Gendered Sentencing in Teen Texting Case

May 12, 2009

Two Ohio teens–both 15–were sentenced yesterday “for their role in nude photos of minors found on a cell phone.”

According to this judge’s definition of Ohio Chapter 2907 (sex offenses), two teens exchanging nude photos–either of themselves or other teens–constitutes delivering, disseminating, providing or presenting

to a juvenile, a group of juveniles, a law enforcement officer posing as a juvenile, or a group of law enforcement officers posing as juveniles any material or performance that is obscene or harmful to juveniles

We can quibble about that later, but here’s what I find really interesting: the boy and girl involved in this case received different sentences.

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Women Mean Business

May 3, 2009

There’s a great article in today’s Globe on what what more women in senior posts can mean for big business.

Several studies have linked greater gender diversity in senior posts with financial success. European firms with the highest proportion of women in power saw their stock value climb by 64 percent over two years, compared with an average of 47 percent, according to a 2007 study by the consulting firm McKinsey and Company. Measured as a percent of revenues, profits at Fortune 500 firms that most aggressively promoted women were 34 percent higher than industry medians, a 2001 Pepperdine University study showed. And, just recently, a French business professor found that the share prices of companies with more female managers declined less than average on the French stock market in 2008.

Rebecca Tuhus-Dubrow (gasp! The article was written by a woman!) does a good job of couching this evidence in the fact that correlation doesn’t equal causation (sing it with me, everyone), but I’m still pretty blown away by the figures in these studies.

Some commenters, on the other hand, had a bone to pick with the headline: The female advantage: A new reason for businesses to promote women: it’s more profitable

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Why do I even read The Crimson? Like, ever?

May 1, 2009

Check out this little gem by Crimson editorial cartoonist Samuel L. Clemens:


(h/t to Future Feminist Librarian-Activist for saving the cartoon in time–apparently The Crimson doesn’t archive its cartoons.)

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Michelle Obama: So Hot Right Now

March 13, 2009

As I was walking through the tunnels of the Harvard Law School campus, this bulletin board caught my eye:


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