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Case shows the perils of being a woman – Karen Busby on Justice Lori Douglas’ case in the WFreeP

Case shows the perils of being a woman – Winnipeg Free Press.

The CJC inquiry vividly demonstrates the risks sexually violated women face. Will those who sit in judgment of her change the conversation?

See also the injunctive relief Douglas won late Friday:   http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/manitoba/lori-douglas-wins-temporary-ban-on-nude-photos-at-disciplinary-hearing-1.2845382

Signs at 40: Mapping conversations

Signs at 40.
Signs, the feminist journal, is forty (ahem).
They have put together a neat set of digital tools for considering the material published in Signs over the years.  Have a look.
My favourite is the “cocitation” model:

Rather than mapping articles published in Signs, the graph provides a way of viewing the broader field of feminist scholarship that is reflected in the sources cited in the articles that the journal publishes. The assumption operative in this type of graph is that scholarship can be viewed as conversations among various participants represented by particular sources; sources that tend to be cited together are being put into conversation with one another and are thus representative of a particular strain or school of thought within a field.

click through – it’s really interesting.

h/t Mary Jane Mossman

students. what they are thinking/fighting about.

Students have more on their minds than just course material.

When I walked in to my workplace this morning, these posters (see slideshow above) were up all around the school, a new campaign courtesy of the Osgoode Feminist Collective (formerly known as the Osgoode Women’s Caucus, they changed their name a few years ago).  You can find the group on Facebook, here, and read a little more about the campaign there.

Other student activities in other places:

The Fredricton (NB) Youth Feminists, speaking out about sexualization at school via dress codes. Find them at @YouthFeminists.  Here is an article about this struggle (FYF were also engaged in the ongoing struggle for abortion access in NB):

Beirne explains why she believes the dress code is reflective of [slut shaming]: “The dress code says that we [the girls] can’t show our undergarments or our midriffs… Aside from that, the only other thing it says is that we have to dress modestly, and that is a problem, because ‘modesty’ can mean different things to different teachers.”

“Basically, this ambiguity allows the teachers to force their own ideas of ‘modesty’ on us even if our infraction isn’t in the dress code, and they can publicly humiliate you for it too.”

London, on the streets, protesting tuition fees, demanding free higher education.

signs at london protest

photo via the Guardian

At Yale Law School, students wrote an open letter responding to YLS prof Jed Rubenfeld’s piece in the NYTimes on campus rape.  The open letter is at HuffPo, here, but you have to scroll down to find it.

 

Lori Douglas: ‘Victim-blaming couched as legitimate judicial inquiry’

in Canadian Lawyer mag.  Written by Jasmine Akbarali & Gillian Hnatiw, partners @ Lerners LLP’s & Gillian Hnatiw

‘Victim-blaming couched as legitimate judicial inquiry: Lori Douglas is the victim of a sexual crime; her public re-victimization is just plain wrong.’