Texas Tech Law Review
God and femininity share similar positions of marginalization within the law and the legal academy: the classic division between home and business and the “feminine world of morality and love and the realm of “tough” survival skills and competition.” This marginalization, coupled with facets of American traditions, preclude progress from being achieved with respect to either, because neither is significantly part of the American public discourse, and the introduction of either is frowned upon within the academy. This marginalization is evinced by the work of people such as Michael Novak, who painted God as a small-time entrepreneur in his endeavor to fit Spirituality into American Capitalism.
This marginalization of femininity and God, precluding its inclusion in public discourse, prevents us from learning who God is, who God is becoming, and from recognizing the feminine face of God, which, in turn, prohibits us from healing the dichotomies within American law and culture. The law is God’s gift to man and we should include God and the feminine face of God in our public discourse, generally, and with respect to the law.
Emily Fowler Hartigan, Practicing and Professing Spirit in Law, 27 Tex. Tech. L. Rev. 1165 (1996).