A Law Of Me

A Norwegian feminist lawyer has written a book called Female Law. That fact in itself is worth setting against what we thought was the assumption of Western legal systems that a citizen is a citizen is a citizen.

Tove Stang Dahl’s main perspective is that the legal norm must be “women’s perception of what is fair”. Let us think about this for a moment. We have two parties to a transaction, and in the event of any dispute, the law must be whatever one of them, defined biologically, considers “fair” – which is of course is merely human bullshit for “in her own interests”. Let us mediate on the immense advantage that this gives one party in the transaction….. why, if it were not for the word being already taken, we could even call it “privilege”! Finally, let us imagine this doctrine the other way round, a Male Law, wherein the legal norm was “men’s perception of what is fair”. Excuse me while I hide under the bed. Or how about a Grinebiter Law, in which the norm is Hugo’s perception of what is fair to him and of the just deserts of his many enemies.

A woman’s “love” has traditionally been held to be such a potent spiritual force as to trump law, agreements and promises; which makes it an excellent flag of convenience. All those who have never accepted that they themselves should be subject to law, agreements and promises – that is, sociopaths – will welcome this belief; which may also explain why rule-based systems of ethics that apply to everybody are so often denounced as “patriarchal”. Applying to everybody spoils the game.

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  1. Written by The Ghost in the Machine
    on August 20, 2013 at 12:28
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    …which may also explain why rule-based systems of ethics that apply to everybody are so often denounced as ‘patriarchal’.

    Or (to lift a page from a book on the other side of the pond) as class warfare.

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