Monday, July 1, 2013

Colman on Fashion, Sexism and the Federal Judiciary

Charles E. Colman, an Acting Assistant Professor, NYU School of Law, has posted Fashion, Sexism, and the United States Federal Judiciary, which will appear in Vestoj: The Journal of Sartorial Matters (July 2013).  Here is the abstract:    
The U.S. federal judiciary has frequently displayed a dismissive attitude toward "fashion," while simultaneously recognizing the great economic importance of clothing. As fashion was, from the formation of the United States until at least the late 1960s, associated primarily with the female sex, while judges during this time period were almost exclusively male, one naturally wonders whether the power dynamics of gender shaped the development of the law pertaining to fashion. There is good reason to believe that this has indeed been the case.