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Undergraduate Module Descriptor

LAW3011: Gender, Sexuality and Law

This module descriptor refers to the 2022/3 academic year.

Indicative Reading List

This reading list is indicative - i.e. it provides an idea of texts that may be useful to you on this module, but it is not considered to be a confirmed or compulsory reading list for this module.

Basic reading for the indicative topics is expected to be:


  • R. Hunter (2011) ‘(De-)sexing the woman lawyer’ in J. Jones, A. Grear. R. Fenton and K. Stevenson (eds.) Gender, Sexualities and Law, Routledge, London
  • Jackson, E and Lacey, N. Introducing Feminist Legal Theory in Introduction to Jurisprudence and Legal Theory: Commentary and Materials.
  • Finley, L.  Reshaping Women’s Silence in Law: The Dilemma of the Gendered Nature of Legal Reasoning. 1989. Notre Dame L. Rev. Vol. 64, No.5, pp. 886-891
  • Fineman, M. The Autonomy Myth, 2005.
  • L Kelly and N Westmarland, ‘Naming and Defining ‘Domestic Violence’: Lessons from Research with Violent Men’ (2016) 112 Feminist Review 113-127.
  • Kimberlé Crenshaw, “Mapping the Margins: Intersectionality, Identity Politics, and Violence against Women of Color” (1991) Stanford Law Review 43 (6) 1241-1299
  • Angela Harris, “Race and Essentialism in Feminist Legal Theory” (1990) Stanford Law Review 42 (3) 581.
  • E. Finch and V. Munro (2007) ‘The demon drink and the demonized woman: socio-sexual stereotypes and responsibility attribution in rape trials involving intoxicants’ in Social & Legal Studies, 16 (4) 591.
  • N. Gooch (2005) “The Feminisation of the Male Rape Victim”, UCL Jurisprudence Review 12 pp. 196-213.
  • M. Weait (2007). ‘Sadmomasochism and the Law’ in: Langdridge, Darren and Barker, Meg (eds.) Safe, Sane and Consensual: Contemporary Perspectives on Sadomasochism. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 63–82. S Edwards, Consent and the ‘Rough Sex’ Defence in Rape, Murder, Manslaughter and Gross Negligence (2020) Journal of Criminal Law  84(4), 293-31
  • C McGlynn and E Rackley, ‘Image-Based Sexual Abuse’ (2017) Oxford Journal of Legal Studies, 37 (3) pp. 534–561
  • C. McGlynn and E. Rackley (2009) ‘Criminalising Extreme Pornography: A Lost Opportunity’, Criminal Law Review 4 pp. 245-259
  • C. Stychin, ‘Not (quite) a horse and carriage: The Civil Partnership Act 2004’ (2006) Feminist Legal Studies 14 pp. 79-86.
  • J Hopkins and others, ‘Same-sex couples, families, and marriage: embracing and resisting heteronormativity’ (2013) Sociology Compass 7(2) pp. 97-110
  • L. Bibbings (1995) 'Female Circumcision: Mutilation or Modification?' in J. Bridgeman and S. Millns (eds) Law and Body Politics. Aldershot: Dartmouth, 151-170 (pdf on ELE).M. Fox and M. Thompson (2009) ‘Foreskin is a Feminist Issue’ Australian Feminist Studies 24(6) pp. 195-210.F. Garland and M. Travis (2018) “Legislating intersex equality: building the resilience of intersex people through law”, Legal Studies, Vol. 38, pp. 587-606.
  • C. Bishop, ‘The Limitations of a Legal Response’ in Hilder and Bettinson, Domestic Violence: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Protection, Prevention and Intervention (2016)
  • C. Bishop (2021) “Prevention and Protection: will the Domestic Abuse Act transform the response to domestic abuse in England and Wales?” Child and Family Law Quarterly 163-183.