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Directions in Sexual Harassment Law$
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Catharine A. MacKinnon and Reva B. Siegel

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9780300098006

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300098006.001.0001

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The Ecology of Justice

The Ecology of Justice

The Relationship Between Feminism and Critical Race Theory

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(p.67) 5 The Ecology of Justice
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Directions in Sexual Harassment Law
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Gerald Torres

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Yale University Press
DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300098006.003.0006

This describes the book Sexual Harassment of Working Women as a work of feminist theory, but also, fundamentally, as a work of critical theory. Legal expertise may have been required to make the arguments at the core of the book, but its reality and texture emerged from the act of translating the lived experience of working women into a form legal experts could comprehend. Its author advanced a methodology which rested on the assumption that women would determine and express their own interests, arguing that the act of doing so is self-enabling in that it frees women from specific forms of naturalized social coercion. The critical epistemology at the heart of the translative function of the book was an attack on the “ways of knowing” that were accepted indiscriminately in conventional legal discourse.

Keywords:   feminist theory, critical theory, legal expertise, lived experience, working women, social coercion, ways of knowing

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