Woman

Ken writes:
From the Irish Constitution:

Article 41 ‘The Family’ …
2. 1° In particular, the State recognises that by her life within
the home, woman gives to the State a support without which
the common good cannot be achieved.

The constitution uses ‘man’ in the generic sense of ‘human’, but is there a generic sense of ‘woman’?

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5 thoughts on “Woman

  1. Dot

    What gets me about this is that not only is it essentialist and patronising (the underlying assumptions being that women are all the same, that their place is in the home, and that work in the home is work of an inferior sort that nonetheless we can’t do without) but that, by encouraging the crazy overheating of the housing market, the Irish government have in fact ensured that few women can afford to give up paid work. Grrr.

  2. Dot,

    The overheating of the housing market is actually contrary to the constitution!

    41.2.2° The State shall, therefore, endeavour to ensure that mothers shall not be obliged by economic necessity to engage in labour to the neglect of their duties in the home.

  3. From the Irish Constitution…

    Definition of Terms:

    4.31.1′ Woman – generic; for the purposes of this Constitution, any human being who looks after the wee children, does the shopping and such, does not work, and submits to a working partner’s authority in all matters not directly related to the day to day management of the household.

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