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  • February 29, 2008
    By Wendy Kaminer
    By Wendy Kaminer

    Barack Obama’s appeal to younger democratic women is a source of great frustration to many of their mothers and grandmothers but a source of pride for me. It reflects what feminists of my generation (and Hillary’s) have strived to accomplish – the rise of a new generation of women with the confidence to feel unconstrained by femininity.

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  • February 21, 2008
    By Wendy Kaminer
    By Wendy Kaminer

    Next fall, all academic programs in Greene County, Georgia public schools will be segregated by sex, if the Greene County Board of Education has its way. Last week, the board voted unanimously to mandate single sex education in all county schools. This controversial mandate is of questionable legality: the U.

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  • February 14, 2008
    By Wendy Kaminer
    By Wendy Kaminer,

    Is the animosity of civil libertarians toward Supreme Court justice Antonin Scalia, “misguided,” as Harvey suggests below? Not hardly; and it is not simply based on Scalia’s opposition to gay rights and reproductive choice, as Harvey implies. While I agree that Scalia's recent remarks about torture are not grounds for impeachment, I don't suspect him of being a closet civil libertarian.

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  • February 11, 2008
    By Harvey Silverglate
    By Harvey Silverglate

    The progress of freedom and legal equality is measured in sometimes subtle ways.

    A couple of days ago, I received in the mail my monthly copy of OUT magazine, a publication aimed toward the gay community but having articles of more general interest. It came wrapped, as it always does, in an opaque gray plastic wrapper, with no indication on the label as to the name or nature of the publication within.

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  • October 03, 2007
    By Wendy Kaminer
    Thanks to Hillary Clinton, Wellesley retains a certain cachet, but most women’s colleges have suffered predictable declines in popularity and prestige since the late 1960s, when the top men’s school became coed. By the late 1990s, only 1.3% of all women receiving B.A. degrees were graduates of women’s colleges. Some single sex schools, (like Vassar and Skidmore) joined a trend they could not beat and began admitting men; others, like my alma mater, Smith College, struggled to find new raison d’etres: Smith offers an engineering program and boasts of the superior science education it provides for female students.

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  • April 27, 2007
    By Harvey Silverglate
    The Supreme Court heard yet another round of oral arguments April 25th on the ever-perplexing subject of so-called “campaign financing reform” – the efforts by Congress and the Federal Election Commission (FEC) to establish rules to limit, in the pet phrase of supporters of these laws, “the corrupting influence of big money” on our electoral system.

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  • April 20, 2007
    By Wendy Kaminer

    At the risk of being considered impolite, I can’t help but add that every one of the five Justices who upheld the ban on a second trimester abortion procedure (in defiance of expert medical opinion) are Catholic. Four are conservative Catholics. I expect that some consider the mere mention of this obvious but salient fact an example of religious bigotry, but advocates of more religion in government who praise the influence of sectarian religious ideals on public policy should be prepared to hear it questioned.

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  • April 19, 2007
    By Wendy Kaminer
    You’d think that a majority of Supreme Court Justices would be content with having climbed or kissed their way to the top of the judicial hierarchy, but, no -- they want to rule the medical profession too. Yesterday, in upholding a congressional ban on a particular abortion procedure, regardless of the ban’s effect on women’s health, five Justices substituted their judgments about medical necessities for the judgment of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.

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  • April 07, 2007
    By Wendy Kaminer
    When Congress passed the Equal Access Act in 1984, requiring public schools to respect the First Amendment rights of extra-curricular student groups, it was intent on protecting student religious groups from discrimination. The Act was, in part, a response to federal court decisions allowing schools to deny equal access to religious groups, in the belief that recognizing them would violate prohibitions on establishing religion.

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  • March 29, 2007
    By Wendy Kaminer
    Is the Equal Rights Amendment an idea whose time has past? With a sense of disloyalty, I confess to feeling less excited than fatigued by news of its rebirth. Democrats have given it a new name -- the Women’s Equality Amendment -- and re-introduced it in Congress. They promise to hold hearings on the amendment in the House and start a new push for ratification.

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