• Denise Connors
Part of the Contemporary Issues in Biomedicine, Ethics, and Society book series (CIBES)


I think we have realized how important it is to see all of the issues that we have been discussing in context. And when we look at the issue of sex preselection, we certainly cannot avoid this contextual approach. Historically, it has been demonstrated that, when the so- called “first wave of feminism” crested in this country, the profession of gynecology simultaneously was receiving recognition. The “second wave of feminism” has also been met with an escalation of gynecological intervention, such as unnecessary surgery, DES, and Depo-Provera, to list only a few examples that have been addressed here. From this perspective, it makes sense that sex preselection be the next approach in the effort to be counterrevolutionary to women’s interests. Perhaps making women a scarce commodity will be a more efficacious way to maintain and/or purify patriarchy.


Professional Legitimation Unnecessary Surgery Child Molestation Contextual Approach Autonomous Choice 
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