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"End of Men" conference in Boston via IntLawGrrls


Great idea for a conference.  The book (not to mention the Atlantic cover story) by Hanna Rosin is certainly getting lots of press.  Including some pretty trenchant critique,  here and here.   Here’s a report from the conference, by Fionnuala Ní Aoláin over at intlawgrrls.  This issue – whether women have won the battle for equality, or even dominance – not to mention the discourse around it –  is one of prime importance to feminists.


IntLawGrrls: “End of Men” conference continues today in Boston.

Conference participants include Rosin, who gave the keynote address yesterday, as well as feminist scholars and masculinity theorists such as Professors Michael Kimmel, SUNY at Stonybrook; Joan Williams, University of California-Hastings College of Law; Ann McGinley of the University of Nevada; my co-author, IntLaw Grrls contributor Naomi Cahn, of the George Washington University School of Law, June Carbone of the University of Missouri-Kansas; and Ralph Richard Banks of Stanford Law School.
Among the topics to be discussed today:
Comparative and international perspectives on the “End of Men.” Presenting, in addition to yours truly, Fionnuala Ní Aoláin, will be Pnina Lahav of Boston University School of Law
, Mary Anne Case of the University of Chicago Law School, 
Shahla Haeri of Boston University Department of Anthropology
, and Julie C. Suk, visiting this year at Harvard Law. Challenging the cohesive narrative of progress offered by Rosen, we will address a range of contemporary comparative law perspectives on the continuing inequalities and challenges that women face across multiple jurisdictions.
Details here.

Also interesting, the tweets from the conference….here’s a small sample.

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Regulating Sexuality: Legal Consciousness in Lesbian and Gay Lives by Rosie Harding

Regulating Sexuality: Legal Consciousness in Lesbian and Gay Lives

by Rosie Harding (you may know her from Keele, now at Birmingham)

This book was the winner of the 2011 SLSA-Hart Socio-Legal Book Prize, and was published in 2010.  So I’m a bit behind. but hey, perhaps you were on mat leave or something in the critical period and you’ll be thrilled by this find.

I find legal consciousness a fascinating area of study and combining it with legal pluralism is sort of exponential.

Regulating Sexuality: Legal Consciousness in Lesbian and Gay Lives explores the impact that recent seismic shifts in the legal landscape have had for lesbians and gay men. The last decade has been a time of extensive change in the legal regulation of lesbian and gay lives in Britain, Canada and the US. Almost every area that the law impacts on sexuality has been reformed or modified. These legal developments combine to create a new, uncharted terrain for lesbians and gay men. And, through an analysis of their attitudes, views and experiences, this book explores the effects of these developments.

Drawing on—as well as developing—the concept of ‘legal consciousness’, Regulating Sexuality focuses on four different ‘texts’: qualitative responses to a large-scale online survey of lesbians’ and gay men’s views about the legal recognition of same sex relationships; published auto/biographical narratives about being and becoming a lesbian or gay parent; semi-structured, in-depth, interviews with lesbians and gay men about relationship recognition, parenting, discrimination and equality; and fictional utopian texts. In this study of the interaction between law and society in social justice movements, Rosie Harding interweaves insights from the new legal pluralism with legal consciousness studies to present a rich and nuanced exploration of the contemporary regulation of sexuality.

Joanne St. Lewis speaks at McGill on Race, Representation and Black Women in Public Life

Thanks to Vrinda Narain for pointing me to this clip produced by Student Television at McGillProfessor Joanne St. Lewis (Ottawa Law) delivered the talk (complete title: Race, Representation and Black Women in Public Life – imagining Michelle Obama) as part of the Annie MacDonald Langstaff workshop series at McGill, named in honour of the first woman to earn a law degree in Quebec.

Interested in the content, but also in how student television at mcGill has nicely packaged this up for broad consumption!

Help with sorting out this M312/Levkovic/etc issue: Eggs Are People Too! Prof. Patricia Williams on the US womb invasion

a little M312 and Levkovic help over at Columbia’s Gender & Sexuality Law Blog, where Pat Williams back in March 2012 tried to move us away from laughing, screaming, chanting and…  Eggs Are People Too!.

How “we the people” come alive in language, not merely in the womb, is the challenge of social justice: our love of life must not be locked away in the perpetually future contingent but fully engaged in the embodied present tense.

and, because I cannot resist,

October 29 Deadline for Proposals for LSA Boston 2013 with Feminist Legal Theory CRN

Thanks to Jennifer Koshan (Calgary) for passing this along.


 …participate in panels sponsored by the Feminist Legal Theory Collaborative Research Network at the Law and Society Annual Meeting in Boston, May 30 to June 2, 2013.


Information about the Law and Society meeting (including registration and hotel information) will be posted here:


Within Law & Society, the Feminist Legal Theory CRN seeks to bring together scholars across a range of fields who are interested in feminist legal theory. There is no pre-set theme to which papers must conform, other than that they relate to feminism in some way. We especially welcome proposals that would permit us to collaborate with other CRNs, such as the Critical Research on Race and the Law CRN or the Gender, Sexuality and the Law CRN. Also, because the LSA meeting attracts scholars from other disciplines, we welcome multidisciplinary proposals.


Our goal is to stimulate focused discussion of papers on which scholars are currently working. Thus, while proposals may reference work that is well on the way to publication, we are particularly eager to solicit proposals for works-in-progress that are at an earlier stage and  will benefit from the discussion that the panels will provide.


Our panels will use the LSA format, which requires four papers, but we will continue our custom of assigning a commentator for each individual paper. A committee of the CRN will assign individual papers to panels based on subject and will ask CRN members to volunteer to serve as chairs of each panel. The chair will develop a 100-250 word description for the session and submit the session proposal to LSA before the upcoming deadline in early December, so that each panelist can submit his or her proposal, using the panel number assigned. Chairs will also be responsible for recruiting commentators but may wait to do so until panels have been scheduled later this winter.


If you would like to present a paper as part of a CRN panel, please submit a 400-500 word abstract, with your name and a title, on the Feminist Legal Theory CRN TWEN page (details provided below). If you would like to serve as a chair or a commentator for one of our panels, or if you are already planning a LSA session with four panelists (and papers) that you would like to see included in the Feminist Legal Theory CRN, please let Jennifer Hendricks know (


In addition to these panels, we may try use some of the other formats that the LSA provides: the “author meets readers” format or the roundtable discussion. “Author meets readers” sessions focus on a recently published book; commentators deliver remarks, and the author responds.


Roundtables are discussions that are not organized around papers, but rather invite several speakers to have an exchange focused on a specific topic. If you have an idea relating to feminist legal theory that you think would work well in one of these formats, please let Jennifer know, as well.


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Proposals have to be submitted through the CRN’s TWEN page.


I think this is how you can register for the TWEN page, hope I’m right about this! SL


 If you haven’t yet registered for the TWEN page, signing up is easy. Just sign onto Westlaw, hit the tab on the top for “TWEN,” then click “Add Course,” and choose the “Feminist Legal Theory” CRN from the drop-down list of National TWEN Courses. Or, if you have a Westlaw OnePass as a faculty member, you can enter the Easy Course Access link below:


Easy Course Access Link:




To submit an abstract, go to the site, look to the left hand margin and click on “Law and Society 2013 – Abstracts.”


Please submit all proposals for paper presentations by Monday, October 29, 2012. This will permit us to organize panels and submit them prior to the LSA’s deadline in early December. If we cannot accept all proposals for the CRN, we will notify you by November 15 so that you can submit an independent proposal to LSA.


We hope you’ll join us in Boston to discuss the scholarship in which we are all engaged and connect with others doing work on feminism and gender.




Beth Burkstrand-Reid


Aya Gruber


Jennifer Hendricks


Linda McClain