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Denise Reaume on the ugly trolling of anti-niqab politics, and our Prime Troll

Over at the U of T Faculty Blog, U of T Prof Denise Reaume calls it like it is:

This troll gets his ugly musings published on the front page of every media outlet in the country. This troll’s musings give licence to trollish behaviour in others.  And if we ignore him, this troll will be reelected. When the Prime Minister behaves like the Prime Troll, it is time for all Canadians who believe in decency and civil discourse to stand up and demand an end to this, whatever their views on the niqab.

Source: “Don’t feed the trolls”, they say. What if the Prime Minister is the Prime Troll? | University of Toronto Faculty of Law

As a small example of this trolling, some algorithm decided to stick this “suggested post” into my Facebook feed.

advertisement for the Conservative Party of Canada, "It is offensive that a person would conceal their identity at the very moment that they are committing to join the Canadian family." Prime Minister Stephen Harper.  A picture of Harper.  two large buttons (green/Agree) and (Red/Disagree).  the shoes are cute, but where is the button for “you’re offensive at this very moment, Mr. Prime Minister”? I need that.



CFP: Joint Scholars & Scholarship Workshop on Feminist Jurisprudence

An interesting workshop opportunity in New York City, recently posted here on the Feminist Law Professors blog:

Joint Scholars & Scholarship Workshop on Feminist JurisprudenceJanuary 6, 2016
Fordham Law School

Sponsored by the Legal Writing Institute (LWI), the Association of Legal Writing Directors (ALWD), and the Legal Writing, Reasoning, and Research Section of the Association of American Law Schools (AALS).

LWI, ALWD, and the AALS Legal Writing Section are excited to collaborate with Fordham Law School in celebration of feminist scholars and scholars of feminist jurisprudence by offering a half-day workshop.   The Scholars & Scholarship Workshop will take place at Fordham Law School on January 6, 2016, the day prior to the beginning of the 2016 AALS Annual Meeting in New York City.

The Workshop is focused on scholarly writing and teaching in the field of feminist jurisprudence. Our goal is to encourage and support the work of scholars, including jurists and practitioners, as they challenge patriarchy and other hierarchical structures, critique existing jurisprudence from multicultural feminist perspectives, and share strategies and techniques for bringing a feminist perspective into the classroom.  It extends the conversation of the more than 50 scholars involved in the creation of the edited volume, Feminist Judgments: Rewritten Opinions of the United States Supreme Court (Kathryn  Stanchi, Linda Berger & Bridget Crawford eds., Cambridge University Press 2016).  We hope to more broadly support the work of feminist scholars in the academy, regardless of their subject area of study.

If you are interested in presenting a draft paper to receive feedback from an audience of informed scholars in a safe and supportive environment, please submit an abstract to the Scholars & Scholarship Workshop by October 5, 2015.  Abstracts should be no longer than 500 words in length and should be emailed to Professors Nantiya Ruan at and Shailini Jandial George at  Those submitting abstracts will be informed of whether they were chosen to participate by October 31, 2015, and drafts will be sent to readers in mid-December.

If you are interested in attending the workshop, you can register here:

For more on feminist judgment projects, see a couple of our posts from earlier this year:  here and here.

Inter-American Commission MMIW Report via Blogging for Equality

Over at Blogging for Equality check out “Yes Mr. Harper It Is A Sociological Phenomenon”.  Sharon McIvor, Shelagh Day and Gwen Brodsky write about the  Inter‑American Commission on Human Rights Issues Breakthrough Report on Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls


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.


#YouCantShutMeUp – Chatelaine

Social media is a leveller: It collapses the distance between people, even for someone like Jian Ghomeshi, a man with money, celebrity, powerful friends and a platform. For years, he was the one to control the story, and women around him felt forced into silence and shame. But the outpouring of support — the likes, the hashtags, the private missives of solidarity posted on a vast public forum — showed all of us that it doesn’t have to be that way anymore. And it all started because one woman, then four, then eight, then nine were brave enough to say, This happened to me.

via #YouCantShutMeUp – Chatelaine by Rachel Geise

[i love that this was in chatelaine]