Vol 24.2 of the Canadian Journal of Women & the Law is out…

it isn’t open source, unfortunately, so perhaps only those of you with access to a Uni library will be able to get this – but there is a lot to read.  [access through project muse]Canadian Journal of Women and the Law-Volume 24, Number 2, 2012.  Some names you may know and others you may not.  We also tried a little experimental book review approach here on the Mrs. Dredd Scott book, see what you think (you may already have read the “review” conversation here on the blog).  Happy Reading!

front cover of Canadian Journal of Women and the Law vol 24(1)

Table of Contents (I pasted in two of the abstracts, just FYI, but you should be able to access them all through the link above, even if you don’t have access to full text).


Constance Backhouse Sexual Harassment: A Feminist Phrase That Transformed the Workplace

Rachel K. Bailie Minority of One: Violet King’s Entry to the Legal Profession

Violet King was born in Calgary, Alberta, in 1929, the eldest daughter of John King who moved from Oklahoma with his family in 1911 as part of a group of Black immigrants to Canada. Public and government intolerance in Canada limited the total number of Black immigrants to the Canadian prairies in 1911 and 1912 to fewer than 2,000. When Violet enrolled at the University of Alberta in Edmonton in 1948, she was the only Black woman student. Violet took an active leadership role in school activities and student government.

After her graduation in 1953, Violet returned to Calgary to complete her articles of clerkship as a student-at-law with a prominent Calgary lawyer. In 1954, Violet was admitted to the Alberta Bar as the first Black lawyer in Alberta and the first Black woman lawyer in Canada. Violet moved from Calgary to Ottawa, Ontario, to work for the Citizenship Department with the federal government. She later moved to the United States to work with the Young Men’s Christian Association (YMCA). In 1976, she was appointed executive director of the National Council of YMCA’s Organizational Development Group—the first woman named to a senior management position with the American national YMCA organization.

Karen Busby Every Breath You Take: Erotic Asphyxiation, Vengeful Wives, and Other Enduring Myths in Spousal Sexual Assault Prosecutions

Lise Gotell Governing Heterosexuality through Specific Consent: Interrogating the Governmental Effects of R. v J.A.

Erika Rackley Why Feminist Legal Scholars Should Write Judgments: Reflections on the Feminist Judgments Project in England and Wales

The Feminist Judgments Project was a collaboration in which a group of feminist legal scholars wrote alternative feminist judgments in significant legal cases in England and Wales. Rather than simply producing academic critiques of existing judgments, the participants, following in the footsteps of the Women’s Court of Canada, engaged in a practical, “real world” exercise of judgment writing. By putting feminist theory into judgment form, the Feminist Judgments Project sought to harness the power and distinctiveness of judgment writing in order to demonstrate in a sustained and disciplined way how the cases could have been decided and how the judgments could be written differently. To date, academic commentary has primarily focused on the feminist substance of the alternative judgments or, more broadly, on what makes judgments feminist, rather than on the significance of feminist scholars writing judgments. Drawing on examples from the Feminist Judgments Project, this article argues that, in addition to seeing how feminist theoretical insights can (and should) play out “in practice,” the Feminist Judgments Project and Women’s Court also raise questions about the nature and possibilities of judgment writing for feminist legal scholarship. In considering the value of judgment writing as a form of feminist critical scholarship, the article takes up the presentation of the Feminist Judgments Project as a form of “academic activism” to argue that there are strong academic, educational, and political reasons why feminist legal scholars should write judgments.


Ceri Warnock, Nicola Wheen Sex Work in New Zealand: The Re-Importation of Moral Majoritarianism in Regulating a Decriminalized Industry


“The Normal Ones Take Time”: Civil Commitment and Sexual Assault in R. v Alsadi Isabel Grant

Book Reviews / Chroniques bibliographiques

Mrs. Dredd Scott: A Life on Slavery’s Frontier (review) Lolita Buckner-Inniss, Sonia Lawrence, Emily Grabham, Maneesha Deckha, Kim Brooks

Feminist Perspectives on Contemporary International Law: Between Resistance and Compliance? (review) Doris Buss

Transforming Law’s Family: The Legal Recognition of Planned Lesbian Motherhood (review) Robert Leckey

Gender, Sexualities and Law (review) Gayle MacDonald

Women and Property in Urban India (review) Vrinda Narain

Murder, Medicine and Motherhood (review) Elizabeth Sheehy, Christine Boyle



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