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Changing Sexual Practices, Media Sensationalism and Attention-Getting Rim Jobs

I admit that reading New York magazine is a guilty pleasure of mine.  I enjoy the mix of fluff pieces; vanilla journalism; and NYC-centered, self-satisfied trend-spotting and cultural prognostications.  This week’s mag brings us yet another intriguing “Sex Lives” column … Continue reading

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Columbia Law School announces launch of Public Rights/Private Conscience Project

Today the Center for Gender and Sexuality Law will launch it’s Public Rights/Private Conscience Project – a new think-tank created to reconceptualize and reset the intractable standoff between religious liberty and equality/sexual liberty.  The Project is funded with substantial grants from the … Continue reading

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New blog by two constitutional law professors who want to bring women’s voices and issues to the forefront of constitutional law and law and religion debates!

Authored by Professors Marci Hamilton and Leslie Griffin, you can check it out here!

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Feminist Academics Unite to Support Carole Vance!

Carole Vance is a pioneering feminist academic.  Her writing and her constant political engagement pressed feminist thinking and action forward in innumerable ways. Her sometimes-controversial insistence on integrating sexuality into sex equality debates, as well as her infinitely sophisticated thinking … Continue reading

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A Documentary On Anita Hill

Sheryl Day Stolberg of the New York Times discusses the new documentary “Anita” about Anita Hill, who became the reluctant central figure in the Clarence Thomas judicial hearings so many years ago. More here.

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Gender Disparity In Book Reviewing and Related Occupations

The New York Times’ Julie Bosman reports on VIDA’s annual survey of book reviews appearing in leading publications. VIDA: Women in Literary Arts reports that these reviews are overwhelmingly written by men. Ms. Bosman reports that Ruth Franklin at  the New … Continue reading

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Request for Transgender Reading Suggestions

I am looking for law review articles that are a good primer for students to understand transgender rights and its connected issues. If you have suggestions please email me at johnmkang@gmail.com Thank you!

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Call for Nominations: 2015 Ruth Bader Ginsburg Lifetime Achievement Award

The AALS Section on Women in Legal Education is pleased to open nominations for its 2015 Ruth Bader Ginsburg Lifetime Achievement Award. In 2013, the inaugural award honored Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, and in 2014 the award honored Catharine A. … Continue reading

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Invitation to Participate in the Feminist International Judgments Project

Over on IntLawGrrls, Cecilia Marcela Bailliet has posted an invitation to participate in what looks to be a terrific project: Women´s Voices in International Law Initial Meeting to be held on 8th May 2014, SOAS (London) Participants are sought to take an … Continue reading

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CRR-CLS Reproductive Rights Fellowship – apply by February 28th

The deadline for the 2014-2016 Columbia Law School – Center for Reproductive Rights Fellowship (CRR-CLS Fellowship) has been extended to February 28, 2014! The CRR-CLS Fellowship is an exciting opportunity for recent law school graduates who are interested in careers … Continue reading

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The Academic Shark? Jed Rubenfeld and Amy Chua Just Jumped It

If he didn’t jump the academic shark with that rape-by-deception article (see here), then Jed Rubenfeld certainly did with his new book, co-authored with wife Amy Chua.  Even the New York Post senses that something is not right in Rubenfeldville: … Continue reading

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Catharine A. MacKinnon Wins Ruth Bader Ginsburg Lifetime Achievement Award

The AALS Section on Women in Legal Education is pleased to announce that the recipient of the 2014 Ruth Bader Ginsburg Lifetime Achievement Award is Professor Catharine A. MacKinnon. Professor MacKinnon is Elizabeth A. Long Professor of Law at the … Continue reading

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Consequences and Conclusions

This is the fourth and final blog post in a series that discusses discrimination and harassment in cyberspace, its perpetrators, and its consequences.  The first post, “Identity and Ideas,” is available here.  The second post, “Anonymity and Abuse,” is available … Continue reading

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CRR-CLS Fellowship Opportunity – Deadline Extended!

The deadline for the 2014-2016 Columbia Law School – Center for Reproductive Rights Fellowship (CRR-CLS Fellowship) has been extended to February 28, 2014! The CRR-CLS Fellowship is an exciting opportunity for recent law school graduates who are interested in careers … Continue reading

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Privilege and Passivity

This is the third in a series of four blog posts that discuss discrimination and harassment in cyberspace, its perpetrators, and its consequences.  The first post, “Identity and Ideas,” is available here.  The second post, “Anonymity and Abuse,” is available … Continue reading

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Anonymity and Abuse: An Addendum

In recent weeks I have begun a series of four blog posts that discuss discrimination and harassment in cyberspace, its perpetrators, and its consequences.  The first post, “Identity and Ideas,” is available here.  The second post, “Anonymity and Abuse,” is … Continue reading

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Anonymity and Abuse

This is the second in a series of four blog posts that discuss discrimination and harassment in cyberspace, its perpetrators, and its consequences.  The first post is available here. Last week I wrote about the way that people attack women … Continue reading

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Identity and Ideas

This is the first in a series of four blog posts that discuss discrimination and harassment in cyberspace, its perpetrators, and its consequences. Women and people of color are under-represented in online discourse.  As of August 2013, 87% of Wikipedia … Continue reading

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Another Thoughtful Take on “Leaning In,” This One By bell hooks, and Called “Dig Deep: Beyond Lean In”

Read it here at The Feminist Wire. Below is an excerpt: Sandberg’s definition of feminism begins and ends with the notion that it’s all about gender equality within the existing social system. From this perspective, the structures of imperialist white … Continue reading

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Rubenfeld’s Big Step Backward in Rape Law

Earlier this year Jed Rubenfeld authored, in the Yale Law Journal, one of the strangest articles about rape law that has ever been written. While it is often a mistake to draw unneeded attention to dangerous ideas, a response to … Continue reading

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Job Announcement: Project Director, Public Rights/Private Conscience Project

Columbia Law School’s Center for Gender & Sexuality Law seeks a Project Director for its new Public Rights/Private Conscience Project.  The Director would lead the Project’s research and advocacy on the multiple contexts in which assertions of conscience and/or religious … Continue reading

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Sabbatical Visitorship: Columbia Law School Center for Gender & Sexuality Law

The Center for Gender and Sexuality Law at Columbia Law School invites applications for a sabbatical visitor for the 2014-2015 academic year to undertake research, writing and collaboration with Center faculty and students in ways that span traditional academic disciplines. … Continue reading

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Converge! Re-Imagining the Movement to End Gender Violence

CALL FOR PAPERS AND PRESENTATIONS – SUBMIT YOUR PROPOSAL TO converge@law.miami.edu DUE DATE: Friday, October 18, 2013 (may be extended) For more conference information see http://www.law.miami.edu/academics/converge/ CONVERGE! Re-imagining the Movement to End Gender Violence, will bring together survivors, activists, and … 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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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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University of Baltimore School of Law Seventh Annual Feminist Legal Theory Conference

CALL FOR PAPERS: “APPLIED FEMINISM AND HEALTH” The University of Baltimore School of Law’s Center on Applied Feminism seeks submissions for its Seventh Annual Feminist Legal Theory Conference. This year’s theme is “Applied Feminism and Health.” The conference will be … Continue reading

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What’s Feminism Got to Do with It? “The Super Woman Myth”

Once again there is an article blaming feminism for “raising the bar too high” and making it impossible for real women to “have it all. “The Super Woman Myth: Where Feminism Went Wrong  (Unfortunately this article is behind a pay … Continue reading

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Marcia Yablon-Zug’s Mail Order Feminism

What’s the first thing that pops into your head when you read the phrase Mail Order Bride? A misogynistic man purchasing a docile foreign woman whom he can dominate? A marriage that likely will end in domestic violence? The Nicole … Continue reading

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Examining the Crisis In Legal Education

Paula A. Monopoli, University of Maryland School of Law, has published Gender and the Crisis in Legal Education: Remaking the Academy in Our Image at 2012 Michigan State Law Review 1742. Here is the abstract. American legal education is in … Continue reading

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“Does Manly Courage Exist?”

Such is the title of my new essay. It might be of interest to some; questions and remarks, along with criticisms of every stripe, are welcome. http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=2309494 –John Kang

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Women’s work

I heard from some  who thought I was a bit too harsh in my criticism of the New York Times article Coveting Not a Corner Office, but Time at Home.  I admit, I was irked. I was more than irked. … Continue reading

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More push back on Sheryl Sandberg

In today’s New York Times we are treated to yet another installment of the cultural push back to Sheryl Sandberg’s “Lean In” in an article entitled “Coveting Not a Corner Office, but Time at Home.” The article is really gag-making … Continue reading

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Lesbian Husbands and Gay Wives: The Gendering of Gay Divorce

  Protestors rally for marriage equality at the Supreme Court on the day DOMA was ruled unconstitutional. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak) Lesbian and gay people and their families have much to celebrate in the Supreme Court’s rulings in the DOMA and … Continue reading

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Media Literacy: About Face

I have my doubts about how effective media literacy efforts alone can be at combating gender stereotypes. It seems like an uphill battle in the current environment. But About-Face is one organization that is trying to do something. I blogged … Continue reading

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Women in the Texas Legislature: Lessons in Individual Actions that Serve to Empower Movements

Thank you to Senator Wendy R. Davis and to Senator Leticia Van de Putte for, among other things, standing up for equality.  It may have only been a battle and not a war, but Senator Davis’ filibuster of the Texas … Continue reading

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A feminist perspective on Agency for International Development v. Alliance for Open Society International, Inc.: Essentialism v. Pragmatism

Last week the Supreme Court held that the federal government cannot force organizations to maintain a policy explicitly opposing prostitution as a pre-condition to obtaining funds to combat HIV/AIDS worldwide.  The decision is widely read as a victory for freedom … 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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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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All-woman team from Ethiopia looks to compete in Jessup moot competition

Here’s an excerpt from a message Diane Marie Amann has posted over  on IntLawGrrls: “For the 1st time in history, a team made up solely of women will represent Ethiopia in the final rounds of the Jessup International Law Moot Court … Continue reading

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Marc Stein’s “Sexual Injustice” Available in Paperback

Marc Stein’s Sexual Injustice: Supreme Court Decisions From Griswold To Roe is now available in paperback from the University of North Carolina Press. The publisher gives the following infor for professors interested in course adoption: To order a print exam copy, … Continue reading

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For International Women’s Day, a Google Doodle

It’s International Women’s Day. Google heralds the event with a special Doodle from Google.        

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Sabbatical Visitorship: Columbia Law School Center for Gender & Sexuality Law

The Center for Gender and Sexuality Law at Columbia Law School invites applications for a sabbatical visitor for the 2013-2014 academic year to undertake research, writing and collaboration with Center faculty and students in ways that span traditional academic disciplines. … Continue reading

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Internship for Law Students: Hadassah-Brandeis Institute

From colleagues at Brandeis: HBI Summer Internship Program Seeks Graduate Student Intern for Project on Gender, Culture, Religion and the Law – June 10 – August 2, 2013 The Hadassah-Brandeis Institute at Brandeis University has an opening for a graduate … Continue reading

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University of Baltimore School of Law’s Sixth Annual Feminist Legal Theory Conference

The sixth annual Feminist Legal Theory Conference will be hosted by the University of Baltimore School of Law on Thursday and Friday, March 7-8, at the school. Featuring a series of workshops and a keynote address, this year’s conference will … Continue reading

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Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg headlines Thomas Jefferson Law School Women and Law Conference

Last Friday, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg spoke at the 13th Annual Women and Law Conference at Thomas Jefferson Law School. A packed house listened as panelists discussed a variety of issues relating to women in the judiciary, and the highlight … Continue reading

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Bernette Johnson Becomes Louisiana’s First African American Supreme Court Chief Justice

Bernette Johnson has been sworn in as Louisiana’s first African American Supreme Court Chief Justice, succeeding Catherine (Kitty) Kimball. Chief Justice Johnson filed a federal lawsuit last year after Justice Jeffrey Victory claimed that he had more seniority than she … Continue reading

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CFP: Controversies in Tax Law: A Matter of Perspective

Call for contributions to Controversies in Tax Law: A Matter of Perspective (Anthony C. Infanti, editor): The Series The Centre for American Legal Studies at Birmingham City University School of Law in Birmingham, England, has established a “Controversies in …” … Continue reading

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Join us at Pace Law for “Comparative Sex Regimes and Corporate Governance”

Please join us for this symposium at Pace Law School – a series of conversations about the wave of corporate board quotas.  Our discussions will take place at the intersection of feminist theory, corporate governance and democratic legitimacy, informed by … Continue reading

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Dating the State: The Moral Hazards of Winning Gay Rights

What new politics and ethical imperatives emerge when the rights of lesbian and gay people begin to gain traction, and when the state becomes a partner in defending those newly-won rights?  In Dating the State: The Moral Hazards of Winning … Continue reading

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