Tag Archives: Patriarchy

A little roundup (for instance, Bill C-36 has passed the Senate)

1.  The only thing left is for the Protection of Communities and Exploited Persons Act is  Royal Assent.  See the LEGISinfo page on the bill here.   This was always one possible response to the ruling in Bedford.  Here’s Brenda Cossman on the issue in the Globe from last December and here are law profs Hughes, MacDonnell and Pearlston’s piece we posted earlier this year:  The Appeal of Asymmetrical Criminalization.

2. “Patriarchy: it’s quite a system. It works. Whiteness too.” have a look at @SaraNAhmed‘s blog post “White Men” about any number of things about white men as norm.  She’s uses the academy as an example, often.  It’s a good read.  #feministkilljoy bit.ly/1x9ym2v

3.  Best article yet on what us all learning about Ghomeshi means. Nothing or nothing good – either we learned nothing at all, or we’re claiming that all the things we have seen happen in the past, all the women harmed, all the dead women, weren’t enough to catch our attention.  Denise Balkissoon says it better, stronger: @balkissoon m.theglobeandmail.com/globe-debate/s…

4. I’m waiting on the written reasons in the Lori Douglas case (still, forever, interminably) before a (new) CJC panel.  The latest in this increasingly (i know, you would never think that it could actually get worse, but I assure you, it’s getting worse) bananas saga.  Who would like to write about this, please? I’ve got my concerns about the case, but the fact that the CJC committee is going to look at the photos…. I will post or tweet when the reasons come out.

5. Street Harassment:  What’s better than a viral video about a white woman walking around New York illustrating just how much street harassment she’s facing?  The fact that all the white men were edited out?  I had some moments on twitter about this one.  I think I leaned towards educative function of academics on twitter but you may disagree.

like most others – not a new problem. Deirdre Davis, 1993 article on street harassment of black women is a *key crit race feminism piece.

look, you can learn more this Friday in Toronto about this history – Coolie Woman!

Feminist Friday Followup

Thanks to lovely Friday afternoon audience and wonderful colleagues who presented at today’s FF.  I ate too much antipasti + cookies + banana bread, so this attempt to fulfill my promise to send out links for those interested in following up the brief samples available may fall slightly short.

 

Associate Dean Professor Shelley Gavigan presented pieces of her Something Old, Something New: Re-Theorising Patriarchal Relations and Privatisation at the Outskirts of Family Law, a shortened reprise of her presentation at this Conference in Tel Aviv.  The paper is forthcoming in Theoretical Inquiries in Law, but isn’t publicly available at the moment. I will be sure to post/tweet when it becomes available, whether through SSRN or the Journal.   She spoke about a few very interesting cases, including A.A. v. B.B., 2007 ONCA 2.  She also mentioned Angela Campbell’s work collecting the “voices” of women from Bountiful B.C.’s polygamous community.  That work is available on SSRN here.

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Professor Stephanie Ben Ishai showed us some great commercials, including the one below to open her presentation of Debtor Assistance and Debt Advice: The Role of the Canadian Credit Counselling Industry, co authored with Saul Schwartz of the Carleton School of Public Policy and Administration.  The full text is available here.

 

She also referenced former Osgoode colleague Prof. Iain Ramsay (now at Kent Law School) and his (very fun sounding) paper “Wannabe Wags and Credit Crunch Binges”: The Construction of Over-Indebtedness in the UK. In: Niemi, Johanna and Ramsay, Iain and Whitford, William, eds. Consumer Credit, Debt and Bankruptcy: Comparative and International Perspectives. Hart Publishing, Oxford. Click here for Osgoode Hall of York University Library listing, not available online.

Professor Carys Craig’s paper What’s Feminist About Open Access? A Relational Approach to Copyright in the Academy co authored with Rosemary Coombe and Joseph Turcotte, is available here, from the (open access) journal Feminists@Law – also from Kent Law School.

 

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She mentioned that people could buy or otherwise read her book, so check out this post from earlier this year, wherein she introduces the book and provides a great set of links for those new to the topic (excerpt below).

Carys suggested these articles to those intrigued by the connections between feminist theory and copyright (or IP more generally).  Carys adores alliteration, so she described these as favourite/fundamental:
Malla Pollack. “Towards a Feminist Theory of the Public Domain, or The Gendered Scope of United States’ Copyrightable and Patentable Subject Matter” William & Mary J. of Women and the Law 12 (2006): 603. Link is to Hein Online (requires account – will likely work if you are accessing from a university IP address):

the public domain is feminine because it provides essential nourishment; it is the birthing and lactating mother. As one seed becomes a plant due to the fecundity of the earth goddess, so one human sprouts poems due to the fecundity of the public domain, the daemon, the muse.”

Says Carys, “A sure way to make upper year law students shift uneasily in their seats.”    Another must-read classic (and Canadian to boot): is Shelley Wright, A Feminist Exploration of the Legal Protection of Art, 7 Can. J. Women & L. 59 (1994).  (Another Hein Online link. Apologies, but (irony?) these articles are not available “openly”.)

Since two is too few, she offered these more recent pieces as well – true to her convictions, both of these links should open for everyone.

Ann Bartow, Fair Use and the Fairer Sex:  Gender, Feminism, and Copyright Law,  Am. UJ Gender Soc. Pol’y & L., 2006,

Greene, K.J. “Intellectual Property at the Intersection of Race and Gender: Lady Sings the Blues.” American University Journal of Gender, Social Policy & the Law. 16, no. 3 (2008): 365-385

 

Final words – thank you to @MelaynaM who “won” the job of livetweeting the event from @osgoodeifls through our contest, and thank you to the students, staff and faculty who came out and listened/participated.  Comments/thoughts/suggestions always welcome.

Reminder: TOMORROW Feminist Friday October 28, 130 to 330

Come and hear three of Osgoode’s feminist scholars discuss their latest work. See how feminism provides critical tools to researchers across divergent subject areas, broaden your general knowledge, pique your interest, and meet faculty and students. Also on offer: banana bread, cheese, cookies, coffee, tea.

Feminist Friday 28 October 2011

1:30 – 3:30  Osgoode Faculty Common Room 2027

Professor Shelley Gavigan
Something Old, Something New? Re-theorizing Patriarchal Relations and Privatization from the Outskirts of Family Law

Professor Carys Craig
What’s Feminist about Open Access? A Relational Approach to Copyright in the Academy†

Professor Stephanie Ben-Ishai
Debtor Assistance & Debt Advice: The Role of the Canadian Credit Counseling Industry*

 

The Institute for Feminist Legal Studies at Osgoode aims to create a “community of interest” for feminist faculty and students at the law school.
Other Events, New Books, News, Commentary http://ifls.osgoode.yorku.ca IFLS on Twitter @OsgoodeIFLS Questions? Please contact Lielle Gonsalves, Administrator of IFLS x55586

* (co-author Professor Saul Schwartz, Carleton School of Public Policy & Administration)
† (co authors Professor Rosemary Coombe & Joseph Turcotte – may attend)

Breast Cancer & Toxics: Do labelling campaigns burden women?

Delighted to have this “Guest Post” from Osgoode colleague and IFLS member  Dayna N. Scott who is the Exec Dir of the National Network on Environments and Women’s Health.  You can find some of her research here, on SSRN.

Léa Pool’s documentary about the breast cancer industry, Pink Ribbons Inc (clip below), premiered at the Toronto International Film Fest last month. Cancer has touched all of us, and it has probably inspired in all of us an urge to “do something”, too, but this film challenges us to think a lot more about what kinds of things we should do if we really want to stop this disease.  Pool’s film was inspired by Samantha King’s book Pink Ribbons, Inc.: Breast Cancer and the Politics of Philanthropy.

Breast Cancer Action Montreal (BCAM) is an organization that really is working towards preventing breast cancer.  They recently launched a campaign, in this spirit, asking for a recognizable symbol or label to be placed on all consumer products in Canada that contain carcinogens.   But doesn’t a labelling campaign (see Femme Toxic‘)  just shift the onus (and the risk!) onto individual consumers – mainly women – who will vary dramatically in their capacities to make use of that label?  We at the National Network on Environments and Women’s Health argue that this “precautionary consumption” is undeniably women’s work.

Read my exchange with Patricia Kearns of BCAM here.

logo for action group Femme ToxicDayna Scott.

Feminist Friday October 28, 130 to 330

Come and hear three of Osgoode’s feminist scholars discuss their latest work. See how feminism provides critical tools to researchers across divergent subject areas, broaden your general knowledge, pique your interest, and meet faculty and students. Also on offer: banana bread, cheese, cookies, coffee, tea.

Feminist Friday 28 October 2011

1:30 – 3:30  Osgoode Faculty Common Room 2027

Professor Shelley Gavigan
Something Old, Something New? Re-theorizing Patriarchal Relations and Privatization from the Outskirts of Family Law

Professor Carys Craig
What’s Feminist about Open Access? A Relational Approach to Copyright in the Academy†

Professor Stephanie Ben-Ishai
Debtor Assistance & Debt Advice: The Role of the Canadian Credit Counseling Industry*

 

The Institute for Feminist Legal Studies at Osgoode aims to create a “community of interest” for feminist faculty and students at the law school.
Other Events, New Books, News, Commentary http://ifls.osgoode.yorku.ca IFLS on Twitter @OsgoodeIFLS Questions? Please contact Lielle Gonsalves, Administrator of IFLS x55586

* (co-author Professor Saul Schwartz, Carleton School of Public Policy & Administration)
† (co authors Professor Rosemary Coombe & Joseph Turcotte – may attend)