Category Archives: Feminism and Families

Huntington on “How Law Undermines Family Relationships”

Clare Huntington (Fordham Law School) has published a new book, Failure to Flourish: How Law Undermines Family Relationships (Oxford University Press 2014).  Here is Oxford’s description:  Exploring the connection between families and inequality, Failure to Flourish: How Law Undermines Family … Continue reading

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New Book Announcement: Jill Elaine Hasday, “Family Law Reimagined”

Jill Elaine Hasday (Minnesota) has published a new book, Family Law Reimagined (Harvard U. Press, 2014).  Here is the publisher’s description: One of the law’s most important and far-reaching roles is to govern family life and family members.  Family law … Continue reading

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French in an Uproar about Judith Butler’s Gender Theories

From the Boston Globe: On Feb. 2, Paris once again became a vast political stage. One hundred thousand demonstrators had gathered, galvanized by a danger looming over the Republic. The threat was not, as in times past, fascism or Nazism, … Continue reading

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Family Status, Federalism, and the Windsor Decision

Courtney G. Joslin, University of California, Davis, School of Law, has published Windsor, Federalism, and Family Equality at 113 of Columbia Law Review Sidebar 156 2013). Here is the abstract. In a 5-4 decision authored by Justice Kennedy, the Court held … 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 Signatories to Report to UN Human Rights Committee on Domestic Violence and Gun Violence in U.S.

From colleagues at the University of Miami’s Human Rights Clinic: Attached and available here is the final shadow report submitted recently to the United Nations Human Rights Committee by the Advocates for Human Rights, the Human Rights Clinic at the … 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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Motherlode

Came across this the other day in the New York Times, “Generic Pain Relievers Work, So Why Do I Give My Kids Brand Names?” Why indeed? Could it possibly be the influence of non-stop advertising intended to convey the vague … Continue reading

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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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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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Aloni on “Relationship Recognition Madness”

Erez Aloni (Whittier) has published an op-ed,  “Relationship Recognition Madness.” at Huff Po.  Here is an excerpt. He takes on the new FAFSA rules that take account the income of co-habitating unmarried parents in determining a student’s eligibility for financial … Continue reading

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Sepper on “Doctoring Discrimination in the Same-Sex Marriage Debates”

Elizabeth Sepper (Washington University St. Louis) has posted to SSRN her working paper Doctoring Discrimination in the Same-Sex Marriage Debates,  Indiana L.J. (forthcoming 2014).  Here is the abstract: As an increasing number of state legislatures legalize same-sex marriage, some religious … Continue reading

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Persad on “What Marriage Law Can Learn from Citizenship Law (and Vice Versa)”

Govind Persad (Visiting Scholar, University of Pennsylvania; PhD Candidate, Philosophy, Stanford University) has posted to SSRN What Marriage Law Can Learn from Citizenship Law (and Vice Versa).  Here is the abstract: Citizenship and marriage are legal statuses that generate numerous … Continue reading

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Ben-Asher on “The Lawmaking Family”

Noa Ben-Asher (Pace) has posted to SSRN her working paper The Lawmaking Family.  Here is the abstract:  Increasingly there are conflicts over families trying to “opt out” of various legal structures, especially public school education. Examples of opting-out conflicts include … 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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On the Importance of Recognizing Women’s Role in Parenting

I read with interest the post Why we should be careful about taking the ‘maternity’ out of ‘parental leave’ over at Blue Milk.  I think the piece nicely summarizes some of the conservative undercurrents in the arguments surrounding gender-neutral parental leave … Continue reading

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Student Reflection: Obstacles to Gender Equality at Work and Home, in Reaction to Rosenblum

The following is a guest post by Margaret Serrano, a student at Pace University School of Law (JD expected 2013). Pace Law School Professor Darren Rosenblum posted yesterday to his Huffington Post Blog (here) to criticize Sheryl Sandberg’s Lean In … Continue reading

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Joslin on “Marriage, Biology and Federal Benefits”

Courtney Joslin (Davis) has posted to SSRN her article Marriage, Biology, and Federal Benefits, Iowa Law Review (forthcoming).  Here is the abstract: This Article approaches the topic of same-sex marriage from a novel perspective by scrutinizing the historical accuracy of … Continue reading

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Lance MacMillian, “Adultery as Tort”

Commenting on the Petraeus case, Katherine Franke posted here about the status of adultery as a crime in 27 jurisdictions.  Today I stumbled across an article by Lance McMillian (Atlanta’s John Marshall), Adultery as Tort, 95 N.C. L. Rev. 1987 … Continue reading

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African Probate & Prolicy Initiative at U Miami School of Law

The ABA Journal reported here on the University of Miami School of Law’s new African Probate & Policy Initiative.  Here’s an excerpt: If a Tanzanian man dies without a will, his property goes to his family of origin. If he … Continue reading

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Breastfeeding and the Law

According to the NCSL: Forty-five states, the District of Columbia and the Virgin Islands have laws that specifically allow women to breastfeed in any public or private location. (Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Illinois, … Continue reading

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CFP: Indigenous Mothering

  CALL FOR PAPERS Demeter Press is seeking submissions for an edited collection entitled Indigenous Mothering, Family and Community: International Perspectives Editors: Dr. D. Memee Lavell-Harvard and Dr. Kim Anderson DEADLINE FOR ABSTRACTS: January 7, 2013 The voices of Indigenous women … Continue reading

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Women, Children and Public Health

My colleague Linda Fentiman will be delivering the James D. Hopkins Lecture — open to the public — on September 12, 2012 at 4:00 p.m. at Pace Law School.  The title of her talk is “Are Mothers Hazardous to their … Continue reading

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Alimony Should Be Gender-Neutral

Marriage has been showing up in headlines across the country, from new stories trumpeting Obama’s statement of support for marriage equality to those debating the First Circuit’s judicial blow to DOMA. While shifts in access to legal marriage and the economic … Continue reading

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Sexual Assualt Survivor on Being a Pro-Life Surrogate

Kimberly, the “homeschooling mother of 4, surrogate mother of 2, and a military wife” over at A Little Crunchy, writes a bit about her decision to be a surrogate mother: I had been assaulted sexually when I was little, it twisted my … Continue reading

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If Anne-Marie Slaughter is a Dropout, We’re Chopped Liver

Over here at The American Prospect, E.J. Graff (Brandeis, Women’s Studies) has a great analysis of Anne-Marie Slaughter’s article Why Women Still Can’t Have It All from the July/August issue of The Atlantic.  Graff responds to the italicized portions of … 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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Fenton, “An Essay on Slavery’s Hidden Legacy”

Zanita Fenton (Miami) has published An Essay on Slavery’s Hidden Legacy: Social Hysteria and Structural Condonation of Incest, 55 Howard L.J. 319 (2012).  Here is the abstract: The history of slavery and its effects within the United States, especially the … Continue reading

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Choudhury, “A Comparative Perspective on Polygamy in the United States and India”

Cyra Akila Choudhury (FIU) has posted to SSRN  her article Between Tradition and Progress: A Comparative Perspective on Polygamy in the United States and India, 83 Colo. L. Rev. 101 (2012).  Here is the abstract: Both the United States and … Continue reading

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Women and Inheritance Rights

Shelly Kreiczer-Levy, Academic Center of Law and Business, and Meital Pinto, Carmel Academic Center, Law School, University of Toronto, have published Property and Belongingness: Rethinking Gender-Biased Disinheritance, in volume 21 of the Texas Journal of Women and the Law (2012). … Continue reading

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Hasday on “Siblings in Law”

Jill Hasday (Minnesota) has posted to SSRN her article Siblings in Law, 65 Vanderbilt Law Review 897 (2012).  Here is the abstract: Legal regulation of the family focuses on two canonical relationships: marriage and parenthood.  Courts, legislatures, and scholars routinely take … Continue reading

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Tait on “Historical Households, Earned Belonging, and Natural Connections”

Allison Tait (Gender Equity and Policy Postdoctoral Associate 2011-12, Yale Women Faculty Forum) has posted to SSRN her article “A Tale of Three Families: Historical Households, Earned Belonging, and Natural Connections,” 63 Hastings L. J. 1345  (2012).  Here is the … Continue reading

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Manian on “Functional Parenting and Dysfunctional Abortion Policy”

Maya Manian (U San Francisco) has a new article out discussing how to reform laws mandating parental involvement for adolescent girls seeking abortion care: “Functional Parenting and Dysfunctional Abortion Policy: Reforming Parental Involvement Legislation,” 50 Family Court Review 241 (2012).  … Continue reading

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Alicia Kelly, “Navigating Gender in Modern Intimate Partnership Law”

Alicia Kelly (Widener) has posted to SSRN her article Navigating Gender in Modern Intimate Partnership Law, 14 J. of Law & Family Studies (forthcoming 2012). Here is the abstract. With women edging up to become half the workforce, claims of … Continue reading

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Expectant Mothers Who Hope for Boys, Not Girls

From the 5 Cities, 6 Women blog (here): [T]here’s a trend I’ve noticed lately that gets me as teary …. It’s this: when pregnant women – smart, funny, fierce women I respect – say they don’t want daughters. Some even take … Continue reading

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Feminist Law Profs Interview with Sara McDougall

I recently spoke with Sara McDougall (History, John Jay College) about Professor McDougall’s book Bigamy and Christian Identity in Late Medieval Champagne (Penn Press 2012), previously blogged here, as well as Professor McDougall’s other work. Crawford Question: In the church … Continue reading

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Kerry Abrams on “Marriage Fraud”

Kerry Abrams (UVa) recently talked with folks at her school about her work on Marriage Fraud, 100 Cal. L. Rev. 1 (2012).  Here’s a portion of the interview: How did you become interested in writing about this topic? I study … Continue reading

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Michigan State Symposium on “Modernizing Marriage through E-Marriage”

Check out some of the great pieces from the Michigan State Law Review Symposium on “Modernizing Marriage.” Kerry Abrams, Peaceful Penetration: Proxy Marriage, Same-Sex Marriage, and Recognition, 2011 Mich. St. L. Rev. 141-172 This Essay is a contribution to a … Continue reading

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Heen on “From Coverture to Contract: Engendering Insurance”

Mary Heen (Richmond) has posted to SSRN her article From Coverture to Contract: Engendering Insurance, 23 Yale J. of Law & Feminism 335 (2011).  Here is the abstract: In the 1840s, state legislatures began modifying the law of marital status … Continue reading

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Grief for the Children One Couldn’t or Didn’t Have

Writer Charlotte Bacon describes her pilgrimage to a Bhutanese temple: [T]his was the place to release the grief that had come with the obstetric misery that dogged my late 30s. We had our son with ease when I was almost … Continue reading

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Judge Orders Woman To Pay Alimony, Legal Fees, To Ex-Spouse Convicting Of Attacking Her

A San Diego judge has told an ex-wife  to pay her ex-husband’s legal fees and be ready to pay him alimony should he make the request once he leaves prison. Judge Geoffrey Pollack noted that he had discretion in the … Continue reading

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Women, the Super Committee, and Medicaid

Medicaid is a feminist issue, and the realistic prospect of severe medicaid funding cuts are a danger to women and girls. That’s the message of an excellent blog post  full of useful facts and figures by Davida Silverman, a staff … Continue reading

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Is it Feminism “Fault” that Women are Single?

The November, 2011 edition of The Atlantic features a young, single writer and the headline “What Me, Marry?” with the subtitle, “In today’s economy, men are falling apart.  What that means for sex and marriage.”  That sounds like an interesting … Continue reading

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SCOTUS Declines to Hear Same-Sex Adoption Case

Reuters reports on the United States Supreme Court’s denial of cert today in Oren Adar v. Darlene Smith, No. 11-46: In a case closely watched by gay rights advocates, the high court rejected without comment an appeal by Oren Adar and … Continue reading

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Poverty and Single Mothers

Legal Momentum has released a new report, Single Mother Poverty in the United States in 2010.  Here is a summary: The large gender poverty gap that has persisted since poverty measurement began continued in 2010.  Adult women were twenty nine … Continue reading

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Birckhead on “Delinquent by Reason of Indigency”

Tamar Birckhead (UNC) has posted to SSRN a draft her essay Delinquent by Reason of Indigency, 38 Wash. U. J. L. & Pol’y __ (forthcoming 2012).  Here is the abstract: This Essay, written for the 12th Annual Access to Equal … Continue reading

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Emens on Marriage and Naming Conventions: “A Simple Hyphen Will Do”

Earlier this month, Elizabeth Emens (Columbia) published an op-ed “A Simple Hyphen Will Do” in the New York Times (here). Here is an excerpt: Will same-sex marriage help make straight marriage more equal? Here’s one concrete way it could. * … Continue reading

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A Right to be a Parent? IVF in Israel

Today’s New York Times has this interesting story on reproductive medicine in Israel.  In “Where Families Are Prized, Help Is Free,” Dina Kraft reports: Jewish and Arab, straight and gay, secular and religious, the patients who come to Assuta Hospital … Continue reading

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Why Mothers (and Fathers) Need Childcare Options at Professional Meetings

I previously blogged here about the AALS decision to reinstate (temporarily) child care at the Annual Meeting.  That decision is in response to multiple requests, most recently (and notably) from the Work-Life Committee of the AALS Section on Women in … Continue reading

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