Things That Ought Not Be
Anna Gotlib

“Tolerance becomes a crime when applied to evil.” ― Thomas Mann, The Magic Mountain On July 10, 2013,  I began a post about forced-sterilization-as-eugenics by quoting Adolph Hitler: I have studied with great interest the laws of several American states concerning prevention of reproduction by people … Continue reading

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Hypatia review of Phenomenology of Illness

Over at Hypatia Reviews Online, Christine Wieseler (U-Texas McGovern Center for Humanities & Ethics) has given a concise and useful review of a new book in philosophy of medicine. That book, Phenomenology of Illness by Havi Carel (University of Bristol, UK), … Continue reading

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“Intersex Patients ‘Routinely Lied To By Doctors'”, per recent BBC Radio 4 article
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Surprising absolutely no one who follows the history of intersex treatment in the United States, BBC Radio 4 has a recent story about the history of intersex treatment in the UK with the provocative headline “Intersex Patients ‘Routinely Lied To … Continue reading

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The Biggest Health Problem Facing Canada: Indigenous Health
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EDITOR’S NOTE: An expanded version of this editorial by Editor Alison Reiheld was solicited by the Canadian bioethics blog Impact Ethics. You can find it here. It contains links to more indigenous authors and groups about these kinds of health issues … Continue reading

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Mandatory Sterilization for transgender people as a requirement of legal gender recognition struck down in Europe
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Four years ago, nearly to the day, IJFAB Blog contributor Alison Reiheld wrote on the repeal of Swedish laws that had required transgender person to be sterile (or become sterile) AND to have surgical sex reassignment in order to change … Continue reading

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Oral Contraceptives and Informed Choice
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As reported by PBS, a large scale study indicates that depression as a known side effect of oral contraceptives affects young women most of all. The research, published in JAMA Psychiatry, is the first ever to draw a connection between birth … Continue reading

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The dangers of saying Trump is “crazy”, “insane”, “pathological”, or “diagnosable”
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In recent months there has been a steady uptick in media coverage of trump discussing whether he or his proponents are “crazy”, “insane”, “pathological”, or “diagnosable.” You can find one example here in this Mother Jones article titled “Here is … Continue reading

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“Against the False Narratives of Anorexia”

Find at Slate an extended personal reflection by Katy Waldman concerning anorexia and its etiology, with a special focus on the role of literature and narrative. A few excerpts: More fundamentally, though, anorexia is an inveterate liar whose grand theme is your … Continue reading

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Sarah Silverman on Her Experiences with Depression

Also, of course, on being a woman in comedy and other matters. Always wonderful to see a cultural celebrity speaking openly about mental health issues, especially those that disproportionally affect women (and, for that matter, academics). Find interview highlights and a … Continue reading

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Trigger Warnings and Neoliberal Classrooms: an Ongoing Pedagogical Discussion

  “Trigger Warnings & Neoliberal Classrooms: Rethinking Pedagogy in Our Time of Precarity,” an interdisciplinary panel and discussion, will take place at the Stony Brook University Humanities Institute on Wednesday, February 18th at 4:00pm. We would like to begin the discussion here … 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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Murderer-Rapist Almost Euthanized in Belgium: Is the public outcry warranted?

Guest post by Jeff Kirby (Professor, Department of Bioethics, Faculty of Medicine, Dalhousie University). Many members of the international public were surprised and/or shocked to hear that Frank Van Den Bleeken, an incarcerated murderer-rapist, was scheduled to be euthanized in Belgium … Continue reading

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