Category Archives: Feminism and Law

The Gendered Nature of Canada’s Witchcraft Law

Here’s an interesting piece on Canadian witchcraft law. Natasha Bakht, University of Ottawa, Common Law Section, and Jordan Palmer, University of Ottawa, Faculty of Law, have published Modern Law, Modern Hammers: Canada’s Witchcraft Provision as an Image of Persecution at … Continue reading

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Harvard Law School Studies Its Grads: 1975 To Date

Bloomberg BNA is highlighting a new Harvard Law School study of its grads over the past 40 years. Findings? That: On the one hand, the number of women entering the profession has increased dramatically in recent decades, and women lawyers … Continue reading

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The Debate Over Provocative Dress

Jessica Wolfendale, West Virginia University, Philosophy Department, is publishing Provocative Dress and Sexual Responsibility in the Georgetown Journal of Gender and the Law. Here is the abstract. Numerous studies have found that many people believe that a provocatively dressed woman … Continue reading

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Equality and Non-Discrimination under International Law

For those who might be interested, here is a link to the introductory chapter in a volume of collected works on the subject published this year by Ashgate, part of a five-volume series on International Human Rights: Equality and Non-Discrimination under International … Continue reading

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CFP: National Women’s Studies Association’s Lesbian Caucus, November 12-15, 2015

From the Lesbian Caucus of the National Women’s Studies Association: The Lesbian Caucus of the National Women’s Studies Association invites submissions for a sponsored session on “The Revolutionary Lesbians of the 1970s,” to be held at the annual conference in … Continue reading

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Heen, “Nondiscrimination in Insurance: The Next Chapter”

Mary Heen (Richmond) has posted to SSRN her article, Nondiscrimination in Insurance:  The Next Chapter,  49 Georgia L. Rev. 1 (2014).  Here is the abstract: For nearly 150 years, American insurance companies have engaged in race and gender pricing practices … Continue reading

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Cost of Child Care is a Feminist Issue

Writing for the Berkeley alumni magazine, author Tamara Straus asks, “What Stalled the Gender Revolution? Child Care That Costs More Than College Tuition.” Here is an excerpt: Vox reported in August that child care costs are growing at nearly twice … Continue reading

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Ninth Circuit says “Failure to Warn” Action Against Website that Allegedly Faciliated Rape Not Barred By Section 230 of the CDA

From the opinion: “Model Mayhem is a networking website, found at modelmayhem.com, for people in the modeling industry. Plaintiff Jane Doe, an aspiring model who posted information about herself on the website, alleges that two rapists used the website to … Continue reading

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The Federalism In Family Law

Courtney G. Joslin, University of California, Davis, School of Law, is publishing Windsor, Federalism, and Family Equality in the Indiana Law Journal. It is also available as UC Davis Legal Studies Research Paper No. 394. Here is the abstract. The … Continue reading

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Canadian Journal of Women and the Law Welcomes a New English Language Editor

From the mailbox: Canadian Journal of Women and the Law/Revue Femmes et Droit welcomes a new English language editor, Natasha Bakht.Co-editorship of the CJWL is currently shared by Associate Professor Natasha Bakht from the Faculty of Law at University of … Continue reading

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Women of Color In Legal Education

Carmen G. Gonzalez, Seattle University School of Law, has published Women of Color in Legal Education: Challenging the Presumption of Incompetence in the Federal Lawyer (July 2014). Here is the abstract. Female law professors of color have become the canaries … Continue reading

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The Case Western Law Sexual Harassment/Retaliation Claim Has Settled

The story and a host of links are available at TaxProf Blog. One question I have is whether the man accused of sexual harassment and retaliation will continue to teach students. I assume the answer is yes, but given the … Continue reading

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Krause, “Some Thoughts from a Health Lawyer on Hobby Lobby”

Over at Hamilton and Griffin on Rights, Joan Krause (UNC) has posted “Some Thoughts from a Health Lawyer on Hobby Lobby.”  Here is an excerpt: As a health law professor who teaches a course on women’s health care issues, I … Continue reading

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Call For Papers: Audre Rapoport Prize For Scholarship on Gender and Human Rights

From Karen Engle, Minerva House Drysdale Regents Chair in Law, Co-Director and Founder, Rapoport Center for Human Rights and Justice, University of Texas School of Law Call for Papers: Audre Rapoport Prize for Scholarship on Gender and Human Rights Deadline: … Continue reading

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A Documentary On Anita Hill

Sheryl Day Stolberg of the New York Times discusses the new documentary “Anita” about Anita Hill, who became the reluctant central figure in the Clarence Thomas judicial hearings so many years ago. More here.

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Judgment Assignment and Gender On the Canadian Supreme Court

Peter James McCormick (Independent) is publishing Who Writes? Gender and Judgment Assignment on the Supreme Court of Canada in volume 51 of the Osgoode Hall Law School Law Review (2014). Here is the abstract. This article poses the question: now … Continue reading

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Invitation to Participate in the Feminist International Judgments Project

Over on IntLawGrrls, Cecilia Marcela Bailliet has posted an invitation to participate in what looks to be a terrific project: Women´s Voices in International Law Initial Meeting to be held on 8th May 2014, SOAS (London) Participants are sought to take an … Continue reading

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Online Harassment and Silencing

Over a period of weeks, law professor Nancy Leong posted several short, informal essays about cyber harassment and discrimination. The first post, entitled “Identity and Ideas,” is available here. The second post, “Anonymity and Abuse,” is available here, with a … Continue reading

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Sex-Positive Law

Sexual pleasure is a good thing. It’s not just moral philosophy that supports the value of pleasure (although much of it does); it’s common sense. We value pleasure simply because it is pleasurable. People devote significant time and money to … Continue reading

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Another Thoughtful Take on “Leaning In,” This One By bell hooks, and Called “Dig Deep: Beyond Lean In”

Read it here at The Feminist Wire. Below is an excerpt: Sandberg’s definition of feminism begins and ends with the notion that it’s all about gender equality within the existing social system. From this perspective, the structures of imperialist white … Continue reading

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Read Susan Faludi on “Facebook Feminism”

Unlike so many trite reviews of the “Lean In” phenomenon, Faludi brilliantly contextualizes her critique. Available at The Baffler, excerpt below: … In 1834, America’s first industrial wage earners, the “mill girls” of Lowell, Massachusetts, embarked on their own campaign … 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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Where The Girls Aren’t

Ryan A. Malphurs, Courtroom Sciences Inc., Jaime Bochantin, DePaul University, L. Hailey Drescher, University of Kansas, and Melissa Wallace Framer, Arizona State University, Hugh Downs School of Human Communication, have published Too Much Frivolity, Not Enough Femininity: A Study of Gender … 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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Robson on “Dressing Constitutionally”

Ruthann Robson (CUNY) has posted to SSRN the Introduction and Table of Contents of her new book Dressing Constitutionally: Hierarchy, Sexuality, and Democracy from Our Hairstyles to Our Shoes.  Here is the abstract: The intertwining of our clothes and our … 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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Thank You, Edie Windsor!

Let freedom ring. -Bridget Crawford

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A feminist perspective on Agency for International Development v. Alliance for Open Society International, Inc.: Essentialism v. Pragmatism

Last week the Supreme Court held that the federal government cannot force organizations to maintain a policy explicitly opposing prostitution as a pre-condition to obtaining funds to combat HIV/AIDS worldwide.  The decision is widely read as a victory for freedom … Continue reading

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Spindelman’s Review of Dale Carpenter’s “Flagrant Conduct: The Story of Lawrence v. Texas”

Marc Spindelman (OSU) has published Tyrone Garner’s Lawrence v. Texas at 111 Mich. L. Rev. 1111 (2013).  Here is the abstract: Dale Carpenter’s Flagrant Conduct: The Story of Lawrence v. Texas has been roundly greeted with well-earned praise. After exploring … Continue reading

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Defining Pregnancy In Law

Khiara M. Bridges, Boston University School of Law, has published When Pregnancy Is an Injury: Rape, Law  and Culture, at 65 Stanford Law Review 457 (2013). Here is the abstract.        This Article examines criminal statutes that grade more … Continue reading

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Marc Stein’s “Sexual Injustice” Available in Paperback

Marc Stein’s Sexual Injustice: Supreme Court Decisions From Griswold To Roe is now available in paperback from the University of North Carolina Press. The publisher gives the following infor for professors interested in course adoption: To order a print exam copy, … Continue reading

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Gilman on “The Class Differential in Privacy Law” and “The Poverty Defense”

Michele Gilman (Baltimore) has posted two articles to SSRN.  The Class Differential in Privacy Law, 77 Brooklyn L. Rev. 1389 (2012) This article analyzes how privacy law fails the poor. Due to advanced technologies, all Americans are facing corporate and … Continue reading

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Bernette Johnson Becomes Louisiana’s First African American Supreme Court Chief Justice

Bernette Johnson has been sworn in as Louisiana’s first African American Supreme Court Chief Justice, succeeding Catherine (Kitty) Kimball. Chief Justice Johnson filed a federal lawsuit last year after Justice Jeffrey Victory claimed that he had more seniority than she … Continue reading

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“Why it is important to integrate human rights into international policy-making”

From Equality Now: The Liberian President, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, has just returned from a business trip to Britain, where she met President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono of Indonesia and UK Prime Minister David Cameron.  In Liberia, more than 58% of women … Continue reading

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You won’t see Glamour linked to on this blog very often…

But this short feature about Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is very nice.

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Report from Social Justice Feminism Conference

I just attended the Social Justice Feminism conference sponsored by the Center for Race, Gender and Social Justice at the University of Cincinnati College of Law and inspired by Verna Williams’s and Kristen Kalsem’s Social Justice Feminism, which appeared in … Continue reading

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“Polanski’s victim is not a “sex scandal teen””

That is the title of this awesome post at Salon. Below is an excerpt: Samantha Geimer was 13 years old when she had her fateful encounter with Polanski in 1977. The California age of consent at the time was 16. … Continue reading

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“Despite a cease-and-desist letter, Shautsova surmised that Primal Ventures, the host of escortsexguide.com, would not delete the [false] profile because it makes money whenever someone clicks on it.”

That is a sentence pulled from this article, which tells yet another story of someone using the internet to inflict misery on a former romantic partner.

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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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The Price of Sex: Film-maker risks life by going undercover to expose global trade in sex slaves

The official website for The Price of Sex is here. It provides this summary: The Price of Sex is a feature-length documentary about young Eastern European women who’ve been drawn into a netherworld of sex trafficking and abuse. Intimate, harrowing … Continue reading

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The ILS Law College, Pune, India is pleased to host the inaugural International Conference on Feminism and the Law: Revisiting the Past, Rethinking the Present and Thinking the Way Forward from February 10-12, 2012.

Details here!

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‎”A large proportion of the other advanced democracies in the world combine a commitment to free speech with rules prohibiting hate speech. Isn’t it worth considering how they do this? And why? No one is burning the constitution here. We’re just trying to think about it.”

From this NYT piece by Jeremy Waldron. Here is an excerpt: Democracies like Britain, France, Germany, Denmark, Canada and New Zealand all prohibit hate speech of various kinds. They do so for what they think are good reasons. It is … Continue reading

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Abortion remains legal in Idaho, but there are still uncertainties.

An Idaho law against using medication to induce abortion was deemed “likely unconstitutional” but remains in effect per the HuffPo. A more detailed if somewhat confusing account of developments is available here. Updates to follow.

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Judge Tells Sexual Assault Victim, “Bad Things Can Happen In Bars.” Bad Things Can Happen in Courtrooms, Too…

This is fairly dispiriting: After being convicted by a jury earlier this summer of sexual abuse for groping a woman in a bar, ex-DPS Officer Robb Gary Evans walked out of a Coconino County (AZ) Superior Courtroom on Wednesday morning … Continue reading

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Corcos on “The Shift to Equal Rights of Succession to Thrones and Titles in the Modern European Constitutional Monarchy”

Christine Corcos (LSU) has posted to SSRN an abstract of her article forthcoming in the Michigan State Law Review.  Here it is: On October 27, 2011, the heads of the British Commonwealth member states agreed to remove barriers to the … Continue reading

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Daniel Tosh and Rape Jokes

Daniel Tosh’s assertion during a recent appearance at the Laugh Factory that rape jokes are “always funny” has caused a certain amount of comment and controversy, particularly since a woman in the audience challenged him on his opinion. She responded … Continue reading

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SDNY Declares DOMA Unconstitutional in Estate Tax Case

Last month the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York  ruled in Windsor v. United States that DOMA is unconstitutional as applied. Read the full decision here. Edie Windsor and Thea Spyer were married in Canada … 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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Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Gender

Tracy A. Thomas, University of Akron School of Law, has published Elizabeth Cady Stanton and the Notion of a Legal Class of Gender, in Feminist Legal History: Essays on Women and Law (T. Thomas and T. Boisseau, eds.; NYU Press). Here is … Continue reading

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“A Civil Remedy” by Kate Nace Day

Suffolk University Law Professor Kate Nace Day‘s documentary film A Civil Remedy will be shown on Saturday, April 26, 2012 at the Brattle Theater in Harvard Square.  If you’re in the Boston area or planning to be there, the screening … Continue reading

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