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The Continuing Use of Problematic Sexual Stereotypes in Judicial Decision-Making

Elvin, J. D. (2010). The Continuing Use of Problematic Sexual Stereotypes in Judicial Decision-Making. Feminist Legal Studies, 18(3), pp. 275-297. doi: 10.1007/s10691-010-9160-3


This article examines the continuing use of problematic sexual stereotypes at appellate level in the English and Welsh legal system. Using five cases as illustrations, it argues that, notwithstanding professional training and guidance on sexual equality matters, certain senior judges in this jurisdiction still at least sometimes openly employ crude and problematic sexual stereotypes in their judgments or fail to deal appropriately with the use of these stereotypes by trial judges. The central point is that there is still a significant problem with the open use of crude sexual stereotypes in legal reasoning at a senior level in this jurisdiction, despite the pressure on all members of the legal system to appear to be ‘politically correct’.

Publication Type: Article
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman
K Law > KD England and Wales
Departments: The City Law School > Academic Programmes
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