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The article explores the construction of Female Circumcision as the epitome of the challenge of cultural pluralism to universal human rights within human rights peda gogy. Three particular features of this construction are investigated. First, the horror of the practice seems to render other...
The failure of the legal imaginary to reflect sexual difference in the opening decades of the postcolonial Irish state led to what in psychoanalytical terms may be described as the creation of socially abjected groups. Lesbians and gay men were numbered among such groups. The failure of official...
Certain features of cyberspace have allowed new forms of minority activism in many spheres of influence. This paper looks at how those features have been particularly appropriate to the life experiences of the transsexual and cross-dressing communities. They have enabled a new community...
Over the past decade, the United Nations conference has become an increasingly important site for contesting views on social relations. Although UN conferences cover a broad range of topics, from the environment to development, a recurrent focus of international debate has been on gender, and...
In this paper I explore the relation between feminism, deconstruction and ethical lawyering. It is argued, first, that a certain feminist critique of 'essentialism' points to the practical inevitability of the need to endorse categories of gender, etc. but, second, that a knowledge of the...
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