Feminism | Posted by Selam S on 06/16/2010

Kagan: The Right Woman for the Job?

I’m a first time FBomb writer (yay!) and I am addicted to legal news and ethics, so I chose to write about Elena Kagan, the pending Supreme Court Justice nominee. It has been a year since President Obama chose Sonia Sotomayor to replace David Souter on the Supreme Court. As we remember, the pick was largely celebrated. Yesss! A Hispanic woman on the Court. America gained a victory when the Senate confirmed Sotomayor, a defender of civil and environmental rights, to the Supreme Court that summer, the third woman to sit on the country’s highest bench. It baffles me, and I am sure you also, that we have only had three women sit on the bench. Well, I am not writing this post today to reflect on old but good …

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Feminism | Posted by Julie Z on 08/4/2009

Ms. Magazine’s Summer Issue

In the past month, the feminist blogosphere has been buzzing about the Summer issue of Ms. Magazine. For the content? No, the concern is about the imagery of the cover, and it’s depiction of a white woman juggling her white middle class problems in a Hindu deity’s pose.  

As Mandy Van Deven over at Bitch Magazine online put it: 

“It’s completely inappropriate to utilize Hindu iconography in this context, mocks the religion, and diffuses the imagery of its ‘true’ meaning. When a cultural or religious symbol is used for marketing purposes by cultural or religious outsiders that fail to convey respect for and understanding of the intricacies of that culture or religion, it is offensive. Westerners have a history of seeking to eradicate ‘Other’ cultures and religions in favor of

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Awareness | Posted by Julie Z on 07/18/2009

Maddow v. Buchanan over Sotomayor

I’m honestly not even sure I can articulate my feelings about this video. It makes me sick that this is how some people view affirmative action. It makes me sick to see how white supremacy is still alive. Samhita at feministing sums it up pretty well though.

Also, please consider signing this petition for MSNBC to fire Pat Buchanan. I know I signed.

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Awareness | Posted by Becka W on 07/16/2009

Sonia Sotomayor

Alright. Let’s get right down to it.

Sonia Sotomayor. A name which only a few months ago probably would have meant nothing to us unless we were real judiciary junkies is now at the center of a hot button issue: Who will be our next Supreme Court Justice? While the Senate is spending hours upon hours questioning Sotomayor, let’s take a moment to dig a little deeper on the subject of her nomination.

(semi-rant alert): First and foremost, the biggest thing that has astonished me in my discussions with people is how quickly everyone forgets that women have barely made any headway on the Supreme Court. Sure, Sandra Day O’Connor was the first female justice; confirmed in 1980 and retired in 2006; and sure, Ruth Bader Ginsberg followed not far …

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Awareness, Feminism | Posted by Julie Z on 07/10/2009

Media Justice for Sotomayor

 

This is so ridiculous. The statement they’re referring to? Sotomayor said in a speech, “I would hope that a wise Latina woman with the richness of her experience would more often than not reach a better conclusion than a white male who hasn’t lived that life.”

Okay, to me it’s pretty clear that she’s talking about how life experiences shape who you are in your career, and how her background as a Latina woman is an important addition to white men who historically have had the most power in her field. No, it did not come out nicely. But Sonia Sotomayor is very clearly not a racist. I’m pretty sure most people, who are not simply looking for things to pick on her for, can see she was not trying …

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