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3_28_05_216j_rev - 21A.216J Dilemmas in Bio-Medical Ethics...

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21A.216J Dilemmas in Bio-Medical Ethics 2005/3/28 (M), Week 8, Class 14 Reading Dorothy Roberts. Killing the Black Body: Race, Reproduction, and the Meaning of Liberty. Class Business Reproductive technology—bio-politics, defined by Michel Foucault, how technologies, scientific techniques are used as a threat. Foucault argued that looking at particular populations are really creating those categories, relates to security/government and economic productivity. NOT a positive view of eugenics. How it is that forms of science arose aligned with a particular identity of the nation and also with anxieties about the threat of “undesirable populations”? We’ll watch Skin Deep on Thursday. This movie looks at eugenic sterilization in America. Race was always about ideas of contraception, breeding—how black bodies have become sites of state intervention, in slavery, for both female and male. Keep in mind issues of different meanings, expectations attached to male or female bodies. This highlights the creation of the body relates to state security. Reflection paper due on Wednesday. New reflection paper model—choose your own topic from the readings of that day. Be prepared to discuss what you wrote. Also prepare questions for the readings. Increase participation! Second draft of first paper due on April 6. Final paper : could be on Terri Schiavo case—end of life issues, consent, etc. Could be on stem cell debates with a selection of articles using course readings. Could be a comparison through case studies. Student Presentation “Killing the Black Body: Race, Reproduction, and the Meaning of Liberty” Background: professor at Northwestern U, graduated from Yale, Harvard JD. Lectures on race, gender, and relates to class, reproduction, motherhood for black women. Shattered Bonds . Chapter 2: The Dark Side of Birth Control Margaret Sanger and the birth control movement emancipation for civil rights; birth control could free the woman “No one can call herself free if… she does not consciously choose whether or not she will be a mother.” © 2005 MIT OCW 1
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Sexual freedom for women was taboo—the movement was about being a good mother, being chaste; civil liberties rather than reproductive liberties Shifts to a eugenic argument: to control lower classes afflicted with social ills, to help society. The Eugenics Movement Sir Francis Galton popularized, programmed the philosophy of eugenics. Jewish sterilization; other examples in Europe That biology can be linked to stratification of human beings “to better society” There are certain undesirable traits… Where do we draw the line between what to keep or eliminate. o
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