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Imagine a journalist in the Netherlands openly stating in an article that they think “all lawyers are a little sociopathic”… fortunately this article is written by an American feminist in America where they have real freedom of speech to freely express their views on lawyers, so unlike us censored feminists here in Europe these American feminists get to call a cat a cat and dog a dog:

My bias: I tend to assume all lawyers in positions similar to Henein’s are also a little sociopathic, driven by money and power, rather than empathy. Lawyers who are privileged enough make choices about who they defend, but choose clients based on how much they will be paid (or based on how high profile the case is), rather than based on whether their client is a woman-beater, are not people I view as particularly ethical people.

Rising to power in a male-dominated field and succeeding at treating young women in the exact same way many of one’s male colleagues would does not, alas, make one a feminist. Neither does being a “strong woman” (whatever that means). Despite mass confusion, being a feminist does not mean being more “like men.” This conveys a deep misunderstanding of what feminism is all about. Within this framework, any woman who supports war or is a proud and successful capitalist is necessarily a feminist. In fact, feminism is not about shifting around various hierarchies in order to allow women to participate in the oppression of other women. If this were the case, a female brothel owner or trafficker who did a very good job of profiting from the exploitation of marginalized women and girls would be a feminist success story. Likewise, Margaret Thatcher, who royally screwed over the poor and working class during her reign, could be considered peak feminism.

That ain’t it. Feminism is not about the ability for a few individual women to access wealth and power, at the expense of more marginalized women (or at the expense of women, as a whole).

In a Law Society of Upper Canada video from 1998, Henein explains that, in order to get a sexual assault complainant’s sexual history to be introduced at trial, one might resort simply to bringing the application, “especially in front of a judge-alone trial, to introduce all this otherwise inadmissible evidence and if it’s excluded, well, oh, well, the judge has heard it.” She then jokes, “No, no, I’m absolutely confident that the judge will be able to disabuse his or her mind of the fact that she has a very extensive and lewd prior sexual history.” In other words, Henein is advocating that lawyers play into already existing misogynist ideas about how a woman’s perceived “sluttishness” effectively renders her unrapeable or, at very least, not a credible witness. She very much wants judges in sexual assault trials to dismiss women’s accusations for incredibly sexist reasons.

Henein not only makes very considered choices to defend and protect men who hurt or exploit women and girls when she could most certainly choose not to, but, in doing so, she employs the very same techniques that misogynist men do in order to discredit victims. She relies on sexist stereotypes that say women who accuse men of assault are bitter, manipulative, liars and makes good use of the victim-blaming mentality Henein trusts the men in her field already hold. She knows how to make patriarchal institutions work in her and her clients’ favour. She fights in favour of the status quo, not against it.

http://www.feministcurrent.com/2016/04/04/marie-henein-not-a-feminist-not-a-surprise/

Moral of the story: there is no such thing as a “feminist lawyer” like MRAs like to claim. Catharine McKinnon isn’t a “feminist lawyer”, she is a lawyer who happens to be a feminist and as such is merely the extremely rare exception to the rule which is female lawyers serving male clients at the expense of women opponents. Furthermore, the overwhelming majority of women going into law don’t become lawyers to pursue justice. Women become lawyers for the exact same reason that men become lawyers: to make $400 an hour like an escort. Women lawyers for the sake of their male clients will gladly hurt and humiliate women in the androcentric legal system which already discriminates against women. So, repeat after me again: THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS A “FEMINIST LAWYER”.

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