Author Archives: Bridget Crawford

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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Issues in Legal Scholarship — Focus on Feminism

Out of an on-line colloquium organized by Kathy Abrams (I guess you had to be one of the cool kids to be invited; I don’t remember seeing a call), there’s the latest Issues in Legal Scholarship, with these fascinating contributions: Martha Chamallas, Backlash, … Continue reading

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Brown Girl in the Ring (Show Me Your Motion, Not Your Papers)

Brown girl in the ring Tra la la la la There’s a brown girl in the ring Tra la la la la la la Brown girl in the ring Tra la la la la She looks like a sugar in … Continue reading

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CFP: Social Justice Feminism, Oct. 26-27, 2012 Univ. of Cincinnati

Call for Papers  “Social Justice Feminism” University of Cincinnati College of Law October 26-27, 2012 Keynote Speakers  Patricia Hill Collins, Distinguished University Professor, University of Maryland; Charles Phelps Taft Distinguished Emeritus Professor of Sociology, University of Cincinnati  Anika Rahman, President … Continue reading

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Conference Announcement — Women, The Charter, and CEDAW in the 21st Century: Taking Stock and Moving Forward

From Bita Amani and Kathleen Lahey, Co-directors, Feminist Legal Studies Queen’s: Women, The Charter, and CEDAW in the 21st Century: Taking Stock and Moving Forward March 2-3, 2012 Queen’s University Faculty of Law Kingston Ontario This conference is open to anyone interested in equality … Continue reading

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Hadassah-Brandeis Institute Scholarly Residency in Gender, Culture, Religion and Law

From the FLP mailbox: The HBI (Hadassah-Brandeis Institute) at Brandeis University is accepting applications for our spring 2013 seminar focusing on Gender, Culture, Religion and the Law.    Scholars working on exploring conflicts between women’s claims to gender equality and legal … Continue reading

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Feminist Research Resource at Barnard

The Barnard College Library has a large collection of feminist ‘zines.  The Barnard Zine Library has its own webpage (here), with finding guides (see here), bibliographies (see here) and teaching resources (here).  The teaching guides could be adapted easily for … Continue reading

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The Origins of Sexual Freedom

Faramerz Dabhoiwala breaks down the topic in The Origins of Sex: A History of the First Sexual Revolution, a book forthcoming (April 2012) from Oxford University Press.  Here’s the publisher’s description: A man admits that, when drunk, he tried to have … Continue reading

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LGBT Legal Symposium at the University of Mississippi School of Law – March 23, 2012

From student organizers at the University of Mississippi School of Law: The University of Mississippi School of Law will be hosting the 2nd Annual LGBT Legal Symposium on March 23rd, 2012 at the Robert C. Khayat Law Center. Like last … Continue reading

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CFP: IMPRINTS Virtual Journal of the International Models Project on Women’s Rights

From the FLP mailbox, this CFP: The International Models Project on Women’s Rights (IMPOWR) is an initiative of the ABA Section of International Law and our goal is to establish a global, collaborative research database on women’s rights under law. … Continue reading

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He’s Elmo and He Knows It

Other than the misplaced apostrophe in the subtitles (“kid’s look at these crayons”), I love it. -Bridget Crawford

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Coming to Social Consciousness Through Hip-Hop

Over at Rhymes and Reasons: The Stories of Hip-Hop, Chicago-based community organizer Jasson Perez talks about one song’s influence on his intellectual and emotional development: I picked Tupac, “Keep Ya Head Up,” mainly because, well,  it’s a great song, and its … Continue reading

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Franchesca Ramsey on “What Happens When You’re a Black Girl on the Internet”

Franchesca Ramsey is the creator and featured performer in the short video “Sh*t White Girls Say…to Black Girls” (itself a spoof on the viral”Sh*it Girls Say…” video).  Ms. Ramsey has her own blog (here) and a You Tube channel (here).  In … Continue reading

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“Are You My Mentor?” On Giving and Receiving Career Guidance

One of my favorite books as a child was Are You My Mother? by P.D. Eastman.  It’s part of the “Beginner Books” series that includes the Dr. Seuss titles. Fans will remember the basic storyline: a baby bird hatches while … Continue reading

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Announcing Two New Issues of “Women in Judaism”

From the FLP mailbox, this notice of two new issues of the interdisciplinary journal Women in Judaism: Vol. 8:1 features: Articles Voicing a New Midrash: Women’s Holocaust Writing as Jewish Feminist Response Deidre Butler Reading Jewish Identity, Spiritual Alienation, and … Continue reading

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The Incoherence of Queer Theory and Its Relationship to Law

In the pages of The Chronicle (here), William Germano (Dean and Professor at Cooper Union Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences) offers his reflections on the end of Series Q, a book and journal line published by the Duke University … Continue reading

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Heen on “From Coverture to Contract: Engendering Insurance”

Mary Heen (Richmond) has posted to SSRN her article From Coverture to Contract: Engendering Insurance, 23 Yale J. of Law & Feminism 335 (2011).  Here is the abstract: In the 1840s, state legislatures began modifying the law of marital status … Continue reading

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Amanda Marcotte on the False Digital vs. “Real Life” Activism Dichotomy

Over at On the Issues Magazine, Amanda Marcotte writes about Getting Over the the Online vs. Offline Debate.  Here is an excerpt: [T[he distinction between online and offline life is collapsing to the point of meaninglessness, making some of the … Continue reading

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Grief for the Children One Couldn’t or Didn’t Have

Writer Charlotte Bacon describes her pilgrimage to a Bhutanese temple: [T]his was the place to release the grief that had come with the obstetric misery that dogged my late 30s. We had our son with ease when I was almost … Continue reading

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NYT Profile of Bronx Prostitute: A Survivor

It’s difficult to know what to make of the 52, and Still Working the Streets, a “Character Study” in the December 30, 2011 edition of the New York Times.  Reporter Corey Kilgannon profiles Ms. Barbara Terry, a 52 year-old prostitute … Continue reading

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When Mary Saw Two Pink Lines

Via The (UK) Telegraph, this story of vandalism to a billboard outside an Anglican church in Auckland, New Zealand: A scissor-wielding protester has destroyed a controversial billboard of the Virgin Mary, just days after it went up outside a New … Continue reading

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AALS Section on Employment Discrimination and Section on Labor Relations and Employment Law 2011 Newsletter

The AALS Section on Employment Discrimination and Section on Labor Relations and Employment Law have produced a joint Newsletter for 2011. The Newsletter contains info about relevant AALS presentations, including hot topics panels. It continues with a list of hires, promotions, moves … Continue reading

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