Women's Lives, Men's Laws

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Harvard University Press, 2005 - Law - 558 pages
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In the past twenty-five years, no one has been more instrumental than Catharine MacKinnon in making equal rights real for women. As Peter Jennings once put it, more than anyone else in legal studies, she "has made it easier for other women to seek justice." This collection, the first since MacKinnon's celebrated Feminism Unmodified appeared in 1987, brings together previously uncollected and unpublished work in the national arena from 1980 to the present, defining her clear, coherent, consistent approach to reframing the law of men on the basis of the lives of women.

By making visible the deep gender bias of existing law, MacKinnon has recast legal debate and action on issues of sex discrimination, sexual abuse, prostitution, pornography, and racism. The essays in this volume document and illuminate some of the momentous and ongoing changes to which this work contributes; the recognition of sexual harassment, rape, and battering as claims for sexual discrimination; the redefinition of rape in terms of women's actual experience of sexual violation; and the reframing of the pornography debate around harm rather than morality. The perspectives in these essays have played an essential part in changing American law and remain fundamental to the project of building a sex-equal future.

  

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These 29 provocative essays investigate the role of law in women's everyday lives. Taking on such fundamental issues as rape, prostitution, and pornography, MacKinnon (Only Words ) maintains that even ... Read full review

Contents

Unthinking ERA Thinking
13
From Practice to Theory Or What Is a White Woman Anyway?
22
Law in the Everyday Life of Women
32
Toward a New Theory of Equality
44
Laws Stories as Reality and Politics
58
Freedom from Unreal Loyalties On Fidelity in Constitutional Interpretation
65
What Brown v Board of Education Should Have Said
72
Keeping It Real On AntiEssentialism
84
Unequal Sex A Sex Equality Approach to Sexual Assault
240
sexuality inequality and speech
249
Sex Lies and Psychotherapy
251
Liberalism and the Death of Feminism
259
Does Sexuality Have a History?
269
Speaking Truth to Power
277
Mediating Reality
289
PORNOGRAPHY AS SEX INEQUALITY
297

Of Mice and Men A Fragment on Animal Rights
91
The Power to Change
103
SEXUAL ABUSE AS SEX INEQUALITY
109
Sexual Harassment The First Five Years
111
Reflections on Sex Equality Under Law
116
Prostitution and Civil Rights
151
The Logic of Experience The Development of Sexual Harassment Law
162
On Accountability for Sexual Harassment
180
Beyond Moralism Directions in Sexual Harassment Law
184
Disputing Male Sovereignty On United States v Morrison
206
Civil Rights Against Pornography
299
Pornography as Defamation and Discrimination
309
Pornography Left and Right
327
From Silence to Silence Violence Against Women in America
345
Vindication and Resistance
352
The Roar on the Other Side of Silence
359
Notes
375
Index
537
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Catharine A. MacKinnon is Elizabeth A. Long Professor of Law at the University of Michigan Law School.

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