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The Lawyer's MythReviving Ideals in the Legal Profession$
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Walter Bennett

Print publication date: 2002

Print ISBN-13: 9780226042558

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: March 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226042565.001.0001

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Realizing the Feminine in Lawyers' Work: Conceiving a New Ideal of Power

Realizing the Feminine in Lawyers' Work: Conceiving a New Ideal of Power

(p.105) 9 Realizing the Feminine in Lawyers' Work: Conceiving a New Ideal of Power
The Lawyer's Myth
University of Chicago Press

The central problem with the traditionally masculine legal profession is that, in regard to its methodology and mind-set, it has become so intensely masculine that its anima has been overwhelmed and largely lost. The dual sides of its professional personality are neither balanced nor integrated. While more potentially feminine voices are entering the legal profession, the feminine voice has not yet been restored to its former tenuous place nor has it achieved anything near the equality of volume necessary to put the profession in psychic balance. This imbalance continues because of the increasing masculinization of the concept of power in the profession; the use of that power to repress not just women but the feminine voice from all sources; and the virtual elimination of space and time for feminine power to operate.

Keywords:   feminine, masculinization, lawyer, power, imbalance

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