Making Sense of Intersex

Making Sense of Intersex : Changing Ethical Perspectives in Biomedicine

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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 more

Product details

  • Paperback | 278 pages
  • 152 x 226 x 20mm | 379.99g
  • Indiana University Press
  • Bloomington, IN, United States
  • English
  • 1 b&w illus
  • 0253012287
  • 9780253012289
  • 844,509

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Feder's book is a welcome injection of new ideas into feminist scholarship on intersex, post-Consensus Statement era. * Women's Review of Books * Rich with cross-discipline potential, Feder's engaging argument should provide a new approach for doctors and parents caring for children with atypical sex anatomy. * Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) * 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 * Making Sense of Intersex is an impressive call for change. As such it is in conversation with intersex activist and scholarly work. * philoSOPHIA * Is a work of philosophy capable of bringing insightful new perspectives or illuminating and forceful arguments to an urgent social matter so as truly to effect a felt change in the lives of people concerned by it? Feder's book is capable of this effect. As such, it takes the risk of calling forth a new public, or a new readership, and so is a work whose appeal could well be ahead of its time. But its time should be here. * International Journal of Feminist Approaches to Bioethics *show more

About Ellen K. Feder

Ellen K. Feder teaches philosophy at American more

Table of contents

Introduction. Disciplinary Limits: Philosophy, Bioethics, and the Medical Management of Atypical Sex1. The Trouble with Intersex: History Lessons2. "In Their Best Interests": Parents' Experience of Atypical Sex Anatomy in Children3. Tilting the Ethical Lens: Shame, Disgust, and the Body in Question4. Reassigning Ambiguity: Parental Decisions and the Matter of Harm5. A Question of Ethics as/or a Question of Culture: The Problem of What Is and What Ought to Be6. Neutralizing Morality: Nondirective Counseling of Parents of Children with Intersex Conditions, 2006-7. Practicing Virtue: A Parental Duty8. Protecting Vulnerability: An Imperative of CareConclusion. Lessons from PhysiciansNotesReferencesIndexshow more

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