Feminism & Bioethics: Beyond Reproduction

Susan M. Wolf, FEMINISM AND BIOETHICS: BEYOND REPRODUCTION, New York: Oxford University Press, 1996

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Susan M. Wolf

University of Minnesota Law School

Date Written: 1996


This breakthrough volume was one of the first to map the possibilities of feminist analysis in bioethics. After an extended introduction by Susan M. Wolf on "Gender and Feminism in Bioethics," the book offers twelve chapters. These include chapters by Dorothy E. Roberts on "Reconstructing the Patient: Starting with Women of Color"; Rebecca S. Dresser on "What Bioethics Can Learn from the Women’s Health Movement"; Vanessa Merton on "Ethical Obstacles to the Participation of Women in Biomedical Research"; Ruth Faden et al. on "Women as Vessels and Vectors: Lessons from the HIV Epidemic"; and Susan M. Wolf on "Gender, Feminism, and Death: Physician-Assisted Suicide and Euthanasia." A multidisciplinary group of authors including scholars of law, philosophy, disability theory, public health, and genetics consider perspectives including communicative ethics, standpoint theory, and pragmatism.

Among the reviews are the following: "Drawing on work from top feminist bioethicists, philosophers, and law professors, Susan Wolf’s anthology Feminism and Bioethics reinforces the vibrancy of feminist theoretical contributions to bioethical thinking. The twelve articles, accompanied by Wolf’s extensive introduction, suggest how feminism’s insights and critiques refine our thinking on a wide range of bioethical issues…. Wolf’s book confirms that feminist approaches are no longer marginal or to be dismissed by ‘mainstream’ bioethics: one fails to engage these contributions at his/her own peril as a legitimate scholar, teacher, or practitioner in this field." - Leslie Bender, Journal of Law, Medicine & Ethics, Vol. 25, No. 58, 1997

"Feminism and Bioethics: Beyond Reproduction distinguishes itself not only among works in bioethics, but among works at the intersection of bioethical issues and feminist methods…. Taking readers beyond reproduction, not to the brink of revolution, but toward reconstruction in bioethics, Wolf’s volume proceeds by illuminating how the field, its categories, and its arguments were constructed in the first place, within necessarily gendered institutions and discourses. From its first pages the volume proves that in personal experience and intellectual inquiry, gender matters." - Lisa S. Parker, Theoretical Medicine and Bioethics, Vol. 19, No. 411, 1998

Keywords: Feminism, feminist theory, bioethics, health law

Suggested Citation

Wolf, Susan M., Feminism & Bioethics: Beyond Reproduction (1996). Susan M. Wolf, FEMINISM AND BIOETHICS: BEYOND REPRODUCTION, New York: Oxford University Press, 1996, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1735656

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