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Fat Talk

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By Avery Friedman, CNN Legal Analyst and Ursuline College Distinguished Visiting Professor in Constitutional Law

In 1920 women were given the right to vote.

In 1963 women were entitled by law to be paid in the same way men are paid.

In 1981, Sandra Day O’Connor became the first female justice of the Supreme Court of the United States.

In 2007 Nancy Pelosi became the first female Speaker of the House.

Job and professional opportunities have never been greater. So why is it that – - after all this – - – 54% of women would rather be hit by a truck than be fat? (You read that right.)

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Are men really needed at all?

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By Avery Friedman, CNN Legal Analyst and Ursuline College Distinguished Visiting Professor in Constitutional Law

For a guy who has spent time at nearly three dozen universities, I can tell you there’s no place like Ursuline. Maybe it’s the nurturing quality of seemingly everybody here. Maybe it’s Sister Diana who personifies the school. Maybe it’s something in the water. I don’t know. More people hug around Ursuline than at any university or college I’ve ever been to or lectured at.

Maureen Dowd, whose writing I adore, recently spent time with Professor David Page who’s an evolutionary biologist at M.I.T. Page teaches a class called “Are Males Really Necessary?”

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Avoiding the Misdemeanor

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By Avery Friedman, CNN Legal Analyst and Ursuline College Distinguished Visiting Professor in Constitutional Law

Why do men do these things? The fact that our nation outlawed sexual harassment in the workplace nearly fifty years ago is hardly breaking news. Getting the job. Working on the job. I just want to say to the guys, knock it off already! There’s absolutely no place in the workplace where demeaning behavior is permitted which makes getting work or staying on the job harder.

Maybe it’s generational. Bob Filner, the 71-year-old former mayor of San Diego, entered pleas late last year because of his unwanted hands-on style with women of all ages who worked under him.

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