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Simone de Beauvoir, Margaret A. Simons, and Marybeth Timmermann

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780252039003

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017

DOI: 10.5406/illinois/9780252039003.001.0001

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The Urgency of an Anti-Sexist Law

The Urgency of an Anti-Sexist Law

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(p.265) The Urgency of an Anti-Sexist Law
Source:
Feminist Writings
Author(s):
Marybeth Timmermann
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University of Illinois Press
DOI:10.5406/illinois/9780252039003.003.0039

The Yvelines criminal court has recently acquitted Mr. Leber (see Le monde, January 24),1 who had fatally beaten his wife and who had left her to slowly die on the kitchen floor all night long.

What we are calling into question are the sexist motivations that have led to this acquittal. For having broken a few windows, young people are sentenced to years of imprisonment. For having killed his wife, Mr. Leber will receive no penalty on the pretext that this offense falls under the domain of “love” or the conjugal relationship. It is worth questioning a judicial system where circumstances that are usually aggravating become, in this case, attenuating circumstances....

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