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Alison Stein on “Women Lawyers Blog for Workplace Equality: Blogging as a Feminist Legal Method”

Alison I. Stein (J.D. Candidate, University of Pennsylvania Law School) has posted to ssrn her article, “Women Lawyers Blog for Workplace Equality:   Blogging as a Feminist Legal Method.”   Here is the abstract: Legal scholars and academic commentators have … Continue reading

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“Person on the Street” Interviewer Describes Significant Differences Between Women and Men

Her observations can be viewed here at Mob Logic TV. I think there are valid reasons that women fear media exposure and the mockery (or worse) that may follow, but an unwillingness to take risks does keep us less visible.

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Lecture by Prof. Ben Barres on “the obstacles faced by women in academic science and what individuals and institutions can do to increase opportunities in the sciences for women.”

Viewable (with RealPlayer) here. From the related website: Professor Barres brings a unique perspective to this discussion: Professor Barres is transgender, and has experienced life as both a female and as a male scientist. His seminal article in the Journal … Continue reading

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Newsweek/Surrogacy II

Yesterday I noted the current Newsweek cover story on surrogacy. Here’s a bit more to think about in that regard. I’m prepared to assume that the practice of surrogacy is useful. (Even if I weren’t, I’d have to acknowledge it … Continue reading

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Still More Misogyny

This time from spoiled rich kids at a private high school in NYC. In about five years, give or take, some of them will be enrolling in law schools, but hopefully not mine. Via Jezebel. –Ann Bartow

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Surrogacy on the Cover of Newsweek

In yet another sign that there’s a resurgence of interest in this topic, surrogacy is the cover story in this week’s Newsweek magazine. Interestingly, the focus is on the women who are surrogates. I think this consistent with recent press … Continue reading

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“Nipple Rings, Respect and the Undertreatment of Women’s Pain”

Really interesting post by this name by Jennifer Bard at the Women’s Bioethics Project blog.

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District Court Rules State “Right of Publicity” and “False Designation of Origin” claims are NOT barred by Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act

This decision provides a mechanism for the victim of social networking bad actors to pursue a claim for damages against the site hosting the damaging material. A media account of the suit, captioned Jane Doe v. Friendfinder Network, Inc., explains: … Continue reading

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In Defense of the Social-Networking Profs

Professors in cyberspace are receiving some unflattering attention (blogged here), but being a prof on Facebook and other social networking sites does not automatically put one in the Faculty Who Share Too Much Information category. I find Facebook an easy … Continue reading

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Samsung applies for patent on cell phone that monitors a woman’s menstruation cycle by measuring basal body temperature (BBT).

Patent application here. The abstract: A basal body temperature (BBT) measurement method includes: measuring each distance to at least one ear canal area by emitting a pulse to a user’s ear canal; measuring a body temperature in the at least … Continue reading

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“A man accused of using a camera to take pictures under the skirt of an unsuspecting 16-year-old girl at a Tulsa store did not commit a crime, a state appeals court has ruled.”

That’s the first sentence of an article from Fox News (yes, I know, sorry) entitled “Court Drops Case of ‘Peeping Tom’ in Target; Says Victim Was Not in Private Place”, here’s the rest: The state Court of Criminal Appeals voted … Continue reading

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News in Brief–Global Surrogacy Round-up

Bits and pieces from around the globe. From the NYT a rather long story that is a recap/expansion of the outsourced surrogacy stories I’ve noted for last month or so. Lots of detail about how it works, who it serves … Continue reading

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“…public humiliation could play a role in suicide because ‘hopelessness is often a major risk factor, and if you’ve been publicly humiliated and your reputation has been tarnished forever, you could see how someone could become hopeless.’ Such situations … could contribute to feeling that life is unbearable. …”

That’s a short excerpt from this article in the NYT entitled “After Suicide, Blog Insults Are Debated.” Below is another: … unlike some other forms of public humiliation, online insults can live in perpetuity. Whether that increases suicide risk, Mr. … Continue reading

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Notable Internet Privacy Litigation: Curran v. Amazon.com, Inc.

Eric Goldman writes: Erik Curran was a National Guard soldier who served in “a combat zone.” For reasons unclear from this opinion, he was photographed by an unspecified photographer, and the photo (or photos) of Curran became widely republished. Erik … Continue reading

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“Struggling to Squelch an Internet Rumor”

Nasty idiots can write whatever mean, false things they want, and then get their rumors and accusations into circulation on the Internet. Here’s a NYT account of this phenom.

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“Facebook Can Ruin Your Life…”

From the Independent, excerpt below: … An American insurance company, in defending its refusal to pay out a claim, is seeking to call in evidence personal online postings, including the contents of any MySpace or Facebook pages the litigants may … Continue reading

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Could Access To Cable Television Improve The Status of Women?

A paper entitled “The Power of TV: Cable Television and Women’s Status in India” claims so. The abstract reports: Cable and satellite television have grown rapidly throughout the developing world. The availability of cable and satellite television exposes viewers to … Continue reading

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News in Brief–Three Biological Parents

I’ve written about how to attachment to genetics as the primary basis for parenthood binds us to a view of two and only two parents. Increasing use of assisted reproductive technology is, however, spurring us to at least loosen that … Continue reading

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News in Brief: Same Melody, Different Words

This is really a variation on the theme of yesterday’s post. For some months now the House of Lords in the UK has been debating legislation that revamps British law about assisted reproductive technology (ART). (Indeed, it was in the … Continue reading

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A Picture of A Disgusting Photographer

Can you spot him? Photo from a rather sexist celebrity site.  

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Photographs and Contextual Integrity

From the NYT: Several gay adult Web sites have posted photographs of teenage water polo players from several high schools in Southern California, a newspaper reported. Some of the pictures, of boys as young as 14, were displayed next to … Continue reading

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Twins Who Marry, II

This story has been the subject of much commentary and surely almost all is said. But this link (included in the Telegraph version of the story) reveals a different aspect of the situation, one that has a great deal to … Continue reading

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Embryo Adoption?

I was at the American Association of Law Schools (AALS) conference last week and there, amid all legal publishing companies and on-line search services in the Exhibitor’s Hall, was a table for something called Embryo Connection, which works with the … Continue reading

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Photographs, the Internet and Fair Use (Not The Copyright Law Kind)

Two provocative posts about the ethics of re-posting photographs at Bitch, Ph.D. Here: The camera captures your soul: What is this picture for? and here: Feminism 101: The internet is a jungle, but if you are a woman it’s a … Continue reading

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Lack of Women in Computer Science Field

My son is home from his first trimester at the McCormick School of Engineering at Northwestern University.   He’s in the Computer Science department and hopes to go straight for a PhD in that field.   At dinner the other … Continue reading

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Especially For Our Alabama Readers: A Patented Process For Turning An Electric Toothbrush Into A Vibrator

U.S. Patent No. 7,186,226 is a patent for a method of making a”massage device”out of an electric toothbrush, and includes claims pertaining to a process for removing the bristles from the head of the brush (because, ouch). The patent states … Continue reading

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Opportunities for Legal Research: Facebook Edition

From the NY Times: Each day about 1,700 juniors at an East Coast college log on to Facebook.com to accumulate”friends,”compare movie preferences, share videos and exchange cybercocktails and kisses. Unwittingly, these students have become the subjects of academic research. To … Continue reading

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There is a conversation about gender issues and Internet law at Concurring Opinions that might be of interest.

It’s here. –Ann Bartow

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“Hillary Hatred Finds Its Misogynistic Voice”

At Newhouse News Service, Jonathan Tilove writes: In the coming months, America will decide whether to elect its first female president. And amid a techno-media landscape where the wall between private vitriol and public debate has been reduced to rubble, … Continue reading

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More About Anonymous Online Bullying

This ABC News article provides a lot of detail about the Myspace “hoax” that contributed to the suicide of 13 year old Megan Meier. Unlike previous accounts, it names the woman who tormented Megan in the guise of a teenaged … Continue reading

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“The anonymity provided by new technology limits a victim from responding in a way that may ordinarily stop a peer’s aggressive behavior or influence the probability of future acts, which provides an advantage to the perpetrator…”

Article about online bullying   of and by teenagers here.

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Externalities Illustrated

Today’s NYT featires an article entitled At Jets Game, a Halftime Ritual of Harassment that reports: At halftime of the Jets’ home game against the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday, several hundred men lined one of Giants Stadium’s two pedestrian ramps … Continue reading

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Allen on “The Case for Cyberfeminism”

Feminist Law Prof Anita L. Allen (Penn) has posted to SSRN her essay  “A Dialogue Among Dolls: The Case for Cyberfeminism.”   Here is the abstract:       Four dolls, two plastic and two biological are seated around a … Continue reading

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One Very Sad Story About Internet Anonymity and Mean Assholishness

Here. A follow up article at Wired contemplates the newspaper’s decision to “protect the privacy” of the accused bad actors here.

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“Federal Judge Orders Anti-Abortion Extremist to Remove Threats to Clinic Staff from Website”

From Law.com: A federal judge ordered an anti-abortion activist to remove Web site postings that authorities said exhorted readers to kill an abortion provider by shooting her in the head. District Court Thomas Golden granted an injunction Nov. 8 seeking … Continue reading

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AutoAdmit Law Suit Updates

1. From Brian Leiter. 2. From Salon, via Maggie Chon.

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O Canada!

So I’m in Canada, wearing a jacket my pocket debris suggests I haven’t warn in four years, since the last time I was here. It was 85 degrees Fahrenheit when I left South Carolina, so I packed the coat in … Continue reading

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“Arse Elektronika” 2007

Sample entrant: “Moaning Lisa” Annalee Newitz writes: Her name is Moaning Lisa, and I fondled her at Arse Elektronika, a conference in San Francisco last week devoted to pornography and technological innovation. Her creator, Matt Ganucheau, is a local artist … Continue reading

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Blogging as a Feminist Legal Method

Back in May, we blogged here about  this great post by em at hermanifesta suggesting that blogging is a new feminist legal method.   The mainstream press has noticed young women’s embrace of the internet.   The October 13, 2007 … Continue reading

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Two Porn Spammers Are Going To Jail

Via Information Week: Two men convicted of sending pornographic spam under the Can-Spam Act have been sentenced to serve more than five years in prison, the U.S. Department of Justice said Friday.Assistant Attorney General Alice S. Fisher of the criminal … Continue reading

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Using Facebook to Identify Attackers

An earlier post described how police used bragging posts on Facebook to identify suspects in the beating of an Indiana woman.   Now this from cnn.com: Using a Facebook profile, police arrested a suspect in an attack on the Georgetown … Continue reading

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Attackers Brag on Facebook

A local Indiana television station reported this story: Police said five women, four of them Ball State University students, brutally attacked another woman and then bragged on the Internet about what they had done. The attack happened in an off-campus … Continue reading

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“The U.S. Supreme Court declined Monday to hear a challenge to Alabama’s ban on the sale of sex toys, ending a nine-year legal battle and sending a warning to store owners to clean off their shelves.”

Full story here. See also. Text of dumbass Eleventh Circuit opinion that will not be reviewed here. Text of completely stupid Alabama law here. Video of Molly Ivins weighing in on similarly ridiculous Texas law here. Online source of vibrating … Continue reading

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The Confluence of Online Dating, Copyright Law and Child Pornography

All brought together in the RIAA’s legal campaign against unauthorized music downloading. From Wired.com: Is 30-year-old Jammie Thomas of Minnesota also a Kazaa user named Tereastarr, who allegedly downloaded and shared copyrighted music? The Recording Industry Association of America says … Continue reading

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Katharine Q. Seelye of the NYT Writes: “I’m writing a small column item for Monday’s Caucus blog about why more men seemed to be involved in politics online than women. I wondered if you 1) agreed with that and 2) why or why not.”

Read the responses here. Below are a couple of excerpts: Good questions. I am a woman. Personally I post comments under fake male names to some blogs (not this one), where postings under a female name are routinely attacked in … Continue reading

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Verizon and Abortion

Looking for a reason to switch from Verizon as your cell-phone carrier? Here’s a good one: Saying it had the right to block”controversial or unsavory”text messages, Verizon Wireless has rejected a request from Naral Pro-Choice America, the abortion rights group, … Continue reading

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“… The emails also revealed that MediaDefender probably was negotiating with the New York Attorney General’s office to allow them access to information about users accessing pornographic material.”

One more example of the confluence of copyright “enforcement,” pornography, and the complete absence of privacy on the Internets explained here and here.

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The Internet and Your Job

From this article in the NYT: Every summer for the last four years, e-mail security company Proofpoint has surveyed large companies about their Internet security anxieties and the measures they are taking to protect themselves. The findings, of course, are … Continue reading

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Are You An Othered Feminist?

Twisty deconstructs that Are You A Feminist? Quiz making the rounds in two parts: Are You A Fake Feminist?   and “My PMS Disaster Level”: High I particularly liked this excerpt from the post at the first link: … Where … Continue reading

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Proprietary Digital Sex

From the AP: Kevin Alderman…[a] 46-year-old entrepreneur recognized four years ago that people would pay to equip their online selves — which start out with the smooth anatomy of a Barbie or Ken doll — with realistic genitalia and even … Continue reading

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