Comments on: “Feminist Law Profs” in the WaPo this week http://www.historiann.com/2008/12/14/feminist-law-profs-in-the-wapo-this-am/ History and sexual politics, 1492 to the present Sat, 20 Sep 2014 07:56:15 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.2 By: A Supporter http://www.historiann.com/2008/12/14/feminist-law-profs-in-the-wapo-this-am/comment-page-1/#comment-158257 Tue, 23 Dec 2008 19:58:22 +0000 http://www.historiann.com/?p=2349#comment-158257 The Favreau photo devalues and disrespects the incoming Secretary of State, a female Senator and a former First Lady.

We know that violence against women begins with the disrespect and devaluing of women. By not firing Favreau and remaining silent on the issue, the Obama administration gives the message that Favreau’s devaluing and disrespect of women is inconsequential.

Take a look at the latest data from Human Rights Watch, and their article “US: Soaring Rates of Rape and Violence Against Women: More Accurate Methodology Shows Urgent Need for Preventive Action” on the Human Rights Watch website at: http://www.hrw.org/en/news/2008/12/18/us-soaring-rates-rape-and-violence-against-women

“The Human Rights Watch’s national recommendations include:

1. The Obama administration should appoint a special adviser on violence against women in the US

2. Congress should restore full funding to the Office on Violence Against Women

3. The Department of Justice, through the National Institute of Justice, should authorize comprehensive studies that more accurately track sexual and domestic violence in the US, especially among individuals who are least likely to be surveyed by the National Crime Victimization Survey

4. Congress should increase funding for sexual and domestic violence prevention, intervention, and treatment programs

5. Congress should amend the federal Debbie Smith Act, a grant program designed to eliminate the rape kit backlog, but that states can and have used for other kinds of DNA backlogs

6. The US should ratify the UN Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW), which obligates states to prevent, protect against, and punish violence against women.”

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By: nan http://www.historiann.com/2008/12/14/feminist-law-profs-in-the-wapo-this-am/comment-page-1/#comment-152390 Wed, 17 Dec 2008 16:01:50 +0000 http://www.historiann.com/?p=2349#comment-152390 think if the “youthful, indiscreet” speechwriter and his ‘Obama staff’ tee-shirt wearing wingman were groping a paper….Michelle Obama? Would the prevailing male response be “oh good grief” to feminist anger? Um, no.
And BTW, why are young and indiscreet now qualifiers for chief White House speechwriter? I bet we could come up with 100 names of young women, discreet or not, who could apply. Did they get the shot this young pig got? Or were doors held open wide for him, as they were for Obama?

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By: The corrosive principle of partisanship : The New Agenda http://www.historiann.com/2008/12/14/feminist-law-profs-in-the-wapo-this-am/comment-page-1/#comment-151774 Wed, 17 Dec 2008 05:59:12 +0000 http://www.historiann.com/?p=2349#comment-151774 [...] A few days ago conservative syndicated opinionator Kathleen Parker wrote a column about the photo showing President-elect Obama’s senior speech writer Jon Favreau groping the breast region of a life size cardboard cut-out of Senator and Secretary of State Designate Hillary Rodham Clinton. She quotes me, though not by name, and mentions The New Agenda as well. My reaction can be found here. My awesome blogger friend Historiann also had a great response. [...]

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By: Historiann http://www.historiann.com/2008/12/14/feminist-law-profs-in-the-wapo-this-am/comment-page-1/#comment-150301 Mon, 15 Dec 2008 23:39:25 +0000 http://www.historiann.com/?p=2349#comment-150301 hysperia–I was also thinking of your guaranteed paid maternity leave policy, as well as universal health care, which I think is very much a feminist issue. There are more women heads of household who struggle with keeping themselves and their children fed and out of poverty, and UHC would eliminate two major sources of stress on them: who will see my child, and how will I pay for it?

But, you’re right: equality before the law is an important advantage that can serve as a legal instrument to enact other feminist reforms. (I thought you might have some opinions on this–thanks for commenting!)

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By: hysperia http://www.historiann.com/2008/12/14/feminist-law-profs-in-the-wapo-this-am/comment-page-1/#comment-150297 Mon, 15 Dec 2008 23:09:26 +0000 http://www.historiann.com/?p=2349#comment-150297 Canada as a better place for women and feminists than the USA? Hmm, a tough one. Maybe, and I emphasize maybe, we have equal rights before the law whereas Americans were unsuccessful with the Equal Rights Amendment. So Maybe we are in a better situation theoretically. If it’s possible to make such a generalisation, maybe Canada is a little more enlightened or progressive or whatever word works, than is the US, in general. But I don’t think we come close to the situation of women in many of the Scandinavian countries. Is that a good enough argument for sending Kathleen Parker over there, instead of up here? I hope so!

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By: Barrington http://www.historiann.com/2008/12/14/feminist-law-profs-in-the-wapo-this-am/comment-page-1/#comment-150033 Mon, 15 Dec 2008 14:13:45 +0000 http://www.historiann.com/?p=2349#comment-150033 I’m still angry at all the women who insisted that Palin couldn’t be a feminist. I wonder if I might have been one of them a few years back – but this election changed a lot for me. I realized (rather belatedly) that democrats aren’t “the good guys”, having witnessed how they cheated Hillary. And my ideas about feminism have considerably widened.

http://myfugue.wordpress.com/2008/12/14/the-history-of-feminism-and-exclusion/

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By: Indyanna http://www.historiann.com/2008/12/14/feminist-law-profs-in-the-wapo-this-am/comment-page-1/#comment-149476 Mon, 15 Dec 2008 02:00:23 +0000 http://www.historiann.com/?p=2349#comment-149476 And the ruination of the possibility of an undefeated season added measurably to the outrage, too. Even the trope of “falsely accused” is somewhat of a complex construction. The Grand Jury’s declination to find criminal evidence for specific charges conveniently truncated the discussion of the larger issues of immunity and entitlement, to the great relief of the institutional advancement community. Peter Wood, an eminent historian who also played collegiate lacrosse, wrote the most insightful commentary on the issue before its denoument. _Rolling Stone_’s subsequent effort to portray Duke as a peculiarly sex-crazed and hookup-driven collegiate culture went over the top, and doubtless did more reputational damage to broad categories of people than anything the prosecutor did in his misguided zealotry.

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By: Notorious Ph.D. http://www.historiann.com/2008/12/14/feminist-law-profs-in-the-wapo-this-am/comment-page-1/#comment-149403 Sun, 14 Dec 2008 23:44:55 +0000 http://www.historiann.com/?p=2349#comment-149403 And, of course, there’s the fairly explicit assumption that U.S. feminists aren’t involved in working against sexist violence against women in other countries.

Oh, right: but when we do that, we’re arrogantly demanding that other countries adopt our own standards.

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By: Sisyphus http://www.historiann.com/2008/12/14/feminist-law-profs-in-the-wapo-this-am/comment-page-1/#comment-149386 Sun, 14 Dec 2008 23:32:13 +0000 http://www.historiann.com/?p=2349#comment-149386 Heh heh. I think American anti-feminist thinkers should all immediately emigrate to those poor progressive countries and get to work where they are _really_ needed.

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By: Historiann http://www.historiann.com/2008/12/14/feminist-law-profs-in-the-wapo-this-am/comment-page-1/#comment-149215 Sun, 14 Dec 2008 21:35:48 +0000 http://www.historiann.com/?p=2349#comment-149215 I think they love to scream “DUUUUUKE” because in one word they think they have automatic sexism and racisim complaints repellent. Because a few privileged white men were once falsely accused of the sexual assault of an African American woman, this allegedly proves that the real danger of rape is that men can be falsely accused, and that white people just can’t catch a break in this world.

Mikail, I don’t know if the lives of most Spanish women are free of sexism yet, but the case of the defense secretary and the PM’s cabinet is a good one–thanks for the reminder!

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