Category Archives: Acts of Violence

Dan Kahan, “Culture, Cognition, and Consent: Who Perceives What, and Why, in ‘Acquaintance Rape’ Cases” – A Request for Input

Prof. Dan Kahan has written a paper that reports the results of an experimental study of perceptions of consent and other facts in a hypothetical date rape case (patterned closely on Commonwealth v. Berkowitz [court stated that the legislature intended … Continue reading

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On Tasers and “Disorderly Conduct”

When I was a kid I used to watch “Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom” with some regularity, and learned that tranquilizer darts could stop large angry charging animals (lions, elephants, hippos) as well as much smaller critters very quickly in … Continue reading

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Two Wrongs Don’t Make it Right: Court of Appeals of Mississippi Drags Feet on Recognizing Combined Race-Gender Groups as Groups Deserving Discrete Protection Under Batson

In Batson v. Kentucky, 476 U.S.79 (1986), the Supreme Court declared that racial discrimination through the use of peremptory challenges is prohibited. In J.E.B. v. Alabama ex rel. T.B., 511 U.S. 127 (1994), the Court found that gender discrimination through … Continue reading

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Paranoid or Dead: The modern woman’s dilemma.

That’s a line from this post by Amanda Hess entitled Rape Prevention Tips From Rapists: Stay Inside Or Die A Horrible Death. Here’s a short excerpt: It’s not difficult to parse the real message in this advice:If you don’t want … Continue reading

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Judge Reportedly Questioned Whether Woman Was Raped Because She Was “On Top”

That’s the headline from this blog post, which reports that Texas State District Judge Kevin Fine, elected as a Democrat, is alleged to have told a rape victim in his court that he didn’t believe she was raped because she … Continue reading

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Why doesn’t the media talk more about the fact that Laura Ling and Euna Lee were investigating sex trafficking?

Wouldn’t you think the media would be a little more invested in figuring out why Ling and Lee were considered threats by North Korea? It’s because they were investigating sex trafficking for Current TV, as only briefly noted in this … Continue reading

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Glenn Beck Jokes About Poisoning Nancy Pelosi

Via.

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From here, via Mike Madison.

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Women are supposed to be sexually available to men, that’s our assigned role; if we are hot, we are supposed to put out since we are signaling we want sex, and if we are not hot, we are supposed to be so grateful for male attention we do anything the attending dood wants. Otherwise, death to us…

Some links and post excerpts about the Sodini murders: Anna N. at Jezebel: Sodini was clearly disturbed, but his bilious diary displays an extreme version of a type of grievance misogyny that is all too common. His conviction that all … Continue reading

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Caroline Bettinger-Lopez, “Human Rights at Home: Domestic Violence as a Human Rights Violation”

The abstract: In 2005, Jessica Lenahan (formerly Gonzales) initiated the first international legal action against the United States for violating the human rights of a domestic violence victim. Ms. Lenahan’s petition to the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, Jessica Gonzales … Continue reading

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Women targeted for murder on the basis of gender alone yet again.

The first two sentences from this NYT article report: Tortured by loneliness and his lack of success with women, George Sodini developed a plan to get even. On Tuesday night, he executed it, opening fire in a fitness center here … Continue reading

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The Road to Hell is Paved With (Allegedly) Good Intentions: Supreme Court of Alabama Opinion Raises Important Rape Shield Questions

We are not unmindful of the very personal nature of the information sought from Carlisle regarding her past conduct. Nor do we intend to suggest that a plaintiff with a promiscuous past could not feel the same shame and humiliation … Continue reading

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CFP: Conference on”Violence and Vulnerability”

CALL FOR PAPERS: Conference on”Violence and Vulnerability” Emory University, Atlanta Georgia – November 12-14, 2009 “Violence against women both violates and impairs or nullifies the enjoyment by women of their human rights and fundamental freedoms… In all societies, to a … Continue reading

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Law Protecting Clinic Buffer Zone Upheld

From the Feminist Daily News: The US 1st Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a Massachusetts law on Friday, allowing a 35-foot safety buffer zone between protesters and abortion clinic entrances. The law, established in 2007, protects clinic patients and staff … Continue reading

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California’s Rejection of the Reasonable Battered Woman Standard: Is it Based Upon an Objectionable and Offensive Straw Man?

In its recent opinion in Jefferson v. Kernan, the United States District Court for the Eastern District of California  referenced the opinion of the California Supreme Court  in People v. Humphrey, 921 P.2d 1 (Cal. 1996). In Humphrey, a wife … Continue reading

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“”Make Her Say (Poke Her Face)”: Un-conscious Hip Hop, Oral Rape and the Silencing of Women”

That’s the title of this essay at Celie’s Revenge about a very misogynist song. Here is an excerpt from the introduction: As a female listener, one willing to allow herself to really hear this song’s words and take them to … Continue reading

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Body of Eridania Rodriguez Recovered in Office Air Duct

Eridania Rodriguez died at work. The 46-year old woman was killed on Tuesday, July 7, 2009 during her evening custodial shift at 2 Rector Street in Lower Manhattan.  Her body was found Saturday stuffed into an air duct.  Her hands … Continue reading

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E-mail, Anonymity and the First Amendment: State of Nebraska v. Darren J. Drahota

This case arose out of an e-mail exchange between a student and his professor. Here is an excerpt from the recent decision by the Nebraska Court of Appeals: … The trial court found, summarized, that while there was initially some … Continue reading

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Request for Signatories to Amicus Brief in Inter-American Court of Human Rights Case

Feminist Law Prof Caroline Bettinger-López, Deputy Director of the Human Rights Institute at Columbia Law School, seeks signatories to an amicus brief to be filed in the Inter-American Court of Human Rights in a case against Mexico involving the disappearance … Continue reading

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Rihanna and the (Un?)Constitutionality of the Mutual Stay Away Order

Can anyone out there explain the constitutionality of the Chris Brown plea deal? Brown pleaded guilty to one count of felony assault based upon his attack of Rihanna, and he got five years of probation and community labor. The judge … Continue reading

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In Memory of Stephen T. Johns

Yesterday security guard Stephen T. Johns was killed at the Holocaust Museum in Washington, D.C.   The suspected shooter was James W. von Brunn, an 88 year-old man.     According to news reports (e.g., here): Von Brunn is said … Continue reading

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“U.S. JOURNALISTS EUNA LEE AND LAURA LING, INVESTIGATING SEX TRAFFICKING IN NORTH KOREA, ARRESTED, SENTENCED TO 12 YEARS AT HARD LABOR”

Heart has the story here.

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“When I Die They’ll Send Me Home” – Youth Behind Bars

Sara talks about being sent to prison for life for killing her pimp when she was 16 years old. In this 100-page report, Human Rights Watch found that in many cases where juveniles were prosecuted with an adult, the youth … Continue reading

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To PETA, Murder Is Just One More Opportunity To Promote Themselves

That’s the title of this post at the blog Joe. My. God. Here are the PETA ads. -Darren Rosenblum

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Only Words: Bill O’Reilly’s Angry Tirades Against Dr. George Tiller

Via this Salon article, which notes: … Tiller’s name first appeared on “The Factor” on Feb. 25, 2005. Since then, O’Reilly and his guest hosts have brought up the doctor on 28 more episodes, including as recently as April 27 … Continue reading

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Playboy’s Misogyny More Overt Than Ever

Playboy.com began hosting a feature on the website listing and mocking conservative women they’d like to”hate-fuck.” And at least one supposedly liberal blog (ETA: or not, some controversy on this point) picked up on it as a “lighter side of … Continue reading

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Dr. George Tiller Murdered

I wish I could label this an unbelievably tragic event, but it’s all too believable, unfortunately.   Today, Dr. George Tiller was murdered while ushering at his church. If you don’t know of Dr. Tiller, he’s one of the modern … Continue reading

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CFP: Conference on”Violence and Vulnerability”at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia on November 12-14, 2009

“Violence against women both violates and impairs or nullifies the enjoyment by women of their human rights and fundamental freedoms… In all societies, to a greater or lesser degree, women and girls are subjected to physical, sexual and psychological abuse … Continue reading

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” 10 Infants, Small Children Murdered by Fathers in Past Two Weeks? Not News, Really. Mom Murders Son? Headlines Everywhere.”

Heart notes: A quick perusal of Google yields 10 instances of fathers or stepfathers murdering their infants or young children within the last two weeks or so: link, link, link, link, link, link, link, link, link, link, link. Had I … Continue reading

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“… authorize torture as a method of interrogation, and rape logically becomes part of the continuum of efforts to break down a prisoner’s self-esteem.”

Quote from here, in reference to this article, which notes: “Photographs of alleged prisoner abuse which Barack Obama is attempting to censor include images of apparent rape and sexual abuse …” Here is an excerpt: At least one picture shows … Continue reading

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More About Barnes v. Yahoo

I blogged about the case previously here. Below is an excerpt from the Ninth Circuit’s holding in Barnes v. Yahoo at page 5316 that gives a quick overview of the facts: In accordance with Yahoo policy, Barnes mailed Yahoo a … Continue reading

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“The report said that the level of emotional abuse of disadvantaged, neglected and abandoned children by religious and lay staff was “disturbing” and that the Catholic Church was aware long-term sex offenders were repeatedly abusing children.”

So says this article which provides an overview of a Irish Commission into Child Abuse report: The report, that runs to thousands of pages, outlined a harrowing account of the emotional, physical and sexual abuse inflicted on young people who … Continue reading

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The House Subcommittee on Capital Market, Insurance and Government Sponsored Enterprises Convenes An All Dude Witness List To Testify About Credit Ratings Agencies

Rep. Paul Kanjorski chairs the House Financial Service’s Committee‘s Subcommittee on Capital Market, Insurance and Government Sponsored Enterprises is holding a hearing on credit ratings agencies this afternoon.   Here is the   witness list (names link to pre-submitted statements): … Continue reading

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“At least 84 Afghan girls were admitted to a hospital Tuesday for headaches and vomiting in the third apparent poison attack on a girls school in as many weeks, officials and doctors said.”

That’s a sentence from this frightening NYT article.   Here’s another excerpt: Tuesday’s apparent attack is the third alleged poisoning at a girls’ school in less than three weeks. It comes one day after 61 schoolgirls and one teacher from … Continue reading

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“This case stems from a dangerous, cruel, and highly indecent use of the internet for the apparent purpose of revenge.”

A unanimous three-judge panel in the Ninth Circuit held in   Barnes v. Yahoo!, Inc. that a claim   for promissory estoppel by an Internet harassment victim was not necessarily precluded by Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act. The … Continue reading

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Justin-Jinich filed a harassment complaint on July 10, 2007 against the man now believed to be her murderer, asserting that he was calling her repeatedly and sent her insulting e-mails for at least a week.

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South Carolina’s Attorney General Tries to Raise His Profile by Going After Craigslist and Persecuting Prostituted Women

Local newspaper account here, which reports: S.C. Attorney General Henry McMaster told The State newspaper that to his knowledge, South Carolina is the first state to explore the possibility of criminal charges against CEO Jim Buckmaster and other top officers … Continue reading

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CBC News Sunday interview with Victor Malarek about his book “The Johns, Sex for Sale and the Men Who Buy It”

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Murder Trial of Steven Green began this week in Kentucky

From Democracy Now: The trial of a former soldier accused in the 2006 rape and murder of an Iraqi teenager and the killing of her family has begun. Steven Green is accused of being the ringleader in raping and killing … Continue reading

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On Rape Kits

Lately, a fair amount of attention has been paid to the backlog of untested rape kits in Los Angeles County.   See Nicholas Kristof’s column here. This announcement today that DNA had been used to link a suspect to multiple … Continue reading

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On Groping

A nervously jokey post at Jezebel brings up the topic of mass transit gropers and frotteurs. Here is an excerpt: The first time this ever happened to me – and it’s happened to every woman I know, although men are … Continue reading

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“There is a difference between critique and seeking to shut my ass up because I’m not saying it the way you would, singing it the way you want to hear it sung or approaching a subject from the angle you want it to be approached from.”

Sentence pulled from this excellent post by Sharkfu at Feministing.

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More about US v. Stevens, the Third Circuit decision that the federal law criminalizing the depiction of animal cruelty is an unconstitutional infringement on the First Amendment.

Previous post by Ruthann Robson here. The Oregon Animal Law blog noted that the ability to federalize the prosecution of animal cruelty cases has been effectively terminated with this ruling if it is followed by the other circuits. It probably … Continue reading

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“Guns, threats, space, and gender”

Compelling post by Historiann, which begins: Inside Higher Ed featured a story yesterday  about universities that allow students to bring their guns to campus if they have concealed-carry permits, and states like Texas and Missouri where oh-so-brave state legistlators are … Continue reading

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Cyberstalking Conviction in Montana

A 28-year-old University of Montana student plead guilty to cyberstalking for sending threatening e-mails to his former girlfriend. Jeffrey D. Grob pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in Missoula on Thursday. He faces possible penalties of 5 years in prison, … Continue reading

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“Tormented by Cyberstalker, Ropes Partner Drafts New Legislation on Online Libel”

From Law.com: Ropes & Gray partner Joan Lukey is no stranger to litigation battles. As one of The American Lawyer’s Star Laterals of 2008 — she joined Ropes in June after 34 years at crosstown Boston rival Wilmer Cutler Pickering … Continue reading

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Obama’s Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women’s Issues

President Obama appointed Melanne Verveer as Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women’s Issues:   Melanne Verveer is Co-Founder, Chair and Co-CEO of Vital Voices Global Partnership, an international nonprofit that invests in emerging women leaders – pioneers of economic, political and social … Continue reading

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Bullying, Homophobia and Gender/Sexuality Norms

In her NYTimes blog yesterday, Judith Warner described the cruel bullying that led to the suicide of 11-year old  Carl Joseph Walker-Hoover.  Warner  depicts a brutal enforcement of gender/sexuality norms among boys but a much more liberal construction of gender … Continue reading

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Some observations about rape.

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Documentary About the Porn Industry to be Offered Free to College Campuses

From the FLP mailbox: CONTACT: Media Education Foundation Dr. Chyng Sun (617)733-8091 | email: cfs1@nyu.edu The way filmmakers Chyng Sun and Miguel Picker see it, the cure for bad speech is more speech. That’s exactly why they’ve come up with … Continue reading

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