Feminist Perspectives on Family Law (Feminist Perspectives) by Diduck ODonova

By Diduck ODonova

Interpreting particular components of family members legislations from a feminist viewpoint, this e-book assesses the influence that feminism has had upon kin legislations. it really is intentionally large in scope, because it takes the view that kinfolk legislations can't be outlined in a conventional manner. as well as problems with long-standing drawback for feminists, it explores problems with present criminal and political preoccupation reminiscent of civil partnerships, home-sharing, reproductive applied sciences and new tasks in regulating kinfolk practices through criminal legislation, together with household violence and formative years justice.

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23 It is justified as a universal status to which all are equally entitled to participate on the basis of being members of the Republic. 24 By contrast, within the United Kingdom, the Civil Partnership Act is explicitly and specifically designed for one group – lesbians and gays – who are (problematically) constructed as another element within the multicultural mosaic. There is no expectation that the needs of other constituencies – such as platonic home sharers – can be solved by this legislation.

See also, eg, Bell and Binnie (2000); Carabine and Monro (2004); McGhee (2003); Powell (2000); Rose (2000); Sevenhuijsen (2000); Williams and Roseneil (2004). Family Friendly? Rights, Responsibilities and Relationship Recognition more inclusive society . . Legislation will act as an important step in publicly valuing same-sex relationships . . it will be much harder for people to ignore this commitment both in law and in everyday life. The Government believes that by making a public declaration of their commitment, lesbian, gay and bisexual people will feel more confident that their relationships will be respected and appreciated by society.

1 Families are changing. I suspect that teachers of family law have been uttering those words to their students for more years than most lecturers care to remember. Yet within the United Kingdom today, we are witnessing an unprecedented change in the way in which some families are characterised within political and legal discourse. Over the last twenty years, lesbian and gay families have been transformed. Not in the sense that the actual forms that their families take necessarily have altered; rather, what has changed so significantly is the way in which those families are characterised and comprehended within politics, the media, and the law.

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