Dressing Constitutionally: Hierarchy, Sexuality, and Democracy from Our Hairstyles to Our Shoes

Ruthann Robson (Author)

Product Details

Cambridge University Press
Publish Date
July 29, 2013
6.0 X 8.9 X 0.9 inches | 0.8 pounds

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About the Author

Ruthann Robson is Professor of Law and University Distinguished Professor at the City University of New York School of Law. She is the author of Sappho Goes to Law School (1998), Gay Men, Lesbians, and the Law (1996) and Lesbian (Out)Law: Survival Under the Rule of Law (1992), and the editor of International Library of Essays in Sexuality and Law (2011).


"Dressing Constitutionally offers a dazzling and a dizzying array of constitutional doctrine, ranging from whether students have the right to wear arm bands as a protest against government policies to whether criminal defendants can be required to wear leg shackles in courts, from whether the Fourth Amendment permits strip searches when persons are stopped for minor offences to whether the First Amendment protects strip teases. Examining topics cutting across personal and public life, Ruthann Robson teaches us that we are all cloaked in the mantle of the law." - Judith Resnik, Arthur Liman Professor of Law, Yale Law School
"Dressing Constitutionally is an important book on an important subject: how the law affects how we look and what forms of self- expression are protected. Combining thorough research and engaging stories, Robson's account should make us rethink the role of constitutional doctrine, and its affect on personal liberty and social equality." - Deborah L. Rhode, E.W. McFarland Professor of Law, Stanford University
"The book is fantastic ... Each chapter is thickly layered with individual stories, historical moments, and case reviews. The connections between and amongst the identified parts are beautifully drawn. The writing is lucid and mature. The book is Robson at her best."
Kim Brooks, Jotwell