Category Archives: Recommended Books

Author Madeleine L’Engle Has Died

Biographical information about L’Engle can be found here and here. Obituaries are online here and here. I loved her “Time Quintet” very much. –Ann Bartow

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Robert Jensen, “Getting Off: Pornography & the End of Masculinity”

Robert Jensen, a journalism professor at the University of Texas, has written a new book, Getting Off: Pornography & the End of Masculinity. He describes it as a book “on gender and male privilege, rooted in the feminist critique of … Continue reading

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Dorian Solot and Marshall Miller, “I Love Female Orgasm”

Related webpage here. Review by Courtney at Feministing here.

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Carolyn Heilbrun, “Writing A Woman’s Life”

I just re-read this, and was startled both by how well written it is (even better than I remembered), and by how fresh the observations and analysis remain. Published in 1989, this is a terrific book, about which the NYT … Continue reading

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“Taking A Break From Uppercase”

Lisa Jervis, editor of Bitch: Feminist Response to Pop Culture, reviewed “Split Decisions: How and Why to Take a Break from Feminism” by Janet Halley at the Women’s Review of Books. Here is an excerpt: I admit I was predisposed … Continue reading

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I’m Not Taking A Break From Feminism

But it was still interesting and enjoyable to debate Janet Halley’s book, Split Decisions: How and Why To Take a Break From Feminism on an Author Meets Reader panel here at the Law and Society Annual Meeting. The other participants … Continue reading

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Some Second Wave Classics

Via Finally, A Feminism 101 Blog: Sexual Politics, Kate Millet (1968) The Politics of Housework, Pat Mainardi (1970 ) Feminism Old Wave and New Wave, Ellen Dubois (1971) Why I Want A Wife, Judy Syfers (1971) The BITCH Manifesto, Jo … Continue reading

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Adrien Katherine Wing, “Critical Race Feminism, A Reader”

From the publisher’s webpage: Now in its second edition, the acclaimed anthology Critical Race Feminism presents over 40 readings on the legal status of women of color by leading authors and scholars such as Anita Hill, Lani Guinier, Kathleen Neal … Continue reading

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“Race and Races: Cases and Resources for a Diverse America”

From the FLP mailbox: Juan Perea, Richard Delgado, Angela Harris, Jean Stefancic, and Stephanie Wildman are pleased to announce the June publication of the Second Edition of Race and Races: Cases and Resources for a Diverse America available from West. … Continue reading

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Pamela Stone, “Opting Out? Why Women Really Quit Careers and Head Home”

From the publisher’s website: Noting a phenomenon that might seem to recall a previous era, The New York Times Magazine recently portrayed women who leave their careers in order to become full-time mothers as “opting out.” But, are high-achieving professional … Continue reading

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Jody Raphael, “Freeing Tammy: Women, Drugs, and Incarceration”

Jody Raphael, Senior Research Fellow, DePaul College of Law, has recently published the third book in her women, poverty, and violence trilogy, a feminist work (a ten-year project) that uses women’s own voices to show how violence makes and keeps … Continue reading

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“There are moments when the injustice of having to leave your country, simply because an imbecile got it into his head to invade it, is overwhelming. It is unfair that in order to survive and live normally, we have to leave our home and what remains of family and friends…”

Riverbend, the author of Baghdad Burning and Baghdad Burning II, has decided to leave Iraq. Read her post about this here. Via Heart.

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Kate O’Riordan and David J. Phillips, “Queer Online, Media Technology and Sexuality”

From the book’s webpage: This collection draws together contemporary research into queer theory and practices, as they intersect with new media and communication technologies. It provides a synthesis of critical debates in these fields followed by empirical analyses of current … Continue reading

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“Spin Control” by Chris Moriarty Wins Award!

From this site: Chris Moriarty’s Spin Control was named as the winner of the 2007 Philip K. Dick Award at Norwescon 30, in SeaTac, Washington. The Philip K. Dick Award is presented annually by the Philadelphia Science Fiction Society for … Continue reading

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Ayaan Hirsi Ali’s “Infidel”

Kameron Hurley reviews Ayaan Hirsi Ali’s Infidel at her terrific blog, Brutal Women. There is a post about the NYT’s review of this book here.

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Joan MacLeod Heminway, “Martha Stewart’s Legal Troubles”

Editor and Feminist Law Prof Joan MacLeod Heminway is a good friend and brilliant scholar. Here is the Amazon.com description of her new book: Martha Stewart’s Legal Troubles: Heminway brings together essays written by legal scholars specializing in both white … Continue reading

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Ann Bartow, “Some Peer-to-Peer, Democratically and Voluntarily Produced Thoughts About ‘The Wealth of Networks: How Social Production Transforms Markets and Freedom,’ By Yochai Benkler”

As my friend Siva Vaidhyanathan did before me, I wrote a review of Benkler’s (relatively) new book, which can be downloaded here. In fact, I mention Siva’s review in my review, so feel free to offer your review of my … Continue reading

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Sherri Williams v. Attorney General of Alabama: 11th Circuit Upholds Alabama’s Vibrator Ban

According to the opinion, there “is no fundamantal right to use sexual devices.” The previous S.J. in favor of the plaintiff was reversed. Spirited dissent by J. Barkett begins at page 43 (scroll down). I’d like to invite everyone in … Continue reading

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The Selected Papers of Margaret Sanger

Volume I: The Woman Rebel, 1900-1928 The birth control crusader, feminist, and reformer Margaret Sanger was one of the most controversial and compelling figures inthe twentieth century. This first volume of The Selected Papers of Margaret Sanger documents the critical … Continue reading

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“The Sound the Stars Make Rushing Through the Sky: The Writings of Jane Johnston Schoolcraft”

From the publisher’s website: Introducing a dramatic new chapter to American Indian literary history, this book brings to the public for the first time the complete writings of the first known American Indian literary writer, Jane Johnston Schoolcraft (her English … Continue reading

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Celia R. Daileader, “Racism, Misogyny, and the Othello Myth”

From the publisher’s webpage: Through readings of texts spanning four centuries, and bridging the Atlantic – from genres as diverse as English Renaissance drama, abolitionist literature, gothic horror and contemporary romance – Daileader questions why Anglo-American culture’s most widely-read and … Continue reading

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Douglas M. Branson, “No Seat at the Table: How Corporate Governance and Law Keep Women Out of the Boardroom”

From the NYU Press site: Women are completing MBA and Law degrees in record high numbers, but their struggle to attain director positions in corporate America continues. Although explanations for this disconnect abound, neither career counselors nor scholars have paid … Continue reading

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Lindsay Blohm and Ashley Riveira, “Presumed Equal: What America’s Top Women Lawyers Really Think About Their Firms”

From the book’s website: Even though men and women have graduated law school at nearly the same rate for two decades, women still make up only 17% of partners at law firms. Since 1995, Presumed Equal has provided valuable insight … Continue reading

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Elizabeth Alice Clement, “Love for Sale: Courting, Treating, and Prostitution in New York City, 1900-1945″

From the book’s website: The intense urbanization and industrialization of America’s largest city from the turn of the twentieth century to World War II was accompanied by profound shifts in sexual morality, sexual practices, and gender roles. Comparing prostitution and … Continue reading

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“The College Administrator’s Survival Guide”

The cover and the use of initials in place of a first name are a little off-putting, but I’m guessing that was the publisher’s idea, so that prospective readers wouldn’t be scared off by girl germs. The author is in … Continue reading

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“Hidden victims of a brutal conflict: Iraq’s women”

The Observer (via the U.K. Guardian Unlimited) reported yesterday: …Iraqis do not like to talk about it much, but there is an understanding of what is going on these days. If a young woman is abducted and murdered without a … Continue reading

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“Pink Ribbons, Inc.: Breast Cancer and the Politics of Philanthropy”

From the publisher’s website: In Pink Ribbons, Inc., Samantha King traces how breast cancer has been transformed from a stigmatized disease and individual tragedy to a market-driven industry of survivorship. In an unprecedented outpouring of philanthropy, corporations turn their formidable … Continue reading

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“James Tiptree, Jr.: The Double Life of Alice B. Sheldon” by Julie Phillips

From Body Impolitic: Tiptree (born in 1910) was, among many other things, a woman who made many of her choices and a lot of her self-definition out of her relationship with men for much of her life. A very traditionally … Continue reading

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“Feminist Methodologies for International Relations”

Edited by Brook A. Ackerly, Maria Stern, and Jacqui True, the book’s webpage provides this overview: Why is feminist research carried out in international relations (IR)? What are the methodologies and methods that have been developed in order to carry … Continue reading

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Kristin Rowe-Finkbeiner and Joan Blades, “The Motherhood Manifesto”

Kristin Rowe-Finkbeiner and Joan Blades have published a new book entited The Motherhood Manifesto: What America’s Moms Want:And What to Do About It. Read an interview of Rowe-Finkbeiner by Celina De Leon of Feministing here. Below is an excerpt: Do … Continue reading

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“Planet of the Arabs”

It’s a video montage illustrating Hollywood’s relentless dehumanization and vilification of Arabs and Muslims. You can view it here or here. Powerful and disturbing. Update: Patrick S. O’Donnell writes (see “comments” for the full text of his observations) : I … Continue reading

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Labor Day Links and Notes

The AFL-CIO has a “Labor Day 2006″ webpage here, that links to labor-oriented films and videos here, music here, and games here. You can read the transcript of an interview with Barbara Ehrenreich about the state of America’s workers and … Continue reading

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Robin Morgan Channels the Framers in Her New Book “Fighting Words”

From Robin Morgan’s website: In Fighting Words, Robin Morgan has assembled a toolkit for arguing, a verbal karate guide: a lively, accessible, eye-opening collection revealing what the framers (and other leading Americans) really believed:in their own words. She resurrects the … Continue reading

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“The Female Brain”

The 8/20 WaPo ran a review by Deborah Tannen of “The Female Brain” by Louann Brizendine called “A Brain of One’s Own.” In it she writes: … In a breezy, playful style (the calming hormone oxytocin is a “fluffy, purring … Continue reading

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Feminist Legal Theory For Beginners?

I got a nice and very funny e-mail from an FLP reader who asked whether this blog could begin posting accessible overviews of feminist legal theory for folks who are interested but haven’t been exposed before. It’s an interesting idea … Continue reading

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Rethinking the Ova, the Sperm and the Metaphors of Reproduction

All the way back in 1992 Discover published a story called The Aggressive Egg, which discussed the work of anthropologist Emily Martin. Below is an excerpt: …As she began her background studies, Martin was surprised to find that popular literature, … Continue reading

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Lily Burana, “Strip City”

Strip City (a stripper’s farewell journey across America ) by Lily Burana was published in 2001. Here is a partial description from the Powell’s page: Lily Burana had been working as a journalist for five years when, on a cross-country … Continue reading

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Shirin Ebadi: “Iran Awakening: A Memoir of Revolution and Hope”

Here is an excerpt from the first chapter: When my mother was growing up, she dreamed of attending medical school and becoming a doctor. But before the day of the khastegari, the family roundly dismissed this possibility, on grounds that … Continue reading

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“Women Don’t Ask: Negotiation and the Gender Divide” By Linda Babcock and Sarah Laschever

From the book’s website: When Linda Babcock asked why so many male graduate students were teaching their own courses and most female students were assigned as assistants, her dean said: “More men ask. The women just don’t ask.” It turns … Continue reading

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Martha Nussbaum Reviews “Are Women Human?” by Catharine MacKinnon

Her review is available at The Nation. Below is an excerpt: MacKinnon’s central theme, repeatedly and convincingly mined, is the hypocrisy of the international system when it faces up to some crimes against humanity but fails to confront similar harms … Continue reading

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More on Katha Pollitt

Pollitt has an Op-Ed in today’s NYT called “Thank You for Hating My Book.” An interview by Jessica Valenti of Feministing called “Strident” and Proud is available here. Unfortunately, it is at Salon, so if you are not a Salon … Continue reading

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Virginity or Death!

Okay, so Katha Pollitt has a new book out, Virginity or Death! And Other Social and Political Issues of Our Time. As mentioned at this blog previously, Echidne of the Snakes gave it a very good review here. The blogger … Continue reading

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Michele White, “The Body and the Screen: Theories of Internet Spectatorship”

Michele White writes: Hello, my book on Internet and computer spectatorship–The Body and the Screen: Theories of Internet Spectatorship–was just published by MIT Press. Many of you have contributed time and suggestions to this project and I want to thank … Continue reading

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From the Department of WTF: Are Linda Hirshman and Caitlin Flanagan the Dominant Voices of Contemporary Gender Discourse?

Henry at Crooked Timber says so, and I fear he may be correct. Now, anyone who reads this blog may be aware that I strongly dislike both Hirshman and Flanagan. I was actually interviewed by Hirshman many years ago, and … Continue reading

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Ann Scales, “Legal Feminism: Activism, Lawyering, and Legal Theory”

From the NYU Press page: In the late 1970s, feminist scholars and activists joined together to build a movement aimed at bringing feminist theory and experiences to the practice and teaching of American law. Three decades later, the feminist jurisprudence … Continue reading

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Nancy Levit and Robert R.M. Verchick, “Feminist Legal Theory: A Primer”

From the Amazon.com page: In this outstanding primer, the authors introduce the diverse strands of feminist legal theory and the array of substantive legal issues relevant to women’s and gender studies. The book centers on feminist legal theories:including equal treatment … Continue reading

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Adoption Before Roe

Belle Lettre recommends this Salon book review: “The children they gave away.” It starts out as follows: Joyce is just one of more than a million and a half women who were sent to maternity homes to surrender their children … Continue reading

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Winifred Breines, “The Trouble Between Us: An Uneasy History of White and Black Women in the Feminist Movement “

Here is a description from the Oxford University Press site: Inspired by the idealism of the civil rights movement, the women who launched the radical second wave of the feminist movement believed, as a bedrock principle, in universal sisterhood and … Continue reading

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Louise Fitzhugh

Here is an excerpt from this online Fitzhugh bio: In the late 1950s she and a friend, Sandra Scoppetone, began work on a beatnik parody of Kay Thompson’s Eloise, which was published in 1961 as Suzuki Beane. In 1964 she … Continue reading

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“Fun Home” by Alison Bechdel

The Amazon.com page is here. A review by Bitch, Ph.D. is here. The “Dykes To Watch Out For” site is here. Bechdel’s blog is here.

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