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Feminists who oppose transgenderism

Feminists who oppose transgenderism

by Carolyn Moynihan | May 23, 2018

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Ireland, one of the few Western countries to stand out against the 50-year trend to legalise abortion, votes in a referendum this Friday on whether their Constitution should continue to protect the unborn child as well as its mother. It says a lot about the country that the amendment now in contention was not considered necessary until 1983, and even more about what has changed there in the last 35 years. Michael Kirke, writing from Dublin, gives the background. Shannon Roberts suggests one reason for this sad trend in a gentle piece inspired by the birth of her third child.

In other new articles: engineering ethicist Karl Stephan asks if we really want to find ourselves in an I-it rather than I-Thou relationship with a voice on the other end of the phone; Izzy Kalman questions the ethics of IKEA’s (failed, actually) anti-bullying experiment; and I take note of a feminist reaction to transgenderism in Britain. Jennifer Minicus reviews a whodunit for young readers, and Richard Gunderman has a fascinating take on Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, marking its 200th anniversary this year.

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