Category Archives: Feminism and Politics
This Sunday’s New York Times Magazine is a special issue on international women’s rights, Why Women’s Rights Are the Cause of Our Time. The cover story, The Women’s Crusade, is adapted from a book by Times op-ed columnist Nicholas Kristof … Continue reading
From this NYT interview with Secretary of State Clinton: “Democracy means nothing if half the people can’t vote, or if their vote doesn’t count, or if their literacy rate is so low that the exercise of their vote is in … Continue reading
At about the 3:05 mark in this well known video: Obama references “the little girl who goes to public school in Dillon,” and he means Dillon, South Carolina, part of the Corridor of Shame (click link to view trailer). On … Continue reading
The whole discussion these days about the health care bill is outrageous. In particular, the discussion of end of life care has become a joke. Yup, most of the Republicans now outraged about “death panels” voted for the … Continue reading
A look at how far women have come in politics in the last 50 years, and at why we still have much further to go. From The New Agenda, thenewagenda.net. Via.
The abstract: This short essay was solicited for the 20th Anniversary Critical Race Theory Workshop in 2009. It celebrates Angela Harris’s trail blazing essay, Race and Essentialism in Feminist Legal Theory. Harris argues against essentialism, which is the idea that … Continue reading
Feminist Law Prof Frank Rudy Cooper (Suffolk) has posted to SSRN his essay, “Race and Essentialism in Gloria Steinem.” Here is the abstract: This short essay was solicited for the 20th Anniversary Critical Race Theory Workshop in 2009. It celebrates … Continue reading
With congressional committees having entered the phase of proposing specific legislative language for health reform, an old problem has resurfaced: health reform and abortion rights are on a collision course. I refer to it as an old problem because … Continue reading
I stumbled upon Making Space for Indigenous Feminism, a 2007 book edited by Professor Joyce Green (Political Science, University of Regina). It is a collection of essays by Indigenous women from Canada, the USA, Sapmi (Samiland), and Aotearoa/New Zealand. In … Continue reading
Just as Judge Sotomayor was pilloried for her appearance, questions about whether Dr. Regina Benjamin is too fat for public office have begun to circulate. An analysis of this really troubling trend here. And yes, I get that the Surgeon … Continue reading
When I listen to this clip it sounds like Sen. Graham, who is a graduate of the University of South Carolina School of Law, is pulling what I call the “Dark Mysterious Forces” maneuver. Of course he’s not saying she … Continue reading
At least according to this article, which claims the six states with the worst leadership are: 6. California 5. South Carolina 4. Alaska 3. Illinois 2. Nevada 1. New York I’m sure the fact that we have the fewest women … Continue reading
That is the title of this essay at the WaPo written by one of Judge Sotomayor’s Princeton profs. Below are a couple of excerpts: … Had I known in the spring of 1973 that this hesitant freshman from the Bronx … Continue reading
Is Sarah Palin really dumber than Joe Biden? Or is something else going on? From the WSJ: ************* Over the weekend, as we noted yesterday, Vice President Biden said that if Israel decides it needs to take military action against … Continue reading
Over at Daily Kos is a post entitled “Abbreviated Pundit Round-up,” by “BarbinMD” with a first sentence that touts itself as “Your one stop pundit shop.” The pundits receiving links and blurbs? William Kristol, Tony Blankley, Richard Cohen, Cal Thomas, … Continue reading
Here’s an excerpt: … So yes, I hate McCain for what he did to me as a feminist, by putting me in the position of having to wade into the sewers of lefty blogs to find out what sexist crap … Continue reading
I don’t know why she is resigning her governorship, and I’m no Palin fan, but she absolutely did not deserve this: … As Hunter [S. Thompson] said, “When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro.” Sarah Palin makes Mark … Continue reading
Should Middle-Aged Men Hold Public Office? That’s the title of an engaging essay by Barbara O’Brien over at salon.com here. O’Brien not only answers those who have wondered aloud about Sotomayor’s qualifications given possibilities such as menstruation and menopause, but … Continue reading
Yesterday the National Organization for Women elected a new President. Ho-hum. Here’s a portion of the NOW press release: This weekend members of the National Organization for Women (NOW) cast their votes for a new team of leaders to direct … Continue reading
“… a Justice Department lawyer actually argued to a federal district court judge that there should be an exemption from Freedom of Information Act disclosure rules for documents that would subject senior administration officials to embarrassment — as in on late-night television.”
From Dan Froomkin: … Yes, a Justice Department lawyer actually argued to a federal district court judge that there should be an exemption from Freedom of Information Act disclosure rules for documents that would subject senior administration officials to embarrassment … Continue reading
An advertisement for condoms in China with the tag line “”Such tragedy could have been easily avoided”: Via. Strikes me as pretty dumb, if startling, but apparently it increased sales. –Ann Bartow
Read Dr. Socks.
The last several weeks have been busy ones in the battle for marriage equality. The governors of Maine and New Hampshire signed laws that allowed same sex couples to marry. California’s Supreme Court upheld the constitutionality of Proposition 8, and … Continue reading
Ugh. Enjoy the great many cringe-worthy moments in this article about Sarah Palin’s recent trip to feminist landmarks in upstate New York here. -Leigh Goodmark
Via this Salon article, which notes: … Tiller’s name first appeared on “The Factor” on Feb. 25, 2005. Since then, O’Reilly and his guest hosts have brought up the doctor on 28 more episodes, including as recently as April 27 … Continue reading
What if we invested $30 billion of taxpayers’ money in education instead? Quality health care? Affordable housing? Public transportation? I don’t have anything against GM — my 1990 Cutlass Ciera got me where I needed to go … Continue reading
“… authorize torture as a method of interrogation, and rape logically becomes part of the continuum of efforts to break down a prisoner’s self-esteem.”
Quote from here, in reference to this article, which notes: “Photographs of alleged prisoner abuse which Barack Obama is attempting to censor include images of apparent rape and sexual abuse …” Here is an excerpt: At least one picture shows … Continue reading
Photo and question (somewhat differently stated) via IBTP. I’d have to go with “no.” –Ann Bartow
From The Advocate: The Advocate has obtained a draft of a letter from Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to employees of the State Department that details her intentions to extend certain benefits to same-sex partners of foreign service officers posted … Continue reading
That’s the title of this op-ed in today’s San Francisco Chronicle, written by Feminist Law Profs Melissa Murray (Berkeley) and Darren Rosenblum (Pace). Here’s the text: The recent stimulus efforts have a prompted a sense of deja vu. In 1944, … Continue reading
The House Subcommittee on Capital Market, Insurance and Government Sponsored Enterprises Convenes An All Dude Witness List To Testify About Credit Ratings Agencies
Rep. Paul Kanjorski chairs the House Financial Service’s Committee‘s Subcommittee on Capital Market, Insurance and Government Sponsored Enterprises is holding a hearing on credit ratings agencies this afternoon. Here is the witness list (names link to pre-submitted statements): … Continue reading
In case you missed this.
Nan Hunter blogged about this case here, writing: The Schroer court held that just as discrimination against converts from one to faith to another is still discrimination based on religion, so too discrimination against transgender persons is still sex discrimination. … Continue reading
Here. Bravo Darren! See also Historiann’s take on the article.
The Deutsche Kinemathek Museum for Film and Television and the Bundeszentrale fÃ¼r politische Bildung (Federal Agency for Civic Education) are collaborating on the “Internet Archive,” an on-line resource for film, television footage and photography from Germany in 1989 and 1990. … Continue reading
Obama choses former South Carolina school superintendent Inez Tenenbaum to head the Consumer Product Safety Commission.
Inez Tenenbaum is another talented graduate of the University of South Carolina School of Law. Story here, which reports in part: The president asked Congress for $107 million to fund the agency charged with ensuring that products from toys … Continue reading
Here. See also this article entitled: “Obama says abortion rights law not a top priority.” Contrast that with his words when he was a candidate: â€œThe first thing I’d do as president [to preserve abortion rights] is sign the Freedom … Continue reading
From the Feminist Daily News Wire: Michelle Obama unveiled a bust of Sojourner Truth, known for her abolitionist and women’s rights work, at the US Capitol yesterday. Truth’s statue is the first of an African-American woman in the Capitol. The … Continue reading
Both awards were to be presented at Notre Dame’s graduation.The Harvard law prof is Mary Ann Glendon. Her letter in full text is here. There is an excerpt below: When you informed me in December 2008 that I had been … Continue reading
Last week, Dahlia Lithwick wrote an intriguing article in Slate magazine regarding the frequently heard argument that President Obama’s first nominee to the Court should be a woman. Lithwick quotes Justices Ginsberg and O’Connor lamenting the dearth of women … Continue reading
From the WaPo: House Republicans today tried to pummel Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton with questions about the administration’s decision to release Justice Department memos permitting tough interrogation techniques of detainees, but she gave no ground. At one point … Continue reading
Important post by Jen Nedeau, here’s the first paragraph: Yet another diversity FAIL in the world of technology. While the State Department brings it’s first “New Media Technology” delegation to Iraq with the noble purpose of exploring “new opportunities to … Continue reading
Snarky post by that title at Wonkette.
From the movie website: Based on true events during the 2000 election, AMERICAN VIOLET tells the astonishing story of Dee Roberts (critically hailed newcomer Nicole Beharie), a 24 year-old African American single mother of four young girls living in a … Continue reading
President Obama appointed Melanne Verveer as Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women’s Issues: Melanne Verveer is Co-Founder, Chair and Co-CEO of Vital Voices Global Partnership, an international nonprofit that invests in emerging women leaders â€“ pioneers of economic, political and social … Continue reading
Over at Balkinization, Andrew Koppelman writes: Dawn Johnsen, President Obama’s nominee to head the Office of Legal Counsel, has been accused of misrepresenting a position she took in litigation, and I have been cited as authority against Prof. Johnsen. On … Continue reading
CFP: Special Issue of the International Feminist Journal of Politics: New Directions in Feminism and Human Rights.
International Feminist Journal of Politics seeks manuscripts for a special issue on new directions in feminism and human rights. We invite manuscripts that capture the invocation of human rights strategies and discourses by feminist advocates, activists and grassroots movements for … Continue reading
From here: WASHINGTON:A new report issued this week from the Pew Research Center finds that no one really cares anymore when Vice President Joe Biden says something completely insane. Regarded as a plain-spoken politician from working-class roots, Biden’s”tell it like … Continue reading
Over at What Tami Said is a post that discusses the tensions among feminists that arose during the Democratic primary, which is followed by a fairly pitched discussion in the comments section. In some ways it was hard to read, … Continue reading