A Conference on Darren Rosenblum’s Unsex Mothering: Toward a New Culture of Parenting.  Mon, Feb 13, 5-7pm in Austin Hall North.  Presented by Harvard Journal of Law & Gender.

In the category of “mothering,” legal sex neutrality crashes into social default regimes to construct women as “mothers,” who serve as primary parents, and men as “fathers.”  Institutions burden women with parenting responsibilities reflexively and without compensation, while men are presumed incapable or uninterested in performing these caretaking duties.
In Unsex Mothering, published in the Winter 2012 volume of the Harvard Journal of Law & Gender, Darren Rosenblum advances a theory of unsexing to characterize the peeling away of rights and statuses from biological sex. Professor Rosenblum’s article describes how international law both affirms this sexed vision of parenting and suggests the path toward an unsexed future, with particular focus on parenting leave policies in Sweden.
In conjunction with an online colloquium on http://harvardjlg.com, which will feature written responses by twenty scholars in the field, this conference will feature Darren Rosenblum discussing his piece, with responses from Professor Duncan Kennedy (HLS), Professor Mary Anne Case (U. Chicago), Professor Elizabeth Emens (Columbia), Professor Suzanne Kim (Rutgers), and Katherine Kraschel (HLS ’12).
Join Harvard Journal of Law & Gender for this exciting and innovative approach to legal scholarship, combining traditional print with online discussion by scholars across the country and this dynamic in-person discussion. Reception to follow.
Brought to you by Harvard Journal of Law & Gender. Please visit http://harvardjlg.com for more information, and to read responses by: 

Libby Adler, Michael Boucai, Glenn Cohen, Ariela Gross, Bennett Capers, Michelle Goodwin, Joanna Grossman, Berta Hernandez-Truyol, Beth Jones, Suzanne Kim, Fernanda Nicola, Naomi Mezey, Theo Mhyre, Kimberly Mutcherson, Camille Rich, Susie Schmeiser, Elizabeth Schneider, Katherine Silbaugh, Kellye Testy, Mary Whisner

Co-sponsored by ACS, LAMBDA, Womens Law Association, Harvard Law Students for Reproductive Justice, and the Harvard Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Law Review, with generous funding from the Milbank Fund and the Petrie-Flom Center for Health Law Policy.
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