GSL Online

Gender & Sexuality Law Online is a webjournal published by the Columbia Law School Center for Gender & Sexuality Law.

Subject: In This Issue

How the Legal Regulation of Transgender Bodies Affects Us All

Author: Rita Vavra, LLM 2013 Abstract:  The legal regulation of transgender bodies, which is often highly oppressive, restrictive and arbitrary, is commonly regarded as a problem that only affects the transgender community and its allies. This essay, however, argues that the legal regulation of transgender...

Overseas and Under Siege: Why Congress Needs to Amend 10 U.S.C. 1093 and Provide Overseas Servicewomen with the Same Reproductive Rights that Civilian Women Enjoy

Author: Emily Brailey, JD 2012 Abstract: This seminar paper explores the U.S. Military’s position regarding abortion procedures. It focuses on the 2012 Shaheen Amendment that seeks to extend federal funding to allow overseas military facilities to provide abortion in cases of rape or incest. The paper...

Female Genital Cutting: The Pressures of Culture, International Attention, and Domestic Law on the Role of African Women

Author: Aisha Nicole Davis, JD 2012 Abstract: This essay examines the international scrutiny of female genital cutting (FGC) often referred to as female genital mutilation (FGM), and how international legislation overlooks the women affected by the procedure. It focuses on FGC on the continent of Africa,...

Sex, Drugs, and American Jurisprudence: The Medicalization of Pleasure

Author: Susan Reid, JD 2011 Abstract: This paper explores the role of medical arguments in cases where courts have overturned statutes that burden pleasure-seeking behavior, such as non-procreative sexual intimacy or the use of endorphin-inducing substances. It speculates that the characterization of the...

The Queen v. Fennety: Infant Abandonment in Mid-Nineteenth Century New Brunswick, Canada

Author: Nikki Kumar, LLM 2010 Abstract: The plight of young unwed mothers in nineteenth century New Brunswick is not well documented, nor well understood. However, an article in a Fredericton newspaper, the Head Quarters, described the case of Sophia Fennety, a young unwed mother, and her supposed drowning...

Prosecuting Human Trafficking as a Crime Against Humanity under the Rome Statute

Author: Jane Kim, JD 2011 Abstract: Bought and sold, consumed and exploited: human bodies, labor, personhood, and dignity have become the most valuable, reusable, and profitable products in the 2011 world market. In the early twenty-first century, increased awareness and international concern mobilized...

Taking the Sex out of Sexual Harassment: How the “Equal Opportunity Harasser” Defense Threatens to Change the Contours of Sexual Harassment Under Title VII, and Why it Should be Eliminated

Author: Shana Khader, JD 2011 Abstract: The “equal opportunity harasser” defense to a sexual harassment claim—allowing for an employer to escape liability under Title VII by showing that members of both sexes were sexually harassed—is problematic on its face. Intuitively, it seems both wrong and...

Violence and the Form: The Ultrahazardous Activity of Excluding Children in Canada’s Immigration Family Class

Author: Jamie Chai Yun Liew, LLM 2011 Abstract: The paper is about a Canadian immigration rule that permanently prohibits the reuniting of children with their parents in Canada simply because their landed immigrant parents did not list their children on their application forms. This paper is interested in...