Category Archives: Feminism and Politics

“Supporters of the ballot measure that banned gay marriage in California have filed a lawsuit seeking to block their campaign finance records from public view, saying the reports have led to the harassment of donors.”

Interesting how some people are First Amendment absolutists up until the time that they are the ones getting hated on, and then suddenly harassment is seen as a problem that should have special remedies for themselves only. The quote heading … Continue reading

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The Kitchen Table: A Blog About “Race, Politics, Religion, Popular Culture”

It’s pretty engaging! Informative and geeky, as you might expect from two academics, but also very amusing at times. Some posts are quite provocative, so if the prospect of reading opinions you strongly disagree with is alarming,   it’s not … Continue reading

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“Condemned men are buried in sand up to their waists, and women up to their necks, and are pelted with stones until they die or manage to escape. Under the law, a condemned person’s life is spared if he can free himself.”

That’s a sentence from this WaPo article about stonings in Iran. Men have a lot better odds of escaping, obviously, though it’s still horrifying. The article also reports: In his weekly news conference, the judicial spokesman also said that Esha … Continue reading

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South Korea accused of using women as prostitutes to prop up the country’s ecomony and keep U.S. soldiers “entertained.”

The NYT reports: … Scholars on the issue say that the South Korean government was motivated in part by fears that the American military would leave, and that it wanted to do whatever it could to prevent that. But the … Continue reading

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Not Really Super

ETA: Slate XX Factor readers, go here. The latest issue of Ms. Magazine has Barack Obama in a Superman pose, wearing a tee shirt that says “THIS IS WHAT A FEMINIST LOOKS LIKE,” as follows: Obama can greatly advance the … Continue reading

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Guest Blog Post: Christina Hoff Sommers on “What’s Wrong and What’s Right With Contemporary Feminism”?

Dear Readers, As a conservative feminist, I am often invited by members of the Federalist Society to speak at their law schools and take part in debates. Bridget Crawford, a moderator of the Feminist Law Professor blog, has kindly offered … Continue reading

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“Please Don’t Divorce Us”

Very powerful photo stream opposing the wretched Prop. 8.

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“One Gender’s Crash”

Deborah Spar, President of Barnard College, writes in the WaPo: ..as the financial debacle unfolds, I can’t help noticing that all the perpetrators of the greatest economic mess in eight decades are, well, men. Specifically, they are rich, white, middle-aged … Continue reading

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Indiana/Bloomington Law Prof Dawn Johnsen Nominated as Assistant AG for the Office of Legal Counsel

This morning, Barack Obama announced that he intends to nominate Dawn Johnsen to be Assistant AG for the Office of Legal Counsel. A law prof at Indiana University, Johnson serves on the board of directors of the American Constitution Society … Continue reading

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Harvard Law School Dean Elena Kagan To Be Obama’s Solicitor General.

From this press release: Elena Kagan, Solicitor General Kagan, the Charles Hamilton Houston Professor of Law, is currently the 11th Dean of Harvard Law School.   Kagan first came to Harvard Law School as a visiting professor in 1999 and … Continue reading

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Stimulating Gender Equality

As politicians and pundits debate the need for and contents of an economic stimulus program early in the Obama Administration, one issue has gained less attention than it should, and the attention it has gotten is – to my mind … Continue reading

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More About Rick Warren: Sexist As Well As Homophobic

His homophobia has been widely discussed, but his sexism not as much. Bring yourself up to date here.

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“WORLDWIDE GUIDE TO WOMEN IN LEADERSHIP”

Here. Brief excerpt: Current female heads of state and government There are 192 members of the United Nations, 2 independent states outside, a few self-declared de-facto independent states and many self-ruling depencies. 22 have got female leaders at the moment. … Continue reading

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Equality Now: Take action to support women in Afghanistan and human rights organizations in Ethiopia

From the FLP mailbox: Equality Now has just issued Women’s Action Update 21.6 in its Afghanistan campaign, re-iterating its call to the Afghan government to immediately and unconditionally reinstate to Parliament Malalai Joya, who was wrongly suspended for criticizing fellow … Continue reading

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The Rick Warren Controversy

Looking for some good reading on the Rick Warren inauguration controversy?   Here are some various takes from the opposing sides.   First, the pro-Obama/Warren side: Melissa Etheridge writes on the Huffington Post that those who are angry at Obama … Continue reading

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Homophobic Clergyman Chosen To Give Invocation At Obama’s Inauguration

People For the American Way President Kathryn Kolbert writes: Pastor Warren, while enjoying a reputation as a moderate based on his affable personality and his church’s engagement on issues like AIDS in Africa, has said that the real difference between … Continue reading

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“Hillary Clinton, the Halo Effect, and Women’s Catch-22″

Fantastic essay about women in politics here, at the Situationist. Below is a short excerpt: … After the final presidential debate between Obama and McCain, news anchor Katie Couric asked Hillary Clinton,”Why do you think Sarah Palin has an action … Continue reading

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“A video conversation with civil rights leaders”

Featuring the fabulous Veronica Arreola! Here at this site, which notes: In the aftermath of President-elect Barack Obama’s historic win, many commentators have said it will take time to understand the full significance of his ascendance to the presidency. To … Continue reading

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“A Crime Against Society” – Rape in the Congo

“A Crime Against Society” is the title of an article written by Ann Jones that appeared inthe 12/10/08 issue of The Nation. Below are the first two paragraphs: Late one afternoon seven years ago, in the village of Kamanyola in … Continue reading

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Feminists Don’t Care About The Women In Iran, And The Sexualized Mockery Of A Powerful Woman Politician Has Nothing To Do With The Stonings Of Women Who Are Deemed Too Sexual.

Or so says Kathleen Parker in the WaPo. Who needs to start here. And then go here, and here, and here, and here, and here, where a reporter notes: Currently, in Iran, there are nine women sentenced to death by … Continue reading

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“Letter from Women’s Historians to President Elect Obama” asking for gender equity in the proposed economic stimulus package.

Friends and colleagues, Attached is a letter to President-elect Obama making a historical case for more attention to gender equity in the proposed stimulus package. It is based on a draft circulated by Linda Gordon with input from several others. … Continue reading

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William Wilberforce Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act of 2008 Passes House and Senate, But Offers Less Protection To Victims Compared with the 2007 House Version.

And the impetus for watering down the bill was of course Joe Biden, in collusion with Sam Brownback. The text of the 2008 version of the bill can be found here. The major changes in the 2008 version were in … Continue reading

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Today is Jane Addams Day!

Learn more here! In light of yesterday’s events in Illinois, it is good to be reminded of all the good that civic minded people can do. Of course, we would all have to do an awful lot to match the … Continue reading

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“Afropublicrats and a More Perfect Love (Or, Living Wrong and Voting Right)”

Read the new post by this title by Lolita Buckner Inniss here.

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That’s an Obama speechwriter on the left.

Charming, huh? From this WaPo story: Question No. 58 in the transition team vetting document for the Obama White House asks that applicants: “Please provide the URL address of any websites that feature you in either a personal or professional … Continue reading

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New Blog: Suggestions4Obama.com

From the FLP mailbox: As its name suggests, Suggestions4Obama.com is a venue to allow anyone to offer suggestions for Obama and his upcoming administration. Users may offer their suggestions, tips and advice on various critical issues such as foreign policy, … Continue reading

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The Feminist Majority Political Action Committee has endorsed Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) to fill the US Senate seat being vacated by Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton.

Press release here. With Biden out of the Senate, the William Wilberforce Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act has a better chance of making it to the floor of the Senate. Elevating Rep. Maloney to the Senate would improve the bill’s … Continue reading

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Obama: Ratify the Women’s Convention Soon

Nearly 30 years after President Jimmy Carter signed the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW), the United States remains the only democracy that refuses to ratify the most significant treaty guaranteeing gender equality. One … Continue reading

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“Rape looms large over Haiti slums”

So reports this BBC article, which starts out: Human rights organisation Amnesty International is calling on the Haitian government to do more to tackle the widespread rape of girls, often by gangs of armed men. The Amnesty International report is … Continue reading

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Former First Cat Blogging

Via.

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Gender Gap Election Update

From the Feminist Weekly News: A wide gender gap played a key role in Anchorage mayor Mark Begich’s victory over Republican incumbent Ted Stevens, who has served six terms in the Senate. Though Begich won this razor-close race by less … Continue reading

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On Tea Drinking, Diplomacy, Politics and Feminism

Check out this post at Historiann.

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Hillary Clinton Got The Most Votes Of Any “Write-In” Presidential Candidate In Duval County Florida. She Even Outperformed Jesus!

This news outlet reports: Some voters expecting to vote for Barack Obama or John McCain two weeks ago were surprised to see 11 other names on the ballot. But 736 voters in Duval County weren’t happy with any of the … Continue reading

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“The ‘Bitch’ and the ‘Ditz'”

That’s the title of this article in New York Magazine. The subtitle is: How the Year of the Woman reinforced the two most pernicious sexist stereotypes and actually set women back. Below is an excerpt: …This was an election cycle … Continue reading

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Nationwide Coordinated Protests Against California’s Proposition 8 Tomorrow!

More general information here. The Columbia, SC incarnation convenes at the State House at 1:30 pm. -Ann Bartow

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“Power & Sex: America’s War on Sexual Rights”

Faye Wattleton, Katha Pollitt, Dagmar Herzog and Lynn Paltrow moderated by Michelle Fine How will the new administration handle the feminist agenda? Obama’s victory and the vote against abortion bans in Colorado and South Dakota brought some sexual rights back … Continue reading

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What Will Whiteness Mean in the Obama Years?

Two interesting essays: This one (from whence I borrowed the title for this post) at Diary of an Anxious Black Woman, and this one, entitled Propositioning Privilege, at WoC PhD. –Ann Bartow

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“Boobs for Burma: Can Sex Sell Human Rights?”

Great post at The Feminist Underground that will make you angry, but in a productive way. It’s a pretty fantastic blog generally so you might want to check out other posts there too.

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Women Put Obama In Office: Will His Appointments Reflect This?

Women’s votes made all the difference, and Obama could not have won without us. See also, see also. Unfortunately, the majority of women also voted in favor of Proposition 8 in California, although in somewhat smaller numbers than men. We … Continue reading

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Canadians Seem Very Happy About Obama’s Victory

Spent yesterday in Sumter, South Carolina doing voter protection, but today I am in Canada, and everyone here I’ve spoken to is thrilled about Obama replacing Bush as US President. No more wars, is the fervent hope I keep hearing … Continue reading

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Early morning after: ballot initiatives and progressive House candidates

Since you write the blog you want to read, I decided to concentrate last night on the ballot initiatives and down ballot races that I thought progressives would be most interested in.   What strikes me the morning after is … Continue reading

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Congratulations to Bev Perdue, North Carolina’s first woman governor!

Charlotte Observer account of her victory here.   Excerpts below: Lt. Gov. Bev Perdue rode a national tide of Democratic support Tuesday to become the first female governor of North Carolina. Perdue, who has held office in Raleigh for nearly … Continue reading

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Because in the unlikely story that is America, there has never been anything false about hope.

To my friends and colleagues who rejoice this morning, with an extra special shout out to Susan Kuo and Danielle Holley-Walker: Yes We Did. As Tony Infanti has already noted, there is still a lot of work to do. But … Continue reading

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Early Election Returns

As Obama is now slated to become the next President of the United States, it appears that voters in South Dakota and Colorado have voted down the anti-choice ballot measures that were up in their states.   Now we just … Continue reading

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Another Overview of William Wilberforce Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act (the TVPRA)

This is the Statement of Jessica Neuwirth, President of Equality Now, to the New York City Council 6/11/08: I want to start by thanking the New York City Council for this opportunity to testify on the subject of the William … Continue reading

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College Papers Back Obama, 63 to 1

Story here. Note that the Daily Gamecock is part of the 63. –Ann Bartow

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Worst.

Remember this? It definitely made me appreciate this. –Ann Bartow

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Number of Women Guests Scheduled For Today’s Political News Shows…

Zero.

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Synchronized Presidential Debating

This is cleverly done.

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Can you spot the Feminist Law Prof in this portion of a photo of the 1991 Harvard Law Review?

On the far left is Jim Chen, Feminist Law Prof and Dean of the University of Louisville School of Law. On the far right is Georgetown Law Prof and widely cited copyright law scholar Julie Cohen. That guy in the … Continue reading

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