Alice Domurat Dreger

I used to write for the Hastings Center. (I decided to stop after a gag order on dex for CAH.) Posts are shown in reverse chronological order:

  1. Australia’s Passport to Gender Confusion. Why a new system that seeks to be gender progressive is actually kinda nutty. (September 28, 2011)

  2. On Naming Names. A philosophical analysis of what makes me an historian. (May 24, 2011)

  3. Blotto, Not Beautiful, Medicine. Struggling to uphold the distinction between doctors and bartenders. (May 16, 2011)

  4. Freedom’s Just Another Word for . . . Restriction? The University of Minnesota tries something new to shut up a persistent critic on the faculty. (April 27, 2011)

  5. Dr. Oz Can’t Afford Me. Why you won’t see me hawking conjoined twins on daytime TV. (April 22, 2011)

  6. Dying for Some Standards: Broken Medical Systems as Revealed by a New FDA Warning. About a frightening new development in the use of recombinant human growth hormone to make children taller. (March 21, 2011)

  7. Time for the American Anthropological Association to Apologize. A follow-up to my Human Nature article on the Darkness in El Dorado debacle. (March 1, 2011)

  8. The Tale of Tea with Jim the Third. The story of a man who might have been sex changed at birth, but wasn’t. (February 14, 2011)

  9. Pink Boys with Puppy Dog Tails. A third way to think about little boys in pretty dresses. (December 6, 2010)

  10. Attenuated Thoughts. Reflections on the Seattle Working Group’s report on growth attenuation for severely disabled children like “Ashley X.” (November 19, 2010)

  11. Nationalizing IRBs for Biomedical Research--and for Justice. Why not use a kind of circuit court system for biomedical IRBs? (October 22, 2010).

  12. Legal but Unethical: Who Works on That? When the focus on the legal squishes out attention to the (un)ethical. (September 17, 2010).

  13. The Other July Effect: Tribalism in Medicine. A favorite student struggles with becoming a real doctor, and I struggle watching. (August 19, 2010).

  14. Preventing Homosexuality (and Uppity Women?) in the Womb? Perhaps the first organized attempt to prevent homosexuality in the womb. With Ellen K. Feder and Anne Tamar-Mattis (June 29, 2010).

  15. 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).

  16. Prenatal Dex: Update and Omnibus Reply, with Ellen Feder and Hilde Lindemann. An update on the problems surrounding prenatal dex for CAH. (March 18, 2010).

  17. Of Kinks, Crimes, and Kinds: The Paraphilias Proposal for the DSM-5. Good news: being kinky won’t make you sick anymore (February 19, 2010).

  18. Fetal Cosmetology, with Hilde Lindemann and Ellen Feder. On the problematic use of fetal dexamethasone for CAH (February 8, 2010).

  19. Intersex and Sports: Back to the Same Old Game. More muddled thinking around sex-testing in sports. (January 22, 2010).

  20. Attention Shoppers: LBGT Rights Apparently Not Worth $6.67 to the American Psychological Association. The APA puts a price on something priceless. (December 29, 2009).

  21. Does the NFL Need PETA? Is it time for PETA to tell the NFL that men are animals, too? (October 1, 2009).

  22. Medicine Needs a Declaration of Independence from Cosmetic Procedures. Why “cosmetic medicine” is an anti-democratic contradiction in terms (July 6, 2009).

  23. How and Why to Take “Gender Identity Disorder” out  of the DSM. A proposal for how to depathologize transgender while still supporting transgender people clinically (June 22, 2009).

  24. Womb Gay. On Mormons, Proposition 8, and the best kept secret in the nature-nurture debate (December 4, 2008).

  25. When Medicine Is the Opposition Party. Why professional societies should avoid partisan stances (November 7, 2008).

  26. Footnote to a Footnote: On Roving Medicine. How small groups of committed citizens change medicine (October 9, 2008).

  27. The Vulnerable Researcher and the IRB. Remaining “unprotected” by one’s Institutional Review Board helps one achieve what IRBs were supposed to (October 3, 2008).

  28. Sex Is Good. Why sex research is worth funding with public money (August 21, 2008).

  29. Olympic Problems with Sex Testing. Problems with instigating a “sex test” for Olympic athletes (July 31, 2008).

  30. The AMA’s Apology: What’s the Benefit? How the AMA (and similar organizations) might use historians and the Truth and Reconciliation Commission model to prevent harm (July 17, 2008).

  31. 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.

  32. Selective Parenting. A response to Hilde Lindemann’s “Shotgun Weddings,” about the selective abortion of fetuses likely to have disabilities, with Joseph Stramondo (October 23, 2007).

  33. When HIPAA Hurts. How clinicians’ understandable confusion over medical privacy laws can hurt patients (September 5, 2007).

  34. Liberty and Solidarity: May We Choose Children for Sexual Orientation? How offering a choice for or against a theoretic “gay gene” in offspring might impact queer rights (June 19, 2007).

  35. 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).

  36. Ashley and the Dangerous Myth of the Selfless Parent. The real problem with what happened to Ashley X. is dishonesty about motives (January 18, 2007).

  37. 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).

  38. Explaining More, Doing Less. Why aggressively using evidence-based medicine and informed consent could lead to less healthcare waste (October 13, 2006).

  39. So You’re a Scholar Who Wants to Make Things Happen. My Top Ten Tips for doing activism from an academic base (September 13, 2006).

  40. The Federal Marriage Amendment and the New One Drop of Blood Rule. Intersex people are to the “same-sex” marriage prohibitions what interracial people were to anti-miscegenation laws (June 8, 2006).

  41. The Secret Life of the Lunesta Butterfly. A little proposal for how to more accurately animate direct-to-consumer advertising of prescription drugs (May 3, 2006),

  42. Something Is Actually Happening: Are Bioethicists Doing the Right Stuff? Questioning the practice of bioethicists who come across a bioethical dilemma only to stare, think, speak, and move on (April 12, 2006).

  43. Proof that I Like Penises. A cheeky anti-circumcision piece that has gotten me a whole lot a mail (March 10, 2006).

My posts at Bioethics Forum.