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Legal Intellectuals in ConversationReflections on the Construction of Contemporary American Legal Theory$
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James R. Hackney

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780814737071

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814737071.001.0001

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Feminist Legal Theory

Feminist Legal Theory

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(p.129) 6 Feminist Legal Theory
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Legal Intellectuals in Conversation
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Catharine Mackinnon

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NYU Press
DOI:10.18574/nyu/9780814737071.003.0007

This chapter presents an interview with Catharine MacKinnon, the Elizabeth A. Long Professor of Law at the University of Michigan and James Barr Ames Visiting Professor of Law at Harvard Law School. She is a leading feminist scholar, activist, and theorist on sex equality issues, both domestically and on the international stage. She has done pioneering work establishing the framework for sex harassment claims and legal challenges to pornography. She is currently serving as United Nations Special Adviser on Gender Crimes. Topics covered during the interview include her training prior to law school and graduate school; factors that helped shape her worldview; her encounter with Marxist theory; her thoughts about the role of consent in legal doctrine with respect to rape; her views on liberal theory and the deficiencies of liberal feminist theory; and her belief that pornography and rape are part of a continuum in terms of sex harassment and other sex acts.

Keywords:   sex harassment, pornography, Catharine MacKinnon, University of Michigan, Harvard Law School, feminist theory, sex equality, consent, rape, liberal theory

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