Category Archives: Blog Administration

Summer Slow Down

I’m traveling, with only sporadic Internet access. Apologies that comments are slow to post and e-mails don’t get answered promptly. –Ann Bartow

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It’s International Weblogger’s Day!

More here.

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Blogging Your Court Case Is A Very Bad Idea!

Froomkin nails this, so let me free ride off his trenchant analysis: The mind boggles. Blogger unmasked, court case upended: As Ivy League-educated pediatrician Robert P. Lindeman sat on the stand in Suffolk Superior Court this month, defending himself in … Continue reading

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Oh, Crud.

Diane is ending the Dees Diversion, and though I completely support her decision, I’m taking it pretty hard. She is smart, ardently and brilliantly feminist, and doesn’t take issue based disagreement personally. In other words, she is far too rare! … Continue reading

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The Semiotics of Internet Reactions To A Documentary About Girls Who Play Rock Music

The blog Crimitism reports: Comments which have been left on the YouTube trailer for the documentary Girls Rock! The Movie, about a rock n’ roll camp for girls who look to be between about 9 and 17. All of this … Continue reading

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Carnival of Radical Feminists

The very first Carnival of Radical Feminists is up at Women’s Space/The Margins. I’ve agreed to host the second one, both here and at Sivacracy.net. If you read or write something you’d like to see included in the Carnival, the … Continue reading

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Website Accessibility for People With Disabilities

The audio of the New York City Bar Association’s May 3 program on “Website Accessibility for People with Disabilities” is now available for listening and/or download here. This program followed a recent New York City Bar report demonstrating that accessibility … Continue reading

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Thinking Bloggers

Mary Dudziak of the Legal History Blog was kind enough to tag this blog, so now I get to name five bloggers deserving of this award. Keeping the list at five is tricky, and many of my favorite bloggers have … Continue reading

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“The problem isn’t commenter anonymity; it’s abusive behavior by anonymous or semi-anonymous commenters. Furthermore, the kind of jerks who post comments that need to be deleted will infallibly cry”censorship!”when it happens…”

Teresa Nielsen Hayden has a great post about blogging and comment moderation at Making Light. Here are the final two paragraphs: Anonymous nastiness is easy to write, and will always find an appreciative audience. I don’t care. It’s not a … Continue reading

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White Supremacist Astroturf

Over at Making Light, a post about a victim of the Virginia Tech shootings got hit by autoposts linking to a white supremacist discussion of the event. One of the reasons the spam filter is turned so high on this … Continue reading

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Study Says More Women Then Men Using Internet

eMarketer.com reports: Females now constitute an undeniable majority of the US Internet population.   eMarketer estimates that there will be an estimated 97.2 million female Internet users ages 3 and older in 2007, or 51.7% of the total online population. … Continue reading

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Still More About Misogyny and Blogging

Kathy Sierra’s story, as discussed here, has generated a variety of blogospheric responses, such as this post at Pandagon, and this post at Mathewingram.com and this post at BlogHer, and this post at Odd Time Signatures. Tech blogger Robert Scoble … Continue reading

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More About Blogging and Misogyny

This time it’s threats, including death threats, against a female blogger, as reported by the BBC News: Prominent blogger Kathy Sierra has called on the blogosphere to combat the culture of abuse online. It follows a series of death threats … Continue reading

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“Letter to the Editor” re: Upcoming Pornography Conference

(NB: information about the referenced conference is here) Letter to the Editor Regarding Feminist Anti-Porn Conference We read the agenda and overview for the”Pornography and Pop Culture: Reframing Theory, Re-Thinking Activism”Conference, which is scheduled from March 23-25, 2007 at Wheelock … Continue reading

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We Are All Porn Search Engine Optimizers Now

When people end their blogs, pornographers and others often take over the blog’s URL. Bloggers who don’t keep their blogrolls updated may inadvertently be linking to, and increasing the search engine rank of, porn sites. This blog doesn’t have a … Continue reading

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Duke Sexual Assault Allegations Astroturf

Based on the comments elicited by this post and some conversations with other bloggers, it appears that an orchestrated “opinion shaping” astroturfing campaign is underway on behalf of the defendants in the “Duke Lacrosse Players” sexual assault case. The norms … Continue reading

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Feminist Law Prof Dinner Tomorrow

If you are here at the AALS and want details, leave me a note! –Ann Bartow

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Nope, Nothing Phallic Here

Warmest Wishes for 2007!

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The FTC v. “Word of Mouth” Astroturfers

According to this WaPo article: The Federal Trade Commission yesterday said that companies engaging in word-of-mouth marketing, in which people are compensated to promote products to their peers, must disclose those relationships. In a staff opinion issued yesterday, the consumer … Continue reading

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Warmest Wishes of the Season

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Hyderabad, India

I’ve been in Hyderabad this past week, and will return to the U.S. in a few days. Thanks for all the kind e-mails! Hope final exams and the end of the semester are going well for everyone. –Ann Bartow

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An Unartful Example of Astroturfing and Sock Puppetry

Here is an example of blog-based “opinion shaping” that was fairly easily detected. Via Making Light. See also this and this.

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Ignore the Splog…

Some shady splog outfit is shadowing this blog. Hopefully “Quick Informative on Law Related!” will be dissuaded soon…   Apologies for the trackbacks that shadow the links here.

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Jeepers, Have All The Newly Unemployed Republicans Gone Into Direct Marketing?

This blog is getting clobbered with spam today.   Note to spammers: I don’t need a bigger penis. Thanks anyway. My life is already filled with too many enormous reproductive organ facsimiles as it is.

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Blog Law

I like reading nonlawyerly takes on the law, and I found a good one in the comments at Screaming Into The Void, where the header tagline currently reads “Scaring women-haters with my hairy legs since 1987.” Amananta, who blogs there, … Continue reading

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I am not challenging anyone’s right to post or comment anonymously. I am instead suggesting that people remain very cynical and questioning about the authenticity, honesty and integrity of anonymous speakers.

Is that clear enough? For context see this post and associated comments. For background on astroturf and anonymity issues see this, this, this, this, this, this, this, this, this, this, this and this. –Ann Bartow NB: Sorry for the hostile … Continue reading

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Depressed.

The day before yesterday a close family member died after a very short and completely unexpected health downturn. I wrote a long post about him, but I contemporaneously received a painful reminder about the perils of making personal revelations in … Continue reading

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Law Blogs

Henry Farrell at Crooked Timber put together a wiki on academic blogs. The list of Law Blogs is here, and Feminist Law Professors made it into the wiki listing. Via Bitch, Ph.D.

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The Anti-Boobie-Thon

Read the post entitled “I Got Yer Boobython Right Here” at I Blame the Patriarchy so all this makes sense. Like Twisty Faster, if no one sends me photos of their breasts between now and midnight Tuesday, I’ll donate some … Continue reading

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Not Today

The R.O.T.C. is much in evidence on campus today, involved in numerous 9/11 remembrance activities. I grew up in New York, and most of my family and a number of close friends live there still. In the WTC attacks a … Continue reading

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“Another update on astroturf”

Read this! At Making Light, where one commenter sardonically notes: “The killing aspect of astroturf is that it poisons the well of discourse. Before this, you could at least have a degree of confidence that the stupid was authentic stupid. … Continue reading

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“Further instances of astroturf in blogs”

More evidence of professional “faux opinion offering” on blogs by paid “commenters” who are sponsored by commercial interests, via Making Light – go there and read the links, especially this one. Also read a Guardian article called The Fake Persuaders. … Continue reading

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Blogs and the Law

Interesting article at Editor & Publisher with the doofy title: “Who Let the Blogs Out? Legal Experts Offer Tips on Avoiding Trouble.” Via the Law Librarian Blog.

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Hey Feminist Bloggers! Write a Guest Post For This Blog And Win A Tee Shirt!

E-mail orginal, signed, substantive commentary (pseudonyms okay) to feministlawprof (at) yahoo dot com for posting here, and I’ll arrange for you to receive one of these in the style and size of your choice! Limit of 15, unless I get … Continue reading

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Bloggers In Real Life

There are lots of law professor bloggers, and law profs alone form a nice if somewhat insular blogging community. I know many of them in real life, and I always enjoy catching up with them at conferences. I have more … Continue reading

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Online Searching Data Made Public

According to this WaPo article: AOL issued an apology yesterday for posting on a public Web site 20 million keyword searches conducted by hundreds of thousands of its subscribers from March to May. But the company’s admission that it made … Continue reading

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Things To Read

Ampersand at Alas a Blog compiled an amazing “link farm” here. There is also a very eye-opening recent post there called “Do Black Women Earn More Than White Women?” which I meant to highlight earlier. Laurelin in the Rain is … Continue reading

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Anonymity in the Blogosphere

I’ve posted before about online anonymity, and it might be worth reading this and this if you are new to the issue. Actually, there are far better accounts elsewhere, which a bit of Googling will reveal. In any event, there … Continue reading

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Keeping faith in the persistence of the truth over the long term, despite fears about the stupid stuff than can happen in the meantime.

Over at Confessions of a Community College Dean, there is an interesting post called Cassandra. Here is an excerpt: …Sometime in college I first encountered the myth of Cassandra. As I remember it (and it’s fuzzy), it boiled down to … Continue reading

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Yeah, No Kidding

Any feminist blogger or commenter out there who hasn’t figured this out already? Female Chat Names Generate More Threats Next time you chat online, think twice about your screen name. A new study finds that using a female screen name … Continue reading

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On Trolls

There are plenty of people who substantively engage with issues, but prefer to do so anonymously, and few people object to that, even if discussions get heated. Trolls, however, are folks who derive some sort of power and pleasure from … Continue reading

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Thanks!

Thanks to everyone who commented, e-mailed, or phoned about the recent unpleasantness. I posted a whopping 4 comments at Sadly No, detailed below, three of which were a single sentence in length. But in daring to have an opinion, dumb … Continue reading

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Almost a Quarter of a Million Feminist Blogs Worldwide?

According to this Guardian article: “A recent estimate put the number of feminist blogs at 240,000, but, given that this posited the number of “active” worldwide blogs at 4m (some figures put it as high as 27.2m), and the proportion … Continue reading

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Why This Blog Will Never Be “Popular”: Patriarchy only likes to read about itself.

While I appreciate all the helpful advice I’ve received about how to increase blog traffic and visibility, I’m probably not going to take much of it. To paraphrase Twisty of I Blame the Patriarchy (commenting here), if this site was … Continue reading

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Well This Is Icky

This morning someone arrived at this blog via a Google search for “college girls fucking professors.” It was the post about “Google Searches and Germain Greer Porn” (in conjuction with Google’s somewhat-imperfect-shall-we-say algorithms) that apparently caused this. “I Blame the … Continue reading

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A Few Comments About “Comments”

This blog has generated a fair amount of e-mail, but not too many on-site comments. Yesterday a Feminist Law Prof explained that this might be due to technical difficulties, hence this post. Commenting at this blog requires that you do … Continue reading

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