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Judge: Lady lawyers, no Ally McBeal-wear in the courtroom. Feminists: That’s slut-shaming!

April 4, 2014

My latest blog post for the Los Angeles Times:

How the sparks flew! Poor [U.S. District Judge Richard] Kopf — he probably thought he had plenty of feminist street cred because, years earlier, he’d ruled unconstitutional both a Nebraska law and a federal law outlawing partial-birth abortion.

Here’s s.e smith of xoJane reading Kopf the riot act:

“Uhm, gross? It certainly wouldn’t make me want to appear in his courtroom, even wearing what he seems to deem acceptably conservative dress. The thought that the judge would be paying more attention to my breasts and legs than what’s coming out of my mouth is super upsetting.”

And here’s Phoenix Tso of Jezebel:

“It’s embarrassing that this guy is a [expletive] federal judge. Is the gender double-standard in law so pronounced that a man of Judge Kopf’s supposed stature can write [expletive] like this without feeling any shame? Without being in danger of others ‘seething and sneering’ behind his back for his good ol’ boy sexism? I feel bad for any woman who has had to work with this guy.”

Posted by Charlotte Allen

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