Making Sense Of Intersex: Changing Ethical Perspectives In Biomedicine

Paperback | April 24, 2014

byEllen K. Feder

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Putting the ethical tools of philosophy to work, Ellen K. Feder seeks to clarify how we should understand "the problem" of intersex. Adults often report that medical interventions they underwent as children to "correct" atypical sex anatomies caused them physical and psychological harm. Proposing a philosophical framework for the treatment of children with intersex conditions-one that acknowledges the intertwined identities of parents, children, and their doctors-Feder presents a persuasive moral argument for collective responsibility to these children and their families.

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Putting the ethical tools of philosophy to work, Ellen K. Feder seeks to clarify how we should understand "the problem" of intersex. Adults often report that medical interventions they underwent as children to "correct" atypical sex anatomies caused them physical and psychological harm. Proposing a philosophical framework for the treat...

Ellen K. Feder teaches philosophy at American University.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:278 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.68 inPublished:April 24, 2014Publisher:Indiana University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0253012287

ISBN - 13:9780253012289

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Table of Contents

Introduction. Disciplinary Limits: Philosophy, Bioethics, and the Medical Management of Atypical Sex
1. The Trouble with Intersex: History Lessons
2. "In Their Best Interests": Parents' Experience of Atypical Sex Anatomy in Children
3. Tilting the Ethical Lens: Shame, Disgust, and the Body in Question
4. Reassigning Ambiguity: Parental Decisions and the Matter of Harm
5. A Question of Ethics as/or a Question of Culture: The Problem of What Is and What Ought to Be
6. Neutralizing Morality: Nondirective Counseling of Parents of Children with Intersex Conditions, 2006-
7. Practicing Virtue: A Parental Duty
8. Protecting Vulnerability: An Imperative of Care
Conclusion. Lessons from Physicians
Notes
References
Index

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"Making Sense of Intersex significantly enhances our understanding of intersex and the ethical issues involved in medical practice more generally." -Kennedy Institute of Ethics Journal