Category Archives: Feminism and Politics

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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“Why Is There No Motherhood.gov?”

Elizabeth Losh asks that question here, writing: This month the comforting voice of Barack Obama is plugging a new government website in a series of public service announcements. Listeners are urged to visit Fatherhood.gov, which describes itself as a “National Responsible … Continue reading

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Tax Credits for Abortion

Could the federal government offer tax credits for abortion?  That’s what one commenter asks over here at Metafilter, about the implications of the  decision of the United States Supreme Court in Arizona Christian School Tuition Organization v. Winn (copy of … Continue reading

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NYT Editorial: “The War on Women”

From today’s New York Times, this editorial, entitled The War on Women: Republicans in the House of Representatives are mounting an assault on women’s health and freedom that would deny millions of women access to affordable contraception and life-saving cancer … Continue reading

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Tax Law and the Culture War

U.S. Representative Chris Smith (R-N.J.) recently introduced a bill in Congress titled the “No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act.” It is bill number 3 in the House of Representatives. As Representative Smith explains to NPR: “The fact that it is … Continue reading

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Taxing Abortion

From NPR (here): House Republicans formally launch their latest effort to roll back abortion rights this week, and they’re aiming squarely for the tax code. On the docket already are two bills: One would make permanent the decades-old “Hyde amendment,” … Continue reading

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Dearth of Women Candidates for Judgeships

For some time now, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette‘s Monday business section has been devoted entirely to law and the legal profession. In this morning’s edition, there was an interesting article about the dearth of women candidates for judgeships on statewide courts … Continue reading

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Columbia SIPA Students, Don’t Pull a Clarence Thomas

The Daily Pennsylvanian reports here: Though students at Columbia University were advised to think twice before tweeting “#WikiLeaks,” Penn students have received no similar warning. WikiLeaks — a website that exposes confidential diplomatic messages — recently released information on topics … Continue reading

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7th Annual National Young Feminist Leadership Conference, March 12-14 in Washington, DC

From the FLP mailbox, this information about the 7th Annual National Young Feminist Leadership Conference, March 12-14 in Washington, D.C.  More info and registration is here. -Bridget Crawford

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What’s Wrong With “Women’s Rights,” and Why the US Should Ratify CEDAW Anyway

The Senate Judiciary Committee recently debated whether the United States should ratify CEDAW, the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women. CEDAW guarantees a wide range of equal rights to women in areas such as employment, … Continue reading

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How Female Candidates Fared in the Elections: Demographics Matter

Courtesy of the Rutgers Center for Women and American Politics, this table showing how female candidates fared in yesterday’s elections: General Election State Office Dist. Candidate Name & Party Seat Won Lost AK Lt. Gov. Diane Benson (D) O U.S. … Continue reading

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North Carolina Senate Candidate Wesley Meredith Doesn’t Want You to Vote for a Woman

North Carolina Senate candidate Wesley Meredith has released what has to be one of the most bizarrely sexist ads of this campaign season.  Courtesy of Care2 blogger Laura Smith-Gary (link), here’s the transcript of the spot above: [click of sound … Continue reading

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Schneider on “Why do Women Hate Negotiating?”

Andrea Schneider (Marquette) asks over at Indisputably.org, “Why do women hate negotiating?” Last week, the Washington Post had an article on its blog with this title reviewing the depressing research that women “don’t ask” at the same rate as men and … Continue reading

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Because no woman is ever the right woman, of course.

Vote Agenda Over Gender womenforsheheen.com Women across SC are willing to wait on a female governor and are voting for Vincent Sheheen on Nov. 2, 2010. Find out why I probably will vote for Sheheen for South Carolina Governor, but … Continue reading

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Who’s Sorry Now is Like the Corners of My Mind (or, Connie Francis Meets Gladys Knight and Mashes-up Public Memory)

A New York Times headline recently trumpeted that Virginia Thomas, wife of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, had telephoned law professor Anita Hill at her faculty office and left a message. You can read about it here. Odd behavior, to … Continue reading

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The Gender Gap and the 2010 Elections: Women are less enthusiastic about voting?

According to Gallup editor Frank Newport: I looked at the 8,700+ interviews conducted with registered voters in the month of September. I found that 41% of men were very enthusiastic about voting in the midterm elections, compared with 28% of … Continue reading

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Man Up, Woman Down? Masculinity, Femininity and the 2010 Elections

From the LA Times, “It’s a Strange Year for Gender in Politics,” by Kathleen Hennessey of the Tribune Washington Bureau: In one of the stranger moments in the Nevada Senate debate Thursday, Sharron Angle, the ever-grinning, grandmotherly GOP Senate candidate, … Continue reading

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Rape is Violence, not “Buyer’s Remorse”

Over at Politics Daily, correspondent Sandra Fish details the controversy surrounding Colorado GOP Senate candidate Ken Buck: [Buck], the Weld County [Colorado]district attorney, is facing criticism from a liberal group for not prosecuting an acquaintance-rape complaint five years ago, when he … Continue reading

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The Role of Feminism in Politics

That was more or less the topic of this conversation earlier in the week on WNYC, the public radio station in New York, between guests Betsy Reed, executive editor of The Nation, and Rebecca Traister, senior writer for Salon.  A … Continue reading

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Request for Law Prof Pledges of Support for Park51 Project (aka “Ground Zero” “Mosque”)

From law professors Susan P. Koniak (Boston University), George M. Cohen (Virginia) and David A. Dana (Northwestern): This is not a request to sign a joint letter. We thought, as a community, we could raise our voices instead by pledging financial support … Continue reading

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Obama’s “Feminine” Communication Style

I missed this post earlier in the summer over at Indisputably, the ADR Prof Blog.  Andrea Schneider (Marquette) writes about Obama’s ‘Feminine’ Communication Style: A few weeks ago, Kathleen Parker, a writer for the Washington Post, likened Obama to a … Continue reading

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On Racism and Sexism in the Case of Shirley Sherrod

Janell Hobson writes here at the Ms. Magazine blog about the attacks on and defenses of Shirley Sherrod.  Hobson writes that the ”conversations unfolded the way they did because a black woman was at the center.” Hobson aptly critiques both the … Continue reading

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“Vote For Me Because of My Gender”

Here’s the Washington Post’s take on it: A new video shows Ken Buck, the leading Republican candidate in a Colorado Senate race, repeatedly using the word “bull—-” and saying that voters should choose him over his female primary opponent “because … Continue reading

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If you have forgotten for a second how much Supposedly Liberal Doods hate women, read the comments about the RNC “stripper” expenditures at any supposedly liberal blog.

For example here, here or here.   Impressive amount of racism too. Those folks are not our allies. –Ann   Bartow

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“Why are women being left out of climate decision-making?”

From this article: U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon announced an important new climate change financing group last week, but out of the 19 people named, no women were included. This is unfortunate because women will bear the brunt of the effects … Continue reading

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“Canada has dropped a proposal to change the country’s national anthem by making it more gender-inclusive.”

From the BBC News: O Canada! Our home and native land! True patriot love in all thy sons command. With glowing hearts we see thee rise, The true north strong and free! The government had said it was open to … Continue reading

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Nobel Women’s Initiative – Video Stream: International Tribunal on Crimes Against Women of Burma

HERE! More information here. “The Tribunal is a women-directed and women-centered justice and advocacy initiative. Judges will hear testimony from several women of Burma who will share their personal stories of surviving human rights violations and crimes under miliatry rule … Continue reading

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“TIME CHANGE–In Our Own Backyard: Child Prostitution and Sex Trafficking in the United States”

Hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee Subcommittee on Human Rights and the Law which took place yesterday (Wednesday, February 24, 2010) View webcast here! Panel I The Honorable Ron Wyden United States Senator for the State of Oregon Panel II … Continue reading

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Why Martha Coakley Lost

Phyllis Schlafly blames Martha Coakley’s loss in the Massachussetts Senate race on Coakley’s being a feminist. [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EBcZDd1WAfU[/youtube] H/T Joe.My.God.   and Howard May -Darren Rosenblum

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If you are a feminist, just read this and see what you think.

Here, the post and the comments. That is all I have to say – I have opinions, you have opinions, and we probably both have scabs we would rather not dislodge, in the hopes that some day the wounds will … Continue reading

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Costa Rican voters elected the country’s first woman president on Sunday: Laura Chinchilla

From the NYT article entitled “Costa Rica Elects 1st Woman President in Landslide”: … Chinchilla, the mother of a teenage son, is a social conservative who opposes abortion and gay marriage. She appealed both to Costa Ricans seeking a fresh … Continue reading

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Rebecca J. Cook and Simone Cusack, “Gender Stereotyping: Transnational Legal Perspectives”

From the publisher’s website: While both lawyers and psychologists have been aware of the role of stereotypes in discrimination, there is little literature addressing the legal status of stereotypes as gender discrimination. Gender Stereotyping makes a substantial contribution to the … Continue reading

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“For those who buy and sell children for sex and cheap labor, Haiti is ripe with opportunity.”

That is the second sentence in this short essay in The Atlantic. Here is an excerpt: In Haiti … human trafficking is a problem at the best of times. Even without the pandemonium unleashed by a 7.0 earthquake, an estimated … Continue reading

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Guest Post by Gloria Feldt: Not Under the Bus

“If we’re going to be thrown under the bus, let’s not be ladylike about it. Kick and scream and make your voice heard.” :Linda Lowen,  About.com/womensissues I couldn’t agree more with Linda. That’s why I’ve dropped everything else and am … Continue reading

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On Virginity and Hymens

From this website: Time for more accurate terminology: Hymen renamed”vaginal corona” The mythical status of the hymen has caused far too much harm for far too long. Last spring, RFSU published an information booklet in Swedish intended to dispel some … Continue reading

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You didn’t really think that Democratic control of both the Presidency and Congress would preserve abortion rights, did you?

It’s the No Abortion Ban National Day of Action, or as Violet says  “Stop Stupak!”: Center for Reproductive Rights: No Abortion Ban – National Day of Action NOW: Stop Stupak! Stop Stupak Coalition: DC Lobby Day and National Week of … Continue reading

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The 64 Democrats on the Wrong Side of Stupak-Pitts

The Democrats who voted “Aye” on the Stupak-Pitts Amendment: AL-2 Bright, Bobby; AL- 5 Griffith, Parker; AL-7 Davis, Artur; AR-1 Berry, Robert; AR-2 Snyder, Victor; AR-4 AR-4 Ross, Mike; CA-18 Cardoza, Dennis; CA-20 Costa, Jim; CA-43 Baca, Joe; CO-3 Salazar, … Continue reading

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Alliance for Justice Requests Support for Dawn Johnsen

Via Shaun Shaughnessy, this request from Nan Aron at the Alliance for Justice: Alliance for Justice has been asked to circulate a national sign-on letter in support of the nomination of Dawn Johnsen to lead the Department of Justice’s Office … Continue reading

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Guest Blogger Deborah Zipf on NOW New York State Conference

NOW’s New York state conference, held last month at the Crowne Plaza in White Plains, could make me cry.  Thirty years ago there were   hundreds of women, passionate arguments, sweet sisterhood, vicious infighting,   consciousness raising, contested elections, accusations, … Continue reading

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The Pornification of the Household Product Labeling Acts

Another instance of Supposedly Liberal Doods humiliating naked women for a good cause. –Ann Bartow

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New Global Gender Gap Report

The World Economic Forum published the new Global Gender Gap Report on October 27th.   It ranks countries on how equitably resources   and opportunities are allocated across their male and female populations.   It bases these rankings on data … Continue reading

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Being a woman is not a pre-existing condition

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Republicans Sure Did a Lot of Objecting When Women Tried to Speak

From House debate about the Stupak Amendment: Via.

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Women, Happiness, and the Marketing of Positive Thinking

Barbara Ehrenreich has a great debunking of a study that purports to show that women have become unhappier since 1972 – – – as a result, most likely, of feminism.     Ehrenreich writes that the statistical variable (one percent) … Continue reading

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Sheila Jeffreys on Kate Millett

From this site: …[R]adical feminist scholar Sheila Jeffreys talks about the influence of Kate Millett on the course of feminist thinking, most particularly through her book Sexual Politics (1970). Jeffreys gives a summary of the key ideas of Millett’s work … Continue reading

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“By watering down the content of what used to be Women’s Studies, students are no longer inspired by feminism and by the prospect of feminist activism and research.”

That is a sentence from this essay, excerpted below: … There have been two competing forces in the theorising of Women’s Studies since its inception. On the one hand there are those who wish to ‘transform the curriculum’ and incorporate … Continue reading

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Betty Ford Was A Feminist

Check out this post at Tennessee Guerilla Women, which notes: “In the 1970s, First Lady Betty Ford advocated the passage of the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA), was openly pro choice and proudly told the world that she was a feminist.” … Continue reading

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Could the next Dalai Llama be female?

Bridget Crawford recently noted that the current Dalai Lama considers himself a feminist. Last March, there was this report: After struggling for almost five decades, speculation is growing on who will lead and guide the Tibetans after the 14th Dalai … Continue reading

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