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The reasonable man: Two case studies

Handsley, E. (1996) The reasonable man: Two case studies. Sister in Law, 1 . pp. 53-71.

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Abstract

One of the fundamental insights of feminist theory is the observation that where men and women as groups are observably different, the characteristics common to men are usually treated as central and normative, the traits associated with women treated as marginal and deviant. This article identifies the concept of "reasonableness" in tort law as a concept which is culturally coded masculine, and illustrates how such a masculine normative assumption disadvantages women in the areas of "nervous shock" and police liability for failure to protect victims of violent crime.

Publication Type: Journal Article
Murdoch Affiliation: School of Law
Publisher: Enid Russell Society, School of Law, Murdoch University
Copyright: Enid Russell Society
Publishers Website: http://www.murdoch.edu.au/School-of-Law
URI: http://researchrepository.murdoch.edu.au/id/eprint/21801
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