Part III of III: The reactions and overreactions on the right, and what they miss

Trans rights activists demonstrating in Seattle on Feb. 1, 2020 (Lindsey Wasson for The Washington Post via Getty)

Part II of III: The dissents by Justices Alito and Kavanaugh, and their mistakes

Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito July 23, 2019. (Nicholas Kamm/AFP via Getty Images)

Part I of III: On gay and transgender rights, Gorsuch is right, and the right is wrong

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An upfront note: I am sadly less familiar with the vocabulary in disability discourse than I am in others. If I’ve stumbled, I sincerely apologize, and will very much appreciate any corrections.

In this piece, I want to briefly recount some of the curb cut story, then talk about how the widespread adoption of pronouns — and if I have my way, honorifics — in email signatures already has some easily identifiable curb cut effects.

“Curb Cuts,” and the “Curb Cut Effect,” in the sense beyond the actual cuts into the sidewalk curb that wheelchair riders use sidewalks safely and without assistance, refer to the idea in Universal Design philosophy that certain pieces of good and accessible design benefits everyone. In the literal curb cut case, the list of people who unexpectedly benefited from the widespread use of curb cuts is massive (parents…

While the Supreme Court’s decision in Brown v. Board of Education and its Constitutional dictate — that “the doctrine of ‘separate but equal’ has no place [in the Constitution]… [s]eparate educational facilities are inherently unequal”—is well-known and celebrated as something of a lodestar in the American legal tradition (Trump judicial nominees’ garbage opinions notwithstanding), its less well-known sequel (“Brown II”) played a vital role in how Brown was initially implemented.

Brown II offered schools the safe harbor of saying they need only implement integration “with all deliberate speed.” Of course, the only real effect of Brown II’s offer of good…

I just released an article in the North Carolina Journal of Law and Technology. Rather than attempting to reformat it for this blog, I’m going to simply link the final version here:

Enjoy. This piece was a delight to work on.

CW: rape, consent violations, discussion of kinky sex

An image that definitely, definitely oversimplifies things.

Ithink there’s a fundamental mistake in the way that many people think of consent to sexual activities that is inconsistent with the way in which such consent exits in the world. In short, the view is that “consent” essentially consists of a checklist of actions that (I’ll call this the “Checklist View”), once taken, ensure with certainty that consent to a particular activity. There is a corollary of this view that also shows up sometimes, which is that without taking the proscribed actions, consent does not exist. …

About a year ago, on the eve of my sibling’s wedding, my father, mother, and I were having a theoretical political conversation. This was before the endless marathon this past year has been, and as such, we were speaking more abstractly than we seem to these days. Ben and Ru (sibling and spouse) celebrated their marriage belatedly this year (it was a bit of a “shit let’s get married fast because politics are scary” thing), and I found myself looking back on this conversation.

A chunk of the political philosophy in my parents’ library (carefully cropped out to make the point: their Marx-Engels Reader).

Some quick context: my dad is, I would say, a classic Liberal (capital and lowercase meanings…

I was recently (well, sort of recently, at least) on a panel hosted by the Fordham chapter of OutLaws where the topic being discussed was being “Out at Work.” I raised a question there — one I’ve been mulling for quite some time — that my co-panelists and I had no really good answers to, and indeed, had some profoundly contrary intuitions about. Of late, I’ve been running into the “business case for diversity” thing quite a bit. Which, spoiler on my take: there is a case to be made, but any suggestion that it’s the primary or even an…

J. Remy Green

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