Category Archives: Feminism and Families

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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Joslin on “Modernizing Divorce Jurisdiction”

Courtney Joslin (UC Davis) has posted to SSRN her article Modernizing Divorce Jurisdiction: Same-Sex Couples and Minimum Contacts, __ B.U. L. Rev. __ (forthcoming 2011).  Here is the abstract: There are tens of thousands of same-sex married couples in the … Continue reading

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Ralph Richard Banks Asks “Is Marriage for White People?”

Ralph Richard Banks (Stanford) has a book coming out on September 1, 2011.  Here is a review from Kirkus of Is Marriage for White People? How the African American Marriage Decline Affects Everyone: In his debut (Law/Stanford Law School), Banks explores … Continue reading

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The Rise of the Single Father? Skepticism Before Plaudits

The local public radio station in New York reports here that the number of single fathers in New York City increased by 9% over the last decade.  For explanation of this statistic, the story relies in part on surveys and … Continue reading

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Carbone on “Unpacking Inequality and Class : Family, Gender and the Reconstruction of Class Barriers”

June Carbone (UMKC) has published “Unpacking Inequality and Class : Family, Gender and the Reconstruction of Class Barriers,” 45 N. England L. Rev. 527 (2011).  This piece arises out of the Anna E. Hirsch Lecture that Professor Carbone delivered at New … Continue reading

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AALS to Offer Childcare at 2012 Annual Meeting in D.C.

In response to a request from the AALS Section on Women in Legal Education, the AALS will reinstate (temporarily?) childcare at the annual meeting.  AALS Managing Director Jane LaBarbera sent this message to AALS Section Chair Professor Danne Johnson: The … Continue reading

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Second Shift Redux: New Study on Working Women’s Minimal Leisure Time

The Journal of Family Psychology wasn’t on my summer reading list until yesterday.  The LA Times reported (here) on a new Journal of Family Psychology study about the comparative leisure time of men and women in 2-career families with at … Continue reading

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Thief Me (Or, Giving a Six for a Nine in Providing Public Education)

In Norwalk, Connecticut Tonya McDowell has been indicted for first-degree larceny. She faces a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison and a $15,000 fine. She is charged with stealing education: she allegedly enrolled her son in Norwalk schools from … Continue reading

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Discount for Lesbian Moms

A Brooklyn maternity store that is now giving a 10% discount to lesbian moms has prompted both criticism and now threats. In a one-week period, Paperno [the owner of the store] says she’s fielded five crazed callers — mostly homophobes … Continue reading

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Crowdsourcing the Work-Family Debate

The Seattle Law Review just published a wonderful colloquy issue (here) centered around Joan Williams’s recent book, Reshaping the Work-Family Debate: Why Men and Class Matter.  Book-ended by an inspirational article by Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and a witty recap … Continue reading

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Joslin on “Searching for Harm: Same-Sex Marriage and the Well-Being of Children”

Courney Joslin (UC Davis) has posted to SSRN her article Searching for Harm: Same-Sex Marriage and the Well-Being of Children, 46 Harv. C.R.-C.L. Law Rev. 81 (2011).  Here is the abstract: For the past two decades, claims related to the … Continue reading

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MIT Releases Third Study On Status Of Women Science and Engineering Faculty

Today, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology releases a report examining the status of women faculty in science and engineering, the third such report since 1999. The upshot: There’s progress, but more needs to be done. The number of women faculty … Continue reading

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A Woman’s Work at Home Doesn’t “Count” for Bankruptcy Purposes

The Supreme Judicial Court in Massachusetts has ruled that a woman whose work is “only” at home — meaning caring for minor children and running the household — has no property right in one-half of a federal tax refund, at … Continue reading

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NY Appellate Court Upholds Distribution of Decedent’s Estate to Same-Sex Spouse

An appellate court in New York has upheld the decision of New York County Surrogate Kristen Booth Glen (formerly of CUNY Law) to recognize a decedent’s same-sex marriage for estate administration purposes.  Specifically, Surrogate Glen had permitted probate of the … Continue reading

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DOMA and Binational Couples

Among the many issues raised by the decision yesterday by the Obama administration to stop defending Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act are those related to the immigration consequences for binational LGBT couples. Does this mean that DHS … Continue reading

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Cyra Choudhury on “Exporting Subjects: Globalizing Family Law Progress Through International Human Rights”

Cyra Akila Choudhury (FIU) has posted to SSRN her article Exporting Subjects: Globalizing Family Law Progress Through International Human Rights, 32 J. Mich. Int’l Law  259 (2011) Here is the abstract: This article examines the global export of domestic U.S. legal … Continue reading

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CFP: Incarcerated Mothers: Oppression and Resistance

From the FLP mailbox: CALL FOR PAPERS Demeter Pressis seeking submissions for an edited collection on: Incarcerated Mothers: Oppression and Resistance. Co-Editors: Gordana Eljdupovic and Rebecca Jaremko Bromwich. Publication Date: 2012 Deadline for abstracts: May 31, 2011. A large proportion – … Continue reading

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Celebrating Divorce

The nation has a rising fascination with matrimonial discord. Apart from improving the ratings for “Real Housewives” shows, divorce is often looked at as a sad unavoidable reality. Two news items remind us that divorce is actually something to celebrate. … Continue reading

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CFP: “Uniform Probate Code: Remaking American Succession Law”

From the FLP mailbox: Call for Papers The Uniform Probate Code: Remaking of American Succession Law October 21, 2011 The American College of Trust and Estate Counsel’s Legal Education Committee is organizing the fourth in a series of academic symposia … Continue reading

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“Number of Women Lawyers Hits 5-Year Low at NLJ 250 Firms”

From this site: The percentage of women partners and associates working at NLJ 250 law firms this year fell to its lowest point since 2006. Women associates and partners accounted for 29.2 percent of all attorneys at NLJ 250 firms. … Continue reading

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Challenging the Opponents of Marriage Equality

In addition to former representative Bob Barr’s interesting address on how his views have evolved on DOMA (the subject of my earlier post here) , the St. John’s U. School of Law Nov. 12th symposium, “Legal, Secular, and Religious Perspectives … Continue reading

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Former U.S. Congressman Bob Barr on Marriage Equality

Having already called for the repeal of the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act when he ran for president in 2008 as the Libertarian Party nominee, Bob Barr returned to the topic of DOMA’s dysfunctions during an extensive lunchtime address at … Continue reading

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Erica Jong and her daughter Molly Jong-Fast: Opposing Views of “Proper” Mothering?

Erica Jong’s recent Wall Street Journal op-ed “Mother Madness” has garnered a lot of (mostly negative) attention due to her criticism of modern mothering and the unrealistic expectations placed on today’s mothers, from making homemade organic babyfood to constant baby-wearing. Erica … Continue reading

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In the Supreme Court Today: Sex Discrimination in Passing Your Citizenship On to Your Children

In the Supreme Court this morning, the Obama administration is defending discrimination in the law of U.S. citizenship on the grounds that other countries do it too. When a non-marital child is born outside the United States and has one … Continue reading

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Eliminate Affluent Husband Care

The controversy over law professor Todd Henderson’s “We are the Super Rich” blog entry, posted and then withdrawn from Truth on the Market (Sept. 15, 2010) seems to have missed an underlying feminist tax policy issue. Henderson argues against President … Continue reading

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Gerzog on “More QTIP Mischief”

If it weren’t for Wendy Gerzog (Baltimore), I don’t think I would have figured out a way to combine my interests in three subject matters — taxation; wills, trusts and estates; and feminist theory.  Her 1993 article The Marital QTIP … Continue reading

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Buying Parental Rights

Earlier this summer, the journal Bioethics published this interesting piece by Jason K. M. Hanna (Philosophy, Northern Illinois:  Revisiting Child-Based Objections to Commercial Surrogacy.  Here is the abstract: Many critics of commercial surrogate motherhood argue that it violates the rights … Continue reading

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“Feminist Mom Roundup” Theme: The Power of Words

Transatlantic Blonde has a Friday Feminist Roundup Theme (here) calling for ruminations from “feminist moms” on “The Power of Words” (however you interpret it). The first thing that the prompt brought to mind was a “This is What a Feminist … Continue reading

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No-Fault? No Problem in NY

From the New York Law Journal, this news of significant changes to New York’s divorce law. Previously, New York was a “fault” jurisdiction, requiring a finding of adultery, abandonment, cruelty or a 1-year separation pursuant to a written instrument (that, … Continue reading

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“Hiding-in-Plain-Sight” Facts about Marriage and Parenthood – The California Marriage Case and the Irrelevance of Gender

At the moment, commentators are busy opining about whether or not the Ninth Circuit will affirm Judge Walker’s decision not to stay his order pending appeal – thus allowing gay and lesbian couples to marry in California — and, in … Continue reading

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ABA Resolution on Same-Sex Marriage

The ABA overwhelmingly adopted a resolution urging state (as well as territorial and tribal) governments to permit same-sex marriage: RESOLVED, That the American Bar Association urges state, territorial, and tribal governments to eliminate all of their legal barriers to civil … Continue reading

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Robin Runge’s Upcoming Radio Appearance on “Domestic Violence and the Law: China vs. the U.S.A”

On Sunday, August 8, 2010, at 5:00 p.m. (Central), Feminist Law Prof Robin Runge (North Dakota) will appear on Prairie Public radio station’s “Why?” program talking about her work in China on violence against women.   Here’s the station’s official description of the … Continue reading

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Gender “Artifacts,” Sex Discrimination, and the California Marriage Decision

Combing through Judge Vaughan Walker’s lengthy and momentous findings of fact and conclusions of law in Perry v. Schwarzenegger, in which he held that California’s Proposition 8 offends both federal due process and equal protection rights of same-sex couples, I … Continue reading

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Robson Op-Ed: “Answers Found in the 10th Amendment”

On July 30, 2010, the LA Times published this op-ed by Feminist Law Prof Ruthann Robson (CUNY): Answers Found in the 10th Amendment The words of the Constitution do not change whether they are being applied to immigration or same-sex … Continue reading

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Upping the Odds: Bristol, Levi and the Hazards of Young Marriage

The headlines are abuzz, “Bristol Palin and Levi Johnson engaged, again!” Most of us, of course, wish them well, and this time they might make it work. As Naomi Cahn and I explained, however, in Red Families v. Blue Families, … Continue reading

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DOMA Section Three Held Unconstitutional

In two companion cases – – – one filed by individual plaintiffs married in Massachusetts alleging a violation of equal protection and one filed by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts alleging Spending Clause and Tenth Amendment issues – – – federal … Continue reading

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Joslin on “Travel Insurance: Protecting Lesbian and Gay Parent Families Across State Lines”

Courtney Joslin (UC Davis) has posted to SSRN her article, Travel Insurance: Protecting Lesbian and Gay Parent Families Across State Lines, 41 Harv. L. & Pol’y Rev. 31 (2010).  Here is the abstract: Until recently, when a lesbian couple had … Continue reading

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Female genital cutting . . . in a U.S. hospital?

(Trigger warning) This post at Feministing — about a doctor who cuts young children with “abnormal” clitorises, and then tests their subsequent sensory perception with a vibrator (!) — is just incredibly disturbing.

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NYT on Parental Leave in Sweden

A fascinating discussion from the NYT a few weeks ago underscores the fact that no, current United States gender norms are not a particularly normal or natural baseline, and that other, healthier options are available. As the article notes, Sweden’s … Continue reading

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In Memory of My Mother

I am Very Busy these days Writing and Editing Important Work. I have no time to blog these days, and certainly not today. However, my mother is making me write this. For those who know me, this may seem surprising, … Continue reading

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Parenting, Female and Male, in Hours

Since I became a parent, I’ve been feeling like a rare bird, an engaged parent who happens to be a male.  Throughout my day, in the back of my mind, I object to the marginalization of male parents.  A recent … Continue reading

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Huntington on “Purple Haze”

Clare Huntington (Colorado) has posted to SSRN her review essay Purple Haze, __ Mich. L. Rev. (forthcoming), a review of Naomi Cahn and June Carbone’s Red Families v. Blue Families.  Here is the abstract: In this age of vitriolic politics, it … Continue reading

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New York Reforms Law on Establishing Paternity for Inheritance Purposes

New York State Governor David A. Paterson has signed into law a bill that allows paternity to be established for inheritance purposes by genetic marker test.  The text of the bill is here.  The Governor’s press release is here. The … Continue reading

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The Regulation of Naming

Yofi Tirosh, Faculty of Law, Tel Aviv University, has published A Name of One’s Own: Gender and Symbolic Legal Personhood in the European Court of Human Rights, in volume 33 of the Harvard Journal of Law and Gender (2010). Here … Continue reading

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“Maryland’s roadblock to helping victims of abuse”

WaPo article by Eileen King: The Maryland House Judiciary Committee has a reputation for being not only a place where good bills go to die but also where witnesses can expect little sympathy for having suffered from violent or sexual … Continue reading

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Naomi Cahn and June Carbone, “Blue Biology: Women, Economics, and Family Values”

Full text at the HuffPo, excerpt below: … The economy and biology are on a collision course. The latest news confirms what many women fear — wait too long and your eggs are gone. The scientific findings aren’t quite that … Continue reading

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High divorce rates and teen pregnancy are worse in conservative states than liberal states, but moral panic won’t help lower divorce rates and teen pregnancy in conservative states; education will.

Read a recent op-ed by this title written by Feminist Law Profs Extraordinare Naomi Cahn and June Carbone here! –Ann Bartow

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Is there a gendered difference in how long it takes someone to become a “real” citizen?

That’s not exactly the question in Flores-Villar v. United States, a case in which the Court granted cert. today.   But the case does involve a statute which provided a gender differential for unmarried mothers and unmarried fathers regarding the … Continue reading

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“All in the Family? Interdisciplinary Conference on Kinship and Community” March 25-26 at CUNY

On March 25 and 26, 2010, the CUNY Graduate Center will host the conference, “All in the Family?  An Interdisciplinary  Conference on  Kinship and Community.”  The program is co-sponsored by the Center for the Humanities; the Andrew W. Mellon  Foundation; … Continue reading

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Importance of Honesty in Donor-Conceived Families

At the Denver Motherhood conference, I’m listening now to a talk by Wendy Kramer, co-founder and Director of the Donor Sibling Registry.  Here’s an excerpt from the organization’s “About Us” statement: The Donor Sibling Registry (DSR) was founded in 2000 … Continue reading

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