Category Archives: Sexual Harassment

The Case Western Law Sexual Harassment/Retaliation Claim Has Settled

The story and a host of links are available at TaxProf Blog. One question I have is whether the man accused of sexual harassment and retaliation will continue to teach students. I assume the answer is yes, but given the … Continue reading

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Harvard Law School is on a list of 55 schools under Title IX investigation related to sexual assaults.

Story here. Facing mounting pressure from lawmakers, sexual assault survivors and activists, the U.S. Department of Education on Thursday released for the first time a comprehensive list of colleges and universities under Title IX investigation. Fifty-five higher education institutions are … 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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Why Does This FindLaw.com Reporter Find Street Harassment and Indecent Exposure So Funny?

According to the website of an Indianapolis, Indiana television station, a man was arrested for exposing himself to two women on the street. An Indianapolis man is facing charges after reportedly “swinging” his genitals at two women on the street. … Continue reading

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Anonymity and Abuse: An Addendum

In recent weeks I have begun a series of four blog posts that discuss discrimination and harassment in cyberspace, its perpetrators, and its consequences.  The first post, “Identity and Ideas,” is available here.  The second post, “Anonymity and Abuse,” is … Continue reading

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Anonymity and Abuse

This is the second in a series of four blog posts that discuss discrimination and harassment in cyberspace, its perpetrators, and its consequences.  The first post is available here. Last week I wrote about the way that people attack women … Continue reading

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Identity and Ideas

This is the first in a series of four blog posts that discuss discrimination and harassment in cyberspace, its perpetrators, and its consequences. Women and people of color are under-represented in online discourse.  As of August 2013, 87% of Wikipedia … Continue reading

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Converge! Re-Imagining the Movement to End Gender Violence

CALL FOR PAPERS AND PRESENTATIONS – SUBMIT YOUR PROPOSAL TO converge@law.miami.edu DUE DATE: Friday, October 18, 2013 (may be extended) For more conference information see http://www.law.miami.edu/academics/converge/ CONVERGE! Re-imagining the Movement to End Gender Violence, will bring together survivors, activists, and … Continue reading

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Professor Mary Anne Franks discusses “Revenge Porn”

What is a “threatened sexist”? What is “revenge porn” itself, anyway? Check out this discussion with Professor Mary Anne Franks to learn all about this topic, to discuss ways that law is responding to online harassment, and to find out … Continue reading

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Reddit, Rape and Rapists

Jezebel has an article entitled: Rapists Explain Themselves on Reddit, and We Should Listen. You may find it interesting; it is also both alarming and sad.

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One Woman’s Message to a Harrasser

Over at Role Reboot, writer Emily Heist Moss writes this “Letter to the Guy Who Harrassed Me Outside the Bar“: So, to you, the man on the sidewalk, I’m quite sure you will never read this essay. You will never … 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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The Kiss Was Forced On Her

Check out “The Kissing Sailor, or “The Selective Blindness of Rape Culture” at Crates and Ribbons. It explains that in the famous photo below, the sailor was a stranger to the nurse, and he forced himself on her. That’s not a … Continue reading

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Judge Tells Sexual Assault Victim, “Bad Things Can Happen In Bars.” Bad Things Can Happen in Courtrooms, Too…

This is fairly dispiriting: After being convicted by a jury earlier this summer of sexual abuse for groping a woman in a bar, ex-DPS Officer Robb Gary Evans walked out of a Coconino County (AZ) Superior Courtroom on Wednesday morning … Continue reading

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Hip Hop Blogger Speaks Out Against Sexist Bullying on the Internet

Jay Smooth is the founder of New York’s longest running hip-hop radio show, WBAI’s Underground Railroad.  He has a video blog, Ill Doctrine, here.  He also video blogs at Animal New York, here, which bills itself as “a daily mix … Continue reading

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What Derb doesn’t get (about the reality of sexual harassment)

As noted in earlier discussions, conservative pundit John Derbyshire recently wrote: “Is there anyone who thinks sexual harassment is a real thing? Is there anyone who doesn’t know it’s all a lawyers’ ramp, like “racial discrimination“? You pay a girl … Continue reading

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Harassment, male privilege, and jokes that women just don’t get

(Cross-posted to Concurring Opinions blog) A familiar theme comes up frequently in internet discussions: Women who complain about online harassment are just missing the joke.

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The Feminist “Generation Wars” Continue

First we had the “wave” wars.  Now it’s feminists who were there (read: politically aware) at the time of the Clarence Thomas hearings versus everyone else.  That’s how I read Vivia Chen’s reflections over at the Careerist (here) about last weekend’s … Continue reading

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“SlutWalkNYC: A Video Diary”

Therese Shechter of Trixie Films has posted her video footage from SlutWalkNYC.  Here it is: Slutwalk NYC 2011 from Trixie Films on Vimeo. Ms. Shechter has more commentary and links here. -Bridget Crawford

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SlutWalk, Women, Talk! Taking Back Public Spaces

Some people are prone to draw a sharp line between sexually-tinged remarks and actual sexual assault. And yes, there is a huge difference. But such remarks are along the spectrum of harmful behaviors, and because they are too often deemed … Continue reading

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Is Rep. Anthony Weiner a Sexual Harasser?

I answer in the negative, here. -Bridget Crawford

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Battle of the (Underwear) Bulge: Anthony Weiner, Twitter and Evolutionary Theory

I really, really want to take up Amy Wax’s call (here) to pay attention to mostly-neglected (by feminist legal scholars, that is) methodologies of economists, empirical social scientists and evolutionary theorists: Evolutionary theory seeks to offer a scientifically grounded account … Continue reading

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SlutWalks All Over the World

This article in the UK Guardian explains the recent history behind the SlutWalk, an in-the-streets form of women’s activism that also uses social networking sites to organize and mobilize: When a police officer from Toronto went on a routine visit … Continue reading

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There’s No Sex in Your Violence: Opinion Reveals Minnesota Only Allows Hostile Work Environment Claims Based On Sexual Harassment, Not Gender Discrimination

A female employee brings an action against a school district under the Minnesota Human Rights Act (MHRA), alleging hostile work environment based upon gender discrimination. The gravaman of her complaint is that her male supervisor made sexist statements about the … Continue reading

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Harassment in the Intersection: Gender, Race, and Class in the Street

When people talk about “street harassment,” they are usually talking about a man harassing a woman he doesn’t know in a public place.  They are usually talking about a man doing things like whistling, cat-calling, or offering crude commentary about … Continue reading

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Grabbing a Woman’s Backside: Does the Gender of the Grabber Matter?

Hypothetical:  Person A grabs/touches/pinches Person B’s backside without Person B’s consent. Does one’s assessment of the situation change based on the sex or gender identity of Person A and/or Person B? Does it matter if Person A and/or Person B … Continue reading

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If Women Posted Videos Every Time a Pat-Down Went too Far…

WaPo columnist Charles Krauthammer connects objections to new TSA security procedures to the national political mood: John Tyner, cleverly armed with an iPhone to give YouTube immortality to the encounter, took exception to the TSA guard about to give him … Continue reading

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A Crowd-Source End to Street Harassment? There’s an App for That

The fabulous, creative women at Hollaback! have launched an ingenious iPhone app that brings technology to activism (and vice versa).  We’ve blogged about Hollaback before (see, e.g., here).  Here’s the organization’s description from its website (here): Hollaback! is a movement … Continue reading

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Rape as the Ivy League’s Latest “Joke”

A lucky few of our readers may have missed the story about the Yale fraternity pledges who picketed the campus Women’s Center chanting, “‘No’ means ‘yes.’  ‘Yes’ means anal.” Let’s not think that awful taste and misogyny are specialties of … Continue reading

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Who’s Sorry Now is Like the Corners of My Mind (or, Connie Francis Meets Gladys Knight and Mashes-up Public Memory)

A New York Times headline recently trumpeted that Virginia Thomas, wife of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, had telephoned law professor Anita Hill at her faculty office and left a message. You can read about it here. Odd behavior, to … Continue reading

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A Small Step Some Law Professors are Taking in Response to News of Bullying and Harassment

Here’s what a group of colleagues (myself included) did yesterday at my law school.  Fourteen faculty and staff members joined together and distributed to all staff and faculty mailboxes the following signed letter and a sticker that reads “Be an Ally. Be … Continue reading

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“Sexting: Youth Practices and Legal Implications”

 Abstract:       This document addresses legal and practical issues related to the practice colloquially known as sexting. It was created by Harvard Law School’s Cyberlaw Clinic, based at the Berkman Center for Internet & Society, for the Berkman Center’s Youth and Media … Continue reading

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Adding Up the Problems at HP

Analyses of the departure of HP CEO Mark Hurd has been cryptic and under-reported (see, e.g., the NYT coverage here and here).  The HP board found that reality TV personality Jodie Fisher’s claims of sexual harassment were unsubstantiated, but that Hurd … Continue reading

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The Price of Donation

Earlier this week the Chronicle of Higher Education ran an article called "The Wrong Type of Solicitation" about the sexual harrassment of higher education planned-giving personnel.   Sexual harassment can occur in any job, but certain aspects of fund raising … Continue reading

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Wisconsin Teen Charged with Blackmailing Other Students for Nude Photos

From here: A 14-year-old Whitnall [WI] High School student is accused of coercing teen girls into sending him sexually explicit photos of themselves. … … The photos investigation began Sept. 21 when two students provided information to the Greenfield police … Continue reading

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Ruth O’Brien (editor),”TELLING STORIES OUT OF COURT: Narratives about Women and Workplace Discrimination”

Professor Ruth O’Brien teaches in the Political Science department at the Graduate Center of CUNY. Her new book about women and workplace discrimination uses both legal commentary and ‘story-telling’ methods to explore sexism and discrimination at work. From the publisher’s … Continue reading

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George Mason School of Law Sued for Sexual Harassment

From Law.com: … This July, Kyndra Rotunda filed a lawsuit against the Arlington, Va., school, where just three years before she had happily signed on as director of a legal assistance clinic for military service members. In her suit, she … Continue reading

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The Devil is in the Dictum: Second Circuit Makes Troubling Statements in Dictum in Rape Shield Ruling

A female employee allegedly flashes her breasts to co-workers at the workplace. That female employee later brings a sexual harassment action against her superior, claiming that he touched her thighs and breasts, offered her job security in return for sex, … Continue reading

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“Sexual Harassment is a Crime in the Subway”: Poetry in Motion

Seen today on a downtown Number 1 train in NYC, the sign above.  It reads: Sexual Harassment is a Crime in the subway A crowded train is no excuse for an improper touch. Don’t stand for it or feel ashamed, … Continue reading

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