What we’re thinking/reading/doing (IFLS blog)
What’s interesting these days?
The history of these protests goes back to at least 1990 (see wikipedia’s roundup here). This article sets up this year’s protests with interviews with the women who participated in and were punished for the 1990 protests.
There is no specific law to prevent women from driving in the kingdom, but they cannot apply for driving licences and have previously been arrested on charges relating to public order or political protest after getting behind the wheel. (see here)
The protests include More >
critique of critique: why don’t we listen to people who don’t look like us? [Listen up / Time's up!]
When Nancy Fraser first published How feminism became capitalism’s handmaiden – and how to reclaim it in the Guardian, I thought it was interesting. I did think that perhaps she had made some rather naive assumptions:
As a feminist, I’ve always assumed that by fighting to emancipate women I was building a better world – more egalitarian, just and free. But lately I’ve begun to worry that ideals pioneered by feminists are serving quite different ends. I worry, specifically, that our critique of sexism is now supplying the justification for new forms of inequality and exploitation.
but generally More >
Envisioning Global LGBT Human Rights Research Project: new website & save the date for talk at Osgoode
Lovely new “portal” for all the work this project is engaged in, under the Principal Investigator, York Fine Arts’ Prof. Nancy Nicol. A significant variety of resources – taped talks, links to reports & chapters, events listings, and information about the goals, methods and commitments of the larger project. Click through below.
On Thursday November 21 1230 (more information to follow), Osgoode IFLS will host a panel discussion featuring lawyer Maurice Tomlinson, representatives of J-FLAG (Jamaica Forum for all sexuals and gays) and Belizean activist/litigant Caleb Orozco on More >
So Doreen Lawrence has become Baroness Lawrence of the House of Lords, which brings up so many associations for me that I thought I would just catalogue a few, in case any resonate with you.
In case you are not familiar with her life and work,
Name change: the Osgoode Women’s Caucus is now the Osgoode Feminist Collective (link is to their Facebook page). Lest you thought that younger women were avoiding the F word en masse, pending rebranding. Why do people think this?
OFC (love the new acronym almost as much as the new name? i do) announced their name change last week. If you know or are an alumna of this long lived and fierce organization, what do you think? Here are a few snippets from the announcement at last week’s feminist tea, with thanks More >