Monday, February 3, 2020

Intimate Lies and the Law

Karen Tani kindly invited me to spend February as a guest blogger.  I’ll be writing about my latest book, Intimate Lies and the Law (Oxford University Press 2019).  This post provides a brief introduction to my overall argument before subsequent posts delve into the legal history in the book.

Just in time for Valentine’s Day, Intimate Lies and the Law examines deception in dating, sex, marriage, and family life and explores the law’s response to this duplicity.

I argue that the law has devoted too much energy to shielding intimate deceivers and placed too little importance on helping the people they deceive.  Deceived intimates should have access to the same legal remedies they would have if they were equivalently deceived outside of intimacy.  The legal system should also do more to counter the incentives to deceive and should look for opportunities to thwart deceitful intimates from carrying out their plans.

In short, entering an intimate relationship should not mean losing legal protection from deceit.

I’m looking forward to blogging about the legal history in Intimate Lies and the Law.  Intimate deception is a fascinating topic—especially when it happens to someone else.

— Jill Hasday