GSL Online

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

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Sheltering and Discriminating: Homosexuality and Immigration Law in the United States

Author: Claire O’Sullivan, JD 2010 Abstract: Noting that America’s relationship with homosexuality is defined by a willingness to tolerate homosexuality (to an extent) but an unwillingness to view homosexuals as actual equals, as demonstrated by Wendy Brown, this paper argues that the interplay...

The Biopolitics of Gender in Iran: How a “Third Gender” has Formed

Author: Donna Azoulay, JD 2010 Abstract: In the Islamic Republic of Iran both the role of gender and the commitment to gender have resulted in a blatant deployment of power over individual bodies. Gender as defined in this context is masculine/feminine, where the stakes for masculinity are particularly high....

Women Who Abort as Victims and Prostitutes as “Allegorical Threats to the Nation”

Author: Donna Azoulay, JD 2010 Abstract: Abortion and prostitution share similarities. Both typically involve two parties, one providing a service and the other paying for the service. Further, abortion and prostitution are typically gendered practices – in cases of abortion the person performing the...

The Creation of the Living Dead: North Korean Refugee Women in China

Author: Jeannie Chung, JD 2010 Abstract: North Korean refugee women who cross the border into China are vulnerable to traffickers who channel them into sex work or “marriage” to rural Chinese farmers. Faith-based NGOs play a unique role in the assistance of these women, because, unlike other...

State Cooption and the Search for Converging Interests

Author: Eleanor Carr, JD 2010 Abstract: Many states use their asserted public commitment to human rights norms to increase their legitimacy in the eyes of the international community. A state’s decision to take on particular rights may come from homegrown movements or may be imposed by the international...

Understanding and Responding to Domestic Violence in Lesbian Relationships: Removing Roadblocks to Safety and Justice for Battered Lesbians

Author: Erin Meyer, JD 2011 Abstract: Over the past two decades, domestic violence advocates have gained increased awareness and understanding of the dynamics of intimate partner violence in lesbian couples. They have also made great strides toward addressing the challenges faced by lesbian victims of...

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