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Margo Kaplan, “Taking Pedophilia Seriously,” Washington & Lee L. Rev. (forthcoming 2015).

Margo Kaplan recently published this Op-Ed in the NYT entitled “Pedophilia: A Disorder, Not a Crime”, in which she asserts: A pedophile should be held responsible for his conduct — but not for the underlying attraction. Arguing for the rights … Continue reading

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“THE END OF KINDNESS: WEEV AND THE CULT OF THE ANGRY YOUNG MAN” by Greg Sandoval

This essay, published at The Verge, tells the troubling story of the harassment of Kathy Sierra, the incident that drove her away from particiapting in the tech Internet for years, and how the man who perpetrated this incident is being … Continue reading

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TED Talk by Karima Bennoune Nearing One Million Views

Professor Karima Bennoune’s powerful and inspiring TED Talk® When people of Muslim heritage challenge fundamentalism, posted online this summer, is already nearing one million views.  From the TED site (emphasis added): Karima Bennoune shares four powerful stories of real people fighting … Continue reading

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#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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Black Women Activists Throughout History

Via For Harriet, this list of “27 Black Women Activists Everyone Should Know“: Ella Baker Josephine Baker Daisy Bates Mary McLeod Bethune Beverly Bond Elaine Brown Majora Carter Shirley Chisholm Septima Clark Anna Julia Cooper Angela Davis Marian Wright Edelman … 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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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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Professor Mary Anne Franks discusses “Revenge Porn”

What is a “threatened sexist”? What is “revenge porn” itself, anyway? Check out this discussion with Professor Mary Anne Franks to learn all about this topic, to discuss ways that law is responding to online harassment, and to find out … 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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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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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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Judge as Judicial Midwife?: Justice on Botswana’s High Court Strikes Down Customary Law Rule Banning Female Inheritance

Recently, a justice on Botswana’s high court struck down a Ngwaketse Customary Law rule precluding women from inheriting family homes, finding that it contravened the right to equality principle enshrined in Botswana’s constitution. Perhaps as interesting as the justice’s conclusion is … Continue reading

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Read Kristof’s NYT Column Today If You Haven’t

Here. Below is an excerpt: …So bravo to the president for giving a major speech on human trafficking and, crucially, for promising greater resources to fight pimps and support those who escape the streets. Until recently, the Obama White House … 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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“A planned European Union law to impose sanctions on companies that do not allocate at least 40 percent of the seats on their boards to women has drawn enough opposition from Britain and other countries to risk being blocked before it is officially proposed.”

That is the first sentence of this NYT article.

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“Steve Biko Helped Turn Me Into a Feminist”

Today is the anniversary of Steve Biko’s brutal death in 1977 at the hands of the apartheid government of South Africa.  Anti-apartheid activist and founder of the Black Consciousness Movement, Steve Biko was one of the most inspiring and effective … Continue reading

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VAWA and Native Women

From Greg Kaufmann at The Nation: In July, I reported that Republican House leadership is blocking reauthorization of a strengthened Violence Against Women Act (VAWA).  No one needs this bill passed more desperately than Native women: one in three will … Continue reading

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Should NOW Retire?

Over at The Next Stage: Women and Retirement, Karen Bojar (Community College of Philadelphia, ret.) writes: NOW is a national organization with a domestic agenda. When NOW was founded in 1966 there was no visible global feminist movement. Much has … Continue reading

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One More Reason to Love Gloria Gaynor

Gloria Gaynor is currently serving as a spokesperson for the National Network to End Domestic Violence.  Here‘s the group’s announcement: For more than three decades, “I Will Survive” has been a beacon of hope for countless victims of domestic violence … Continue reading

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Phoebe Hart, “ORCHIDS: My Intersex Adventure”

A documentary by Australian filmmaker Phoebe Hart aired on Showtime earlier this month.  Here’s the distributor’s description of the film “ORCHIDS: My Intersex Adventure”: Gen X filmmaker Phoebe Hart always knew she was different growing up – but she didn’t … Continue reading

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Women Occupying Wall Street: Well, a Meet-Up on the West Village

The Women’s Caucus of Occupy Wall Street is hosting its first big gathering tonight in Washington Square Park (in NYC’s Greenwich Village).  Here‘s the announcement: The First Feminist General Assembly is Thursday, May 17 at 6:30 in Washington Square Park. … Continue reading

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“A Civil Remedy” by Kate Nace Day

Suffolk University Law Professor Kate Nace Day‘s documentary film A Civil Remedy will be shown on Saturday, April 26, 2012 at the Brattle Theater in Harvard Square.  If you’re in the Boston area or planning to be there, the screening … Continue reading

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Women in the Media as in Society?

Despite the backlash following his “slut” and “prostitute” references about Georgetown law student Sandra Fluke, Rush Limbaugh continues to denigrate women.  More recently, he targeted Tracie McMillan, journalist and author of the book, The American Way of Eating, and stated, … Continue reading

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Rush Finally Apologizes (Sort Of)

Rush Limbaugh has apologized (in his way) for comments about Georgetown Law student Sandra Fluke (whom he called Susan and identified as a college coed). Here is his statement, posted to his show’s website. Ms. Fluke recently testified as at … 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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“The Internet Swear Jar,” A Guest Post By Samantha Berg

A few days ago I wrote a comment at the Reclusive Leftist blog about misogynistic verbal abuse being unacceptable whether the target is a blogger or a prostitute and whether they are paid or not. Since then I’ve been fleshing out what … Continue reading

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Cyber-Activism: Petition to Apple CEO Tim Cook Requesting Siri Directions to Family Planning Services

There’s an internet-based petition addressed to Tim Cook, CEO of Apple, Apple, Apple PR and iPhone 4s, which says: Apple: Stop promoting anti-choice extremists. If a user asks for family planning services, they should be directed to a group that … Continue reading

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Blogging as a Feminist (Unpaid) Method

Author extraordinaire Courtney E. Martin writes at The Nation (here) about the challenges of feminist blogging and online organizing: Online feminism is operating at this critical political intersection: amplifying the voices of the unheard, mobilizing funding and energy towards the … Continue reading

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CFP – “Sex::Tech 2012,” San Francisco, April 1-3, 2012

From the FLP mailbox, this CFP: Sex::Tech is the premier event for health professionals; technology experts; researchers and educators; community leaders and advocates; parents and young people to advance sexual health awareness, knowledge, and strategies. This annual gathering is hosted … Continue reading

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