Feminism and Bioethics: Beyond Reproduction

Paperback | April 30, 1999

EditorSusan M. Wolf

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Bioethics has paid surprisingly little attention to the special problems faced by women and to feminist analyses of current health care issues other than reproduction. Feminism and Bioethics: Beyond Reproduction aims to counterbalance this one-sided approach. A breakthrough volume of originalessays authored by leading figures in bioethics and feminist theory, it moves beyond reproduction and nursing, taking bioethics into new territory. The book starts with an investigation of the relationship between feminism and bioethics and introduces different approaches to the problem. Chaptersstress the importance of liberal feminism which prefers feminist over feminine analysis, integrate the experience of women of color, draw from the women's self-help movement, and apply feminist standpoint theory. In the second part of the book, contributors view various bioethical problems from afeminist perspective: euthanasia, AIDS, the definition of health, doctor-patient communication, the Human Genome Project, the conduct of biomedical research, and health care reform. They examine the pros and cons of the application of gender and feminism to bioethics. This provocative volume isbound to change and broaden the way bioethicists, students, patients, and the public consider bioethical issues.

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Bioethics has paid surprisingly little attention to the special problems faced by women and to feminist analyses of current health care issues other than reproduction. Feminism and Bioethics: Beyond Reproduction aims to counterbalance this one-sided approach. A breakthrough volume of originalessays authored by leading figures in bioeth...

Susan M. Wolf is at University of Minnesota Law School.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:416 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 1.1 inPublished:April 30, 1999Publisher:Oxford University Press

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Table of Contents

S.M. Wolf: Introduction: Gender and Feminism in BioethicsI. The Relationship of Feminism and Bioethics1. S. Sherwin: Feminism and Bioethics2. R. Tong: Feminist Approaches to Bioethics3. M.B. Mahowald: On Treatment of Myopia: Feminism, Standpoint Theory, and Bioethics4. D.E. Roberts: Reconstructing the Patient: Starting with Women of Color5. R. Dresser: What Bioethics Can Learn from the Women's Health MovementII. Feminist Perspectives on Specific Problems in Bioethics6. L.M. Purdy: A Feminist View of Health7. J.F. Smith: Communicative Ethics in the Physician-Patient Relationship8. V. Merton: Ethical Obstacles to the Participation of Women in Biomedical Research9. R. Faden, N. Kass and D. McGraw: Women as Vessels and Vectors: Lesson from the HIV Epidemic10. S.M. Wolf: Gender and Death: Physician Assisted Suicide and Euthanasia11. A. Asch and G. Geller: Feminism, Bioethics, and Genetics12. H.L. Nelson and J.L. Nelson: Justice in the Allocation of Health Care Resources: A Feminist Account

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"Authors contributing to this collection present thoughtful, compelling, and intriguing arguments well deserving of critical attention...Makes a worthwhile and important contribution to the scholarly literature.--"Doody's Health Sciences Book Review Journal