GSL Online

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

Subject: Sex Discrimination

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,...

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...

Eugenics Then and Now

Author: Afiya Pascall, LLM 2010 Abstract: This paper considers eugenics broadly with particular emphasis on its use to repress the reproduction of poor minority women. It starts by looking at the historical development of eugenics and foundational facially valid justifications that gave the practice...

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....

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...