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“THE END OF KINDNESS: WEEV AND THE CULT OF THE ANGRY YOUNG MAN” by Greg Sandoval

This essay, published at The Verge, tells the troubling story of the harassment of Kathy Sierra, the incident that drove her away from particiapting in the tech Internet for years, and how the man who perpetrated this incident is being … Continue reading

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How Not To Review Women’s Writing

Over at The Toast, Mallory Ortberg writes: I have gone back and forth several times over the last few days on whether or not it would be worth addressing Adam Plunkett’s New Yorker.com review of poet Patricia Lockwood’s latest book … Continue reading

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I am the girl who ratted.

From this article: What is it like to come out as a survivor of sexual assault? For a student at Vanderbilt University, it’s meant being called a “crazy bitch,” “psycho,” “NASTY AS SHIT,” and a “no-good cunt.” In February, Jane … Continue reading

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“Recently Kim, whose company helps users change and personalize their Android smartphone homescreens, contacted a male developer about whether he’d be interested in joining Locket. He responded, “Hey Yunha, I’m pretty happy with my current job, but if you’re single I’d like to date you. Perhaps there are some unconventional ways to lure me away from my company (besides stock options) if you know what I mean. ;)” “

That’s a paragraph from this discouraging article.

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Dance As If Your Life Depends On It

San Francisco-based OB-GYN Dr. Deborah Cohan had breast cancer surgery on Tuesday. Before going under anesthesia, she and her surgical team did something unexpected: they danced to Beyoncé’s “Get Me Bodied.”  Dancing is good for the soul no matter where … Continue reading

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Shaken and Stirred, Women Leaving (Wall Street) Finance

Margo Epprecht on “The Real Reason Women Are Leaving Wall Street: Gentlemen Prefer Bonds.” Title cute, reasons not. But they’re also pretty predictable: a lot of sexism, along with the long hours, the financial crisis that caused many people to rethink … Continue reading

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OK! Magazine Apologizes For Story, Cover, About Duchess of Cambridge’s Post-Partum “Weight Loss Regime”

OK! magazine has apologized for a story and cover (which OK! calls “the Royal Baby special, and sells for one pound), discussing Princess Catherine’s “weight loss regime” which it published just before she gave birth to an eight pound six … Continue reading

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Women in the Texas Legislature: Lessons in Individual Actions that Serve to Empower Movements

Thank you to Senator Wendy R. Davis and to Senator Leticia Van de Putte for, among other things, standing up for equality.  It may have only been a battle and not a war, but Senator Davis’ filibuster of the Texas … Continue reading

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“A Cultural History of Mansplaining”

Here at The Atlantic.

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The 2012 Global Gender Report

(The text and links below are from here) The Global Gender Gap Report, introduced by the World Economic Forum in 2006, provides a framework for capturing the magnitude and scope of gender-based disparities around the world. The index benchmarks national … Continue reading

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“The War on Twelve Year Old Girls”

Subtitled: “An epidemic of high-profile trolling is a testament to how pathological misogyny is — and how early it begins,” you can read the entire piece by Mary Elizabeth Williams at Salon. …. And if you require any further proof, … Continue reading

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“Creepshots and revenge porn: how paparazzi culture affects women”

That’s the title of this article. Below is an excerpt: … Charlotte Laws first encountered these sites in January this year, after her daughter Kayla, who is in her mid-20s, had her computer hacked. In Kayla’s email account was one … Continue reading

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Another Day, Another Fear Mongering Article About Women Taking Over In Slate

This time it’s “Breadwinner Wives.” According to author Hanna Rosin “About 40 percent of wives in the United States now out-earn their husbands, and researcher Liza Mundy predicts they will be the majority in a generation.” I’m interested in where … Continue reading

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Four Wheels Good, Two Wheels Better!

A nasty accident involving a tanker truck carrying isobutane on I-10 near one of Baton Rouge’s exits has caused a shutdown of part of the expressway in both directions, and snarled traffic throughout Baton Rouge since 3:40 this morning. You … Continue reading

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Women in the Media as in Society?

Despite the backlash following his “slut” and “prostitute” references about Georgetown law student Sandra Fluke, Rush Limbaugh continues to denigrate women.  More recently, he targeted Tracie McMillan, journalist and author of the book, The American Way of Eating, and stated, … Continue reading

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“The Internet Swear Jar,” A Guest Post By Samantha Berg

A few days ago I wrote a comment at the Reclusive Leftist blog about misogynistic verbal abuse being unacceptable whether the target is a blogger or a prostitute and whether they are paid or not. Since then I’ve been fleshing out what … Continue reading

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Judicial Deference to the Military: Sexual Assault is Not Cognizable

Just as the judicial deference to the military’s DADT policy on sexual orientation eventually eroded, so too will the judicial deference to the military’s policies on sexual assault eventually crumble.   Well, at least that’s possible.  Isn’t it? Although a 2 … Continue reading

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Judge Orders Woman To Pay Alimony, Legal Fees, To Ex-Spouse Convicting Of Attacking Her

A San Diego judge has told an ex-wife  to pay her ex-husband’s legal fees and be ready to pay him alimony should he make the request once he leaves prison. Judge Geoffrey Pollack noted that he had discretion in the … Continue reading

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Victim Blaming NYPD Style in Park Slope, Brooklyn

In the wake of several recent sexual assaults in Park Slope, Brooklyn, the NYPD has been handing out some advice to local residents: Note to women in the South Park Slope and surrounding Brooklyn: You might want to think twice … Continue reading

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Women Playing Football? Only if in Bikinis

I had never heard of the Lingerie Football League until I read this article in an on-line Vancouver publication. Watch out, B.C. Lions. Soon, you’re not going to be the only pro football game in town. That’s right. The Lingerie Football … Continue reading

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Federal Judge Sam Sparks and the 2011 Texas Abortion Act

Judge Sam Sparks did not have very kind words for the attorneys on either side of the challenge to the 2011 abortion Act in his opinion in Texas Medical Providers Performing Abortion Services v. Lakey.    He was also not impressed … Continue reading

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Ralph Richard Banks Asks “Is Marriage for White People?”

Ralph Richard Banks (Stanford) has a book coming out on September 1, 2011.  Here is a review from Kirkus of Is Marriage for White People? How the African American Marriage Decline Affects Everyone: In his debut (Law/Stanford Law School), Banks explores … Continue reading

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U-Mass (Dartmouth) Professor Wins MCAD Ruling On Discrimination; Gets Promotion, Back Pay, Damages

A hearing officer by the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination (MCAD) appointed in the case of LuLu Sun v. University of Massachusetts–Dartmouth has ordered the University to promote Professor Sun to the post of full professor and to pay her nearly … Continue reading

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Another Attack On Hotel Staff Member Results In Suspension Of Supervisor, Agreement To Provide “Panic Buttons”

The Hotel Pierre, site of another reported sexual attack on an employee, has suspended a housekeeping because that person apparently only entered the report into a logbook. A manager saw the report the next morning and called highers-up, who then … Continue reading

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“Badminton’s New Dress Code Is Being Criticized as Sexist”

“Badminton’s New Dress Code Is Being Criticized as Sexist” is the headline for this NYT article. I guess a headline like “Badminton’s New Dress Code Is Sexist” would be too much to ask. In any event, it covers the usual … Continue reading

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On Civil Marriage

Jessica Knouse, University of Toledo College of Law, is publishing Civil Marriage: Threat to Democracy in the 2012 volume of the Michigan Journal of Gender & Law. Here is the abstract. This article argues that civil marriage and democracy are … Continue reading

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Latina Lawyers Before the Supreme Court

Maria Guadalupe Mendoza has published The Thirteen Known Latina Litigants Before the Supreme Court of the United States. Here is the abstract, updated April 3, 2011. From 1935 to 2010, only thirteen known Latinas have argued before the Supreme Court … Continue reading

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Ninth Circuit Allows Muslim Woman To Sue County Under RLUIPA

Reversing a lower court deciion, the Ninth Circuit has ruled that a Muslim woman who was forced to remove her headscarf while in detention in a California facility has stated a claim under the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons … Continue reading

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“Rapiscan”? Really? Shouldn’t the Name Be a Tip-Off?

The company that makes baggage and passenger screening devices — you know, the “enhanced” scanners at airports — is called Rapiscan Systems. That doesn’t sound so good to me. -Bridget Crawford

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Senate Hearings on CEDAW

Earlier this week, the  Senate Committee on the Judiciary, Subcommittee on Human Rights and the Law held a “Hearing on the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women.”  The UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs, … Continue reading

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Funny/Not Funny Cartoon of Some Women’s Experiences with the Internet

From Gabby’s Playhouse (here), this cartoon by Gabby Schultz that portrays some women’s experiences with internet “discourse”: The kicker?  The cartoonist is a man.  Well done! -Bridget Crawford

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Gender Frustrations

So I have taken a week to think about how to blog about a session that I saw last weekend at the ABA Conference.   The session was about using movies to demonstrate gender differences in negotiation  and I went … Continue reading

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An all women Supreme Court?

It’s not impossible.   The Texas Supreme Court is a testament to the possibility.   It happened eighty-five years ago,   if only for a single case. In 1925, the Texas Governor appointed three women to fill all the positions … Continue reading

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Why did David Brooks feel the need to churn out another concern-trolling column urging women to choose marriage over career success?

Historiann contemplated that question here. –Ann Bartow

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“Chess For Girls” from SNL around 1997 – Has anything changed?

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Marines to Women Soldiers: Clean Up On Aisle Seven!

When their gender is seen as an advantage rather than a disability, suddenly it is permissible for women soldiers to assume combat roles: … Women make up only 6 percent of the Marine Corps, which cultivates an image as the … Continue reading

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NYT alters photo to fat shame actor

Left: the NY Times image; Right: the original image From Gothamist: By yesterday evening the Paper of Record published not one, but two takedowns of women :  somewhat unsurprisingly, both centered around weight and penned by the fairer sex. The … Continue reading

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Despair.

There is so much wrong with this, just the thought of trying to unpack it makes me tired and depressed. Read at your own risk. –Ann Bartow

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On Virginity and Hymens

From this website: Time for more accurate terminology: Hymen renamed”vaginal corona” The mythical status of the hymen has caused far too much harm for far too long. Last spring, RFSU published an information booklet in Swedish intended to dispel some … Continue reading

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Don’t believe anyone who tells you to put mints in your vagina.

Does hatred of women know no boundaries? Apparently not: I recently got a press release from the makers of Linger, an “internal feminine flavoring” that promises to keep your vagina in mint condition. Think of it as an Altoid for … Continue reading

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Nicole Hurt, “Komen Goes Feminist: Breast Cancer Activism, Advertising Design, and Third-Wave Feminism”

This is an academic paper written in 2008 by a U. of Georgia student which critiques the 2007 “Punch It” Komen Foundation campaign: The shirt says:”When we get our hands on breast cancer, we’re going to punch it, strangle it, … Continue reading

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PETA gets the Onion treatment.

The line “We have no intention of changing our tactics until every last animal on the planet is given more respect than woman” barely registers as satire, PETA’s ads are so awful. Via this Jezebel post, which also has a … Continue reading

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Paranoid or Dead: The modern woman’s dilemma.

That’s a line from this post by Amanda Hess entitled Rape Prevention Tips From Rapists: Stay Inside Or Die A Horrible Death. Here’s a short excerpt: It’s not difficult to parse the real message in this advice:If you don’t want … Continue reading

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“Comprehensive Health Insurance Reform: An Essential Prescription for Women”

That is the title of a new report issued by the Congressional Joint Economic Committee, chaired by Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY). Below is the abstract: The status-quo health insurance system is serving women poorly. An estimated 64 million women lack … Continue reading

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Women targeted for murder on the basis of gender alone yet again.

The first two sentences from this NYT article report: Tortured by loneliness and his lack of success with women, George Sodini developed a plan to get even. On Tuesday night, he executed it, opening fire in a fitness center here … Continue reading

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“I Was A Teenage Feminist”

More here! Via.

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Urine-competent if you are female?

Click thumbnail below for larger version: Click thumbnail below for larger version: The photographs are the female and male instructions for collecting urine samples for medical testing, featured in the bathrooms of a medical lab. Note the contrast in how … Continue reading

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The Law and Economics of the Backlash

Back in my early days of teaching I thought it might be interesting to present a feminist legal theory paper at an annual meeting of the American Law & Economics Association (ALEA). At least at that time, you had to … Continue reading

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Lessons for Girls

Compiled by Historiann: A Feminist Vade Mecum: Anger, by Historiann. Opting Out, by Dr. Crazy. On Pity, by Professor Zero. Independence, by Sutton. Trust Your Instincts, by Undine. No Apologies, by Exile in Academia. It’s okay if not everyone likes … Continue reading

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Woman fired for refusing to wear make-up.

From here: Shenoa Vild hates to wear makeup. Face goop is simply not for her. She happens to think she has a naturally healthy, vibrant complexion. After meeting her, I have to agree. But Vild, a waitress, says her former … Continue reading

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