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Feminism Awry: Excesses In The Pursuit Of Rights And Trifles, Kenneth Lasson Jan 1992

Feminism Awry: Excesses In The Pursuit Of Rights And Trifles, Kenneth Lasson

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Perhaps it is best to begin with the positive. From virtually any perspective, liberal and conservative feminists in the twentieth century have improved the quality of life for many women in a number of noteworthy ways. They have helped win the right to vote, to own property, to make contracts, to serve on juries, to use contraceptives.

They have succeeded in asserting the need for enhanced economic opportunities: equal pay for equal work, maternity leave, flex-time for mothers. They have made significant advancements against both domestic battery and sexual harassment in the workplace. As a consequence of all these efforts ...


Religious Liberty In The Military: The First Amendment Under "Friendly Fire", Kenneth Lasson Jan 1992

Religious Liberty In The Military: The First Amendment Under "Friendly Fire", Kenneth Lasson

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Though freedom of religion remains one of our most cherished values, it is still among the most controversial of constitutional rights. This is especially true in the context of military service. Even those who purposefully enlist in the armed forces, implicitly giving up certain liberties they freely enjoyed as civilians, would not relinquish their freedom of conscience. Yet the right to practice their religious beliefs, unfettered by arbitrary governmental restrictions, is regularly challenged.

Fortunately, however, most western cultures regard religious liberty as so fundamental that their military establishments routinely develop regulations to accommodate specific religious practices.

This principle was of ...