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Mary A. Kassian

Author of The Feminist Gospel: The Movement to Unite Feminism with the Church

Canadian Supreme Court justice Bertha Wilson, in a speech to the Osgoode Hall Law School in February of 1990, called for the transformation of the law along feminist principles and for the reeducation of her male colleagues in summer schools on sexism. She endorsed the idea, proposed by second-phase feminist philosophers, that women are more caring and inherently 'nicer' than men, and that they are less concerned than men with abstract notions of justice, less preoccupied with what is 'right' and 'wrong,' and hence less inclined to separate their feelings from their thinking. She went on to chastise her fellow judges for relying too much on the evidence of a case instead of entering 'into the skin of the litigant and making his or her experience part of your experience and only when you have done that, to judge.' According to Wilson, a woman who had suffered at the hands of a particular man could not readily be judged as guilty in the murder of that man. The implications of these feminist notions are radical and drastic to the traditional practice of law and justice, and yet they hardly met a raised eyebrow. Little public debate resulted, just a praising article in a leading national newspaper.

1992 - from The Feminist Gospel: The Movement to Unite Feminism with the Church, Crossway Books, Wheaton IL