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Leaving Women out in Left Field: Sports Metaphors, Women, and Legal Discourse

Maureen Archer & Ronnie Cohen

A study was conducted on the extent to which women understand the use of sports metaphors in legal jargon. Because women are less sports-oriented than men, they were pressured to learn the language of sports to function in the legal profession. Sports metaphors were often used during court cases to express the competitive nature of a situation and to enforce male bonding thus excluding females. Hence, sports metaphors were found as having the potential to exclude people who are not familiar with sports which are mostly women.

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