Category Archives: Feminism and Politics

Two Recent Works by Michele Gilman

Michele Gilman (Baltimore) has published two recent pieces that may be of interest to blog readers: Michele Gilman, Feminism, Democracy, and the “War on Women,” 32 J. of Law & Inequality 1 (2014). This article analyzes the social conservative attacks … Continue reading

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Reclaiming “ladylike”?

That’s the topic of this NYT op-ed. Here is an excerpt: Recently, Senator Claire McCaskill, Democrat of Missouri, trained her sights on a single word — “ladylike.” “Ladylike,” Ms. McCaskill told an audience at Iowa State University last month, means, … Continue reading

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bell hooks on the State of the Feminist Movement

In an interview with Kevin Powell over at BK Nation, author Gloria Watkins talks about the state of the feminist movement today: I think feminism has gone the way of all our movements for social justice: Stuck on a pause. … Continue reading

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On Presidents’ Day: Is Voting for the Female Candidate Bad for Women?

Amy Schiller wrote in May, 2013 in The Nation (here) “The Feminist Case Against a Woman President.” Here is an excerpt” A woman in the Oval Office would not result in greater motivation for feminist action—it may actually dampen it. … Continue reading

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CFP: Transnational Queer Activism

From the FLP mailbox, this CFP: Transnational Queer Activism Janice Irvine and Jill Irvine, eds. This call for papers seeks contributions to an edited volume on transnational queer and LGBT politics, movements, and activism. This volume will feature work that … 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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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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“Hip Hop and Feminism” Syllabus and CFP

Over at the blog of the Anna Julia Cooper Project on Gender, Race and Politics in the South, this post that includes a link to the syllabus for Dr. Melissa Harris-Perry’s “Hip Hop and Feminism” course at Tulane University: Throughout … Continue reading

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OK! Magazine Apologizes For Story, Cover, About Duchess of Cambridge’s Post-Partum “Weight Loss Regime”

OK! magazine has apologized for a story and cover (which OK! calls “the Royal Baby special, and sells for one pound), discussing Princess Catherine’s “weight loss regime” which it published just before she gave birth to an eight pound six … 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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Corbin on “Compelled Disclosures”

Carolina Mala Corbin (Miami) has posted to SSRN her article Compelled Disclosures, Ala. L. Rev. (forthcoming).  Here is the abstract: Courts have faced a wave of compelled disclosure cases recently. By government mandate, tobacco manufacturers must include graphic warnings on their … Continue reading

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Death of Cardiss Collins, 1931-2012, Illinois Congressional Representative

The New York Times reports (here) today on the death of Cardiss Collins, “who reluctantly ran for a Chicago Congressional seat left vacant when her husband died in a plane crash and went on to become Illinois’s first black congresswoman, … Continue reading

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Think Pink

The New York Times notes that the New Hampshire delegation has gone all female. Girls rule in Congress, in the Governor’s Mansion, as Speaker of the State House, and as Chief Justice. Truly, a woman’s place is in the House, … Continue reading

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“When Men Are Too Emotional To Have A Rational Argument”

This essay is really good! Below is an excerpt. Women’s Emotions are “Emotions,” Men’s Emotions are “How People Talk” A long time ago, in Bullish: What Egg Donation Taught Me About Being a Dude, I quoted Ben Barres, Chair of … Continue reading

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Today Frank Bruni Sounds Like a Feminist!

Seriously, check out his column The Siren and The Spook (below is an excerpt): … Broadwell has just 13 percent body fat, according to a recent measurement. Did you know that? Did you need to? It came up nonetheless. And … 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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The South Carolina State Senate is going to have a woman member. Only one, but at least one.

See this, excerpt below: Katrina Shealy upended Lexington County politics Tuesday, ousting legendary state Sen. Jake Knotts to become the only woman in the state Senate. Shealy’s win was remarkable in that she beat Knotts in a district that the … Continue reading

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“War on Women, Waged in Postcards: Memes From the Suffragist Era”

Here. Below is one of the featured postcards.

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Surely there is a better way to describe swing states than “It’s like being the prettiest girl at the dance.”

See e.g. this (title) and this (within text) and all the places these are linked, such as here, here, here and here.

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The 2012 Global Gender Report

(The text and links below are from here) The Global Gender Gap Report, introduced by the World Economic Forum in 2006, provides a framework for capturing the magnitude and scope of gender-based disparities around the world. The index benchmarks national … Continue reading

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“‘Gender Gap’ Near Historic Highs”

NYT article by that title here. Below is an excerpt: The biggest gender gap to date in the exit polls came in 2000, when Al Gore won by 11 points among women, but George W. Bush won by 9 points … Continue reading

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Binders Full of Asshats

Historiann has the best binders analysis anywhere.

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Staten Island Borough President Calls Lady Gaga a ‘Slut,’ Manhattan Borough President Defends Her, Pace Law Professor Wishes Politicians Would Simply Leave Artist Alone

Brief news account of slut calling by James Molinaro here. Response by Scott Stringer here. The Pace Law Professor who wishes both of them would focus on making NYC a better place for all citizens and let Lady Gaga get … Continue reading

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Iranian Women Now Barred From Numerous College Majors Including Engineering, Nuclear Physics, Computer Science, English Literature, Archaeology and Business.

From the BBC News: More than 30 universities have introduced new rules banning female students from almost 80 different degree courses. These include a bewildering variety of subjects from engineering, nuclear physics and computer science, to English literature, archaeology and … Continue reading

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Bias concerns about sex education in New York.

Here. An excerpt: In some districts, students learn that HIV/AIDS will kill them within three years. Another district used material which defined the vagina as a “sperm deposit.” Two-thirds do not depict or label external female genitalia. In fact, much … Continue reading

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“President Obama Appoints Record Number of Women Judges in First Term”

ABA Journal story here, which reports: The Senate’s confirmation Monday of Stephanie Rose as a federal judge in the Southern District of Iowa gave President Obama a record. Obama has now appointed 72 women to the federal courts, a record … Continue reading

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VAWA and Native Women

From Greg Kaufmann at The Nation: In July, I reported that Republican House leadership is blocking reauthorization of a strengthened Violence Against Women Act (VAWA).  No one needs this bill passed more desperately than Native women: one in three will … Continue reading

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Gender, Religion and Military Service in Israel

If this topic is of interest, read “What Happens When the Two Israels Meet,” an Op-Ed by Shani Boianjiu in the NYT.

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Law Professor Elizabeth Warren at the DNC!

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GOP staffer pretends to be former Obama supporter who is “breaking up with him.”

Here is the commercial: The new ad features Republican National Committee Director of Hispanic Outreach Bettina Inclan, who in the ad purports to be an average woman voter who supported Obama in 2008. She describes her disillusionment with the president … 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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CFP: “Black Women in Politics”

From the FLP mailbox: The editors of The National Political Science Review (NPSR) invite submissions from the scholarly community for review and possible publication for a Special Issue on: BLACK WOMEN IN POLITICS: MOVING FORWARD — NEW QUESTIONS, NEW DIRECTIONS … Continue reading

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Sisters Speaking Out, Nuns on the Bus

From the AP: The accompanying news story (here) explains: A group of Roman Catholic nuns began a nine-state bus tour protesting proposed federal budget cuts Monday, saying they weren’t trying to flout recent Vatican criticisms of socially active nuns but … Continue reading

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Inniss on “Bridging the Great Divide”

Lolita Buckner Inniss has published Bridging the Great Divide–A Response to Linda Greenhouse and Reva B. Siegel’s Before (and After) Roe v. Wade: New Questions About Backlash, 89 Wash. U. L. Rev. 963 (2012).  Here is the abstract: This essay … Continue reading

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Women in the Media as in Society?

Despite the backlash following his “slut” and “prostitute” references about Georgetown law student Sandra Fluke, Rush Limbaugh continues to denigrate women.  More recently, he targeted Tracie McMillan, journalist and author of the book, The American Way of Eating, and stated, … Continue reading

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Rush Finally Apologizes (Sort Of)

Rush Limbaugh has apologized (in his way) for comments about Georgetown Law student Sandra Fluke (whom he called Susan and identified as a college coed). Here is his statement, posted to his show’s website. Ms. Fluke recently testified as at … Continue reading

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U Buffalo Faculty Wants School to Stop Supporting Business Groups That Endorse Conservative Causes

Yesterday’s Chronicle includes an article Faculty Union Calls on U. at Buffalo to Cut Ties to Chambers of Commerce that mentions Feminist Law Professor Martha McCluskey.   Journalist Peter Schmidt writes: Opening a new front in the conflict between college labor unions … Continue reading

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Women, Power, and Development

From the Asia Sentinel, this article:  Do Women in Power Act Differently From Men?  Here an excerpt: Several studies of women’s involvement in environmental protection cited below seem to indicate that they do – marginally. How that plays itself out … Continue reading

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Be “A Lady in the Living Room and a Whore in the Bedroom,” Advises NJ Politician

Phil Mitsch, a Republican candidate for the NJ State Senate, tweets “motivational tips” and “realtionship tips,” among others.  From his Twitter account came this message: “Women, you increase your odds of keeping your men by being faithful, a lady in … Continue reading

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The Feminist “Generation Wars” Continue

First we had the “wave” wars.  Now it’s feminists who were there (read: politically aware) at the time of the Clarence Thomas hearings versus everyone else.  That’s how I read Vivia Chen’s reflections over at the Careerist (here) about last weekend’s … Continue reading

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Nobel Prize Committee Recognizes 3 Women’s Efforts for Peace

From the National Council for Research on Women, this short description of the three women who are sharing this year’s Nobel Peace Prize. Leymah Gbowee was featured in the film Pray the Devil Back to Hell and shared her story … Continue reading

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“Open Letter from Black Women to the SlutWalk”

Black Women’s Blueprint has posted to Facebook (here) and its blog (here) this “Open Letter from Black Women to the SlutWalk”: We the undersigned women of African descent and anti-violence advocates, activists, scholars, organizational and spiritual leaders wish to address … Continue reading

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Spindelman on “Sexual Freedom’s Shadows”

Marc Spindelman (Ohio State) has published his essay Sexual Freedom’s Shadows, 23 Yale J.L. & Feminism 179 (2011).  It is both review of a book by Tim Dean called Unlimited Intimacy: Reflections on the Subculture of Barebacking (UChicago Press, 2009), … Continue reading

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Ouellete’s “Bioethics and Disability: Toward a Disability-Conscious Bioethics”

Alicia Ouellete (Albany) has published a new book, Bioethics and Disability: Toward a Disability-Conscious Bioethics, with Cambridge University Press.  Here‘s the publisher’s description: Bioethics and Disability provides tools for understanding the concerns, fears, and biases that have convinced some people with disabilities … Continue reading

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Prostitution and HIV Funding: Unconstitutional Condition Case from Second Circuit

If an organization did not have a “policy explicitly opposing prostitution” – – – the so-called prostitution pledge – – – then the program could not obtain funding under the United States Leadership Against HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria Act of … Continue reading

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Is Rep. Anthony Weiner a Sexual Harasser?

I answer in the negative, here. -Bridget Crawford

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Kirsten Powers’ Op-Ed About Anthony Weiner

Available at the Daily Beast. Below is an excerpt: By far the most disturbing information that we have been privy to—there is, no doubt, more out there that we don’t know—is the transcript of a nine-month “sexting” relationship Weiner had … Continue reading

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Lying Makes it Grow: Anthony Weiner’s Battle of the (Underwear) Bulge Gets Bigger

Earlier this evening New York Representative Anthony Weiner admitted that indeed the infamous underwear bulge was his.   Weiner held a press conference in which he acknowledged that he had sent an underwear-clad picture of himself with an erection to a … Continue reading

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Rebuilding Sierra Leone

In April my South Carolina colleague Joel Samuels organized and hosted a conference entitled “Rebuilding Sierra Leone: Changing Institutions and Culture”. Valerie Oosterveld posted about it at IntLawGrrls and I’ve been remiss in not posting about it sooner. By all accounts … Continue reading

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Equality Now update

Equality Now has recently published three Letters to the Editor in the New York Times: “Power, Status and a Charge of Rape” (5/18/11); “Women’s Rights in Yemen“(4/22/11); and “Female Genital Mutilation” (5/13/11). Learn more here.

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