By Richard Collier
Masculinity, legislations and kin examines the development of masculinity in a number of parts of legislation relating the kinfolk. all through, Richard Collier integrates contemporary theoretical advancements in criminal reviews with a social concept of gender, the relatives and the social development of masculinity. After an summary of theoretical positions and a critique of conventional criminal idea, Richard Collier focusses at the felony law of homosexuality and transsexualism to teach how restricted the view of masculine sexuality is in criminal discours. those arguments are additional elaborated in a dialogue of non-consummation, adultery and divorce, in addition to fatherhood and paternity. Masculinity, legislations and family members is of vital value to our knowing of the social and political size of masculinity.
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1985:575) One notable example of literature from the anti-sexist movement in the UK is the magazine Achilles Heel which, though only one of many such magazines (Ford and Hearn 1988), has had, along with the Men’s Anti-Sexist Newsletter (MAN), probably the highest profile of such works (see further the collections of Achilles Heel readings edited by Seidler 1991; 1992; also Rutherford 1992:27). ’ Common reference is made in much of the anti-sexist literature generally to texts often classified as ‘radical feminist’, with Introduction: on law and masculinity 19 frequent citings of, for example, Dworkin (1981), Daly (1979, 1984), Brownmiller (1975) and Griffin (1981).
At times it is not clear whether men are to ‘get rid’ of or ‘reclaim’ the man inside; but the idea that there is such a univocal and coherent ‘man inside’ remains. To sum up, the men against sexism tradition contains many positive qualities—not least an admirable commitment, thoughtfulness and focus on social practice. This is not to dismiss the insights and effects of a diverse range of texts which have sought to redraw the terms in which masculinity is conceptualised. However, as a perspective to inform engagement with law it is limited by its theoretical presuppositions.
That is, social strucures are constantly in the process of constitution; ‘structures identified by analysis… exist only in solution, they are not absolutely prior to the subject but themselves always in process of formation. Social and personal life are practices’ (Middleton 1992:153). Masculinity is never finally closed, fixed or resolved therefore. This is as true of a specific institutional setting, for example, a law school, barristers’ chambers or a firm of solicitors, as in society generally.
Masculinity, Law and Family by Richard Collier