Duke Journal of Gender Law & Policy

An annual interdisciplinary journal devoted to gender issues in the context of law and public policy with emphasis on practical analysis. Explores connections between social science and the law, and connections between scholarship and public policy and pr

Articles from Vol. 17, No. 2, May

Finding LGBTs a Suspect Class: Assessing the Political Power of LGBTs as a Basis for the Court's Application of Heightened Scrutiny
ABSTRACT In this Article I argue the U.S. Supreme Court should find lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender persons ("LGBTs") to be a politically powerless minority group and apply heightened scrutiny to statutes treating LGBTs differently as a...
Life after DOMA
I. INTRODUCTION During the 2008 presidential campaign, President Obama outlined his position on same-sex relationships. While making clear that he does not support same-sex marriage, he nonetheless suggested both that same-sex married couples should...
Likeability V. Competence: The Impossible Choice Faced by Female Politicians, Attenuated by Lawyers
The 2008 election highlighted a dilemma often faced by women in the professional world--a double bind between being perceived as competent or as likeable. Both qualities are imperative for success but the incongruity of normative female roles (warm,...
Respecting Working Mothers with Infant Children: The Need for Increased Federal Intervention to Develop, Protect, and Support a Breastfeeding Culture in the United States
INTRODUCTION A decade ago in Martinez v. NBC, Inc., (1) Judge Lewis A. Kaplan remarked: The transformation in the role of women in our culture and workplace in recent decades and the civil rights movement perhaps will be viewed as the...
Transcendent Homosexuals and Dangerous Sex Offenders: Sexual Harm and Freedom in the Judicial Imaginary
ABSTRACT Among much of the American political and cultural left is the widespread sense that, despite temporary setbacks and isolated obstacles, the trajectory for sexual politics--which has come to be synonymous with the achievement of same-sex...
Violence & HIV/AIDS: Violence against Women and Girls as a Cause and Consequence of HIV/AIDS
INTRODUCTION The worldwide HIV/AIDS epidemic has had and continues to have negative effects on human development. In parts of the world that have been most affected by HIV infections, such as sub-Saharan Africa, the epidemic has had the devastating...
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