Category Archives: Feminism and Technology

More Discussion of Online Safety and Privacy

Here are a few excellent recent articles about online privacy, harassment, and the silencing of women: Amanda Hess, The Next Civil Rights Issue: Why Women Aren’t Welcome on the Internet Conor Friedersdorf, When Misogynist Trolls Make Journalism Miserable for Women … Continue reading

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Online Voter Information and Privacy

Did you ever want to know Donny Osmond’s birthday, along with his voter registration status? Now you can find out, through a simple website which has posted the entire Utah state voting roll to the internet in easily searchable form. … 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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Ada Lovelace Day

Even though we missed it by a day…a tribute to Ada Lovelace on her day, October 15. She’s unfortunately generally less well known as the mother of computer programming than as the daughter of George Gordon, Lord Byron and Anna Isabella Milbanke. More about remembering Ada and her … Continue reading

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Professor Mary Anne Franks discusses “Revenge Porn”

What is a “threatened sexist”? What is “revenge porn” itself, anyway? Check out this discussion with Professor Mary Anne Franks to learn all about this topic, to discuss ways that law is responding to online harassment, and to find out … Continue reading

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Apps Can Teach You Anything: Yes, a Masturbation App

I’m not making this up: Forwarded to me by a friend who said he did *not* see this app and think of me (huh?).  Anyway, it’s HappyPlayTime (tag line: “female masturbation made friendly”).  Here‘s the app’s “mission”: Sexuality is one … Continue reading

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For International Women’s Day, a Google Doodle

It’s International Women’s Day. Google heralds the event with a special Doodle from Google.        

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“Amanda Todd’s Story: Struggling, Bullying, Suicide, Self Harm #RIPAmandaTodd”

Watch this video and think about what this girl went through.

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Sexism in Tech Ads

Here’s one for the Droid that implies iPhones are disgustingly girly (“It’s not a princess, it’s a robot”): Go here to view ten more sexist tech ads.

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Lipstick On a String?

Last week, the EU Commission on Research and Innovation launched a new initiative, the “Women in Research and Innovation” Campaign, with the slogan “Science: It’s a Girl Thing.” Apparently, it was an excellent idea marred by somewhat questionable execution. It came … Continue reading

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CFP: Gender, Public Space and Surveillance

From the FLP mailbox, this CFP: CALL FOR PAPERS Expanding the Gaze: Gender, Public Space, and Surveillance Deadline: September 15, 2012 The past decade has witnessed an explosion of scholarship covering the broad area of surveillance studies. Surveillance, or the … Continue reading

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What is in a Name?

Via Tech Crunch (here), this chart: -Bridget Crawford

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Glenn Cohen on “Beyond Best Interests”

Glenn Cohen (Harvard) has posted to SSRN his article Beyond Best Interests, 96 Minn. L. Rev. (forthcoming 2012).  Here is the abstract: As Justice Douglas wrote in Skinner v. Oklahoma, procreation is one of the “basic civil rights of man.” … Continue reading

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The Politics of Research in the Digital Humanities

Jacqueline Wernimont (English, Scripps College) asks (here), “Can XML be feminist?” I’m currently working on an article that considers certain digital archives and their technological structures from a feminist perspective. Of particular interest to me is the possibility of feminist … Continue reading

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Michigan State Symposium on “Modernizing Marriage through E-Marriage”

Check out some of the great pieces from the Michigan State Law Review Symposium on “Modernizing Marriage.” Kerry Abrams, Peaceful Penetration: Proxy Marriage, Same-Sex Marriage, and Recognition, 2011 Mich. St. L. Rev. 141-172 This Essay is a contribution to a … Continue reading

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Clay Shirky’s “A Rant About Women” From Two Years Ago

Read it here. Below is an excerpt: “… Some of the most important opportunities we have are in two-sided markets: education and employment, contracts and loans, grants and prizes. And the institutions that offer these opportunities operate in an environment … Continue reading

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Amanda Marcotte on the False Digital vs. “Real Life” Activism Dichotomy

Over at On the Issues Magazine, Amanda Marcotte writes about Getting Over the the Online vs. Offline Debate.  Here is an excerpt: [T[he distinction between online and offline life is collapsing to the point of meaninglessness, making some of the … Continue reading

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Grief for the Children One Couldn’t or Didn’t Have

Writer Charlotte Bacon describes her pilgrimage to a Bhutanese temple: [T]his was the place to release the grief that had come with the obstetric misery that dogged my late 30s. We had our son with ease when I was almost … Continue reading

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Egg Donor Motivation: Sacrificing Truth for Profit?

Over at Jezebel, Jenna Marotta asks (here), “Do Egg Donors Lie?” Ms. Marotta was rejected as an egg donor about her experience because she admitted to having a family history of depression.  She wonders whether other women lie about mental … Continue reading

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Cyber-Activism: Petition to Apple CEO Tim Cook Requesting Siri Directions to Family Planning Services

There’s an internet-based petition addressed to Tim Cook, CEO of Apple, Apple, Apple PR and iPhone 4s, which says: Apple: Stop promoting anti-choice extremists. If a user asks for family planning services, they should be directed to a group that … Continue reading

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Apple and Siri’s Anti-Choice Politics

Over at The Raw Story (here), Megan Carpentier reports on “10 things the iPhone Siri will help you get instead of an abortion”: Ask the Siri, the new iPhone 4 assistant, where to get an abortion, and, if you happen … Continue reading

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Tait on “Do Patents Have Gender?” by Dan Burk

Allison Tait, a Gender Equity and Policy Postdoctoral Associate with the Yale Women Faculty Form has posted a review of Dan Burk’s piece, Do Patents Have Gender?  Dr. Tait writes: While Burk would like to separate gender realities from gender … Continue reading

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Harassment, male privilege, and jokes that women just don’t get

(Cross-posted to Concurring Opinions blog) A familiar theme comes up frequently in internet discussions: Women who complain about online harassment are just missing the joke.

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Redheads Need Not Apply

Cryos in Denmark claims (here) to have “the world’s largest selection of sperm donors.” According to this report in the (UK) Telegraph, Cryos no longer accepts donations from redheaded sperm donors. “There are too many redheads in relation to demand,” … Continue reading

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Review of Rene Almeling, “Sex Cells: The Medical Market for Eggs and Sperm”

Rene Almeling’s new book, Sex Cells:  The Medical Market for Eggs and Sperm, explores the inner workings of the world of donor gametes, and then sets these observations in the larger contexts of gender and commodification.  Almeling, a sociologist at Yale, collected data … Continue reading

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“What is Feminist About Open Access?”

That’s the title of this article by Carys Craig (Osgoode), Joseph Turcotte and Rosemary Coombe (York U.).  Here is the abstract: In a context of great technological and social change, existing intellectual property regimes such as copyright must contend with … Continue reading

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Assisted Reproduction: A Man’s Perspective on that Small Room and Big Cup

Paul Ford writes in The Age of Mechanical Reproduction (here) of his experiences with assisted reproductive technology and the quest to have a child via IVF: When I tell people what we are doing, they want to hear about the … Continue reading

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Battle of the (Underwear) Bulge: Anthony Weiner, Twitter and Evolutionary Theory

I really, really want to take up Amy Wax’s call (here) to pay attention to mostly-neglected (by feminist legal scholars, that is) methodologies of economists, empirical social scientists and evolutionary theorists: Evolutionary theory seeks to offer a scientifically grounded account … Continue reading

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Patent Law and the Female Body

Written Description is a blog by Dr. Lisa Larrimore Ouellette.  The blog reviews “Recent Scholarship on Patent Law, IP Theory, and Innovation.” (Dr. Ouellette also is a 3L at Yale Law School.)  Today, Written Description features this post by Dr. Allison … Continue reading

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Chandra on “Surrogacy and India”

Mr. Smith Chandra, a student at the National Academy of Legal Studies and Research University in Hyerabad, India has posted to SSRN his working paper Surrogacy and India.  Here is the abstract: The Law Commission of India has submitted the … Continue reading

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Googlebombing Links “Murder” and Wikipedia Entry For Abortion

Via Reddit.

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CFP: Women and New Media in the Mediterranean Region

From the FLP mailbox, this call for abstracts from the Isis Center for Women and Development: INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE WOMEN & NEW MEDIA IN THE MEDITERRANEAN REGION ISIS CENTER FOR WOMEN & DEVELOPMENT June 24, 25, 26, 2011 – Fez, Morocco … Continue reading

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Joslin on “Protecting Children(?): Marriage, Gender, and Assisted Reproductive Technology”

Courtney Joslin (UC Davis) has posted to SSRN her new piece, Protecting Children(?): Marriage, Gender, and Assisted Reproductive Technology, 83 S. Cal. L. Rev. 1177 (2010). Here is the abstract: The Supreme Court has declared that children should not be penalized based … Continue reading

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Public Forum Series in London on Gender and Scientific Advances

The University of Cambridge Centre for Gender Studies is holding a three public fora in London on November 2, 2010.  The theme is gender and bio-medical advances of the 21st Century.  Here’s the info: November 2, 2010: “Making Babies in the … Continue reading

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New Controversy at Duke University

 As described at Jezebel.com:  “ Duke [University]  is in an uproar about a highly detailed “fuck list” that a recent female graduate made — in PowerPoint, complete with penis-size evaluations and dirty-talk transcripts.  Upon graduating, the author decided to pass … Continue reading

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The Emotional Darkness of Hate: Suicide at Rutgers

Last week Rutgers University student Tyler Clementi jumped to his death from the George Washington Bridge.   The (Newark) Star-Leger reports here: Freshman Tyler Clementi was enrolled at Rutgers University for a little more than three weeks when he asked his roommate … Continue reading

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What’s Wrong with Cyberspace? An “Atrophied Sense of Humility and Charity”

Professor Alan Jacobs (English, Wheaton College) has a reflective post on “The Online State of Nature” over at Big Questions Online.  It is inspired at least in part by the cartoon at right (image source: here at xkcd.com). I have … Continue reading

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Humbach Podcast on “Sexting and the First Amendment”

My colleague John Humbach has a podcast here discussing many of the issues he raises in his article, Sexting and the First Amendment, 37 Hastings Const. Law Q. 433 (2010).  Here’s a description of the podcast: Sexting is a new … Continue reading

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“Sexting: Youth Practices and Legal Implications”

 Abstract:       This document addresses legal and practical issues related to the practice colloquially known as sexting. It was created by Harvard Law School’s Cyberlaw Clinic, based at the Berkman Center for Internet & Society, for the Berkman Center’s Youth and Media … Continue reading

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Cohen and Chen on “Trading-Off Reproductive Technology and Adoption”

I. Glenn Cohen (Harvard) and Daniel L. Chen (Duke) have posted to SSRN their article, Trading-Off Reproductive Technology and Adoption: Does Subsidizing in Vitro Fertilization Decrease Adoption Rates and Should it Matter? forthcoming in the Minnesota Law Review.  Here is the abstract: For … Continue reading

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Duncan on Sexting

 Susan Duncan (Louisville) has posted to SSRN her working paper, "A Legal Response is Necessary for Self Produced Child Pornography: A Legislator’s Checklist for Drafting the Bill."  Here is the abstract: This Article explores self produced child pornography, known in … Continue reading

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Could it be you don’t have any?

Fun with corporate website search functions: Via.

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The De-Anonymization of the Internet Begins In Earnest

From this article entitled “Start-Up Links 65 Million IP Addresses To Users, Readies Targeting Platform”: … [T]he company ClearSight Interactive is getting ready to launch a form of targeting based on users’ IP addresses. ClearSight, which describes IP addresses as … Continue reading

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The Internet Pile-on over a Woman Dean’s Paycheck

The legal blogosphere has been embroiled recently in a series of discussions about Karen Rothenberg, formerly dean at Maryland law.  For those living in a cave (or avoiding Above the Law as a paper-finishing strategy), the basic facts are these:  … Continue reading

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“Teens and Social Media” – Girls Rule

From the Pew Research Center: Content creation by teenagers continues to grow, with 64% of online teenagers ages 12 to 17 engaging in at least one type of content creation, up from 57% of online teens in 2004. Girls continue … Continue reading

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iMisogyny? There’s an app for that.

Jessica Roy lays it down here at Broadsheet.

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The Internet in 1993

Some of the optimism about online norms was greatly misplaced. –Ann Bartow

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Google’s newly patented “A method of providing an interactive game based on a digital video” reportedly perfect for pornography.

From Gawker: …Didn’t [the PTO] think it was fishy when Google credited 11 inventors on two continents in its newly-issued patent? That‘s a lot of brainpower for child’s play, and even for, as the patent calls it, a broader “WEB-BASED … Continue reading

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Funny? Creepy? Both? Neither?

–Ann Bartow

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On Forging Sustainable Parental Bonds.

Last Sunday’s New York Times Magazine cover story, Who Knew I was Not the Father?, discusses the complexities of identifying which men to label as”fathers.” The article told the heartbreaking stories of men who believed that they were the biological … Continue reading

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