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Huntington on “How Law Undermines Family Relationships”

Clare Huntington (Fordham Law School) has published a new book, Failure to Flourish: How Law Undermines Family Relationships (Oxford University Press 2014).  Here is Oxford’s description:  Exploring the connection between families and inequality, Failure to Flourish: How Law Undermines Family … Continue reading

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New Book Announcement: Jill Elaine Hasday, “Family Law Reimagined”

Jill Elaine Hasday (Minnesota) has published a new book, Family Law Reimagined (Harvard U. Press, 2014).  Here is the publisher’s description: One of the law’s most important and far-reaching roles is to govern family life and family members.  Family law … Continue reading

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Latina Feminist Reader Suggestions

Via Amsterdam-based writer Flavia Dzodan over at Red Light Politics, this list of suggestions for a Latina Feminist Reader: This Bridge Called My Back: Writings by Radical Women of Color - Cherrie Moraga and Gloria Anzaldua Borderlands La Frontera: The New … Continue reading

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Robson on “Dressing Constitutionally”

Ruthann Robson (CUNY) has posted to SSRN the Introduction and Table of Contents of her new book Dressing Constitutionally: Hierarchy, Sexuality, and Democracy from Our Hairstyles to Our Shoes.  Here is the abstract: The intertwining of our clothes and our … Continue reading

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Announcing Third Edition of “Introduction to Feminist Legal Theory”

Martha Chamallas has updated her invaluable text Introduction to Feminist Legal Theory.  Here is the publisher’s description of the new edition: Widely respected as a leading text in the field, Introduction to Feminist Legal Theory (3d ed. 2012) spans the … Continue reading

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Cartoon History, Woman Suffrage and the Kewpie Doll

Comicbookgrrrl has an informative post (here) about cartoonist Rose O’Neill: Rose O’Neill is regarded as the first woman cartoonist (1874-1944). Self taught, and from a poor family, her parents ensured she was never without paper to draw on, and her … Continue reading

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Epstein’s ‘Women in Law’ Goes Digital

Cynthia Fuchs Epstein’s classic text Women in Law is now available as an e-book for Kindle, Nook, and iPad, with a new introduction by Deborah Rhode.  Here is an excerpt from the intro: When Cynthia Fuchs Epstein published her pathbreaking … Continue reading

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Review of McRobbie’s “The Aftermath of Feminism”

Writing over at Sociological Imagination, Evelyn Puga Aguirre-Sulem (Sociology, Warwick UK) reviews The Aftermath of Feminism  by Angela McRobbie (Communications, Goldsmiths, Univ. of London): Through the book, McRobbie explores contemporary society of the United Kingdom and argues that we are currently … Continue reading

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Review of “The Measure of Injury: Race, Gender, and Tort Law”

Anne Bloom (McGeorge) and Julie Davies (McGeorge) have published their review of Martha Chamallas & Jennifer Wriggins, The Measure of Injury: Race, Gender, and Tort Law (NYU Press, 2010).  The review appears at 61 J. Legal Ed. 495 (2012).  Here … Continue reading

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McDougall, “Bigamy and Christian Identity in Late Medieval Champagne”

Sara McDougall (History, John Jay College) has published Bigamy and Christian Identity in Late Medieval Champagne (Penn Press 2012).  Here is the publisher’s description: The institution of marriage is commonly thought to have fallen into crisis in late medieval northern … Continue reading

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“50 Essential Feminist Books”: What’s on Your (Law) List?

I’m skeptical of canon projects generally, but I admit that I find them fascinating all the same.  I stumbled across this list of “50 Essential Feminist Books” (not necessarily law-related) on the UK-based Stylist blog.  It’s what the editors call … Continue reading

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Julie Greenberg’s “Intersexuality and the Law: Why Sex Matters”

NYU Press has published a new book by Julie Greenberg (Thomas Jefferson School of Law).  Here‘s the publisher’s description: The term “intersex” evokes diverse images, typically of people who are both male and female or neither male nor female. Neither … Continue reading

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The Origins of Sexual Freedom

Faramerz Dabhoiwala breaks down the topic in The Origins of Sex: A History of the First Sexual Revolution, a book forthcoming (April 2012) from Oxford University Press.  Here’s the publisher’s description: A man admits that, when drunk, he tried to have … Continue reading

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“Enviro-Toons” in Cultural and Historical Contexts: “That’s All Folks?” by Robin Murray and Joseph Heumann

From the FLP mailbox comes a notice of a new book by Robin L. Murray (English, Eastern Illinois University) and Joseph K. Heumann (Emeritus, Eastern Illinois University).  Here‘s the publisher’s description of That’s All Folks? (Univ. Nebraska Press 2011): Although … Continue reading

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New Book by Meagan Tyler, “The Pornographic and Sexological Construction of Women’s Sexuality in the West”

Meagan Tyler (Sociology, Victoria U., Australia) has published a book, “Selling Sex Short: The Pornographic and Sexological Construction of Women’s Sexuality in the West.”  Here is the publisher’s description: Pornography and the ‘science of sex’ – sexology – are redefining … Continue reading

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New Book of Interest: “Enacting Pleasure: Artists and Writers Respond to Carol Gilligan’s New Map of Love”

From the FLP mailbox, this announcement of a new edited volume by Peggy Cooper Davis and Lizzy Cooper Davis: Enacting Pleasure: Artists and Writers Respond to Carol Gilligan’s New Map of Love Carol Gilligan’s feminist psychology has been the subject of … Continue reading

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Impersonal Feminism: Review of Walby’s “The Future of Feminism”

Jessica Crispin reviews The Future of Feminism by Sylvia Walby over at The Smart Set: If the future of feminism as outlined by Sylvia Walby is in government policy and on executive boards of corporations, I do wonder what the future … Continue reading

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Ouellete’s “Bioethics and Disability: Toward a Disability-Conscious Bioethics”

Alicia Ouellete (Albany) has published a new book, Bioethics and Disability: Toward a Disability-Conscious Bioethics, with Cambridge University Press.  Here‘s the publisher’s description: Bioethics and Disability provides tools for understanding the concerns, fears, and biases that have convinced some people with disabilities … Continue reading

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Pratt-Clarke on “Critical Race, Feminism, and Education”

Menah Pratt-Clark (Assistant Chancellor and Director of the Office of Equal Opportunity and Access at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign) has published a new book with Palgrave Macmillan  Here is the publisher’s description of the book: Critical Race, Feminism, and Education: … Continue reading

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Mumford on “Tax Policy, Women and the Law”

Ann Mumford (Queen Mary, University of London) has published Tax Policy, Women and the Law with Cambridge University Press.  Here is the publisher’s abstract: Tax policy frequently targets the choices that women face in many aspects of their lives. Decisions regarding working … Continue reading

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Siobhan Brooks, Unequal Desires: Race and Erotic Capital in the Stripping Industry

In this morning’s panel at the “After Gender” Symposium, Adrienne Davis (Wash. U. St. Louis) mentioned an interesting new book — Siobhan Brooks, Unequal Desires: Race and Erotic Capital in the Stripping Industry (SUNY Press 2010).  Here is the description … Continue reading

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Susan J. Douglas, “Enlightened Sexism: The Seductive Message that Feminism’s Work is Done”

Described here. An essay by Douglas entitled “Girls Gone Anti-Feminist” that touches on the book’s themes is available here. Below is an excerpt: … Enlightened sexism is a response, deliberate or not, to the perceived threat of a new gender … Continue reading

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“PROPERTY OUTLAWS: How Squatters, Pirates and Protesters Improve the Law of Ownership” by Eduardo M. Peñalver and Sonia K. Katyal

PROPERTY OUTLAWS: How Squatters, Pirates and Protesters Improve the Law of Ownership by Eduardo M. Peñalver and Sonia K. Katyal Property Outlaws puts forth the intriguingly counterintuitive proposition that, in the case of both tangible and intellectual property law, disobedience … Continue reading

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Rebecca J. Cook and Simone Cusack, “Gender Stereotyping: Transnational Legal Perspectives”

From the publisher’s website: While both lawyers and psychologists have been aware of the role of stereotypes in discrimination, there is little literature addressing the legal status of stereotypes as gender discrimination. Gender Stereotyping makes a substantial contribution to the … Continue reading

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Jennifer Baszile’s”The Black Girl Next Door”

Historiann has a review here. Interview with Jennifer Baszile (including readings from the book) here: –Ann Bartow

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Alison Piepmeier, Girl Zines: Making Media, Doing Feminism

NYU Press has   published a new book by Alison Piepmeier (English, College of Charleston).   In Girl Zines: Making Media, Doing Feminism, Piepmeier explores the content and significance of DIY feminist ‘zines — an informal communications phenomenon commonly associated … Continue reading

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Robson on “Compulsory Matrimony”

Feminist Law Prof Ruthann Robson (CUNY) has posted to SSRN her chapter, Compulsory Matrimony, from the new Ashgate Press book Feminist and Queer Legal Theory: Intimate Encounters, Uncomfortable Conversations (Martha A. Fineman, Jack E. Jackson and Adam P. Romero eds., … Continue reading

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The Gloria Anzaldúa Reader Published

Duke University Press has released The Gloria Anzaldúa  Reader, edited by AnaLouise Keating (Women’s Studies, Texas Woman’s Univeristy).  Here is the description from the Duke U. Press website: Born in the Río Grande Valley of south Texas, independent scholar and … Continue reading

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Sheila Jeffreys on Kate Millett

From this site: …[R]adical feminist scholar Sheila Jeffreys talks about the influence of Kate Millett on the course of feminist thinking, most particularly through her book Sexual Politics (1970). Jeffreys gives a summary of the key ideas of Millett’s work … Continue reading

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Brother West: Living and Loving Out Loud

Cornel West’s autobiography, Brother West: Living and Loving Out Loud, has been released. I look forward to reading it! -Bridget Crawford

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A Feminist Legal History of U.S. Patriotism

To mark the July 4 holiday, I’m reading a book by Francesca Morgan (History, Northeastern Illinois University). In  Women and Patriotism in Jim Crow America (UNC Press 2005), Morgan details the activities of these women’s volunteer organizations founded after the … Continue reading

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May the Female Force Be With You

Caroline Kennedy and Barbara Walters are the new stars of two “biography comics” in the “Female Force” series published by Bluewater Productions. From the Bluewater website (here): Female Force offers a broad examination of influential women from a variety of … Continue reading

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Ann Rossiter, “Ireland’s Hidden Diaspora: the ‘abortion trail’ and the making of a London-Irish underground, 1980-2000″

From this site: Every year, approximately 5,000 women from the Republic of Ireland and 1,500 from Northern Ireland cross the Irish Sea to have an abortion in a British clinic. They come and go in secret, like women ‘on the … Continue reading

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“Eat First – You Don’t Know What They’ll Give You: The Adventures of an Immigrant Family & Their Feminist Daughter” by Sonia Pressman Fuentes

Reviewed at Viva La Feminista!

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Law Professor Annette Gordon-Reed (NYLS) Wins Pulitzer

From the NYT list of winners: HISTORY:”The Hemingses of Monticello: An American Family,”by Annette Gordon-Reed: A painstaking exploration of a sprawling multi-generation slave family that casts provocative new light on the relationship between Sally Hemings and her master, Thomas Jefferson.” … Continue reading

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“Lessons from the Identity Trail: Anonymity, Privacy and Identity in a Networked Society” by Ian Kerr, Carole Lucock and Valerie Steeves

From the publisher: During the past decade, rapid developments in information and communications technology have transformed key social, commercial and political realities. Within that same time period, working at something less than internet speed, much of the academic and policy … Continue reading

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“Still Alice” by Lisa Genova

I bought a copy of this novel at an airport bookstore with low expectations, just looking for something to pass a few hours when yet another flight got delayed. I got drawn into it quickly, and about 100 pages in, … Continue reading

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Book Review: “Feminist Mothering” edited by Andrea O’Reilly

Check out Veronica’s informative review at Viva La Feminista.

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Sex Reform, Female Emancipation, Environmentalism, Vegetarianism, Nudism and Animal Rights

What’s not to like?   Feminists and allied critical thinkers  may be interested in Sheila Rowbotham’s biography, Edward Carpenter: A Life of Liberty and Love.  Here’s a portion of  Martin Pugh’s review in the Times Literary Supplement: Edward Carpenter abandoned … Continue reading

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Naomi R. Cahn, “Test Tube Families Why the Fertility Market Needs Legal Regulation”

Fabulous feminist law prof Naomi Cahn, one of the best feminist legal theorists around, has a new book out: Synopsis of publisher NYU Press: The birth of the first test tube baby in 1978 focused attention on the sweeping advances … Continue reading

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Siddharth Kara, “Sex Trafficking: Inside the Business of Modern Slavery”

From the publisher’s website: Every year, millions of women and children are abducted, deceived, seduced, or sold into forced prostitution, made to service hundreds if not thousands of men before being discarded. Generating huge profits for their exploiters, sex slaves … Continue reading

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Ann M. Valk, “Radical Sisters: Second-wave Feminism and Black Liberation in Washington, D.C.”

Haven’t read this book but it looks interesting. From the publisher: “Radical Sisters” is a fresh exploration of the ways that 1960s political movements shaped local, grassroots feminism in Washington, D.C. Rejecting notions of a universal sisterhood, Anne M. Valk … Continue reading

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Elizabeth Losh, “Virtualpolitik: An Electronic History of Government Media-Making in a Time of War, Scandal, Disaster, Miscommunication, and Mistakes”

From the MIT Press page: Today government agencies not only have official Web sites but also sponsor moderated chats, blogs, digital video clips, online tutorials, videogames, and virtual tours of national landmarks. Sophisticated online marketing campaigns target citizens with messages … Continue reading

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Judging a Book’s Cover

Joseph Sullivan at the Book Design Review has named the cover of the paperback edition of Susan Faludi’s The Terror Dream:  Fear and Fantasy in Post-9/11 America as one of his “favorite book covers of 2008.”  I’m pretty sure he … Continue reading

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Sheila Jeffreys, “The Industrial Vagina: The political economy of the global sex trade”

From the publisher’s website: The industrialization of prostitution and the sex trade has created a multibillion-dollar global market, involving millions of women, that makes a substantial contribution to national and global economies. The Industrial Vagina examines how prostitution and other … Continue reading

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Valerie Frankel, “Thin Is The New Happy”

From the publisher: You’ve heard the phrase”the mirror is not your friend.”For Valerie Frankel, the mirror was so much more than”not a friend.”It was the mean girl who stole her lunch money, bitch-slapped her in the ladies’ room, and cut … Continue reading

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Crime, Punishment, Race and Child Pornography

Doug Berman asks: Is there an ivy-leaguer exception to federal child porn charges?

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Imagining Law: On Drucilla Cornell

SUNY Press has published Imagining Law: On Drucilla Cornell, an edited volume of essays by authors in philosophy, political science and law.   Each discusses the importance of Professor Cornell’s work.   The last essay in the book is Professor … Continue reading

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Inverview With Congressional Rep. Carolyn Maloney About Her New Book, “Rumors of Our Progress Have Been Greatly Exaggerated”

Part one here. Part two here.

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Not the Babar You Remember

New  York’s Morgan Library is currently hosting “Drawing Babar:  Early Drafts and Watercolors,” a show  of “manuscript drafts, sketches, and watercolors, for the first book by each of Babar’s two authors, father and son Jean and Laurent de Brunhoff.”  The … Continue reading

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