Research Handbook on Gender, Sexuality and the Law
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Research Handbook on Gender, Sexuality and the Law

Edited by Chris Ashford and Alexander Maine

This innovative and thought-provoking Research Handbook explores not only current debates in the area of gender, sexuality and the law but also points the way for future socio-legal research and scholarship. It presents wide-ranging insights and debates from across the globe, including Africa, Asia, Eastern Europe and Australia, with contributions from leading scholars and activists alongside exciting emergent voices.
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Chapter 6: Striking women: the politics of gender, sexuality and the law in South Africa

Melanie Judge and Dee Smythe


The chapter explores the relationship of law to gender and sexual rights and politics in postapartheid South Africa. The turn to democracy enabled transformative possibilities for gender and sexual justice in which law was enlisted to undo the racial, sexual and gender inequalities and discriminations of the past. Through a focus on two historic moments of political protest that took place in 1956 and 2016, respectively, and in the face of the persistence of gender violence, the chapter interrogates gender politics and its entanglements with, in and against law.

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