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Sexual Violence – against men & boys in Conflict Situations (Report from UN Workshop)

Catching up on all the things the profs send for posting – my colleague Sean Rehaag sent this UN Workshop Report from  December 2013 via the Office of the Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Sexual Violence in Conflict) to me some weeks ago, sorry for the delay.  Looks very interesting. 

Much important academic work has been done both to deconstruct gender stereotypes and biological essentialisms, and to theorize women’s rights. In the fields of international activism, policy and practice on conflict-related sexual violence, however, the discussion about gender has been blurred with and frequently subsumed into a necessary struggle for women’s rights in the face of historical indifference to the widespread  subordination of women. Notwithstanding the importance of this struggle, the resultant discursive and policy  focus on sexual and gender based violence as a women’s rights issue has become, from a policy and  humanitarian perspective, a serious obstacle to prevention of and response to conflict related sexual and  gender-based violence against men and boys, as practitioners lack both awareness of the issues, and the  appropriate experience and skills with which to respond to male survivors.  The predominance of this paradigm is evident in the fact that in most people’s minds, whether in rural villages  in eastern DRC or in the corridors of power in key donor states, the field of ‘gender’, and the sub-field within  that of SGBV, is understood to be about women. SGBV scenarios are populated by male perpetrators and  female victims. pp8-9

Full report here.  Includes Key resources starting at p 22.  Slides from the July 2013 workshop, here.

Exec Summary here.

Reading list / twitter roundup

applejack with lasso

1. Inglis v. BC Minister of Public Safety (trial level successful demand for mother/baby in women’s prison to be reinstated on Charter grounds)

2. Homicide verdict from inquest jurors (5 women who performed this service for 8  months) in the death-while-incarcerated of 19 year old Ashley Smith.

3. Bedford.  SCC unanimously strikes down all Canada’s prostitution laws (for non Canadians –  sale of sex for money is legal but almost all the things you need to engage in it – especially safely engage – are not).  Suspended judgement for a year.



A Legal History That’s Really About the Place of Law in History 

Introduction: #Feminist #Jurisprudence and the Question of #Home Ann Genovese | feminists@law  +4 more papers

Univ of Toronto Law ‏@UTLaw12 Dec  Prof. Lisa Austin, @mgeist and others write “Our data, our laws” in @nationalpost …

A fun read! The fourth wave of feminism: meet the rebel women | World news | The Guardian 

[ok not new but!] from 2005 Remembering Favourite Feminist Legal Scholarship by Backhouse, Buss, Cairns Way, Gilbert  #remake?

in @Feministsatlaw Maria Drakopolou (Kent) Revisiting Feminist Jurisprudence: A Rehabilitation 

“rape” law: Rubenfeld’s deception thesis taken on: ‏@YaleLJournal Jed Rubenfeld responds to comments on his article from four scholars including Gowri Ramachandran (SWestern) in the YLJ Delineating the Heinous: Rape, Sex, and Self-Possession  (find the others here  Rubenfeld then reiterates that sex-by-deception remains a problem for rape law: …

Higher Education: Look around – not a pretty sight

UK (if you are not following recent happenings in the UK, you should)

#highered in UK – Cdns, have a look at #fairpayinHE #occupysh [+context @guardiannews … ) & ask: how long do we have?

Brenna Bhandar on “A Right to the University” on LRB blog  #injunctions #protest #HigherEd #UK (for now)



Bright Spot! Quebec


New in Print from UBC Press: Calder & Beaman, Polygamy's Rights and Wrongs


Click here for UBC press page

Gillian Calder (UVic) and Lori G. Beaman (UOttawa) Eds.

Polygamy’s Rights & Wrongs: Perspectives of Harm, Family, and Law 

Contents look really interesting – with a strong theme connecting them but quite diverse.    They are described in Lori Beaman’s introduction, “Is Polygamy Inherently Harmful?”, which, happily, you can read as a sample, here.  I hope your librarian is getting this (they may appreciate an email suggesting it).  Great cover design too!


1 Plus Ça Change … ? Bountiful’s Diverse and Durable Marriage Practices / Angela Campbell 

2 How Should Public Institutions Assess Religious Identity? The Case of Polygamy / Avigail Eisenberg 

3 Polygamy and the Predicament of Contemporary Criminal Law / Benjamin L. Berger 

4 Are They Not Us? A Personal Reflection on Polygamy / Arta Blanche Johnson 

5 Reflecting on Polygamy: What’s the Harm? / Rebecca Johnson 

6 Polygamy in the Parisian Banlieues: Debate and Discourse on the 2005 French Suburban Riots / Jennifer A. Selby 

7 Polygamy and Race-Thinking: A Genealogy / Margaret Denike 

8 Making Them Fit: The Australian National Census and Aboriginal Family Forms / Frances Morphy 

9 The Raids at Short Creek and Yearning for Zion Ranch and the Law of Unintended Consequences / Martha Bradley-Evans 

Conclusion: “To the Exclusion of All Others” — Polygamy, Monogamy, and the Legal Family in Canada / Gillian Calder 

Boyd: "Marriage is More than Just a Piece of Paper: Feminist Critiques of Same Sex Marriage"

This article reviews feminist critiques of same sex marriage and analyzes how marriage as a ocio-legal institution relates to inequality based on factors such as sex, race and class. The article first identifies how the legalization of same sex marriage can be viewed as a positive step in the quest for equality and recognition of lesbians and gay men. It then describes the legal and statistical trends in relation to marriage in Canada, as one of the first countries to legalize same sex marriage. The heart of the article discusses the key feminist critiques of both marriage and same sex marriage, drawing on an international survey of primarily English language literature. It considers why these critiques have been understated in the debates on same sex marriage and reviews empirical studies on the views of lesbians and gay men on marriage. While acknowledging that legal marriage can offer important rights to some couples, the conclusion suggests alternatives to placing marriage at the center of the lesbian and gay movement for equality and recognition.

via Marriage is More than Just a Piece of Paper: Feminist Critiques of Same Sex Marriage by Susan B. Boyd :: SSRN.