Saturday, April 7, 2007

Sherry Colb on "Making Babies and Making Law"

ZcolbSherry F. Colb (Rutgers--Newark) has published When Sex Counts: Making Babies and Making Law (Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc., 2007.)  Here is the description from Amazon:

Should a woman who refuses a "medically necessary" C-section be prosecuted for the murder of her stillborn child? Should a pregnant drug-addict be arrested for distributing narcotics to a minor? Why do people continue to frown upon public breastfeeding, when the law protects it as a mother's right? Is date rape a less serious harm than stranger rape? Does an employer who requires female, but not male, employees to wear makeup discriminate on the basis of sex? Should employers protect women fromColb_book_2  hazardous work conditions solely on the grounds that they may become pregnant? Through these ripped-from-the-headlines, contemporary examples, law professor and legal commentator Sherry Colb explores the current terrain of the battle between the sexes. In her intriguing and ever-so-timely book, she makes a compelling social, legal, and political case for taking a person's sex into account for some matters but not for all. While unspoken biases persist in government agencies, in the courts, in business, and elsewhere, When Sex Counts takes a hard look at sex discrimination and examines how emerging law and public policy grapple with the differences between the sexes while simultaneously struggling to maintain a commitment to equal treatment under the law.

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