Gender Justice - WMST GU4506
Mondays, 2:10 - 4:00 pm
NEW ROOM - Jerome Greene Hall 546 (435 West 116th Street)
This course will provide an introduction to the concrete legal contexts in which issues of gender and justice have been articulated, disputed and hesitatingly, if not provisionally, resolved. Through these readings we will explore the multiple ways in which the law has contended with sexual difference, gender-based stereotypes, and the meaning of equality in domestic, transnational and international contexts. So too, we will discuss how feminist theorists have thought about sex, gender and sexuality in understanding and critiquing our legal system and its norms.
No laptops are permitted in this class.
Class attendance is mandatory. TA sessions will be held once a week to review material covered in the class that week.
Students will be evaluated based upon a short paper & class presentation (1/3), a final take-home exam (2/3), and class participation (bump up in grade).
Professor Franke’s Coordinates:
Office: Jerome Greene 626 (Law School, 116th and Amsterdam)
Office Hours: Tuesdays, 3:00 p.m.- 4:20 p.m. (sign-up sheet on my door) or by appointment
E-Mail: [email protected]
Professor Franke’s Assistant: Elizabeth (Liz) Boylan, [email protected], 212.854.0167
Course TA: Carina de la Paz, [email protected]
January 22nd: Introduction
January 29th: Early Framing
- Jo Freeman, The Revolution For Women In Law And Public Policy, in Women: A Feminist Perspective Jo Freeman ed. 1995) pp. 365-404
- Kathleen Neal Cleaver, Racism, Civil Rights, and Feminism, in Critical Race Feminism: A Reader (Wing ed. 1997)
- Gayle Rubin, Gayle Rubin, Thinking Sex: Notes for a Radical Theory of the Politics of Sexuality, in Pleasure and Danger267 (Carole S. Vance ed., 1984)
I. The Body As A Gender Justice Project
February 5th: Paradigms of Gender Equality
February 12th: Gendering/Sexing the Body
February 19th: Dress Codes
February 26th: The Pregnant Body
March 5th: Criminalizing Pregnancy
- Nina Martin, Take A Valium, Lose Your Kid, Go To Jail, Pro Publica, September 2015
- Lynn Paltrow, Jeanne Flavin, Arrests of and Forced Interventions on Pregnant Women in the United States, 1973–2005: Implications for Women's Legal Status and Public Health, J. Health Politics, Policy and Law, April 2013
II. Gender, Sex, and Sexual Orientation
March 19th: Is Sexual Orientation Discrimination a Form of Sex Discrimination?
March 26th: Is Transgender Discrimination a Form of Sex Discrimination?
April 2nd: Sex Work
April 9th: Decriminalization of Sex Work
- Amnesty International Policy on state obligations to respect, protect, and fulfil the human rights of sex workers
- LGBT Rights Organizations Join Amnesty International in Call to Decriminalize Sex Work, August 20, 2015
- Rachel Moran, Buying Sex Should Not Be Legal, August 29, 2015
- Tryon P. Woods, The Antiblackness of 'modern-day slavery' Abolitionism, Open Democracy, October 10, 2014
- Frankie Mullin, The difference between decriminalisation and legalisation of sex work, Newstatesman 19 October 2015.
April 16th: Marriage
- Katherine Franke, Wedlocked: The Perils of Marriage Equality (2015) Chapter 3
III. Gendering Violence and Trauma April 23rd: Rape and Sexual Assault
- Catharine MacKinnon, Rape: On Coercion and Consent, in Toward a Feminist Theory of the State (1989)
- Emily Bazelon, The St. Paul’s Rape Case Shows Why Sexual-Assault Laws Must Change, New York Times, August 26, 2015
- American Law Institute, Modern Penal Code, Sexual Assault and Related Offenses (2014)
- Ilene Seidman and Susan Vickers, The Second Wave: An Agenda for the Next Thirty Years of Rape Law Reform, 38 SUFFOLK U. L. REV. 467 (2005)
- Jeannie Suk, The Trouble with Teaching Rape Law, December 15, 2014
April 30th: Black Lives Matter - A Movement for Racial and Gender Justice