The law embodies a masculine way of looking at the world. Its objectivity and neutrality is a myth. Few if any standard legal texts or doctrines refer to or acknowledge the existence of women. Many legal principles and doctrines are based on assumptions about society, women, and the relationship of the sexes that women do not accept.
An example of "male law" is the modern law of obscenity, which is incapable of understanding the harm done to women by pornography for several major reasons. It views the publication of pornography as mere speech rather than a concrete social activity. It is premised upon strong non-contextual notions of individualism which inhibit comprehending group harm. It sees pornography simplistically as a question of nudity and morality rather than as a question of power. The legal system has failed to consider pornography from a woman's point of view. This is why the courts have been unable to perceive the horror of robbing women of their humanity. To be portrayed as a sex object is to be portrayed as a non-human.
The Encyclopedia of World Problems and Human Potential is a collaboration between UIA and Mankind 2000, started in 1972. It is the result of an ambitious effort to collect and present information on the problems with which humanity is confronted, as well as the challenges such problems pose to concept formation, values and development strategies. Problems included are those identified in international periodicals but especially in the documents of some 60,000 international non-profit organizations, profiled in the Yearbook of International Organizations.
The Encyclopedia includes problems which such groups choose to perceive and act upon, whether or not their existence is denied by others claiming greater expertise. Indeed such claims and counter-claims figure in many of the problem descriptions in order to reflect the often paralyzing dynamics of international debate. In the light of the interdependence demonstrated among world problems in every sector, emphasis is placed on the need for approaches which are sufficiently complex to encompass the factions, conflicts and rival worldviews that undermine collective initiative towards a promising future.
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