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Mary Anne Case on “Feminist Fundamentalism”

From here: At a time when so many different religious fundamentalisms are coming to the fore and demanding legal recognition, in this talk Prof. Case seeks to vindicate feminist fundamentalism, defined as an uncompromising commitment to the equality of the … Continue reading

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When Academia Fails Women

UC Irvine Political Science Professor  Kristen Monroe and her co-authors  Saba Ozyurt, Ted Wrigley and Amy Alexander have published their article, “Gender Equity in Academia: Bad News From the Trenches, and Some Possible Solutions,” in Perspectives on Politics.  Here is … Continue reading

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Paula Gunn Allen 1939-2008

Feminist author and scholar Paula Gunn Allen died on May 29, 2008.  Here is a portion of her  obituary from the LA Times: In the 1960s, when some in academia still denied the existence of Native American literature, Paula Gunn … Continue reading

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Catharine MacKinnon Will Receive An Honorary Doctorate from Hebrew University

From here: Leading international human rights advocate Prof. Catharine MacKinnon is to receive an honorary doctorate from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem in recognition of her work in advancing gender equality. She will receive the honor at the opening Convocation … Continue reading

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On Gender and Science

Echidne has a great post here unpacking the sexism infusing this article which argues that women just “self select” away from science. Below is an excerpt (but go read the whole thing): … To see what stinks in all this, … Continue reading

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Feminist Law Prof Michelle Simon Named Dean at Pace

From the Pace Law School press release: We are proud to announce that Michelle S. Simon has been appointed dean of the school, effective May 18, 2008. She has served as interim dean since June 4, 2007 when she succeeded … Continue reading

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More About Wash. U. Granting Phyllis Schlafly an Honorary Degree

Excellent posts by Brian Leiter here, here, and here. And, see also. Did someone make a huge financial donation to the school to arrange this travesty? One almost hopes that is the case, given that otherwise it makes no sense … Continue reading

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ToC from the latest issue of Am. U WCL’s Journal of Gender, Social Policy & the Law

Volume 16, Number 2 Article Giving Birth in Shackles: A Constitutional and Human Rights Violation Dana L. Sichel Presentation Naming The Unnamed: Intellectual Property Rights of Women Artists from India Ruchira Goswami & Karubakee Nandi COMMENTS Born To No Mother: … Continue reading

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Rory Dicker, “A History of U.S. Feminisms”

From this website: “The History of U.S. Feminism is an introductory text designed to be used as supplementary material for first-year women’s studies students or as a brush-up text for more advanced students. Covering the first, second, and third waves … Continue reading

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Upcoming Conference at Brown: “Beyond Borders: Innovative Approaches to Combat Human Trafficking in the United States and Abroad”

May 24, 2008, 11:00 a.m. List Art Center Auditorium, 64 College Street, Providence According to the United Nations, over 12 million people worldwide are trafficked for forced labor or sexual exploitation every year. In the United States, an estimated 17,500 … Continue reading

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Happy May Day

Celebrate by reading Historiann’s May Day post!

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“Opponents carry injured home-run hitter around bases”

This story is pretty heartwarming: With two runners on base and a strike against her, Sara Tucholsky of Western Oregon University uncorked her best swing and did something she had never done, in high school or college. Her first home … Continue reading

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If You Haven’t Read Rebecca Solnit’s Essay, “Men Explain Things To Me,” You Must.

Here’s the link. Below is an excerpt, in case you need convincing: … He cut me off soon after I mentioned Muybridge. “And have you heard about the very important Muybridge book that came out this year?” So caught up … Continue reading

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“An Either/Or Decision: Keeping Women Out of Competitive Careers”

Tired of the “women won’t move here” and “women are just going to leave and have babies” stereotypes that get invoked as reasons not to extent qualified female candidates offers of employment? You aren’t alone. Read this post at the … Continue reading

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Webcasts from “CAN YOU HEAR US NOW?” (a Feminist Legal Theory & Feminisms Conference) are now available.

Here! This wonderful event was held at the U. of Baltimore School of Law on March 7, 2008.

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Symposium on Noëlle McAfee’s “Two Feminisms”

McAfee’s article is accessible here, via the Journal of Speculative Philosophy, Vol. 19, No. 2, 2005. McAfee writes at her blog: An article of mine that I wrote a few years ago,”Two Feminisms,”found a new life as the subject of … Continue reading

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“Workplace bullies and the academy”

Historiann has an interesting post with this title here. She notes that “women victimizing women” surfaces as a problem. She also trenchantly observes that academics can work around bullies easier than people in other occupational environments, writing: The only exception … Continue reading

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Feminist Law Prof Beverly Moran Named ACE Fellow

Congratulations to Feminist Law Prof Beverly Moran (Vanderbilt), who has been named as a Fellow of the American Council on Education for the 2008-2009 academic year. The Fellows Program is “the nation’s premier higher education leadership development program in preparing … Continue reading

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“Good Faith” – A NYT Review of Martha Nussbaum’s new book,”Liberty of Conscience” by Emily Bazelon

Read Bazelon’s review here. Learn more about the book at sites such as Amazon.com or Powell’s: In this engrossing history of the religion clauses of the First Amendment, Nussbaum (Cultivating Humanity) makes a strong, thoroughgoing case for America as a … Continue reading

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Ruminations on Tenure

By the brilliant Historiann, here. She writes in part: … Although feminist intellectuals who have sophisticated understandings about how power works, we still feel shame about our own experiences. We still see them–to one degree or another–as personal failures, rather … Continue reading

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Photos From the Baltimore Conference

(L-R): Leigh Goodmark (Baltimore), Margaret Johnson (Baltimore), Gloria Steinem, Jane Murphy (Baltimore) Above (L-R): Ann Bartow (South Carolina), Naomi Cahn (George Washington) Below (L-R): Susan Brody (John Marshall), Kristin Kalsem (Cincinnati) At Left, Top Row (L-R): LaVonne Meyer (Chicago-Kent), Gloria … Continue reading

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Live Blog Report from the University of Baltimore’s Feminist Legal Theory Conference

Today the University of Baltimore School of Law hosts the conference, “Can You Hear Us Now: How New Feminist Legal Theories and Feminisms Are Changing Society?”   Currently under way is the day’s fourth and final panel, “Culture and Third … Continue reading

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“On February 22nd, 2008, University of Michigan’s College of Literature, Science and the Arts (LSA) issued a negative tenure recommendation for Assistant Professor Andrea Lee Smith.”

I don’t have any substantive information about Prof. Smith’s tenure process. But I am an admirer of her scholarship. If Michigan is not a welcome place for her, I hope she will consider relocating to South Carolina. Elite universities can … Continue reading

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Caitlin Borgmann, Pamela Bridgewater, and David Cohen Are Brilliant and Awesome!

So are all the other Feminist Law Profs in the blogroll of course, but I got to hang out with the three listed above here in South Carolina today, woo-hoo! –Ann Bartow

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Women’s Bioethics Blog!

Dear Fellow Feminist Law Professors, I warmly invite you to visit the women’s bioethics blog which is part of the women’s bioethics project and is a group effort of law professors, bioethicists, health care professionals and health policy experts who … Continue reading

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Crime Prevention Tip Theater

A friend forwarded me an e-mail that university “safety officers” distributed after a man was observed by a number of students publicly masturbating on campus: CRIME PREVENTION TIPS: 1. QUICKLY walk away from an individual exposing his genitals and do … Continue reading

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Violence Against Law Profs

SSRN’s LSN Legal Educator e-mail notice from today included an abstract for a new article by Carol Parker of U. of Tennessee-Knoxville College of Law, nursing professor Sandra Thomas (also of UTK), and Dr. Helen Smith of violentkids.com. This article … Continue reading

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“The anti-feminist politics behind the pornography that ‘empowers’ women”

Article with this title by Gail Dines and Robert Jensen here.

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Erin Buzuvis: “Reading the Pink Locker Room: On Football Culture and Title IX”

Here’s the abstract: This Essay examines the protracted public controversy that erupted after local media reported on my comment to the University of Iowa regarding its decision to renovate the football stadium’s visiting team locker room entirely in pink. My … Continue reading

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Just Because You Are A Paranoid Feminist Doesn’t Mean The Sexists Aren’t Out To Get You, IQ Test Edition

From The G Bitch Spot: … I was recently telling someone online that when IQ tests were first introduced, women scored higher than men, so they had to change the questions to”prove”that men are smarter. The person asked for the … Continue reading

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National Association of Women Lawyers Writing Competition

NAWL has establisted the annual Selma Moidel Smith Law Student Writing Competition to encourage and reward original law student writing on issues concerning women and the law. Here are the rules. I’ve served as one of the judges for this … Continue reading

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Just Because You Are A Paranoid Feminist Doesn’t Mean The Sexists Aren’t Out To Get You, Sciences Edition.

Fresh evidence here.

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Upcoming Conference: “Working From the World Up: Equality’s Future”

March 14-15, 2008 University of Wisconsin Law School, Madison, WI A New Legal Realism Conference – Celebrating the 25th Anniversary of the Feminism and Legal Theory Project Sponsored by: The University of Wisconsin Law School, the Institute for Legal Studies, … Continue reading

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Upcoming Conference: “Feminist Theory & Economic Vulnerability”

Feminist Theory & Economic Vulnerability March 7-8, 2008 University of Colorado Law School For a schedule of speakers, click here. A registration forms will be available soon. This workshop, co-sponsored by the Feminism and Legal Theory Project and the Colorado … Continue reading

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“Everyone should read Simone de Beauvoir’s The Second Sex, argues Toril Moi”

Guardian essay by Moi here, below is an excerpt: Everyone who cares about freedom and justice for women should read The Second Sex. Long before Amartya Sen, Beauvoir argued that abstract freedom (the right to vote, for example) will make … Continue reading

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“Feminist Waves, Feminist Generations: Life Stories from the Academy”

From the wonderful Historiann: If you are interested in reading more about how universities have changed in the past thirty years as women,  queer scholars, and  scholars  of color  have integrated (or infiltrated?) the faculty, see Feminist Waves, Feminist Generations: … Continue reading

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Martha Nussbaum, “Carr, Before and After: Power and Sex in Carr v. Allison Gas Turbine Division, General Motors Corp,” 74 U Chi L Rev 1831 (2007)

Accessible here. The first two paragraphs are below: “Sexual harassment doctrine owes its primary theoretical impetus to the work of Catharine MacKinnon, who convincingly argued that sexual harassment is a form of sex discrimination. MacKinnon offered two different paradigms (the”difference”and … Continue reading

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Mary Anne Case, “All the World’s the Men’s Room,” 74 U Chi L Rev 1655 (2007)

Read it here, you will be absolutely riveted. Below are the first few paragraphs: “In August 2000, a panel of the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the dismissal of Audrey Jo DeClue’s complaint of hostile environment sexual harassment against … Continue reading

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Marina Angel, “Women Lawyers of All Colors Steered to Contingent Positions in Law Schools and Law Firms”

Abstract: This article examines the drastic organizational changes that have taken place in law firms and law schools in the last thirty years and how they have seriously disadvantaged women. Women have been almost 50% of law school graduating classes … Continue reading

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Three Book Reviews You Should Check Out

Marilee Reimer, ed., Inside Corporate U: Women in the Academy Speak Out. Reviewed by Valerie Raoul. Emily Pohl-Weary, ed. Girls Who Bite Back: Witches, Mutants, Slayers and Freaks. Reviewed by Manuela Valle. Margaret A. Simons, ed. Simone de Beauvoir: Philosophical … Continue reading

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“Columbia is . . . trying to make me an example to intimidate other women from seeking justice.”

That’s a quote by Economics Prof Graciela Chichilnisky in this WaPo article about her discrimination suit against Columbia University. Via Josie Brown, with thanks.

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Cynthia Bowman, “Street Harassment and the Informal Ghettoization of Women,” A Retrospective

I can hardly believe that this terrific law review article was published almost 15 years ago. I was reminded of it when I stumbled upon this Salon essay by Debra Dickerson in the course of some research. Dickerson wrote: … … Continue reading

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“GENDER AND CLASS: VOICES FROM THE COLLECTIVE”

This full-day program, GENDER AND CLASS: VOICES FROM THE COLLECTIVE, will be held at the AALS Annual Meeting in New York City, on Thursday, January 3, 2008. The conference will feature an opening plenary, eight topical sessions (Children, Work, Care, … Continue reading

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Some People Are ___. ___ People Are Not Tokens.

The UK group Stonewall developed the simple and powerful ad at left  for their “Education for All” campaign that addresses homophobia and  bullying in secondary schools.   (Stonewall makes the poster available for download here.)   Stonewall has undertaken an … Continue reading

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Anita Allen on Philosophy

From The Philadelphia Inquirer: Penn’s Anita Allen is at the top of her field, but she has serious concerns about its lack of openness and diversity. By Carlin Romano Anita Allen remembers an extraordinary remark made by one of her … Continue reading

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On Bettina Aptheker

Here is an interesting article about Bettina Aptheker and her relationship with her historian/father, Herbert.   During the 1960s and early 70s, Bettina Aptheker Kurzweil, as she was then known, was a figure of real interest to the F.B.I. and … Continue reading

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From the Department of Bad Law Student Judgment, UK Division

Via Blog of Feminist Activism.

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Advice for Feminist 1Ls

Given my background and scholarly interests (and maybe my blogging here!), I’ve been asked by a couple of feminist 1Ls how to get through the first year of law school. So, I thought I’d compile a list of my advice. … Continue reading

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The University of Victoria invites applications and nominations for the position of Dean of the Faculty of Law for an appointment to take effect July 1, 2008.

More information about the law school here. To learn more about the position, or to apply for it, contact: Janet Wright & Associates Inc. 174 Bedford Road, Suite 200 Toronto, Ontario M5R 2K9 Fax: (416) 923-8311 E-mail: uviclawdean@jwasearch.com

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Griswold Attorney Catherine G. Roraback Dies at 87

Yesterday, Catherine G. Roraback died at the age of 87.   She represented the appellants in Griswold v. Connecticut.   A short bio is here.   Some key excerpts: Long before the advent of public interest law Roraback made it … Continue reading

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