Power and Privilege. Gender and Sexual Orientation

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In?reflecting?on?the?readings?and?what?you?know?from?personal?experience,?you?may?wish?to?ask?yourself?how
gender?is?used?as?a?way?of?fostering?power?and?privilege.?In?our?examination?of?race?discrimination?we
encountered?how?presumed?differences?were?used?as?a?justification?for?denying?certain?rights.?Is?there?some
parallel?in?so?far?as?gender?is?concerned??
There?is?considerable?evidence?to?conclude?that?boys?and?girls?are?frequently?raised?differently?and?that?the
community?expresses?different?expectations?of?them.?Should?these?cultural?practices?be?a?legitimate?basis?for
making?similar?distinctions?in?the?law?
How?would?you?compare?the?list?developed?by?Deutsch?relative?to?gender?to?the?one?developed?by?McIntosh
relative?to?race?
The?Hardwick?decision?relies?considerably?on?”moral?teaching”?as?the?late?Justice?Scalia?pointed?out.?The?more
recently?decided?Lawrence?v.?Texas?takes?issue?with?that?perspective.?How?persuasive?do?you?find?the?differing
explanations?for?the?Court’s?decisions?
The?following?are?only?suggestions?for?you?to?consider:
Is?there?some?parallel?with?race?discrimination?insofar?as?gender?is?concerned??Has?the?legal?system?employed
two?standards?in?considering?allegations?of?sex?discrimination?on?the?one?hand?identifying?women?as?different
when?it?comes?to?practicing?law?(e.g.,?Bradwell)?but?not?when?it?comes?to?pregnancy?(e.g.,?the?General?Electric
case).
Does?the?fact?that?racial?identities?are?rarely?biologically?pure?affect?our?thinking?about?race?in?a?different?way
than?how?we?think?about?gender??How?about?sexual?orientation?
How?would?you?compare?the?list?developed?by?Deutsch?relative?to?gender?to?the?one?developed?by?McIntosh
relative?to?race?
Should?cultural?practices?be?a?legitimate?basis?for?making?similar?distinctions?in?the?law?
How?do?the?Court’s?decisions?relate?to?issues?of?power?and?privilege??Who?are?the?privileged?here?