex Equality”

Marc Spindelman (Ohio State) has published Gay Men and Sex Equality, 46 Tulsa L. Rev. 123 (2010).  Here is an excerpt from the introduction: As easy as it may be to apprehend why straight men have not endorsed sex equality … Continue reading

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Where are the Women? University of Toronto L.J. Edition (Again and Again)

This academic year, the University of Toronto Law Journal has managed to publish 3 issues having only one female author each.  From the TOC to Volume 62:1 (2012) (posted here): Pandectism and the Gaian classification of things Francesco Giglio From … Continue reading

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Yxta Maya Murray, “Feminist Engagement and the Museum”

Yxta Maya Murray (Loyola-LA) has posted to SSRN her article Feminist Engagement and the Museum, 1 Br. J. Am. Leg. Studies (2012).   Here is the abstract: One day in the summer of 2011, Los Angeles law professor Yxta Maya … Continue reading

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Symposium Round-Up: “Gender and the Legal Profession’s Pipeline to Power”

Here’s a round-up of my posts relating to the “Gender and the Legal Profession’s Pipeline to Power” Symposium held at Michigan State University College of Law.  The posts are spread among the Legal Ethics Forum, The Faculty Lounge and this … Continue reading

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Three Student Reactions to “Gender and the Legal Profession’s Pipeline to Power”

As I left yesterday’s conference, I saw three law review students relaxing in the lobby.  I asked them for a few reactions that I could post on the blog.  They were willing to speak as long as I did not … Continue reading

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Involving Men in the Conversation

At the MSU Law Symposium on “Gender and the Legal Profession’s Pipeline to Power,” more than one speaker has commented on how “great” it is to see so many men in the audience.  I’m eyeballing the room, and I’d say … Continue reading

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Nancy Gertner Just Rocked My World

“The reason that people are losing discrimination cases is not because it didn’t happen.  It’s because the law is inadequate to the task.” This is great inspiration to all who toil in the trenches of plaintiffs’ litigation, law review articles … Continue reading

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Judge Nancy Gertner on “How the Courts Have Repealed the Civil Rights Act”

The Honorable Nancy Gertner (U.S. District Court of Massachusetts, retired) is delivering the luncheon address at the MSU Symposium on “Gender and the Legal Profession.” Here are a few of her highlights from her talk: Judge Gertner explains that the … Continue reading

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Gender, Race and the Judiciary @MSU Law Symposium

The first panel at the MSU Symposium on “Gender and the Legal Profession’s Pipeline to Power” is organized around the theme of “Gender, Race and the Judiciary.” Hannah Brenner (MSU) and Renee Knake (MSU) are presenting their work on gender … Continue reading

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CFP: Hypatia Issue on Feminist Disability Studies

From the FLP mailbox, this CFP: Special Issue on New Conversations in Feminist Disability Studies August 15, 2013 submission deadline Hypatia: Journal of Feminist Philosophy is seeking new work for a special issue on disability with the general theme of New … Continue reading

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Expectant Mothers Who Hope for Boys, Not Girls

From the 5 Cities, 6 Women blog (here): [T]here’s a trend I’ve noticed lately that gets me as teary …. It’s this: when pregnant women – smart, funny, fierce women I respect – say they don’t want daughters. Some even take … Continue reading

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Poor, Silenced Social Males

I received in my in-box an email from the “Editors” (no names provided) of a new on-line magazine, highlighting the March edition with a tie-in to Women’s History month.  The email began, “MUSED Magazine, the newest digital destination for lifestyle, … Continue reading

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Epstein’s ‘Women in Law’ Goes Digital

Cynthia Fuchs Epstein’s classic text Women in Law is now available as an e-book for Kindle, Nook, and iPad, with a new introduction by Deborah Rhode.  Here is an excerpt from the intro: When Cynthia Fuchs Epstein published her pathbreaking … Continue reading

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Death of Adrienne Rich

Adrienne Rich died this afternoon.  Here is her preliminary obituary from the LA Times: Adrienne Rich, a pioneering feminist poet and essayist who challenged what she considered to be the myths of the American dream, has died. She was 82. … Continue reading

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Feminist Law Profs Interview with Sara McDougall

I recently spoke with Sara McDougall (History, John Jay College) about Professor McDougall’s book Bigamy and Christian Identity in Late Medieval Champagne (Penn Press 2012), previously blogged here, as well as Professor McDougall’s other work. Crawford Question: In the church … Continue reading

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“Like Saul on the Road to Damascus”: One Man’s ‘Conversion’ to Feminism

The whole “conversion” narrative is a bit awkward, but I read with interest this opinion piece from the Ottowa Citizen by David Moscrop, a PhD at the University of British Columbia.  Here is an excerpt: I became a feminist gradually … Continue reading

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Review of McRobbie’s “The Aftermath of Feminism”

Writing over at Sociological Imagination, Evelyn Puga Aguirre-Sulem (Sociology, Warwick UK) reviews The Aftermath of Feminism  by Angela McRobbie (Communications, Goldsmiths, Univ. of London): Through the book, McRobbie explores contemporary society of the United Kingdom and argues that we are currently … Continue reading

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Yxta Murray on “Rape Trauma, the State, and the Art of Tracey Emin”

Yxta Maya Murray (Loyola Law School Los Angeles) has posted to SSRN her article Rape Trauma, the State, and the Art of Tracey Emin, 100 Calif. L. Rev. __ (forthcoming 2012).  Here is the abstract: Prosecutors use “rape trauma syndrome” … Continue reading

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Review of “The Measure of Injury: Race, Gender, and Tort Law”

Anne Bloom (McGeorge) and Julie Davies (McGeorge) have published their review of Martha Chamallas & Jennifer Wriggins, The Measure of Injury: Race, Gender, and Tort Law (NYU Press, 2010).  The review appears at 61 J. Legal Ed. 495 (2012).  Here … Continue reading

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McDougall, “Bigamy and Christian Identity in Late Medieval Champagne”

Sara McDougall (History, John Jay College) has published Bigamy and Christian Identity in Late Medieval Champagne (Penn Press 2012).  Here is the publisher’s description: The institution of marriage is commonly thought to have fallen into crisis in late medieval northern … Continue reading

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Conference Announcement – Rainbow Rising: Community, Solidarity & Scholarship

From colleagues in Hawaii, this conference announcement: Rainbow Rising: Community, Solidarity & Scholarship, A Symposium on Sexuality and Gender Expression in Asian-Pacific Law & Policy will be held on Saturday, April 7, 2012 at the William S. Richardson School of Law in Honolulu, … Continue reading

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Glenn Cohen on “Beyond Best Interests”

Glenn Cohen (Harvard) has posted to SSRN his article Beyond Best Interests, 96 Minn. L. Rev. (forthcoming 2012).  Here is the abstract: As Justice Douglas wrote in Skinner v. Oklahoma, procreation is one of the “basic civil rights of man.” … Continue reading

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Maya Pranks “Cornel”

Maya Rudolph doesn’t nail it perfectly, but there are moments of brilliance in this skit!  It’s worth sitting out the annoying ad at the beginning. -Bridget Crawford

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Punitive Pink Prison Pants?

Providing male pre-trial detainees with pink garments is apparently “punishment without legal justification,” so says the Ninth Circuit. Read Ruthann Robson’s commentary on Wagner v. County of Maricopa here. -Bridget Crawford AP image

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CFP: “Law, Humanities and the Vulnerable Subject”

From the FLP mailbox, this CFP: Call for Panelists AALS Section on Law and Humanities “Law, Humanities and the Vulnerable Subject” 2013 AALS Annual Meeting January 4-8, 2013 New Orleans, LA The recent (and ongoing) economic upheaval in the United … Continue reading

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Woman Suffrage, Lady Gaga-Style

In honor of International Women’s Day, here’s a clever Gaga-inspired music video from Soomo Publishing that (loosely) is about the 19th Amendment.  Yes, all of the people in the video are white – an important reminder that the Woman Suffrage movement … Continue reading

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SlutBlogging in Support of Sandra Fluke

If supporting easy access to contraception makes a person a slut, put my name on the list. I am grateful for people like Sandra Fluke who speak their minds and engage in reasoned, civil discourse on gender issues. -Bridget Crawford

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Where are the Women? UCLA Law Review Edition

Notice anything? Volume 59, Issue 3 (February 2012) Essays Essays in Honor of Joel F. Handler: Introduction UCLA Law Review 504 The Pursuit of Legal Rights—and Beyond Scott L. Cummings 506 Poverty Unmodified?: Critical Reflections on the Deserving/Undeserving Distinction Noah … Continue reading

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Robson on Judge Cebull’s Disgusting “Joke”

Ruthann Robson blogs here about Judge Richard Cebull (D. Montana) and his email “joke” about President Obama’s mother that accuses her of promiscuity, bestiality, as well as interracial sex. Judge Cebull self-reported his misdeeds for investigation by the Chief Justice of … Continue reading

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“50 Essential Feminist Books”: What’s on Your (Law) List?

I’m skeptical of canon projects generally, but I admit that I find them fascinating all the same.  I stumbled across this list of “50 Essential Feminist Books” (not necessarily law-related) on the UK-based Stylist blog.  It’s what the editors call … Continue reading

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CFP: Hypatia Special Issue on Feminist Disability Studies

From the FLP mailbox, this CFP: Hypatia Special Issue on New Conversations in Feminist Disability Studies August 15, 2013 submission deadline Volume 30, Issue 1, Winter 2015 Edited by Kim Q. Hall Hypatia: Journal of Feminist Philosophy is seeking new … Continue reading

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The Politics of Research in the Digital Humanities

Jacqueline Wernimont (English, Scripps College) asks (here), “Can XML be feminist?” I’m currently working on an article that considers certain digital archives and their technological structures from a feminist perspective. Of particular interest to me is the possibility of feminist … Continue reading

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Lolita Buckner Inniss Named Hamilton College 2012-2013 Elihu Root Peace Fund Visiting Professor in Women’s Studies

Lolita Buckner Inniss (Cleveland-Marshall) has been named as the 2012-2013 Elihu Root Peace Fund Visiting Professor in Women’s Studies at Hamilton College.  As described in the program materials, the visiting professorship was “endowed for the purpose of serving the needs and … Continue reading

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Sex-Positive Radio Programming

Broadcasting from McGill University’s CKUT 90.3 FM (in Canada), Audio Smut is “a racy radio show exploring the vast terrain of sexuality.”  The program is available as a podcast and via its website (“Audio Smut: Sex Positive Radio”), here. The folks … Continue reading

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The World’s Worst Sperm Donor

Over at The AWL, a fabulously NYC-centric blog, I found writer Jack Stuef’s clever-funny-sad-ironic essay, I Am the World’s Worst Sperm Donor.  Here is an excerpt: In the end… Grant and Lee signed the treaty. It was over. I realized I … Continue reading

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Kerry Abrams on “Marriage Fraud”

Kerry Abrams (UVa) recently talked with folks at her school about her work on Marriage Fraud, 100 Cal. L. Rev. 1 (2012).  Here’s a portion of the interview: How did you become interested in writing about this topic? I study … Continue reading

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Michigan State Symposium on “Modernizing Marriage through E-Marriage”

Check out some of the great pieces from the Michigan State Law Review Symposium on “Modernizing Marriage.” Kerry Abrams, Peaceful Penetration: Proxy Marriage, Same-Sex Marriage, and Recognition, 2011 Mich. St. L. Rev. 141-172 This Essay is a contribution to a … Continue reading

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Barbara Walters Says Santorum is Correct About “Radical Feminism”

Newsbusters.org reprints (here) a portion of the transcript from Monday’s airing of the morning talk-show The View.  In one segment, Barbara Walters says she agrees with Rick Santorum that radical feminism is to blame for some women’s woes: BARBARA WALTERS: … Continue reading

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Julie Greenberg’s “Intersexuality and the Law: Why Sex Matters”

NYU Press has published a new book by Julie Greenberg (Thomas Jefferson School of Law).  Here‘s the publisher’s description: The term “intersex” evokes diverse images, typically of people who are both male and female or neither male nor female. Neither … Continue reading

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Who’s Afraid of Cupcake Feminism?

image source www.cupcakedelights.com Over at the on-line music publication The Quietus, UK-based writer Meryl Trussler reacts to what she perceives as a “counter-campaign” to make feminism palatable to the mainstream media (at worst) or “cool again” (at best): This move is not deliberate … Continue reading

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What’s the Difference Between an Article and an Essay? Part 2

This is a question I’ve pondered before (see here).  Today I stumbled upon the Columbia Law Review’s take on the question: Articles tend to be research pieces analyzing a problem and suggesting a solution.  Such analysis usually articulates some background information … Continue reading

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New Book Announcement: Contemporary Feminism in the U.S.

Oxford University Press has published a new book by Jo Reger (Sociology, Oakland University in Michigan)  Here is the publisher’s blurb: Challenging the idea that feminism in the United States is dead or in decline, Everywhere and Nowhere examines the … Continue reading

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CFP: Michigan Law Review Book Review Issue

The Michigan Law Review is currently accepting submissions for its Annual Survey of Books, an issue of the Review dedicated solely to book reviews.  The 2013 Survey, which will be published in April 2013, will include reviews of books published … Continue reading

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2012 Annual Black History Theme = Black Women in American Culture and History

The Association for the Study of African American Life and History announced earlier this year that for 2012, the theme is “Black Women in American Culture and History.”  Here is an excerpt from the group’s announcement of the theme: From … Continue reading

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When Pink Became a “Girl” Color

Jo B. Paoletti (American Studies, Maryland) tells the history in Pink and Blue: Telling the Boys from the Girls in America, published last month by Indiana University Press.  The book’s webpage has a slide show of greeting cards from 1960, … Continue reading

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U Buffalo Faculty Wants School to Stop Supporting Business Groups That Endorse Conservative Causes

Yesterday’s Chronicle includes an article Faculty Union Calls on U. at Buffalo to Cut Ties to Chambers of Commerce that mentions Feminist Law Professor Martha McCluskey.   Journalist Peter Schmidt writes: Opening a new front in the conflict between college labor unions … Continue reading

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“Are You a Feminist or a Womanist?” Staceyann Chin Responds

Staceyann Chin responds with poetry: “I am never any one thing or the other….” -Bridget Crawford

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Bank of Montreal Visiting Scholar in Women’s Studies 2012-2013 Academic Year

The Institute of Women’s Studies at the University of Ottawa is inviting applications for its Bank of Montreal Visiting Scholar in Women’s Studies for 2012-2013. The purpose of this fund is to attract highly qualified researchers working on women’s issues. The Visiting … Continue reading

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Why Do Some Gay Men Hate Women?

Writer Ryan O’Connell asks What’s the Deal with Misogynistic Gay Men? over here at Thought Catalog.  And he’s not even talking about the gay men who overtly don’t like women (don’t want to work with them, socialize with them, etc.). … Continue reading

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CFP: ClassCrits V November 16-17, 2012

CALL FOR PAPERS & PARTICIPATION ClassCrits V  From Madison to Zuccotti Park: Confronting Class and Reclaiming the American Dream  Sponsored by University of Wisconsin Law School & The Institute for Legal Studies, University of Wisconsin Law School  Madison, WI.    *     … Continue reading

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