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Realizing the Feminine in Lawyers' Work: Conceiving a New Ideal of Power

in The Lawyer's Myth

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print January 2002 | ISBN: 9780226042558
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226042565 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7208/chicago/9780226042565.003.0010
Realizing the Feminine in Lawyers' Work: Conceiving a New Ideal of Power

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The central problem with the traditionally masculine legal profession is that, in regard to its methodology and mind-set, it has become so intensely masculine that its anima has been overwhelmed and largely lost. The dual sides of its professional personality are neither balanced nor integrated. While more potentially feminine voices are entering the legal profession, the feminine voice has not yet been restored to its former tenuous place nor has it achieved anything near the equality of volume necessary to put the profession in psychic balance. This imbalance continues because of the increasing masculinization of the concept of power in the profession; the use of that power to repress not just women but the feminine voice from all sources; and the virtual elimination of space and time for feminine power to operate.

Keywords: feminine; masculinization; lawyer; power; imbalance

Chapter.  3515 words. 

Subjects: Legal System and Practice

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