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Involuntary Motherhood: Abortion, Birth Control and the Law in Nineteenth-Century Canada
Professor Backhouse suggests that before the nineteenth century abortions and birth control were largely considered private matters. However, beginning in the early nineteenth century and continuingExpand
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Nineteenth-Century Canadian Rape Law 1800-1892
The history of nineteenth-century Canadian rape law lends insights into the values surrounding sexual assault, the comparative development of English and Canadian law, tensions between the courts andExpand
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Racial Segregation in Canadian Legal History: Viola Desmond's Challenge, Nova Scotia, 1946
This article recounts the arrest and trial of Viola Desmond, who in 1946 violated a rule imposing racial segregation on Blacks. It goes on to describe Desmond's unsuccessful attempt to have thatExpand
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Challenging Times: The Women's Movement in Canada and the United States
By allowing the reader to draw comparisons between women's movements in Canada and the United States, Challenging Times shows that certain political and theoretical issues transcend internationalExpand
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The Changing Landscape of Canadian Legal Education
This paper attempts to pull together ideas expressed by numerous law professors who are concerned about an apparent transformation in Canadian legal education provoked by reductions in universityExpand
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Sexual Harassment: A Feminist Phrase That Transformed the Workplace
Le présent article est une autobiographie de la coauteure du premier ouvrage canadien sur le harcèlement sexuel. Tout en admettant que ses souvenirs soient fragmentaires, elle relate certains desExpand
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Canadian Prostitution Law 1839-1972
Canadian policy-makers have taken three approaches to prostitution law: 1) regulation of the sex industry; 2) criminal prohibition; and 3) rehabilitation of prostitutes. All of the legislativeExpand
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Skewering the Credibility of Women: A Reappraisal of Corroboration in Australian Legal History
Female victims of sexual assault have traditionally found their courtroom testimonies assailed by legal rules requiring corroboration. This article examines the historical roots of the doctrine ofExpand
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‘Her protests were unavailing’: Australian legal understandings of rape, consent and sexuality in the ‘roaring twenties’
In 1922, Joseph McAuliffe was accused of raping Mollie Meadows in Bunbury, Australia. The court struggled to make sense of conflicting testimonies, gendered expectations, and changing ideas ofExpand
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