Category Archives: Feminism and Culture

The Voice of the Valley: Erlea Maneros Zabala Rebukes Franco’s Brutalization of the Female Figure with Feminist Basque Art

Grapple with American novelist and ArtForum writer Dodie Bellamy’s revelatory feature of Los Angeles-based Basque multimedia artist, Erlea Maneros Zabala in her piece, “Erlea Maneros Zabala: A feminist reimagining of Spain’s fascist past,” (July 25, 2022).   Read the excerpts below … Continue reading

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Buenos Aires Bans Gender-Neutral Language

Read World Politics Review writer Graciela Monteagudo’s piece, “Argentina’s Feminist Backlash Takes Aim at Inclusive Spanish,” (July 19, 2022), which tackles the ongoing struggle for Latin American educators to adopt gender neutral language within the restrictive masculine/feminine designations that Spanish … Continue reading

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Gender, Journeys and Liberation in Cristina Rivera Garza’s Writings

Read The New Yorker writer’s Merve Emre’s wrestling with gender, journeys and Latin American liberation in Mexican author Cristina Rivera Garza’s latest oeuvre of works within her piece, “Cristina Rivera Garza’s Bodies Politic,” (July 4, 2022). Read the excerpts from … Continue reading

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“We Need an American Girl” Doll Meme in a Time of Political Catastrophe for Women

Writer Ruth Etiesit Samuel has a fantastic piece at HuffPost, “The Resurgence of American Girl Doll-Core.” Here is an excerpt: The brand, now owned by Mattel, has not only expanded over the years but also has continued to be a … Continue reading

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Sandy Rodriguez: Narrative Cartography as an Act of Contemporary Resistance

The exhibits, “Mixpantli: Space, Time, and the Indigenous Origins of Mexico” and “Mixpantli: Contemporary Echoes,” showcased at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art from December 12, 2021–June 12, 2022, commemorate the 500th anniversary of the fall of the Aztec … Continue reading

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HBO’s “The Janes:” A Past and Future Vision for Collective & Compassionate Care

HBO’s newly-released documentary “The Janes” (on air as of June 8, 2022) covers the story of the Jane Collective, an underground abortion network in Chicago that despite legal barriers “helped women obtain safe, affordable abortions in the late ’60s and … Continue reading

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“In Dedication”- British Artists’ Tribute to Trans Life

The “In Dedication” exhibit on display at The Koppel Project Hive in London includes the work of 28 trans and non-binary artists with “pieces themselves [that] explore themes of memory, community, the body, history, ancestors, desire, longing, future, ritual, healing, … Continue reading

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On the “Screaming Fan Girl” as IP Creator

The Atlantic has an excerpt adapted from Kaitlin Tiffany’s forthcoming book, Everything I Need I Get From You: How Fangirls Created the Internet as We Know It. Here is an excerpt: We have seen so many screaming girls. Every time … Continue reading

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Exploration of “Menstrual Pollution” Beliefs in Sweden

Josefin Persdotter (PhD candidate in Sociology, University of Gothenburg) has published her thesis, Menstrual Dirt: An Exploration of Contemporary Menstrual Hygiene Practices in Sweden, as an open-access book, available for free download here. A short description of the book follows: … Continue reading

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Media, Young People and Messages About Menstruation

Since Emily Gold Waldman (Pace) and I embarked on researching and writing about the intersections of law and menstruation for our book Menstruation Matters: Challenging the Law’s Silence on Periods, I’ve become newly attuned to the ways that menstruation is … Continue reading

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Open Access Book Announcement—The Politics and History of Menstruation: Contextualising the Scottish Campaign to End Period Poverty

On May 28, 2022, Menstrual Hygiene Day, the Open Library of Humanities will publish a new open-access volume, The Politics and History of Menstruation: Contextualising the Scottish Campaign to End Period Poverty.  Here is the publisher’s description: In 2021, Scotland … Continue reading

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#Menopause as a Lens for Evaluating the Intersections of Ageism & Sexism & Racism

What started off a few years ago as an investigation of state sales taxes on menstrual products has taken my work in many unexpected directions. My colleague Emily Gold Waldman (Pace) and I have combined forces (and expertise) to write … Continue reading

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All In by @BillieJeanKing is a Fabulous Read

I just finished reading Billie Jean King’s memoir (written with Johnette Howard and Maryanne Vollers), All In. It’s a fantastic read for anyone interested in sports, second-wave feminism, Title IX, LGBT rights, social change (or several or all). The last … Continue reading

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Menopause and the Law: 3 Forthcoming Articles Exploring Intersections of Gender, Age, Disability

Emily Gold Waldman (Pace), Naomi Cahn (UVA) and I have just posted to SSRN three working papers on menopause and the law. We had so much to say that we needed three articles to do it! Here they are: Contextualizing … Continue reading

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Symposium Schedule for “Are You There, Law? It’s Me, Menstruation” @ColumbiaJGL 4/9-4/10

The Columbia Journal for Gender & Law has posted here the full schedule for the Symposium “Are You There Law? It’s Me, Menstruation” to be held on April 9-10, 2021 via Zoom. The event is free and open to the … Continue reading

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13 Short Symposium Essays in Connection with “Are You There, Law? It’s Me, Menstruation?” @ColumbiaJGL

On April 9/10, 2021, the Columbia Journal of Gender & Law will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the publication of Judy Blume’s book, Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret and the 30th anniversary of the journal with a symposium … Continue reading

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Jennifer Weiss-Wolf, “The Fight for Menstrual Equity Continues in 2021”

Jennifer Weiss-Wolf (NYU Brennan Center and Period Equity) has published a new op-ed in Marie Claire. Here’s what she calls “the five menstrual equity policies we should commit to fighting for in 2021:” End the Tampon Tax Across the U.S. … Continue reading

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New Planned Smithsonian Museums: The Identity Debates Continue

The New York Times recently ran a story (here) about two new proposed Smithsonian Museums: a National Museum of the American Latino and a national women’s history museum. Funding approval for both museums came as part of the year-end COVID … Continue reading

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Battling Trolls, Goblins and Structural Sexism: How the Period Emoji Ended up on your Phone

Guest post by Carmen Barlow and Lucy Russell If you have a smartphone, it’s pretty likely you’ve used an emoji. These tiny images have become a language of their own and whether it’s a goblin mask, a sad cat or … Continue reading

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CFP Columbia Journal of Gender & Law Symposium, “Are You There, Law? It’s Me, Menstruation.”

Columbia Journal of Gender & Law Symposium Announcement and Call for Papers Are You There, Law? It’s Me, Menstruation April 9, 2021 The Columbia Journal of Gender & Law is pleased to announce a call for papers for its Spring … Continue reading

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Does Marketing Contribute to Taboos Around Menstruation?

The following is a guest post by Rachel Rosenblum, a student at the Elisabeth Haub School of Law at Pace University. I’ve been in school for the past twenty-years, and depending on how you view the situation, seven of those … Continue reading

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Feminist Scholarship in “Made At NYPL” Exhibit @nypl

I recently visited the New York Public Library to see the exhibit Made at NYPL, a celebration of “a small by representative sample of original works that were produced using the Library’s unique and extensive resources.”  Among the featured works … Continue reading

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Johnson, Crawford & Waldman on “Title IX and Menstruation”

Margaret Johnson (Baltimore), Emily Waldman (Pace) and I have posted to SSRN our article Title IX and Menstruation, forthcoming next year in the Harvard J.L. & Gender.  Here is the abstract: “Oh no. Could I borrow a tampon or pad?” … Continue reading

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Why The Gender Pay Gap Took Center Stage In Michelle Wiliams’s Emmy Speech by @NaomiCahn

When Michelle Williams accepted a 2019 Emmy for best actress in a limited series or TV movie for her role as the Broadway dancer and actress Gwen Verdon in FX’s “Fosse/Verdon,” she started with the normal thank yous, and ended … Continue reading

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Is that Maya Angelou’s Poem in a NYT Crossword Clue? Yes!

From the New York Times Crossword for Saturday, August 17, 2019: 28 Down Clue: Classic poem with the lines “Did you want to see me broken? /Bowed head and lowered eyes? 28 Down Answer: STILL I RISE The text of … Continue reading

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Law Needs Feminism Because…Monash University Chapter

The fab feminists at Monash University Faculty of Law are hosting a #LawNeedsFeminism exhibition. The groups is releasing one photo a day via the group’s Facebook page here. Monash is also the home of the Feminist Legal Studies Group, co-convened … Continue reading

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Black Women and Non-Binary Writers Paying Tribute to Toni Morrison #CiteBlackWomen

Dr. Tara L. Conley (Communication, Montclair State) has compiled a list of online essays written by Black women and non-binary writers in tribute to Toni Morrison in the wake of her August 5 death. Dr. Conley’s list is here. She … Continue reading

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Bra-Gate: A 2019 Tale of Institutional Misogyny (@JCSherriffOffice)

by JoAnne Sweeny Back in May 2019, the Jackson County Detention Center, without any warning to local attorneys, instituted a new security policy that requires all visitors, including inmates’ attorneys, to pass through a metal detector.  Seems reasonable in theory … Continue reading

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The Malleable X: On Queer Origins of “Latinx”

John Paul Brammer (@jpbrammer) writes (here) in Mother Jones how Digging Into the Messy History of “Latinx” Helped Me Embrace My Complex Identity. Here is an excerpt: A June 2018 survey found that Latino millennials are the least likely bracket … Continue reading

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Are “CupAware” Events the New Tupperware Parties? Women’s Bodies as a Source of Corporate Profit

I read with interest ‘We’re Having a Menstrual Liberation’: How Periods Got Woke, published in The Guardian (U.K.). It’s a clunky and awkward title that obscures the contents of the article.   I am sitting in a hotel meeting room with … Continue reading

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Nello Restaurant in NYC Won’t Let Women Eat Alone at the Bar

Dining solo while female can get you banned from the bar.  I am not making this up. On a recent trip to Manhattan, [business executive Clementine Crawford] said she visited Nello for an early dinner and took her usual place … Continue reading

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Irina Manta on “Tinder Lies”

Irina Manta (Hofstra) has posted to SSRN her article Tinder Lies, forthcoming in the Wake Forest Law Review (2019).  Here is the abstract: The rise of Internet dating — in recent years especially through the use of mobile-based apps such … Continue reading

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CFP: Law, Culture & Humanities 2019, Ottawa, Canada

From the FLP mailbox: We are pleased to announce that the Twenty-Second Annual Meeting of the Association for the Study of Law, Culture and the Humanities will be held at Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada on March 22-23, 2019. The event … Continue reading

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CFP: Literature and International Law at the Edge

From the FLP mailbox: Call for Papers: Literature and International Law at the Edge New York City, December 14/15, 2018 Abstracts/proposals due by October 31, 2018 The past decade has seen a steady increase in interdisciplinary scholarship interested in the … Continue reading

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New Children’s Book: “My Mom Has Two Jobs”

I recently took a break from writing law review articles to publish my first children’s picture book, which celebrates working moms — including lawyer moms. The book is titled, My Mom Has Two Jobs. I had the idea for this … Continue reading

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CFP: Psychology of Women and Equalities Review Special Issue – Feminisms and Leadership

From the FLP mailbox: Call for Papers: Psychology of Women and Equalities Review Special Issue –  Feminisms and Leadership ‘Leadership’ is a highly regulative practice, and is pervasive in our personal and political realms. Under late capitalism, academic and popular … Continue reading

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Words of Wisdom from @Ava DuVernay on Writing

Filmmaker and writer Ava DuVernay posted to Twitter some great advice for a follower who asked for “tips on how to stop thinking your writing is terrible.” Here is Ms. DuVernay’s advice, which really helped me on a (ok, today’s) … Continue reading

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New Book on “Making Milk: The Past, Present and Future of Our Primary Food,” Cohen & Otomo, eds.

Mathilde Cohen (U Conn) and Yoriko Otomo (SOAS, University of London) have published an edited volume, Making Milk: The Past, Present and Future of Our Primary Food (Bloomsbury, 2017). Here is the publisher’s description: What is milk? Who is it … Continue reading

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Against Menstrual Capitalism

Menstrual equity, a phrase coined by attorney and activist Jennifer Weiss-Wolf, means “[f]airness for how women are treated in society because they menstruate.” Current menstrual equity efforts run along three identifiable, parallel tracks: (1) campaigns to repeal the state sales … Continue reading

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Financial Planning Websites for Women are so . . . Pink

From Glamour magazine, no less, this article, Financial Sites for Women Are Game Changing—but Do They Have to Be So Pink?  Here is an excerpt: If it succeeds, Dolla Dolla World will launch as an IRL pop-up, first in New … Continue reading

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Women Don’t Bleed Blue (Even Yalies and Members of the Social Register)

Several years ago, Ann Bartow blogged here about U.S. advertisers’ first use of a “red dot” to illustrate blood on a menstrual hygiene pad. According to this article in the Scottish Daily Mail, an ad for Bodyform in the U.K. … Continue reading

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Halder and Jaishankar on Celebrities and Cyber Crimes: An Analysis of the Victimization of Female Film Stars on the Internet

Debarati Halder, Centre for Cyber Victim Counselling, and Karuppannan Jaishankar, Raksha Shakti University, have published Celebrities and Cyber Crimes; An Analysis of the Victimization of Female Film Stars on the Internet. Here is the abstract.   With the advent of … Continue reading

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CFP: Feminism, Gender and Temporal Belongings

Tanya Kennedy (Women’s Studies, Univ. of Maine at Farmington) has issued this call for papers/panelists for a conference on “The Social Life of Time: Power, Discrimination and Transformation,” sponsored by the Temporal Belongings network June 7-8, 2018 in Edinburgh, Scotland: … Continue reading

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An interesting essay, not quite sure the question posed is answered

In case it’s missed on this holiday weekend (for those who feel like celebrating America), a piece in today’s Chronicle of Higher Ed, Can Feminist Scholarship Stop Sexism?, by Becca Rothfeld, a new Ph.D. candidate in philosophy at Harvard, is worthy of … Continue reading

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Interview with Jennifer Weiss-Wolf, New York Attorney and Menstrual Equity Advocate

Bridget J. Crawford recently spoke with Jennifer Weiss-Wolf of Period Equity, a non-profit organization located in New York City focused on all aspects of menstrual fairness. Ms. Weiss-Wolf is a self-described “writer, activist, feminist.” She is an advocate and frequent … Continue reading

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What’s Wrong With This Picture? Menstruating Woman Edition

Instagram is at it again.  Remember when Instragram twice deleted the photo by Rupi Kaur of a fully clothed woman lying on a bed, because the woman’s trousers showed a period stain?  (See here.)  Looks like women’s periods are just … Continue reading

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Making Women’s Periods Commercial-Chic (Who Benefits?)

Is there nothing that escapes commercialization?  A U.K. company called Pink Parcel is hawking “Period Subscription Boxes” to deliver to your home each month tampons, pads, tea, chocolate, beauty products (like tweezers! hand cream!).  Goodies come in recyclable and biodegradable … Continue reading

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How to Ask for a Raise, Via a Deodorant Commercial

Andrea Schneider blogs here at Indisputably about Secret’s new ad. She writes: “I love that wage gap is now part of the commercial lexicon and that asking for it is portrayed so wonderfully.” Read the full post here.

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Gap Between Ideas of Susan Sontag and Adrienne Rich

Interesting essay by journalist Michelle Dean in the New Republic, here. An excerpt: I learned as I suspected that the gap between Rich and Sontag was not so very wide as it looked. In Sontag’s archive at the University of … Continue reading

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“How I Learned to Stop Writing for Old White Men”

That’s the title of this op-ed by Claire Vaye Watkins that appeared in the LA Times last month.  Here’s an excerpt: I’ve watched boys play drums, guitar, sing, watched them play football, baseball, soccer, pool, “Dungeons and Dragons” and “Magic: … Continue reading

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