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Christopher Anosike January 4, 2011 Professor Taylor SOC 201/Film Assignment Being treated like a lab rat is in no shape or form ethical. In the film called Secret of the Wild Child , Genie was treated like a lab rat. She was regarded as a science experiment. The psychologists, doctors and social workers involved in her case toyed with her mind and made assumptions based on the behaviors they saw and habits she exhibited. They began to lose sight of what was truly important. What was important was making learning accessible to her while being a caregiver. They did not pay much attention to her emotional needs. I believe that Genie’s case was handled unethically because of the absence of her family support and individuals, including Kent, Shirley and Kortis and Riglar whom were too occupied with Genie’s lifestyle. In the movie, Genie was a young girl with an unknown diagnosis. She grew up with the absence of a good support system. Genie’s mother was blind and could not fully support her. Also, Genie’s father neglected her because he believed that she was mentally retarded. In addition to this, Genie faced child abuse. Thus, she was abandoned by both of her parents.
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