A Door Slams in the Night
Kathryn MacKay

Give me your tired, your poor Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, The wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed, to me: I lift my lamp beside the golden door. – Emma Lazarus I’m writing … Continue reading

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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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“Why Some Men Are Above the Law”

Martha C. Nussbaum on sexual assault, celebrity culture, and the law: Bill Cosby has been finally charged with sexual assault. For anyone who has followed the case, one striking aspect is how late an actual indictment has come, and after … Continue reading

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“The Central Question in the Bill Cosby Criminal Case”

We’ve blogged about the ever-mounting allegations of rape that have been emerging against Bill Cosby several times in the past. My own proposal about what he ought to do, it seems safe to say, is no longer an option. As … Continue reading

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George Yancy Interviews bell hooks for The Stone

I live in a small, predominantly white town in the Bible Belt. Rather than saying, “What would Jesus do?” I always think, “What does Martin Luther King want me to do today?” Then I decide what Martin Luther King wants … Continue reading

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Feminist Bioethics, Pornography, and the Reproductive Technologies Business

This is guest post by Cristina Richie (Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences). In 2010 the National Institute of Health [NIH] came under fire for purchasing and distributing pornographic materials to fertility clinics (Associated Press  2010) highlighting an important but … Continue reading

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A Few Things Left to Do

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“How Islamic State systematically turns girls into sex slaves”

Rukmini Callimachi of the New York Times reporting from Northern Iraq, in conversation with PBS’s Judy Woodruff: The horrors that these women are — were forced to endure really challenged the imagination. What they talk about is how systematic the … Continue reading

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Prostitution–A Human Right?

It is according to Amnesty Internation! Jessica Neuwirth, however, suggests they may have overlooked a few crucial details (conspicuously: the conditions of genuinely autonomous agency, gendered power dynamics, economic reality). Find her full case at The Guardian. … Continue reading

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Useful Rape Analogies, Cartoon Form

From Everyday Feminism via Upworthy (which includes a few other links I have not checked out), “How 7 things that have nothing to do with rape perfectly illustrate the concept of consent.” A sample: Sad as it is to say, some of … Continue reading

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“Islamic State burned a woman alive for not engaging in an ‘extreme’ sex act, U.N. official says”

After attacking a village, [the Islamic State] splits women from men and executes boys and men aged 14 and over. The women and mothers are separated; girls are stripped naked, tested for virginity and examined for breast size and prettiness. The … Continue reading

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