February 20, 2007

Did you know that the word "prostitute" appears on my vita?

I'm reminded of this strange fact by this post over at Instapundit:
IS P.M.S. A TOOL FOR PERPETUATING MALE SUPERIORITY? The article, by my colleague Becky Jacobs, looks the use of PMS as a defense by female defendants, and in employment-discrimination and disability claims, and suggests that this tends to reinforce stereotypes, and is harmful to women even if it benefits individual defendants or complainants. Plus, a citation to Ann Althouse!

The citation is to an article I wrote called “The Lying Woman, The Devious Prostitute, and Other Stories from the Evidence Casebook” (88 Northwestern Law Review 914 (1994)). Of course, I list all my articles on my vita, so the word "prostitute" is there. So is "harlots." (From "Beyond King Solomon’s Harlots: Women in Evidence," 65 Southern California Law Review 1265 (1992).)

29 comments:

Steve Donohue said...
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Steve Donohue said...

There's the well-known traffic scheme for websites of including something highly sexualized in the title so that people being slightly naughty on google will accidentally stumble upon it. Does it work that way with scholarship as well? Maybe in the age of SSRN, some professor should make a point of titling an article: "Confronting Lindsay Lohan's Nipples: a Further Understanding of Standing Jurisprudence in the Age of Anna Nicole Smith" and then spend the rest of the paper trying to complete the analogies.

Friendly said...

Hmmm, are you feeling conflicted about the role of legal advocates in society? ;)

MadisonMan said...

What about strumpet and vixen?

Ann Althouse said...

There really is a lot about prostitutes in those two articles (as a result of a bizarre amount of material about prostitutes in the Evidence casebook I used and decided to critique).

But I do know about Google and traffic. Every day I get people coming here to find out why women like to have sex with apes! (Because of something I wrote back when "King Kong" came out.)

Ruth Anne Adams said...
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Simon said...

It's funny that you mention this now... I had been working on a couple of projects relating to your scholarship, the simpler of which - including that essay - I just posted.

Amitav Roy said...

after using such words you drive real traffic man.

reall google traffic attracter i guess.

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Peter Palladas said...

Every day I get people coming here to find out why women like to have sex with apes! (Because of something I wrote back when "King Kong" came out.)

Well you are #1 Google hit for the standard "sex with apes" search. But how do you know that's why people come? Do they tell you? Do they complain that they've been short-changed?

John Foster said...

What about diva?

AJD said...

Well, we couldn't know actually, since your vita does not appear on your faculty web page like it does for other law faculty.

Gee, I wonder why?

Could it be because your productivity has fallen off in recent years?

Ruth Anne Adams said...
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Simon said...

AJD - if you compare other UW faculty profiles, you'll discover that it's far from uncommon not to have an exhaustive list of publications.

The Tiger said...

Is this a sort of pre-emptive strike against a post that might make fun of you, Ann?

The Tiger said...

If so, nicely done! :-)

Pogo said...

AJD, thy name is envy.

Simon said...

Ruth Anne - if so, Prof. Fairman knows where to send his article. ;)

NDC said...

The wikipedia article IDs you are a conservative blogger.

Compared to whom?

Simon said...

NDC - I screwed up on the link I posted. The most recent revision deletes that description -- I was going to put "moderate", but figured it was better to delete the adjective altogether.

It was more the collation of a list of key scholarly works that I was linking about, and part of its purpose (not all) is precisely to head off criticism like AJDs. I get so sick of these idiots coming here and criticizing Ann for this that and the other, and it just makes me so mad - I feel like saying "have you read her scholarship? D'you know who you're f*cking with here?!"

Superdad said...

Well Ann's prostitute is nothing compared to an expert witness in a case I am working on.

He has an article titled, "The Ethics of Compulsory Masturbation."

I am not going to shake his hand before the deposition starts.

Pogo said...

Re: ...an article titled, "The Ethics of Compulsory Masturbation."

When I took that class in a catholic junior high it was called, "Take the High Road: Everything Boys Should Know About Puberty," and the consensus was "we're all going straight to hell."

Anthony said...

I used the word porn a couple of times on ArchaeoBlog, at least once in relation to ancient Chinese sexual devices. I also had a couple posts on Scarlett Johannsen (she said she would have become an archaeologist if not for the whole acting thing). Don't think I increased traffic very much though. . . .

JDM said...

Pogo - but was it the special hell ,for people who talk at the theatre?

Simon said...

JDM - Preacher, you got a
smutty mind
.

chuck b. said...

I have "radical" on my vita. Other cool-sounding words: stereoselective, nitroxide, paramagnetic.

(I've never called it a 'vita' before--me likee)

vbspurs said...

Did you know that the word "prostitute" appears on my vita?

Interesting tattoo. I call my own vagina "Ethel".

Cheers,
Victoria

rsb said...

DO take the time to create an elegant and inviting format, and be sure to laser print the final product on high quality paper. Style matters, and your vita should appear professional, uncluttered, and friendly to the eye.

DO be sure to check the vita carefully for mistakes and typographical errors. Without exception, it must be absolutely error-free and contain the words "prostitute" and "harlot" at least once.

chuck b. said...

vbsprus said, "I call my own vagina 'Ethel'."

This would be a great trivia question for a quiz on the Althouse commentariat.

vbspurs said...

This would be a great trivia question for a quiz on the Althouse commentariat.

Please. Like I would really name my pudenda after a Kennedy.

Although I hope Ruth Anne IS paying attention, in case this much ballyhooed quiz happens!

Cheers,
Victoria