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Judith Butler’s Interview with TransAdvocate

Cristan Williams of The TransAdvocate interviews Judith Butler here.  Here is an excerpt: nothing is more important for transgender people than to have access to excellent health care in trans-affirmative environments, to have the legal and institutional freedom to pursue … Continue reading

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Name That Generation

In today’s Chronicle of Higher Education (pay site – sorry – day passes available), this Student Affairs column looks at the terms used to describe different generations at any point in time.   Here are some that made the list. … Continue reading

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Sarah Palin’s Per Diems

Things have been so busy that I haven’t had much time to post recently. Nonetheless, during the presidential campaign I posted about the tax consequences of Sarah Palin’s per diems, and that post was picked up by the New York … Continue reading

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Two Additional Blogs by Brian Leiter

Readers may be interested to know about Brian Leiter’s other blogs (in addition to his Law School Reports).   Brian Leiter’s Legal Philosophy Blog Brian Leiter’s Nietzsche Blog -Bridget Crawford

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The Iranian government has commuted the execution of Kobra Najjar, an Iranian woman sentenced to death by stoning for adultery – a judgment based on the prostitution her abusive husband forced upon her in order to sustain his heroin addiction – but the stoning sentence has been converted into 100 lashes.

From Equality Now: Kobra has already served eight years in prison as an accomplice to the murder of her husband who was killed by a sympathetic client, plus a further three years awaiting execution.  Kobra has recently suffered from a … Continue reading

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Drowning Our Sorrows, Lifting A Glass

My terrific colleague Patricia Williams has offered some thoughts on the significance of the presidential transition tomorrow, reminding us to celebrate the inauguration of Barack Obama while not losing sight of the horrendous deeds of the outgoing incumbent.   Read … Continue reading

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Transcript of the Senate confirmation hearing nominating Senator Hillary Clinton as Secretary of State

Read it in full here, at the NYT. Below is an excerpt. The bolding was added by me. I think Obama made a great choice for Secretary of State. She may not have made the cover of Ms. but she … Continue reading

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Go Steelers!

    Well, to round out my posting for today, I have to voice my hope that the Pittsburgh Steelers cream the San Diego Chargers later this afternoon! Since moving to Pittsburgh–and to the great surprise of my sister–I’ve become … Continue reading

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Teenaged Girls and Dating Related Violence

An article in the NYT entitled “Killings Prompt Efforts to Spot and Reduce Abuse of Teenagers in Dating” [Note on January 4th: That WAS the title when I blogged this yesterday, but this morning the title has been changed to … Continue reading

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Post Secret Post Modernism

Post Secret is an ongoing art project, featuring post cards like this submitted by participants: “Professor What If” has a post asking: What if you’re”secretly”sexist, racist, and  homophobic? Part of the appeal of Post Secret is that you bring your … Continue reading

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Jingle Bells for Geeks

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Universal Declaration of Human Rights

“a single short document of 30 articles that has probably had more impact on mankind than any other document in modern history.” — UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay, in her statement marking the 60th anniversary of the … Continue reading

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FLP Makes the ABA Top 100 Law Blogs!

The American Bar Association is out with its list of the Top 100 Law Blogs, as chosen by its editors. Congrats to Ann, Bridget, and all of the Feminist Law Professors for making the Top 100 two years in a … Continue reading

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Thoughts About Violence Against Trafficked Women on International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women

November 25th is  designated by the United Nations as “International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women.”  The date was selected to “commemorate the lives of the Mirabal sisters,” who were assassinated on November 25, 1960 during the Trujillo … Continue reading

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Florida Gay Adoption Ban — This Case May Finally End It

From Beyond Straight and Gay Marriage — This is a big win. Yes, it’s only a trial court judge.   Yes, it will be appealed.   But this is the case that I suspect will finally end Florida’s ban on … Continue reading

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Same-Sex Marriage and Bankruptcy Law

There has been a staggering increase in bankruptcies in the past year. Federal bankruptcy law is often interpreted with reference to state law, including law regarding property interests that are acquired through marriage.  But what if a same-sex couple got … Continue reading

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Brava to ACLU’s terrific new president

This weekend the ACLU elected my wonderful former colleague, Brooklyn Law School Professor Susan Herman, as its new president.   There are many things to love about Susan: her integrity, her intelligence and her wisdom, among others.   Susan’s recent … Continue reading

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“… if you’re going to talk about how far we’ve come when it comes to porn, if you’re going to posit Paul “Max Hardcore” Little as the latest victim of the Bush administration, if you’re going to lament one more strike against your First Amendment rights, you should bear witness as to what a porn star drenched in vomit looks like.”

That’s a quote from (link is to a NSFW site) Susannah Breslin, in her response to a Salon column by Glenn Greenwald. Greenwald sets up a false dichotomy between the DoJ’s prosecution of pornographer Max Hardcore, and governmental performance and … Continue reading

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Does the anti-retaliation provision of Title VII protect a worker who cooperates in her employer’s internal investigation of sexual harassment?

The Supreme Court will hear arguments in a case that poses that question today. The case is Crawford v. Metropolitan Gov’t of Nashville and Davidson County, Tenn. The Sixth Circuit’s Opinion and links to all the briefs can be found … Continue reading

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More on Taxing Sarah Palin’s Per Diem

Over at TaxProf, Paul Caron has links  to Sarah Palin’s newly released tax returns. It appears, as Paul says, that Governor Palin did not report her per diems or the travel reimbursements for her family as income. In support of … Continue reading

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Deliberative Poll on Same-Sex Marriage

Today I served on the resource panel (i.e., a panel of legal, social work, theological, and statistical experts) for a deliberative poll on the question of same-sex marriage in Pennsylvania. The poll was taken at four sites across the state—I … Continue reading

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“Sarah Palin and the Rape Kits”– NYT

In today’s News York Times, Dorothy Samuels comments on”Sarah Palin and the Rape Kits.”    A few excerpts – When Sarah Palin was mayor of Wasilla, Alaska, the small town began billing sexual-assault victims for the cost of rape kits … Continue reading

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Tony Infanti’s FLP Post Picked Up By The NYT’s Caucus Blog

Check it out here!

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Lawsuit Challenging NY Governor’s Order to Recognize Same-Sex Marriages Dismissed

In a victory for same-sex marriage advocates, a New York Supreme Court (i.e., state lower court) judge has dismissed the lawsuit filed by lawmakers and opponents of same-sex marriage that challenged the power of NY Governor David Paterson to order … Continue reading

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Unspeakable Tragedies Lead to Women-Led Organizations Promoting Pro Active Legislation and High and Low Tech Inventions (e.g., Sisters of Invention (mission statement is to save infants from needless deaths in automobiles))

Paul Caron, TaxProfBlog, blogged yesterday, about a horrific tragedy in his hometown of Cincinnati. He described the story perfectly as one that will make your heart ache. In short, a University professor of counseling at Cincinnati Christian University arrived at … Continue reading

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Benitez v. North Coast Women’s Care Medical Group

The California Supreme Court just came down with its decision  in this case. This is the case of Guadalupe Benitez, a lesbian woman who, with her partner, decided to get pregnant. After a few failed tries at self-insemination, Benitez visited … Continue reading

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Welcome Back to School

As the fall 2008 school semester begins with much of the country hoping for change early next year it seems that some things have not changed: Inside Higher Education (August 15, 2008): If One Professor Gropes, Does Everyone Need Training? … Continue reading

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Anyone Else Find It Sardonically Amusing That the Tops Worn By the Brazilian Women Volleyball Players Say “BRA”?

Via. Below are pictures depicting the uniform of the male Brazilian volleyball players: I have to think that if exposing your midriff and upper thighs helped you play better, the men would be doing it too. NB: Brazil is not … Continue reading

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Nipples and Liberals

An Adrants blogger opined: … This is America. Nudity is bad. Nudity is something to be shunned. Natural beauty? Screw that. Put a potato sack on! Cover that God-given beauty. Sex is bad. Sex dirty. Sex is nasty. Sex should … Continue reading

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Mass. Opens Marriage to All Same-Sex Couples

As a follow-up to my post yesterday, Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick signed into law today  the bill repealing the 1913 law that had prevented most same-sex couples who live outside Massachusetts from traveling there to marry. The legislature included a … Continue reading

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Nail . . . Meet Hammer

Tom Toles on the New Yorker for the Washington Post. -Kathleen A. Bergin

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The Slippery Slope

Feminist Law Prof Meredith Miller has launched a new general interest law-related podcast called The Slippery Slope. This is a super-cool project, and I’m not just saying that because she asked me to be a guest! Check it out! Tracy … Continue reading

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Most Creepy Hair Care Products Advert I’ve Seen In A While

This.

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Law School Rankings By USNews: Does Cheating Benefit or Harm Women?

US News is considering altering the way “student quality” is measured for rankings purposes by including the LSAT scores of part time students, as is described here: The first idea is that U.S. News should count both full-time and part-time … Continue reading

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Eighth Circuit to Pregnant Women: You’re Not Carrying a Dolphin!

Via the Reproductive Rights Prof Blog: The Eighth Circuit has issued its long-awaited en banc decision in Planned Parenthood v. Rounds, lifting a preliminary injunction against a South Dakota so-called “informed consent law.” The law requires doctors to give women … Continue reading

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“Study Finds Imbalance on 3 Newspapers’ Op-Ed Pages” – Overwhelmingly, they agree with the editorial page, and they are men

This NYT article reports: The authors of the study are Bob Sommer, who teaches public policy communications and is president of Observer Media, publisher of The New York Observer, and John R. Maycroft, a graduate student in public policy. They … Continue reading

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Let the Wedding Bells Ring!

Congratulations to Phyllis Lyon and Del Martin who will become one of the first same-sex married couples in California later today. The state supreme court decision takes place at 5pm Pacific time, and some clerks offices are staying open late … Continue reading

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“The Countertraffickers”

That’s the title of this article that was published in the New Yorker. Below are a couple of excerpts: … Rotaru, who is twenty-six, works for the International Organization for Migration, a group connected to the United Nations, in Chisinau, … Continue reading

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Quiet Desperation of Female Professors

That’s the title of a piece in Inside Higher Ed that discusses a new article out on attitudes of women in academia. For some of us, it may hit a little too close to home to read the whole thing … Continue reading

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Cutting off Your Nose to Spite Someone Else’s Face

With the recent extension of the right to marry to same-sex couples in California, there has been talk of a”shot in the arm to the state economy”from all of the additional business for wedding planners, hotels, florists, bakeries, and others … Continue reading

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Law Profs for the Cure

Five law professors from four law schools have  formed Law Profs for the Cure, a team that will walk in the  Komen 3-day breast cancer walk in Philly, October 17-19, 2008.    To support the team or, better yet, join … Continue reading

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Target: Women (Yoghurt Edition)

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Martha Albertson Fineman, “The Vulnerable Subject: Anchoring Equality in the Human Condition”

Abstract: This essay develops the concept of vulnerability in order to argue for a more responsive state and a more egalitarian society. Vulnerability is and should be understood to be universal and constant, inherent in the human condition. The vulnerability … Continue reading

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Call for Feminist Law Prof Walkers!

I’ll be walking in the Susan Komen breast cancer 3-day walk this October 17-19 in Philadelphia.   The walk covers approximatly 60 miles in three days and will give the opportunity to stretch yourself beyond limits you thought you had. … Continue reading

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A Little Warmth For Your Heart

Remember this story? Now there is a video.

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Deana Pollard Sacks, “Intentional Sex Torts”

Now available for downloading here. The abstract: Intentional tort law generally protects personal autonomy and self-determination vigorously by requiring fair disclosure before consent to physical contact is considered voluntary and valid. A glaring exception exists relative to consent to sexual … Continue reading

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101 Classroom Uses for a Cellphone

I’m cross-posting this from Millennial Law Profs because I have a feeling that my fellow Feminist Law Profs and readers are going to be some of the greatest outside-the-box creative thinkers on how to use a common everyday item for … 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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Never More Than A Few Clicks Away

Supercynic writes: … I noticed that my post about how the Southeastern Conference’s website sucks because it takes a computer equivalent of Indiana Jones to find out the latest tennis results had an unusually high readership. It hit me that … Continue reading

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Overheard In My Office

My Dean: “Would you like to attend an alumni event in [large city] with me, on [date in the future]?” Me: “Would I have to act all charming, and crap?” My Dean: “Now that I think about it, I’m not … Continue reading

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