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Arkansas: If a judge calls you a ‘slut’ in open court, it doesn’t show prejudice

Monday, May 10, 2010
posted by Rita Handrich

We’d guess it’s hard to be a woman in Arkansas. In real estate, it’s location, location, location. And in litigation, it’s venue, venue, venue. So we hear in Arkansas that if a judge calls the female plaintiff (who had an affair while married and pregnant) a ‘slut’ in open court, it doesn’t demonstrate judicial prejudice against her.

Thus, if you can call a woman a slut without being prejudiced, it only stands to reason that women should cover themselves to avoid causing earthquakes—and this is being touted by an Iranian prayer leader. (We knew it was hard to be a woman in Iran.)

“Many women who do not dress modestly … lead young men astray, corrupt their chastity and spread adultery in society, which (consequently) increases earthquakes,” Hojatoleslam Kazem Sedighi was quoted as saying by Iranian media.

This statement led to the organizing of a ‘boob quake’  by an irreverent woman in the United States. The movement caught fire on Twitter and on Facebook and drew attention from several media sources.  Some feminists were ambivalent about the event  but at least one of my nieces participated on Facebook. Times are changing. We used to respond with anger and despair and burning our bras. Now we respond with mockery and baring our bras. Maybe it’s progress for women.

In other news on women, Les Schwab Tire Centers paid $2M to settle a gender discrimination case. A new report by WorkLife Law provides a detailed picture of the current state of FRD (Family Responsibilities Discrimination) litigation, including a 400% increase in the number of cases filed and an average verdict of more than $500,000. And 3 Women Sue Bank of America and Merrill Lynch Over Bias (in salaries and bonuses for men versus women in same positions.

Yup. It’s still hard to be a woman.  But how women respond seems to be changing. We’ll keep watching to see if it’s more effective.

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