Category Archives: Feminism and Families

Maternity leave: a request for strategies and advice

Head over to Historiann and help a sister out!

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Feminist Parenting Series at The Feminist Underground

Series framing post here.   Interesting posts include: The Price of Pregnancy: Health Insurance and Motherhood Feminism and School: Is Homeschooling a Solution? Feminist Parenting: Troubles with TV

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H&R Block and Taxing Civil Unions

To follow-up on an earlier post, the Los Angeles Times is reporting here that H&R Block has agreed to reimburse civil union couples who began filling out their tax returns online only to be told that the company’s software did … Continue reading

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Serving Up Gender Stereotypes With Those Fries

On a trip to the suburbs, I experienced the McDonald’s drive-thru [sic].  Admittedly it was not my finest parenting hour.  And I almost became unhinged when asked by the cashier,  “Do you want a ‘girl’ toy or a ‘boy’ toy … Continue reading

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Ohio Paid Sick Leave Initiative Ignores LGBT Families

I never thought I’d see the day when I would question an effort to secure paid sick leave. But I recently learned that the campaign for paid sick leave in Ohio has proposed an initiative that will allow workers to … Continue reading

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“Poverty is one reason so many Yemeni families marry their children off early. Another is the fear of girls being carried off and married by force. But most important are cultural tradition and the belief that a young virginal bride can best be shaped into a dutiful wife, according to comprehensive study of early marriage published by Sana University in 2006.”

That’s a paragraph from this heart wrenching account of young girls forced into marriage.

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Gay Marriage Support and Opposition By The Numbers

A overview of twenty plus years of polling data is available here.

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Albanian Custom Fades: Woman as Family Man

Interesting story in the N.Y. Times (6/25): Pashe Keqi recalled the day nearly 60 years ago when she decided to become a man. She chopped off her long black curls, traded in her dress for her father’s baggy trousers, armed … Continue reading

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New Blog: “Care Talk”

Ingrid Robeyns notes at Crooked Timber: Nancy Folbre, who is widely considered to be one of the most knowledgeable economists on issues of care work, has recently started a new blog, called Care Talk. It’s a research blog that aims … Continue reading

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Amy Wax, “Engines of Inequality: Class, Race, and Family Structure”

The abstract: “The past 30 years have witnessed a dramatic divergence in family structure by social class, income, education, and race. This article reviews the data on these trends, explores their significance, and assesses social scientists’ recent attempts to explain … Continue reading

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News In Brief: UK Votes on “Need for A Father”

[It’s been a long time since I’ve cross-posted.     Feel free to go to my regular blog, Related Topics, and catch up.] For some time now the UK parliament has been considering a substantial overhaul of the act that … Continue reading

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Barbara Bennett Woodhouse, “Hidden in Plain Sight: The Tragedy of Children’s Rights from Ben Franklin to Lionel Tate”

From the publisher’s website: Hidden in Plain Sight tells the tragic untold story of children’s rights in America. It asks why the United States today, alone among nations, rejects the most universally embraced human-rights document in history, the United Nations … Continue reading

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MICHIGAN SUPREME COURT NIXES DOMESTIC PARTNER BENEFITS

The Michigan Supreme Court today upheld a lower court ruling that cities, counties, state universities, and other public employers cannot offer domestic partner benefits to their employees. The Court ruled that such benefits violate the state’s constitutional amendment that reads:”To … Continue reading

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COUNCIL ON CONTEMPORARY FAMILIES

I’m just back from the annual conference of the Council on Contemporary Families  and I’m wondering why I was the only law professor there!   This is the group most dedicated to fighting the simplistic message of the right-wing marriage … Continue reading

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The Chemicals We Ingest

“Liquid infant formula from the top manufacturers is sold in cans lined with a toxic chemical linked to reproductive disorders and neurobehavioral problems in laboratory animals, according to an investigation by Environmental Working Group (EWG).” More here. Scary. -Bridget Crawford

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