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Title: Language, Gender, and Louisiana Law: Removing Gender Bias from the Louisiana Civil Code
Authors: Lagasse, Kristina M. Lagasse
Issue Date: 2018
Citation: 64 Loy. L. Rev. 187
Abstract: Almost all of the 2,178 articles of the Louisiana Civil Code— the state’s principal source of law—use solely masculine pronouns. Yet contemporary research has made it increasingly clear that the use of such masculine-gendered language, when intended and understood to reference both males and females, propagates stereotypes and biases against women and others who do not identify as male. As many state legislatures that have stopped using male-gendered language have recognized, removing language that excludes over half of the population from the law, which claims authority over all and is backed by the power of the government, is essential to promoting fairness and justice in society. This Comment argues that Louisiana must do the same.
ISSN: 0192-9720
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