Pregnant Men

Practice, Theory, and the Law
Ruth Colker
Distribution: World
Publication date: 12/1/1994
ISBN: 978-0-253-11557-7
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“An important contribution to the fields of feminist jurisprudence and feminist theory.” —Mary Anne Bobinski, University of Houston Law Center

Pregnant Men shows how to implement anti-essentialist and equality perspectives in teaching, writing, and the practice of law. Because there are no “pregnant men,” equality theory is difficult to formulate in a reproductive health context. Instead, Colker examines cases involving men who are similarly situated to pregnant women—and shows that pregnant women are, in fact, treated far worse than “almost-pregnant” men. The individual stories she tells are themselves fascinating, and they demonstrate Colker’s model of a more practical feminist theory.

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Table of Contents


Part One. From Practice to Theory

1. The Practice of Lawyering
2. The Practice of Teaching
3. The Practice of Writing

Part Two. Cases

4. Planned Parenthood of Southeastern Pennsylvania v. Robert P. Casey: Abortion and Private Violence
5. Bray v. ALexandria Women’s Health Clinic: Abortion and Public Violence
6. Pregnant Men

Part Three. The Practice of Theory
7. Anti-essentialsim and Equality Theory Revisited