The Custom-Made Child?: Women-Centered Perspectives

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Helen B. Holmes, Betty B. Hoskins, Michael Gross
Humana Press, Apr 30, 1981 - Medical - 368 pages
Women most fully experience the consequences of human reproductive technologies. Men who convene to evaluate such technologies discuss "them": the women who must accept, avoid, or even resist these technologies; the women who consume technologies they did not devise; the women who are the objects of policies made by men. So often the input of women is neither sought nor listened to. The privileged insights and perspectives that women bring to the consideration of technologies in human reproduction are the subject of these volumes, which constitute the revised and edited record of a Workshop on "Ethical Issues in Human Reproduction Technology: Analysis by Women" (EIRTAW), held in June, 1979, at Hampshire College in Amherst, Massachusetts. Some 80 members of the workshop, 90 percent of them women (from 24 states), represented diverse occupations and personal histories, different races and classes, varied political commitments. They included doctors, nurses, and scientists, lay midwives, consumer advocates, historians, and sociologists, lawyers, policy analysts, and ethicists. Each session, however, made plain that ethics is an everyday concern for women in general, as well as an academic profession for some.

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Contents

The Birth of a WomenCentered
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An Interdisciplinary Analysis
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An Analysis of Research
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Copyright

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Helen Bequaert Holmes is an independent scholar with a Ph.D. in genetics. She co-edited "Birth Control and Controlling Birth and Feminist Perspectives on Medical Ethics", a book based from two special issues of the journal "Hypatia".

Michael Gross, born in 1963, began studing chemical engineering in Karlsruhe, but moved to chemistry at the univeristies of Marburg and Regensburg. After his Ph.D. in physical biochemistry he worked seven years at the Oxford Centre for Molecular Science in the field of protein folding, including studies of Alzheimers and Parkinsons diseases. Since 1993 he started with science journalism and wrote many popular science books (Life on the Edge, Travels to the Nanoworld, Light and Life, Astrobiology), some of them in German and English language. He is now writer in science at the Birkbeck College, London, and a regular contributor to several prestigeous journals and magazins like Chemistry World, Current Biology, Chemistry and Industry, The Independent, Nature, New Scientist, Spektrum der Wissenschaft, SA1/4ddeutsche Zeitung and many more.

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