My posts at Bioethics Forum

I used to write regularly for the Hastings Center's online commentary site. (I decided to stop a few months after I found myself subject to a dex-specific gag order--something I found extremely troubling.)

Posts are shown newest first:

  • On Naming Names. A philosophical analysis of what makes me an historian. (May 24, 2011)
  • Attenuated Thoughts. Reflections on the Seattle Working Group’s report on growth attenuation for severely disabled children like “Ashley X.” (November 19, 2010)
  • Bad Vibrations, with Ellen K. Feder. Why is a Cornell doc shortening little girls’ clitorises and then later asking these young girls if they can still feel him touching them? (June 16, 2010
  • Womb Gay. On Mormons, Proposition 8, and the best kept secret in the nature-nurture debate (December 4, 2008)
  • Sex Is Good. Why sex research is worth funding with public money (August 21, 2008)
  • Lavish Dwarf Entertainment. Resignification, or dehumanization? Why I hired a dwarf entertainer for my fortieth birthday (March 25, 2008). Chosen for Norton’s “Best Creative Non-Fiction” volume of 2009)
  • When HIPAA Hurts. How clinicians’ understandable confusion over medical privacy laws can hurt patients (September 5, 2007)
  • Products of Conception. I give a little help to a woman who gave birth to stillborn conjoined twins she was never allowed to see, and she works magic. (April 9, 2007)
  • Really Changing Sex, about New York City’s plan to let people decide what gender they are, and why it doesn’t go far enough (November 8, 2006)
  • Explaining More, Doing Less. Why aggressively using evidence-based medicine and informed consent could lead to less healthcare waste (October 13, 2006)