Category Archives: Feminism and Families
“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.
A overview of twenty plus years of polling data is available here.
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
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
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
[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
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
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
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
“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