Science and medical journals

Reviews of peer-reviewed and other significant articles in science and medical journals.

The Advocate picks up on the foetal dex story; two issues not covered

The Advocate picks up on the foetal dex story; two issues not covered

The Advocate, in the US, has picked up on the story of how foetal dexamethasone is being used to prevent homosexuality and virilisation in CAH women. A new report details the dangerous experiementation that’s been going on in fetal engineering, in which doctors are using a synthetic steroid off-label to prevent lesbian, bisexual, intersex, and…
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“Out of Bounds? A Critique of the New Policies on Hyper­androgenism in Elite Female Athletes”

Katrina Karkazis, Rebecca Jordan-Young, Georgiann Davis and Silva Comporesi write in The American Journal of Bioethics on new IAAF/IOC policies on hyperandrogenism in female athletes: In May 2011, more than a decade after the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) and the International Olympic Committee (IOC) abandoned sex testing, they devised new policies in response…
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“A medical condition is only as real as its definition”, Georgiann Davis on DSD in Sociology of Diagnosis journal

Sociologist Georgiann Davis Ph.D. recently had published her paper on DSD in Sociology of Diagnosis, Advances in Medical Sociology, Volume 12, 155–182. The paper, “DSD is a perfectly fine term”: Reasserting Medical Authority Through a Shift in Intersex Terminology is a hugely important critique and highly recommended reading. The context Even though the diagnosis carried…
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Psychology Today: Jesse Prinz on “Why Are Men So Violent?”

Jesse Prinz writes in Psychology Today on the subject of evolutionary biology. The article is refreshing in its rebuttal of gender essentialist arguments about human evolutionary psychology. A historical explanation of male violence does not eschew biological factors, but it minimizes them and assumes that men and woman are psychologically similar. Consider the biological fact…
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