Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Gendering Big Brother

Jane Bailey, Gendering Big Brother: What Should a Feminist Do?

Set in the context of an imaginary dialogue between a straight, white, middle-aged radical feminist law professor and her Cyberfeminism student, this paper explores various theories about stereotypes and other tools of discrimination, as well as the emancipatory potential of digitized communications for equality-seeking groups. It suggests that the Snowden revelations about widespread government surveillance of citizens and concerns around “big data” present an opportunity for coalition between feminists and civil libertarians on the issue of surveillance. In the final analysis though, the paper cautions that this context may simply reflect a moment of interest convergence in which collaboration is unlikely to produce real change for subordinated groups unless the discriminatory tropes that disproportionately expose members of subordinated groups to surveillance are first addressed.

May 19, 2015 in Gender | Permalink | Comments (0)

Monday, May 18, 2015

Conservatism's liberal manliness

The essay about manliness by Jonathan V. Last in the conservative Weekly Standard is neither insightful nor interesting on its own terms, but it suggests, probably unwittingly, that conservative ideals of manliness (at least among that set who read the quasi-academic essays in the  middle-brow Weekly Standard) have come to look downright.... liberal, and thus, in the idiom of an older conservatism,..... quite unmanly.  

May 18, 2015 in Manliness, Masculinities | Permalink | Comments (0)

"Parents furious over school’s plan to teach gender spectrum, fluidity"

From Fox News:

One of the nation’s largest public school systems is preparing to include gender identity to its classroom curriculum, including lessons on sexual fluidity and spectrum – the idea that there’s no such thing as 100 percent boys or 100 percent girls.

Fairfax County Public Schools released a report recommending changes to their family life curriculum for grades 7 through 12. The changes, which critics call radical gender ideology, will be formally introduced next week.


“The larger picture is this is really an attack on nature itself – the created order,” said Peter Sprigg of the Family Research Council.

“Human beings are created male and female. But the current transgender ideology goes way beyond that. They’re telling us you can be both genders, you can be no gender, you can be a gender that you make up for yourself. And we’re supposed to affirm all of it.”

The plan calls for teaching seventh graders about transgenderism and tenth graders about the concept that sexuality is a broader spectrum --- but it sure smells like unadulterated sex indoctrination.




May 18, 2015 in Education, LGBT | Permalink | Comments (0)

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Bad Feminist

The Feminist Legal Theory CRN group at the upcoming Law & Society is reading Roxane Gay's, Bad Feminist (http://www.roxanegay.com/bad-feminist/).

I just finished reading the book myself. I had read excerpts and reviews, but not the book until now. Really great. She's a professor, a writer, and a "bad" feminist - defined as a real, human, imperfect person who nevertheless believes in core principles of gender equality and the identification of such as "feminist." Refreshing, irreverent.  Just keeping it real.

May 16, 2015 in Books, Conferences, Theory | Permalink | Comments (0)

Friday, May 15, 2015

Women for Men

Women for Men....is the website run by Fox News commentator Suzanne Venker.  

Its mission statement reads: 

America is at war with masculinity. For years, prominent women in media and government have used their perch to belabor the false notion that women are in need of perpetual justice and focus.

In fact, it is males that need attention.

Women for Men (WFM) is committed to providing much-needed support for the American male who’s tired of being told there’s something fundamentally wrong with him and who’s mentally drained from being shafted in family courts and college tribunals, where men are assumed guilty until proven innocent. 

Decades of feminist propaganda have landed us in a place where women are hailed as heroes, and men are viewed as perpetrators—or just plain losers. That’s what WFM seeks to remedy. 

The battle of the sexes will begin to erode only when America stops making men pay for the modern woman’s so-called oppression. If we do, marriages and relationships will improve—as will the health of the American family.

And some recent news about Ms. Venker in Salon is here.   She raises what she believes is a crippling paradox in feminist discourse: 

“There’s no question that [feminists] are disdainful of masculinity,” Venker said. “That’s just not debatable. But at the same time, you’re saying to women, ‘You don’t need a man … because you’re basically capable of everything he is capable of, and you should aspire to be like a man in your life. That’s what makes you powerful and of value and equal to them.’”

May 15, 2015 in Gender, Manliness, Masculinities | Permalink | Comments (0)

a gender gap for parents

From the NYT: 

When they become parents, many couples want to share child-care responsibilities equally, says Sarah Schoppe-Sullivan, a professor of human development and family science at Ohio State University. But in a recent study, she found that moms shoulder much more of the additional work when a baby is born — and, perhaps more surprising, that parents aren’t necessarily aware of the discrepancy.

Along with her co-authors Jill Yavorsky and Claire Kamp Dush, Dr. Schoppe-Sullivan analyzed data on how 182 straight, dual-income couples spent their time before and after they had a child.

And, the results: 

They found big differences between the couples’ estimates of how they spent their time and the evidence provided by the time diaries. Men and women both thought they spent about 30 more hours per week on paid work, housework, and child care combined after they had a child than they had before. But according to the time diaries, women actually spent about 21 hours more. Men added just 12.5 hours.

May 15, 2015 in Family, Work/life, Workplace | Permalink | Comments (0)

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Batlan on the Gendered History of Legal Aid

Excited - my friend Felice Batlan's book is out!  Here's the review from the Legal History Blog.


Karen Tani, New Release: Batlan's History of Legal Aid, 1863-1945

I've been really looking forward to this new release, from Cambridge University Press: Women and Justice for the Poor: A History of Legal Aid, 1863–1945, by former guest blogger Felice Batlan (Illinois Institute of Technology/Chicago-Kent College of Law). Here's the abstract:
This book re-examines fundamental assumptions about the American legal profession and the boundaries between “professional” lawyers, “lay” lawyers, and social workers. Putting legal history and women's history in dialogue, it demonstrates that nineteenth-century women's organizations first offered legal aid to the poor and that middle-class women functioning as lay lawyers, provided such assistance. Felice Batlan illustrates that by the early twentieth century, male lawyers founded their own legal aid societies. These new legal aid lawyers created an imagined history of legal aid and a blueprint for its future in which women played no role and their accomplishments were intentionally omitted. In response, women social workers offered harsh criticisms of legal aid leaders and developed a more robust social work model of legal aid. These different models produced conflicting understandings of expertise, professionalism, the rule of law, and ultimately, the meaning of justice for the poor.
Reviewers say:
"Women and Justice for the Poor is an exciting and timely intervention into work on lawyering in the United States. Batlan establishes the deep relevance of ideas about gender and race to the history of law and legal practice through ambitious research, provocative analysis, and engaging narrative."  -- Martha S. Jones, Arthur F. Thurnau Professor, University of Michigan
"By tracking legal aid through the winding corridors of urban social institutions, Batlan gives us evocative insights into gender, reform, capitalism, and lawyering in a cogent and fascinating historical account. Her erosion of lay and professional boundaries, demonstrated by women’s contribution to legal aid and the pragmatic relief they provided to underprivileged clients, illuminates the value of using gender to frame the story." -- Norma Basch, Professor Emeritus, Rutgers University
"In a remarkably original social/legal history, Batlan is asking readers to rethink what lawyering has meant and could mean. And when you ask ‘outside the box’ questions, you come up with surprising answers. This book can help us understand why law today can be far from justice." -- Linda Gordon, Florence Kelley Professor of History, New York University
More information is available here.

May 14, 2015 in Books, Poverty, Women lawyers | Permalink | Comments (0)

Law & Society Feminist Legal Theory CRN Program Lineup



Wed, 5/27

7:00 PM

Book Discussion and Informal Gathering

(Belltown Pub, 2322 1st Avenue)

Thu, 5/28

8:15 AM –

10:00 AM


Separate Spheres? Church, State, Market, and Family

Chair: Jessica Clarke, Associate Professor, Minnesota

1.         Elizabeth Sepper, Associate Professor, Washington University Law, The Family Corporation

2.        Julia L. Ernst, Assistant Professor, University of North Dakota School of Law, Religious Law and Women’s Human Rights: Reflections upon the African Human Rights System

3.         Kara Loewentheil, Research Fellow, Columbia Law School & Director, Public Rights / Private Conscience Project, Columbia Law School, Satanists, Scott Walker, & Contraception: Hobby Lobby’s Implications For State Law

4.         Wendy A. Bach, Associate Professor, University of Tennessee College of Law, The Hyperregulatory State and the Submerged State: Exploring Structural Inequalities in U.S. Social Policy

Thu, 5/28

10:15 PM –

12:00 PM

 Author Meets Readers: Banking on the Body: The Market in Blood, Milk and Sperm in Modern America     

Thu, 5/28

12:45 PM –

2:30 PM


 Children’s Rights and Best Interests

Chair: Maya Manian, Professor, USF

1.         Leslie J. Harris, Professor, Oregon, Teens’ Health Care Decisions: Competence Meets Policy

2.         Kim Hai Pearson, Assistant Professor, Gonzaga, and Addie C. Rolnick, Associate Professor, UNLV Law, Gender, Race, and Ideal Parenthood in Adoptive Couple v. Baby Girl

3.         Bela August Walker, Associate Professor, Roger Williams, Parental Status from Property Rights to Fundamental Rights

4.         Seema Mohapatra, Associate Professor of Law, Barry, Treating Cross Border Surrogacy Like Intercountry Adoption: A Best Interests

Thu, 5/28

2:45 PM –

2:30 PM

 Governance Feminism

Chair: Cynthia Godsoe, Assistant Professor, Brooklyn Law School

1.         Janet Halley, Harvard Law School

2.         Prabha Kotiswaran, King’s College London

3.         Rachel Rebouche, Temple University School of Law

4.         Hila Shamir, Tel-Aviv University Faculty of Law

Thu, 5/28

2:45 PM –

4:30 PM


 Paying the Price for Untraditional Parenthood

Chair: Dara Purvis, Assistant Professor, Penn State

1.         Michael Boucai, Associate Professor, SUNY Buffalo Law, Is Assisted Procreation an LGBT Right?

2.         Melanie B. Jacobs, Professor of Law, Michigan State University, Procreative Liberty Can Be Yours – If the Price is Right: Comparing the Effects of Wealth Inequality in American and Chinese Family Formation

3.         Radhika Rao, Professor, UC Hastings,Selective Reduction: “A Soft Cover for Hard Choices”

4.         Jody Lyneé Madeira, Professor, Indiana Maurer Law, Reconceiving Informed Consent

5.         Qian Liu, PhD student, University of Victoria, Institutionalized Discrimination against Unwed Mothers’ Reproductive Rights in China

Thu, 5/28

6.00 PM


CRN dinner and business meeting (Osteria La Spiga, 1429 12th Ave)

Fri, 5/29

7:30 AM –

9:15 AM


New Forms of Intimate Ordering

Chair: Julie Shapiro, Professor, Seattle

1.         Jessica Feinberg, Assistant Professor, Mercer Law, Gradual Marriage

2.        Ayelet Blecher-Prigat, Faculty of Law, Bar-Ilan, From Partners To Joint Parents: The Case Of Unplanned Joint Parenthood

3.       Merle H. Weiner, Professor, Oregon, Would Women Benefit from a Parent-Partner Status?

4.        Allison Anna Tait, Assistant Professor, Richmond, Between Marital Privilege and Economic Partnership

Fri, 5/29

9:30 AM –

11:15 AM


 AMR Salon: Vicarious Kinks: SM in the Socio-Legal


Fri, 5/29

9:30 AM –

11:15 AM


 Lies, Coercion, and Violence Among Intimates

Chair: Courtney Joslin, Professor, UC Davis School of Law

1.         Jill Elaine Hasday, Professor, Minnesota, Intimate Lies: How Does and How Should the Law Regulate Deception Between Spouses, Lovers, Dates, Parents, Children, Siblings, and More

2.         Susan Ayres, Professor Texas A&M Law, Paternity Fraud: Regulation of Women’s Sexuality and Family Relationships

3.         Tugce Ellialti, Ph.D Candidate, Sociology, U. Penn, “Truth-Seeking” Through Forensic Reports:  Female Survivors and the Medico-Legal Discourse on Sexual Violence in Turkey

Fri, 5/29

11:30 AM –

1:15 PM

 Regulating Sex; Designating Victims and Offenders

Chair: Aziza Ahmed, Associate Professor, Northeastern University School of Law

1.         Ummni Khan, Associate Professor, Carleton University, Ambivalent Intersections: The Queer Heterosexuality of A Sex Trade Client

2.         Jessica Clarke, Associate Professor, Minnesota, Sexual Exceptionalism

3.         Cynthia Godsoe, Assistant Professor, Brooklyn, Victims and Offenders

4.         Zeynep Kıvılcım, Out-Of-Camp Syrian Women And LGBTI Refugees: Exploring The Gendered Nature Of Turkey’s New Immigration Law

Fri, 5/29

1:30 PM –

3:15 PM

 Bodies, The Sensorium And Visuality

Chair: Ummni Khan, Associate Professor, Carleton University

1.         Dawn Moore, Professor of Law, Carleton University, and Rashmee Singh, Assistant Professor of Sociology and Legal Studies, University of Waterloo, Seeing Crime: Injuries, Images and Victims of Domestic Violence

2.         Sameena Mulla, Assistant Professor of Anthropology, and Heather Hlavka, Narrating Victimized and Victimizing Bodies: The Emergence of Rape in Criminal Court Testimony

3.         Samantha D. Gottlieb, Regulating HPV vaccine and acceptable bodies 

Fri, 5/29

3:30 PM –

5:15 PM

 Legal Responses to Domestic Violence

Chair: Leslie J. Harris, Professor, Oregon School of Law

1.         Joan Meier, Professor of Clinical Law, George Washington University Law School, Child Custody Outcomes In Cases Involving Parental Alienation And Abuse Allegations

2.         Caroline Forell, Professor, Oregon Law School, Gender Equality And Homicides At Home

3.         Jane K. Stoever, Assistant Clinical Professor, UC Irvine School of Law, Mirandizing Family Justice Centers

4.         Carolyn B. Ramsey, Professor of Law, Colorado Law School, The Stereotyped Offender: Domestic Violence and the Failure of Intervention

Fri, 5/29

5:30 PM –

7:15 PM

 Evolving Ideas of Kinship

Chair: Rachel Rebouché, Associate Professor, Temple University Beasley School of Law

1.         Theresa Glennon, Professor, Temple University Beasley School of Law, Becoming Family: Evaluating the Process of Defining Family Relationships at Birth

2.         Courtney Joslin, Professor, UC Davis School of Law, Marriage Equality and Nonmarital Families

3.         Kimberly Mutcherson, Professor, Rutgers School of Law-Camden, Kinship, Law, and Assisted Reproduction

4.         Dara Purvis, Assistant Professor, Penn State Dickinson School of Law, A World of No Genetic Parentage

Fri, 5/29

5:30 PM –

7:30 PM


 Institutional Responses to Gendered Violence: Employers, Universities, and the Military

Chair: Carolyn Ramsey, Professor of Law, Colorado Law School

Discussant: Ann C. McGinley, Professor, UNLV,Through a Different Lens: Using Masculinities Research to Interpret Title VII

1.         Jamie Abrams, Assistant Professor, University of Louisville, Combating The Persistence Of Gendered Violence In The Military

2.         Nancy Chi Cantalupo, Research Fellow, Georgetown Law School, “Inquisitorialism” and Campus Gender-Based Violence

3.         Sarah Swan, JSD Candidate, Columbia Law School, Bystander Interventions

Sat, 5/30

8:15 AM –

10:00 AM

 Institutional Accountability for Gender Violence   

Chair: Julie Goldscheid, Professor of Law, CUNY

1.         Aziza Ahmed

2.         Carrie Bettinger-Lopez

3.         Donna Coker

4.         Adele Morrison

5.         Deborah Weissman 

May 14, 2015 in Conferences | Permalink | Comments (0)

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

ACLU calls for inquiry into Hollywood gender bias

From the NYT:

Grumblings that Hollywood is a man’s world have percolated for decades and are borne out in grim figures: Women directed only 4 percent of top-grossing films over the last dozen years. Now this apparent truism is being challenged as a violation of civil rights.

On Tuesday the American Civil Liberties Union asked state and federal agencies to investigate the hiring practices of major Hollywood studios, networks and talent agencies for what the organization described as rampant and intentional gender discrimination in recruiting and hiring female directors.

“Women directors aren’t working on an even playing field and aren’t getting a fair opportunity to succeed,” said Melissa Goodman, director of the L.G.B.T., Gender and Reproductive Justice Project at the A.C.L.U. of Southern California. “Gender discrimination is illegal. And, really, Hollywood doesn’t get this free pass when it comes to civil rights and gender discrimination.”

May 13, 2015 in Work/life, Workplace | Permalink | Comments (0)

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

EEOC Conciliation Ruling - Good or Bad for Businesses?

We posted posted about the new decision Mach Mining v. EEOC upholding limited judicial review for the EEOC's conciliation process.

Here's more commentary about the case: WSJ, Legal Experts Weigh in on Supreme Court's EEOC Ruling

Business litigants in recent years have notched a number of victories in cases before Supreme Court. But Wednesday’s high court ruling in a dispute over the government’s handling of discrimination complaints gives employers little to cheer, according to legal experts.


While the Supreme Court handed business a narrow and technical victory – ruling that courts do have limited power to review how the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission handles discrimination complaints before it decides to sue an employer – some lawyers familiar with the issues say that the long-term gain is for employees.


“I think it’s unambiguously a win for the EEOC and complainants,” University of Colorado law professor Melissa Hart, who specializes in civil procedure and employment discrimination, told Law Blog on Wednesday.

May 12, 2015 in Business, Equal Employment | Permalink | Comments (0)

The Origin of Gender Inequalities in Marriage: The Kids

The Origin of Gender Inequalities in Dual-Earner, College Educated Couples: The Division of Labor at Transition to Parenthood

Parenting an infant is a time-consuming activity that changes the rhythm of daily life. But it is especially fascinating that new parents, and particularly men, perceive the work of parenthood to be even more time-consuming than it actually is. Parenthood does result in increased work, but men and women are not actually working 30 hours more per week after their babies are born. Women come close – working 21 more hours per week after the birth of their first child. Men do much less than they – or their wives – perceive: parenthood only adds 13 hours of work for men.


It is possible that fathers will become more involved in physical childcare and engagement as the babies grow into running and talking toddlers. But we would argue that men and women should openly confront the workload inequities that develop in their child’s first nine months because renegotiating the division of labor once routines are established is really difficult.


Furthermore, if these inequities are not addressed early, some women may feel compelled to leave or reduce their hours in the labor force, diminishing their own career opportunities as well as the family’s ability to save for college and retirement. In turn, women’s “opting out” of paid work may result in men’s opting out of even more family work. Thus, children may miss out on the benefits of involved fathering for their social, emotional, and cognitive development.

May 12, 2015 in Family | Permalink | Comments (0)

Monday, May 11, 2015

how dude are you?

How-Dude.me claims to determine 'how dude' a man is. The software also provides you with a one liner describing the man in the snap. FEMAIL put One Direction's heartthrob, Harry Styles, to the test and he received a 66 per cent dude rating and was dubbed 'Captain Fun' 

At heart, all manliness boils down to narcissism (Samson, anyone?), or so I think.  

From the Daily Mail UK:

Last week, website How Old - which claimed to automatically detect your age from a photo - went viral with millions of intrigued users rushing to test it out.

The app, which gathered 35,000 users in a matter of hours, allowed people to upload photos of themselves or their friends, and then analysed their facial structure to determine how old the person might be - with varied results.

And now, keen to jump on the face recognition technology, a new app claiming to tell a guy how manly he is has launched.

May 11, 2015 | Permalink | Comments (0)

"9 rules for being a conservative dad"

From WaPo's book review: 

To their kids, all fathers must eventually seem conservative. And old-fashioned, and perhaps even boring. But, politically speaking, is there a uniquely conservative way to be a dad? Weekly Standard senior writer Jonathan V. Last has edited an essay collection by 17 conservative writers, policy wonks and entertainers, all offering advice and reflections on the business of fatherhood.

Number One on that list: 

1. Be a man — a manly man! “Fatherhood isn’t just manliness,” Last writes in the collection’s introductory essay. “It’s the purest form of the good side of manliness, the side that brings light into the world. . . . If we are failing as a nation, it may be because we’re failing at manliness. And if we are failing at manliness, it’s probably because we’re failing at fatherhood.” By fatherhood, Last explains, “I refer to the raising and caring for, as opposed to the siring of, children. . . . The single worst thing men have done over the last two generations is to abandon their families.”

Raising and caring for children?  That sounds downright liberal to me.    

May 11, 2015 in Family, Manliness, Masculinities | Permalink | Comments (0)

"Hillary Clinton says U.S. ranks only 65th in world for gender pay equity"

From PolitiFact: 

Hillary Clinton, who wants to become the first woman ever to win the presidency of the United States, gave an address recently at the Women in the World Summitthat touched on the gap in pay between men and women in the United States.

It’s "hard to believe that so many women are still paid less for men than the same work, with even wider gaps for women of color. If you doubt what I say, look to the World Economic Forum, hardly a hotbed of feminist thought," Clinton said at the April 23, 2015, summit. "Their rankings show that the United States is 65th out of 142 nations and other territories on equal pay. Imagine that. We should be No. 1."

But is it true?  

We found a more complex picture than Clinton’s comments showed. One study that surveyed executives supported her point, but another study of wage data actually undermined it. 

May 11, 2015 in Work/life, Workplace | Permalink | Comments (0)

Sunday, May 10, 2015

The Truth About Mother's Day

Saturday, May 9, 2015

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May 9, 2015 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Article on Akron Abortion SCOTUS Cases

Pleased to announce that my article, Back to the Future of Regulating Abortion in the First Term, 29 Wisconsin J. Law, Gender & Soc'y 47 (2014), received the annual award for best faculty scholarship granted by the Alumni Association.

The article tracks the backstory of the U.S. Supreme Court decisions in Akron v. Akron Center for Reproductive Health and Ohio v. Akron Center for Reproductive Health.  It draws on original research of oral histories and recovered documents to explore the historical and legal context that spawned informed consent laws so early after Roe v. Wade seemingly resolved the legal question over abortion.  


May 9, 2015 in Abortion, Scholarship | Permalink | Comments (0)

AALS Workshop on Next Generation Issues of Sex, Gender, and the Law

Association of American Law Schools


Workshop on Next Generation Issues of Sex, 

Gender, and the Law

June 24-26, 2015

Orlando, Florida 

Click here to view the eBrochure.

This workshop is about continuing the conversation that began at the 2011 Workshop on Women Rethinking Equality


* Exploring new and forward-looking ideas for scholarship, law reform and advocacy that can bring about gender equality.


* Presenting a wide range of innovative and thought provoking papers and ideas about gender equality by new and experienced scholars.


* Providing a rich and supportive atmosphere to foster mentoring and networking among teachers and scholars.


Specific topics include:


Economic Equality Employment/Civil Rights Act
Family Law Feminist Legal Theory
Gender Norms Disrupted Ideas for the Future
International Human Rights Legal Education
Marriage Equality & Inequality Pregnancy Discrimination & Law
Reproductive Rights Social Safety Net
The Workplace Violence Against Women


We hope to see you in Orlando - 


Angela I. Onwuachi-Willig, University of Iowa College of Law, Chair 


on behalf of the 

Planning Committee for Workshop on Next Generation Issues: Sex, Gender and the Law

William Eskridge, Yale Law School

Aya Gruber, University of Colorado Law School

Kimberly Yuracko, Northwestern University School of Law

Rebecca E. Zietlow, University of Toledo College of Law

May 9, 2015 in Conferences | Permalink | Comments (0)

Prom Dress Codes Reinforce Gender Stereotypes

Natl Women's Law Center, What is "Appropriate" Prom Attire Anyway? 

The dress codes for prom have become overwhelmingly stringent in the name of keeping girls from being promiscuous and “compromising their character.” Many schools force students, especially girls, to conform to “traditional,” stereotypical ideals of appropriate attire at their proms. At one school, a student was asked to leave the prom because school officials thought her dress was too revealing, even though the mother and daughter had worked hard to find a dress that fit all of the school’s dress code rules.


Schools across the country are restricting what gay and lesbian students can wear and who they can bring as dates. Girls are required to wear a dress even if they prefer pants. Girls also have to dress in a way that not only conforms and complies with arbitrary rules and guidelines but must also take into account that their different body frames and shape can make a dress look and be “overly sexual.***


It’s clear that sexism is at the heart of these attempts at controlling girls’ bodies and enforcing outdated and wrong perceptions of how girls should dress and behave.

May 9, 2015 in Education | Permalink | Comments (0)

Friday, May 8, 2015

Transgender in the Virginia Suburb Schools


For some transgender high school students in the Virginia suburbs, a school board decision Thursday could mean an end to death threats and the beginning of freedom to live openly as who they truly are.

But to some parents, adding two words to a nondiscrimination policy — “gender identity,” words intended to protect transgender students in the public schools — could be a reason to remove their children from school because of fears that allowing genders to mix in bathrooms and locker rooms could be a safety threat.


What began in March as an effort to protect transgender students and staff in Fairfax County schools has inspired a national debate on gender identity issues for children. It has also garnered opposition from Virginia lawmakers who see the proposal as overreach by a local governing body on an issue where no state law exists.

May 8, 2015 in Education, LGBT | Permalink | Comments (0)