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Feminist Law and Jurisprudence


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Internet Links

You can access the "Gender and the Law" website here.

The "Yale Journal of Law and Feminism" can be reached here.

You can order copies of the journal, Women and Criminal Justice, edited by Donna C. Hale, from The Haworth Press, at this postal address: The Haworth Press, Inc., 10 Alice Street, Binghamton, NY 13904-1580. Free samples copies of this journal are available to libraries and faculty with library recommendation.

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      This page includes information on Abortion, Crime, Jurisprudence, Law and Literature, Legal Theories, Pornography, Rights, and Other Topics.



      Colker, Ruth. Abortion and Dialogue: Pro-Choice, Pro-Life, and American Law. Indiana Univ. Press, 1992.

      Cornell, Drucilla. The Imaginary Domain: Abortion, Pornography and Sexual Harrassment. Routledge, 1995.

      Gruen, Lori and George E. Panichas, ed. Sex, Morality and the Law. Routledge, 1996.

      Kennedy, Angela, ed. Swimming Against the Tide: Feminist Dissent on the Issue of Abortion. 1997.

      For more on the ethical dimension of the abortion debate, click here.


      Alexander, Ruth M. The "Girl Problem": Female Sexual Delinquency in New York, 1900-1930. Cornell University Press, 1998.

      Baskin, Deborah R. and Ira B. Sommers. Casualties of Community Disorder: Women's Careers in Violent Crime. Westview Press, 1998.

      Clapp, Elizabeth J. Mothers of All Children: Women Reformers and the Rise of Juvenile Courts in Progressive Era America. Penn State Univ. Press, 1998.

      Crimmins, Susan. Lethal Losses: When Women Kill. 1997.

      Daly, Kathleen and Lisa Maher, ed. Criminology at the Crossroads: Feminist Readings in Crime and Justice. Oxford, 1998.

      Gillespie, L. Kay. Dancehall Ladies: The Crimes and Executions of America's Condemned Women. University Press of America, 1997.

      Harden, Judy and Marcia Hill, ed. Breaking the Rules: Women in Prison and Feminist Therapy. Haworth Press, 1998.

      Madriz, Esther. Nothing Bad Happens to Good Girls: The Fear of Crime in Women's Lives. University of California Press,1997.

      McPherson, Karen S. Incriminations: Guilty Women / Telling Stories. Princeton Univ. Press, 1994.

      Naffine, Ngaire. Feminism and Criminology. Temple Univ. Press, 1998.

      Richie, Beth E. Compelled to Crime: The Gender Entrapment of Battered, Black Women. 1995.

      Smart, Carol. Law, Crime, and Sexuality. Sage Pub., 1995.

      Worrall, Anne. Offending Women: Female Lawbreakers and the Criminal Justice System. Routledge, 1996.


      Abrams, Kathryn, "The New Jurisprudence of Sexual Harassment." Cornell Law Review 83 (July 1998): 1169-1230.

      Goldstein, Leslie Friedman, ed. Feminist Jurisprudence: The Difference Debate. Rowman and Littlefield, 1992.

      Smith, Patricia, ed. Feminist Jurisprudence. Oxford Univ. Press, 1993.

      Law and Literature:

      DeCoste, F.C., K.M. Munro, and Lillian MacPherson, eds. Feminist Legal Literature: A Selective Annotated Bibliography. Garland Pub., 1991.

      Heinzelman, Susan Sage and Zipporah Batshaw Wiseman, ed. Representing Women: Law, Literature, and Feminism. 1994.

      Sealey, Raphael. Women and Law in Classical Greece. Univ. of North Carolina Press, 1997.

      St. Joan, Jacqueline and Annette Bennington McElhiney, ed. Beyond Portia: Women, Law, and Literature in the United States. 1997.

      Legal Theories:

      Abrahms, Kathryn, "Sex Wars Redux: Agency and Coercion in Feminist Legal Theory." Columbia Law Review 95 ( 1995): 304-376.

      Anonymous. Feminism in the Law: Theory, Practice and Criticism. Univ. of Chicago Law School, 1989.

      Bartlett, Katharine T. and Rosanne Kennedy, ed. Feminist Legal Theory: Readings in Law and Gender. 1991.

      Fineman, Martha Albertson and Nancy Sweet Thomadsen, ed. At the Boundaries of Law: Feminism and Legal Theory. Routledge, 1990.

      Frug, Mary Joe. Postmodern Legal Feminism. Routledge, 1992.

      MacKinnon, Catharine. Feminism Unmodified: Discourses on Life and Law. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1987.

      MacKinnon, Catharine. Only Words. Harvard University Press, 1993.

      MacKinnon, Catharine. Toward a Feminist Theory of the State. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1989.

      Maschke, Karen J., ed. Feminist Legal Theories. Garland Pub., 1997.

      Murray, Mary. The Law of the Father? Feminism and Patriarchy. 1995.

      Smart, Carol. Feminism and the Power of Law. Routledge, 1989.

      West, Robin. Caring for Justice. New York Univ. Press, 1997.


      Berger, Ronald J., Patricia Searles, and Charles E. Cottle. Feminism and Pornography. Greenwood Pub. Group, 1991.

      Chancer, Lynn S. Reconcilable Differences: Confronting Beauty, pornography, and the Future of Feminism. University of California Press,1998.

      Cornell, Drucilla. The Imaginary Domain: Abortion, Pornography and Sexual Harrassment. Routledge, 1995.

      Cossman, Brenda, Shannon Bell, Lise Gotell, and Becki Ross, ed. Bad Attitude/s on Trial: Pornography, Feminism, and the Butler Decision. Univ. of Toronto Press, 1997.

      Dines, Gail, Robert Jensen, and Ann Russo. Pornography: The Production and Consumption of Inequality. Routledge, 1997.

      Dwyer, Susan. The Problem of Pornography. Wadsworth, 1995.

      Gibson, Pamela Church and Roma Gibson, ed. Dirty Looks: Women, Pornography, Power. British Film Institute, 1993.

      Gruen, Lori and George E. Panichas, ed. Sex, Morality and the Law. Routledge, 1996.

      Lacombe, Dany. Blue Politics: Pornography and the Law in the Age of Feminism. Univ. of Toronto Press, 1994.

      MacKinnon, Catharine and Andrea Dworkin, ed. In Harm's Way: The Pornography Civil Rights Hearings. "The Roar on the Other Side of Silence" (introduction). Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1997.

      MacKinnon, Catharine and Andrea Dworkin. Pornography and Civil Rights: A New Day for Women's Equality. Organizing Against Pornography, 1988.

      Russell, Diana E.H. Dangerous Relationships: Pornography, Misogyny, and Rape.Sage, 1998.

      Sellen, Betty-Carol and Patricia A. Young. Feminists, Pornography, and the Law: An Annotated Bibliography of Conflict, 1970-1986. 1987.


      Cook, Rebecca J., ed. Human Rights of Women: National and International Perspectives. Univ. of Pennsylvania Press, 1994.

      Dixon-Mueller, Ruth. Population Policy and Women's Rights: Transforming Reproductive Choice. Praeger Pub., 1993.

      Kingdom, Elizabeth. What's Wrong with Rights? Problems for Feminist Politics of Law. Edinburgh Univ. Press, 1991.

      MacKinnon, Catharine, M. Eberts, F. Henderson, K. Lahey, S. McIntyre and E. Shilton. The Case for Women's Equality: The Federation of Woman Teachers' Associations of Ontario and the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, 1991.

      Peters, J.S. and Andrea Wolper, ed. Women's Rights, Human Rights: International Feminist Perspectives. Routledge, 1995.

      Other Topics:

      Bell, Vikki. Interrogating Incest: Feminism, Foucault, and the Law. Routledge, 1993.

      Daniels, Cynthia R., ed. Feminists Negotiate the State: The Politics of Domestic Violence. 1997.

      Fineman, Martha A. and Martha T. McCluskey, ed. Feminism, Media, and the Law. Oxford Univ. Press, 1997.

      Francis, Leslie, ed. Date Rape: Feminism, Philosophy, and the Law. Penn State Univ. Press, 1996.

      Gallop, Jane. Feminist Accused of Sexual Harassment. Duke Univ. Press, 1997.

      Landrine, Hope and Elizabeth A. Klonoff. Discrimination Against Women: Prevalence, Consequences, Remedies.Sage, 1997.

      LeMoncheck, Linda and Mane Hajdin. Sexual Harassment: A Debate. Rowmand and Littlefield, 1997.

      MacKinnon, Catharine and Thomas I. Emerson. Sexual Harassment of Working Women: A Case of Sex Discrimination. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1979.

      Sanday, Peggy Reeves. A Woman Scorned: Acquaintance Rape on Trial. University of California Press, 1997.

      Simon, Rita J., ed. From Data to Public Policy: Affirmative Action, Sexual Harassment, Domestic Violence and Social Welfare. Univ. Press of America, 1996.

      Smart, Carol. Feminism and the Power of Law. Routledge, 1989.

      Smart, Carol and Selma Sevenhuijsen, ed. Child Custody and the Politics of Gender. 1989.

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