The miniscule motion of a butterflys wings can trigger a tornado half a world away according to chaos theory catharine a mackinnons collected work on gender inequality including new pieces argues that the right seemingly minor interventions in the legal realm can have a butterfly effect that generates major social and cultural transformations. Butterfly politics is her call for humanity to rise to its feet antonella gambotto burke the australian small actions can have highly complex and large impacts and catharine mackinnon uses this concept the butterfly effect to explain how critical interventions can produce radical transformation in the gender system. Butterfly politics by catharine a mackinnon almost all of the pieces in butterfly politics were first spoken the others written by ear i was also passionate about theatre i designed and painted sets and directed a one act play encouraged by the same teacher one theory of everyones life is that they become who they were in high . Collection of almost thirty works speeches legal briefs essays etc on the question of law and its importance in feminist activist politics the term butterfly politics has its origin in the idea of the butterfly flapping its wings and causing a hurricane miles away the point is small changes through litigation or amending legislation . Mackinnons latest book butterfly politics draws from a collection of sexual harassment cases as an extension of edward lorenzs 1972 metaphor in which a butterfly flapping its wings is a sufficient impetus for a tornado butterfly politics explains activisms role in causing legal change
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