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Tanya L. Domi is an Adjunct Assistant Professor of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University who teaches about human rights in Eurasia and is a Harriman Institute affiliated faculty member. Prior to teaching at Columbia, Domi worked internationally for more than a decade on issues related to democratic transitional development, including political and media […]

The hit TV show The Office, is a franchise.  It originated in the U.K., then came over here to the U.S., then set up a beachhead in France, Germany, Canada (Quebec), Chile, and is now getting its own treatment in Israel, HaMisrad.  The Israeli version has been getting ample media and web attention for it’s gay […]

Here’s the weekly roundup of events of note that were worthy of longer comment, if I had more time: The University of Florida has fired a male professor after finding that he made inappropriate comments in the classroom about how Latinas dressed differently from other women.  He had been warned twice before that his comments […]

Might Kristen Booth Glen become the next Judge Judy?  Last week she approved a petition from CNN to video and then broadcast the adoption proceedings of a 5-month-old boy named Nicholas by “Tony,” the partner of “Gary,” who conceived the child with a surrogate.  Judiciary Law §218 bars cameras in the courtroom without a judge’s […]

Nicole Medham is a third year law student at Columbia Law School and has these thoughts about a recent 20/20 episode that caught her attention when the authors of Freakonomics were interviewed about the what and why of various implications of feminism: Last Friday’s edition of ABC’s 20/20 featured the authors of the bestseller Freakonomics, […]

Reform of divorce laws in light of the ways in which many women end up much worse off than their ex-husbands after divorce remains a huge problem for those of us concerned about Gender Justice. But consider the current divorce case in the news of Marie Douglas-David, the 37 year-old woman who in 2002 married […]

Grace Tabib is a third year student at Columbia Law School and offers these thoughts on the regulation of pornography – K. Franke As in other areas of gender study, Catharine MacKinnon’s extreme view once again forecloses the possibility of women controlling their own sexual impulses. When MacKinnon argues that all pornography is abusive to […]

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