Legal feminists take on the judiciary

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  • Wait a second here ... all you have to do is show up , do your job , not take breaks to have babies , put in the overtime , take as few sick days as possible , and keep your personal life at home . If you want more than that to rise to the top of any profession then you're asking for privileges , not "equality" .
    It never fails to amaze me how we feel the need to tailor professions to suit those engaging in them rather than those engaging in them adapting to the needs of their CHOSEN professions . If women are equals then there's no need to lower the bar (double entendre fully intentional)
    It may not go down well with those seeking special treatment but the truth is that women make just as much as men do when all factors are accounted for . What some womens' advocates base their arguments on is the tenuous (at best) presumption that women are discriminated against by institutional discrimination . This simply doesn't stand up to any close scrutiny . The fact is that men only seem to make more money for the same time spent on the job . What really happens is that women often choose to take breaks to raise children and otherwise focus their lives around the family rather than the career . That's fine of course but if you're not at work for six months you're not going to get promoted either . That's not unfair . Unfair would be getting promoted simply because some ideologue believes it's discriminatory if you're not getting the same pay as somebody who worked significantly more than you did .

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  • Oh , and incidentally , to answer the question posed in the sub-heading , no , you can't be a feminist and a judge . That's precisely the opposite of what we've tried to create in the Western legal philosophy .
    Or , think of it more like this : Can a racist be a judge ? That it happens is not the same as condoning it . A feminist is , by definition , a person with a built-in bias . You can be a feminist at home I suppose but I doubt you'll be able to leave it there when it's time to go to work . A few hundred years of racist judges should act as ample proof but I guess if the cause is PC , bias is welcome now ?

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  • Chris K - I couldn't agree more. Its the constant outrage by feminists that the bar needs to be lowered for women which does my head in. We're made to feel like all men are still viciously sexist and that "the system" is out to ruin a woman's chances of getting to the top. It is not the system's fault that women give birth and require time out. A driven woman of equal aptitude to a man, who puts kids on the back burner can absolutely rise to the same heights as the man in question. Discrimination legislation enforces.
    The law students from my year at Uni that went into the best jobs were all mostly girls, some of whom I could easily see running departments within ten years. If they happen to settle down and have kids, then that's their choice and we can't blame the firm for not making them partner if some guy happens to be a better candidate by virtue of his higher level of commitment.
    Complaining about lack of diversity in this manner is only ever going to result in artificial tampering with the system to give women an "easier" chance of getting to the top... e.g. setting quatos for boards. If you're a woman who doesn't like the male to female ratio on a board or in the judiciary then do something about it, work hard and apply.
    By giving women a "leg up" (which these feminists are effectively asking for by saying something needs to be done now), we would essentially be admitting that woman aren't equal by default because they require extra privileges to scale the same heights as men. That surely is the opposite of what these outspoken women wish to achieve. Positive discrimination is not equal treatment. I imagine most women would like to get to where they want to be on their own merits as opposed to being given preferential treatment because of the fact they are women.

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  • Feminism is defined as "the advocacy of women’s rights on the ground of the equality of the sexes." Chris K - how is that concept antithetical to the judiciary in any way? Every single judge must be a feminist - at work and at home - otherwise there's something very, very wrong with our legal system.

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