, Volume 21, Issue 2, pp 217-220
Date: 02 Nov 2012

Rebecca J. Cook and Simone Cusack: Gender Stereotyping, Transnational Legal Perspectives

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Cook and Cusack’s excellent book Gender Stereotyping begins

Stereotyping is part of human nature. It is a way we categorize individuals, often unconsciously, into particular groups or types, in part to simplify the world around us.’ What is problematic is that it is used as a vehicle to degrade and subjugate women in general and in particular. Indeed, it is so widespread and unconscious that the perpetrators (by implication the majority of us) do not realize the effect its use has on a large section of society. If gender stereotyping (really stereotyping women in this book) is typically unconscious, then it is difficult to envisage an effective legal (feminist) strategy to combat it around the globe. The beauty of the book lies in the authors’ efforts to do just that.

Gender Stereotyping is divided into six chapters and an introduction. It covers different forms of gender stereotyping that are prevalent around the world in great detail. It is a genuinely transnational legal book, drawin