Dr Flora Renz (University of Kent) discusses new research leading on from the Future of Legal Gender project
While the role gender categories should or shouldn’t play in public life is currently hotly contested in political and public discourse, the same cannot be said for the role of gender categories in private life. Feminist legal scholars have long challenged the public/private divide and the function of the family within this, but the role of gender in the home has been largely absent from contemporary discussions of the meanings and functions of gender categories. To some extent the home, then, acts like a missing puzzle piece; we can see its shape from the outline made by the pieces around it, but its colour or pattern can only be guessed at. This is at least in part due to the fact that private life is subject to less legal intervention than public life, for instance through anti-discrimination law which primarily focuses on the workplace, and the legal intervention that does take place has uneven effects. In this talk Dr Flora Renz will consider three examples that draw out the contemporary role of gender categories in the home, namely the passing of the new Domestic Abuse Act, the interaction between schools/children/parents, and finally the presence of those who are employed to do care work in the home. Overall, these examples suggest that feminist legal scholars need to renew their attention to the way in which law and politics intersect in the familial space of the home.
The seminar will conclude with a short response talk from Dr Lena Holzer (Goldsmiths) and a Q&A
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|21 Nov 2022
|4:30pm - 6:00pm
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