ISBN : 9780197619032
Jill Elaine Hasday's Intimate Lies and the Law won the Scribes Book Award from the American Society of Legal Writers "for the best work of legal scholarship published during the previous year" and the Foreword INDIES Book of the Year Award for Family and Relationships. Intimacy and deception are often entangled. People deceive to lure someone into a relationship or to keep her there, to drain an intimate's bank account or to use her to acquire government benefits, to control an intimate or to resist domination, or to capture myriad other advantages. No subject is immune from deception in dating, sex, marriage, and family life. Intimates can lie or otherwise intentionally mislead each other about anything and everything. Suppose you discover that an intimate has deceived you and inflicted severe-even life-altering-financial, physical, or emotional harm. After the initial shock and sadness, you might wonder whether the law will help you secure redress. But the legal system refuses to help most people deceived within an intimate relationship. Courts and legislatures have shielded this persistent and pervasive source of injury, routinely denying deceived intimates access to the remedies that are available for deceit in other contexts. Intimate Lies and the Law is the first book that systematically examines deception in intimate relationships and uncovers the hidden body of law governing this duplicity. Hasday argues that the law has placed too much emphasis on protecting intimate deceivers and too little importance on helping the people they deceive. The law can and should do more to recognize, prevent, and redress the injuries that intimate deception can inflict.
Introduction: So Much Deception, So Little Time
Part I: The Practice of Intimate Deception
1: Why Do People Deceive Their Intimates?
2: Why Does Intimate Deception Work?
3: What Injuries Can Intimate Deceivers Inflict?
Part II: The Law of Intimate Deception
4: A Legal History of Intimate Deception
5: Modern Law's Sharp Divide Between Deception Within and Outside Intimacy
6: The Legal Protection of Ordinary Deception in Courtship, Sex, and Marriage
7: Intimate Deception Outside of Romantic, Sexual, or Marital Relationships
Part III: Reforming the Law of Intimate Deception
8: Work to Be Done