Author Archives: Lolita Buckner Inniss

#BringBackOurDaughters, #BringBackOurGirls

#BringBackOurDaughters, #BringBackOurGirls The kidnapped girls of Chibok are on my mind. On April 15, 2014, armed men kidnapped well over two hundred Nigerian schoolgirls (estimates range up 276) from their school. The kidnapping occurred at the Government Girls Secondary School, … Continue reading

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Swedish Exposure Redux, Redacted

[This is the longer version of a post originally titled “Swedish Exposure.” It was originally edited down and posted at another site but ran into sociotechnical difficulties: too many words were deemed “pornographic.”  I think it was the u-word and the … Continue reading

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Of Husband Hunting and Diamond Mines

There has been a tremendous dust-up in response to Susan Patton’s (a member of the Princeton class of 1977) letter to the Daily Princetonian.  In her letter, Patton exhorts Princeton women to begin the task of husband hunting in their … Continue reading

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Lean In (Toward the Everlasting Glass)

I think about all the moments I just didn’t believe in myself. Every test I was sure I was about to fail, every job I wasn’t sure I could do,” she says. “It was after watching so many women quietly … Continue reading

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Sex, Drugs, Rock and Roe

[A version of this essay was published in the Cleveland Plain Dealer on January 20, 2013] January 22, 2013 marks the fortieth anniversary of Roe v. Wade. Since the decision was announced Roe has become synonymous with deeply polarized political conflict. Justice Byron White, in … Continue reading

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Title IX, Single Episode Sexual Harassment and Telling Stories Out of School

This June marks the 40th anniversary of Title IX. Its principal provision reads as follows: “No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected … Continue reading

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Loving is as Loving Does

On June 12, 1967, in the case Loving v. Virginia, the United States Supreme Court unanimously struck down Virginia’s anti-miscegenation law, thereby invalidating such laws across the country and allowing interracial couples across the nation to enter into legally recognized … Continue reading

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The Polyandrous Neo-Office Wife

An article in a recent issue of the ABA Journal may help to shed some light on how women partners fare at larger law firms in terms of office support. The article describes how, in a survey of 142 legal secretaries at larger law … Continue reading

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Their Eyes Were Watching God as a “Legal” Novel

The discussion on Dee Perry’s Around Noon [on September 19, 2011] was Zora Neal Hurston’s Their Eyes Were Watching God.   You can hear all of the show at the link above. The book is  a timeless classic that, in broad brush summary, is … Continue reading

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Dangerous Random Stereotypes of Presumed Difference and Sameness

Can people really not see that it might be racist to assert “free choice” to avoid sitting next to a black person on a public bus who, besides skin color, is much like the other riders, but it might not … Continue reading

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SlutWalk, Women, Talk! Taking Back Public Spaces

Some people are prone to draw a sharp line between sexually-tinged remarks and actual sexual assault. And yes, there is a huge difference. But such remarks are along the spectrum of harmful behaviors, and because they are too often deemed … Continue reading

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Harriet Beecher Stowe, the Real Woman Behind the Unreal Man (Or: Truth and Death)

This from the Op-ed section of [June 14th]’s New York Times: The novelist Harriet Beecher Stowe, born 200 years ago today, was an unlikely fomenter of wars. Diminutive and dreamy-eyed, she was a harried housewife with six children, who suffered from … Continue reading

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Thief Me (Or, Giving a Six for a Nine in Providing Public Education)

In Norwalk, Connecticut Tonya McDowell has been indicted for first-degree larceny. She faces a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison and a $15,000 fine. She is charged with stealing education: she allegedly enrolled her son in Norwalk schools from … Continue reading

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Gender, Race and Power in the Legal Academy (Or, the BAU Haus Rules)

In recent days news circulated regarding an incident at Widener University’s school of law. It seems that a faculty member was called to task for repeatedly offering hypotheticals about killing the dean in the context of teaching his criminal law class. The … Continue reading

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(In)Sanity, Thy Name is Woman (Or, Mirror, Mirror on the Wall)

According to a recent New York Times article, the upcoming fifth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5 for short) has eliminated five of the current ten personality disorders. Perhaps most noteworthy among the personality disorders … Continue reading

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Who’s Sorry Now is Like the Corners of My Mind (or, Connie Francis Meets Gladys Knight and Mashes-up Public Memory)

A New York Times headline recently trumpeted that Virginia Thomas, wife of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, had telephoned law professor Anita Hill at her faculty office and left a message. You can read about it here. Odd behavior, to … Continue reading

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Welfare Cheese, the Working Class and the Tenure Class (or, the Cheese Stands Alone)

I attended the Third National People of Color Legal Scholarship Conference a few weeks ago. It was a wonderful event; it was well-organized and intellectually stimulating and offered a broad array of presentations. The National POC is an event that … Continue reading

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