Feminist Theory and Legal Practice: A Case Study on Unemployment Compensation and the Male Norm

Hastings Law Journal, Vol. 43, p. 1081, 1992

8 Pages Posted: 21 Dec 2009 Last revised: 31 May 2012

Date Written: April 5, 1992

Abstract

Drawing on the example of an unemployment compensation hearing handled in a law school clinic, I argue that a familiarity with feminist legal theory’s insights concerning the gendered effects of our legal institutions can help a legal practitioner recognize the potential for new legal arguments. The hearing challenged a policy that limited benefits to individuals seeking full-time work, a policy encompassing a “male norm” in a public benefits program originally targeted at workers complying with a “male” vision of the ideal worker.

Keywords: unemployment insurance compensation, feminist legal theory, theory-practice, gender, male norm, public benefits

Suggested Citation

Maranville, Deborah A., Feminist Theory and Legal Practice: A Case Study on Unemployment Compensation and the Male Norm (April 5, 1992). Hastings Law Journal, Vol. 43, p. 1081, 1992. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1524496

Deborah A. Maranville (Contact Author)

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