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 original essays 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.
Chapters stress 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 a feminist 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 is bound to change and broaden the way bioethicists, students, patients, and the public consider bioethical issues.
"An important summation of the perspectives of several careful thinkers about feminism and feminism's observations about and influence upon bioethics. It will serve as an excellent catch-up tool for those with some prior interest in bioethics who are ready to explore or expand their knowledge about the theories and role of feminist and feminine ethics."-- ournal of the American Medical Association
"This volume of original essays authored by leading figures in bioethics and feminist theory moves beyond reproduction, taking feminist analysis of bioethics into new territory....The authors demonstrate the benefit that results when bioethics pays careful attention to gender and feminism."--Issues in Law & Medicine
"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
Introduction: Gender and Feminism in Bioethics, S.M. Wolf
I. The Relationship of Feminism and Bioethics
1. Feminism and Bioethics, S. Sherwin
2. Feminist Approaches to Bioethics, R. Tong
3. On Treatment of Myopia: Feminism, Standpoint Theory, and Bioethics, M.B. Mahowald
4. Reconstructing the Patient: Starting with Women of Color, D.E. Roberts
5. What Bioethics Can Learn from the Women's Health Movement, R. Dresser
II. Feminist Perspectives on Specific Problems in Bioethics
6. A Feminist View of Health, L.M. Purdy
7. Communicative Ethics in the Physician-Patient Relationship, J.F. Smith
8. Ethical Obstacles to the Participation of Women in Biomedical Research, V. Merton
9. Women as Vessels and Vectors: Lesson from the HIV Epidemic, R. Faden, N. Kass and D. McGraw
10. Gender and Death: Physician Assisted Suicide and Euthanasia, S.M. Wolf
11. Feminism, Bioethics, and Genetics, A. Asch and G. Geller
12. Justice in the Allocation of Health Care Resources: A Feminist Account, H.L. Nelson and J.L. Nelson
Susan M. Wolf is at University of Minnesota Law School.