Midwifery as feminist endeavor: a particular blog entry and a blog recommendation
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Over at Feminist Midwife, the eponymous author writes about the nature of midwifery and why they see it as inherently feminist. In 2014, they also addressed the well-known (by bioethicists) issues with whether informed consent really takes place or whether, … Continue reading

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Bathrooms, Binaries, and Bioethics: Jamie Nelson takes on the American debate over gender and bathroom access
Alison Reiheld

With a blogpost over at Michigan State’s Center for Ethics and Humanities in the Life Sciences, feminist bioethicist Jamie Lindemann Nelson has dipped her toes into the acid bath that is the American debate over gender and bathroom access.  Nelson has … Continue reading

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“Gyms Face Dilemma When Accommodating Transgender Clients”

Hilde Lindemann (Michigan State) and Jamie Lindemann Nelson (Michigan State) discuss the discomfort some people feel about transgender people in spaces like locker rooms and other related issues on Public Radio’s Here and Now. … Continue reading

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The Women’s World Cup: Victory On and Off the Field

With the Women’s World Cup final over a week behind us, it might seems like the US Women’s victory is old news. I, however, am still basking in the afterglow of the event, which I watched on television, like millions … Continue reading

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John Oliver on Transgender Rights

He’s rejected the claim to being the conscience of America (because, really, who would accept that burden?); nevertheless, I’d say that he’s doing quite a passable job in this capacity and–perhaps most impressively–all the while remaining completely hilarious and all-around entertaining. … Continue reading

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In Celebration of the U.S. Supreme Court Decision on Gay Marriage

The Paris Gay Pride parade was held on Saturday, June 27, and its route went right in front of my apartment on the Boulevard Saint Michel. Please enjoy these photos in celebration of the narrow victory for sexual justice in … Continue reading

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Caitlyn Jenner: Transitioning in the Limelight

It’s been an exciting couple of years in the world of LGBT rights and visibility. Gays and lesbians especially have seen radical changes in the ways that their/our lives are legislated and represented. Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell is gone. Part … Continue reading

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“Gender Performance: The TransAdvocate Interviews Judith Butler”

One choice quotation: What is much more important than any of these behaviorist or “moral” approaches are all the stories, poems, and testimonies, the theoretical and political works, that document the struggle to achieve embodied self-determination for individuals and for … Continue reading

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Misrepresented Evidence and Early Genital Normalization Surgery

One of the most urgent and important issues in the treatment of neonates with atypical genitalia (at times referred to as intersex or disorder of sexual development DSD) is the question of genital normalization surgery. For years, medical professionals thought … Continue reading

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Compounding the Harm of Normalizing Treatment of Intersex

Update 3/8/14: Advocates for Informed Choice just posted an annotated video of the segment, and it is fantastic. A recent Nightlight segment featured a promising story of the treatment of individuals born with atypical sex anatomies. It included the story of … Continue reading

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“An Ecological Response to Bullying”

IJFAB Blog editor emeritus Tim R. Johnston on feminism, queer theory, care ethics, the centrality of the concept of affirmation, reasons to prefer an ecological response to bullying, and–in closing–some tips for having a positive life experience while in graduate school. … Continue reading

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Russia’s rough beast slouches on….

I am a native Russian  —  I was born there, spent a lot of my childhood there, began my schooling there.  I speak the language.   I know the culture.  And right now, I am at a loss, somewhere between disgusted, … Continue reading

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