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An Open Letter To Mary Wollstonecraft

Dear Mary Wollstonecraft, As a woman who wrote The Vindication of the rights of Woman, during a time in history when women’s rights work was seen as a forbidden path, I heartily commend you for your work. Your arguments on behalf of your sex not only hold historic value, but a pertinent key to the destructive cycle that condemns the natural state of women and glorifies the natural state of men. If you would look at the current state of society, it will not reflect the true nature of both sexes. When I go back to your text on discussing…

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Ms. JD Weekly Roundup: Week Ending May 21, 2010

SDNY Judge Barbara Jones - Who Also Presided Over the WorldCom Criminal Proceedings - Is Assigned Goldman Sach's Civil Fraud CaseGoodwin Liu's Nomination Draws Attention to the Under-Representation of Asian American's on the Federal Judicial (10 out of 875)Kagan as a Representastive of the Generation that Could Not "Have It All"The Pitfalls of Domestic Micro-Managing, i.e. the "I'll Do It Myself" CycleProfessor Elizabeth Warren and Justice Snia Sotomayor Named to the Time 100Kathleen Rice Being Positioned as Cuomo's Successr for NY AGSusan Carney Nominated to 2nd Circuit$250 Million Punitive Damages Against Novartis in Sex Discrimination Suit a Shot Accross the…

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Jill Filipovic

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Congressional Babes

Last week on my blog we had a short conversation about hyper-sexualized younger women, and why coming down on them is a little bit unfair. Now, the LA Times gives us this article about Rep. Loretta Sanchez, a Congresswoman who is, according to the paper, is being "tested on whether her reputation will be more coquette or congresswoman." Because Lord knows the earth would shatter if she were both a female politician and a human being. This one should probably be filed under "women can't win" because, well, we can't. And this illustrates it. The fact is that most women,…

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Jill Filipovic

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Sexist Advertising in Legal Magazines

[The following focuses on an advertisement in Massachussets Lawyers Weekly, which featured a naked woman, covered by a man's suit coat, pulling a professionally-dressed man toward her by his tie, with the words, "A custom tailored suit is a natural aphrodisiac." Several female attorneys wrote in to complain, and a handful of "feminist" defenses of the ad followed. This is a response to some of those arguments.] If this ad is somehow represents the idea that women can be sexual, then that idea isn't really new at all, is it? Women's bodies have been used in advertising to sell goods…

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