Gender Justice - Spring 2021

Gender Justice GU4506

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. 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.


January 14th (Legislative Monday): Intro to the Course: Paradigms of Gender Equality

  • Nancy Levit and Robert R.M. Verchick, Feminist Legal Theories, in Feminist Legal Theory, 11 (New York University Press, 2016).

January 25thLisa Sangoi, Movement for Family Power, and Ericka Brewington:  Drug Testing of Pregnant People and Newborns

February 1stKhiara Bridges, Berkeley Law, Racial Disparities in Maternal Mortality

February 8thJulie Suk, CUNY Grad Center – Equal Rights Amendment

February 15thFarah Diaz-Tello, If/When/How – Reproductive Justice

February 22ndClement Lee, Sex Workers Project, Justice for Sex Workers

March 1stSpring Break

March 8thEarly Framing

March 15thLimits of Formal Sex-Based Equality 

March 22ndThe Pregnant Body

March 29thNon-Reproductive Sexuality as a Gender Justice Project

April 5thSexual Orientation and Gender Identity Discrimination

April 12thMarriage Rights vs. Sexual Justice

  • Obergefell v. Hodges
    • Opinion of Justice Anthony Kennedy
    • Opinion of Justice Katherine Franke
    • Opinion of Justice Sherif Girgis and Robert George