Sex Equality

Sex Equality

Professor Catharine MacKinnon
Fall 2019 course
M, T, W 1:00pm - 3:05pm in WCC Room 3009
3 classroom credits

Prerequisites: None

Exam Type: Open book, Any Day Take-Home, or 3 short papers throughout the term for lottery-selected group of students who apply.

The relation between sex equality under law and sex and gender inequality in society is interrogated in theory and practice in the context of relevant social science, history, and international and comparative law. Mainstream equality doctrine is probed on its own terms and through an alternative. Cases largely on U.S. law focusing on concrete issues--including work, family, rape, sexual harassment, lesbian and gay rights, abortion, prostitution, pornography--structure the inquiry. Race, economic class, and transgender issues are mainstreamed. The purpose of the course is to understand, criticize, and expand the law toward sex and gender equality, including between women and men, as well as to expand the equality paradigm.

Casebook: MacKinnon, Sex Equality Third edition (Foundation, 2016).

Note: This course will meet for the first six weeks of the term.

Subject Areas: Family, Gender & Children's Law, Constitutional Law & Civil Rights