A LEGAL LANGUAGE ISSUE: LAW AS “MASCULINE CULTURE”

Posted On Jul 18 2014 by

This paper is a response to the problem of (neutral) legal language and discusses the assumption that law is a “masculine culture”. We consider that the masculinities of legal language are based on the ground that the “proximate genre” in legal discourse is the male one. From the “reasonable” man’s perspective to the special legislation concerning women’s rights, legal language underlines the idea that the legal field, as a reflection of social life, is andocentric. Thus, we will present how the modern representation of women is affecting the law and unleashing normative strategies challenging “gender equality”.