Queering the Reasonable Person

Critical lenses, such as feminist and critical race theories, have been employed extensively to analyze the reasonable person standard theoretically and doctrinally, noting that courts and scholars personify the standards as a middle-class, white, heterosexual man. Consequently, these critical lenses have indicated that real individuals, who do not share the qualities of the personified reasonable man, become vulnerable. Haim Abraham suggests existing critiques, the reasonable person – as a legal standard – is essentially a queer standard. 

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