20 Hastings Women's L.J. [i] (2009)

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By Monica R. Moukalif and Darcy  Vaughn ........................................... 1
Michelle Obama:
A Contemporary Analysis of Race and Gender
Discrimination through the Lens of Title VII
Article by Gregory S. Parks and Quinetta M. Roberson ................... 3
Pundits and commentators have attempted to make sense of the role
that race and gender played in the 2008 presidential campaign. Whereas
researchers are drawing on varying bodies of scholarship to illuminate the
role that President-elect, Senator Obama's race and Senator Clinton's
gender had on their campaigns, Michelle Obama has been left out of the
discussion. As Senator Clinton once noted, elections are like hiring
decisions. As such, new frontiers in employment discrimination law place
Michelle Obama in context within the current presidential campaign. First,
racism and sexism are both alive and well within the domains of politics
and employment. Second, most racial and gender bias is not express, but
unconscious. Third, under Title VII, employment discrimination may be
directed at a third party for their association with members of a disliked
group. Here, some voters' unconscious race and gender biases against Mrs.
Obama likely affected their voting decision vis-A-vis Senator Obama.
Loo Law: The Public Washroom as a Hyper-Regulated Place
Article  by  Irus Braverman ..............................................................  45
The article suggests that the public washroom is the most regulated of
all common spaces in the United States.   It offers several possible
explanations for this hyper-juridical attention. First and foremost, the
article argues that such hyper-regulation of the public washroom has to do
with the sanitary and moral significance of this space. Secondly, it argues
that the intensity of washroom regulation is due to its ambiguous
public/private properties. Finally, the article suggests that the intense
regulation of the public washroom is the result of physio-anatomical
functions performed in it.

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