I link to the story just because I think it's an interesting question whether the public has a right to know about a supreme court justice nominee's sexuality.
I know the inclination of most academics will be to say "No," sexuality is not the public's business. But in an age where "identity" has been highlighted as an indicator of ideology, and because it's easy to anticipate at least one case making it to the supreme court related to same-sex marriage or gay rights in general, I kinda wonder.
Haven't academics treated culture as closely tied to issues of identity? There's black culture. There's gay culture. We know Kagan's religion. Why not her sexuality?
I'm sort of devilishly advocating here, but I'm actually 50/50 on this.
Also, I'm accepting tasteless remarks about her looks in the comments section, but I can't bring myself to make one.