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Anthony Infanti's New Work on "Dismembering Families"

Publish Date/Time: 
June 13, 2011

Professor Anthony Infanti's book chapter, titled “Dismembering Families,” has now been published in “Challenging Gender Inequality in Tax Policy Making: Comparative Perspectives” (Kim Brooks et al. eds, Hart Publishing 2011).  Here is an abstract:

 

In this paper, I explore how the deduction for extraordinary medical expenses, codified in I.R.C. section 213, furthers domination in American society. On its face, section 213 probably does not seem a likely candidate for being tagged as furthering domination. After all, this provision aims to alleviate extraordinary financial burdens on taxpayers who already suffer from significant medical problems -- and who, by definition, lack the help of insurance to relieve those burdens. But, as laudable as this goal might be, careful attention to the text and context of section 213 reveals that it does not apply to all taxpayers equally. In fact, section 213 draws sharp distinctions between different types of families. Looking at this provision from the perspective of those who require the help of assisted reproductive technology to form a family, I explain how section 213 furthers the hegemony of the so-called traditional family and concomitantly contributes to the subordination of lesbian and gay families as well as many other nontraditional American families.

 

Link to the book's web page

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