What should an “Intersectional Approach” look like in a healthcare setting?

I identify as an intersectional feminist. This is partially I think due to the timing at which I entered the academy/wider world and was exposed to feminism and partially because I, as a privileged white woman, recognize that my struggles are not the be and and end all of oppression- and not even close. But… Continue reading What should an “Intersectional Approach” look like in a healthcare setting?

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Safety vs. Non-Discrimination: We can have both!

A needle is drawing blood from an arm on a pink blanket. The arm has a yellow rubber tourniquet on it.

As per the regular news cycle, recently in Canada there have been renewed calls for the blood donation process to be less discriminatory towards the LGTBQ+ community. A few weeks ago a non-binary person came forward with a story about being refused as a donor (unless they were willing to disclose their entire medical history)… Continue reading Safety vs. Non-Discrimination: We can have both!

The Ethics of Harm Reduction

Welcome back to Moral Guillotines! Still following up from a lovely time at the Canadian Bioethics Society Conference in May, here is my take on harm reduction ethics in healthcare. When it comes to the discussion of harm reduction in the medical field- particularly in hospitals, I believe that there are really two questions at… Continue reading The Ethics of Harm Reduction

The Dangers of Policy

Last week I had the privilege to attend the Canadian Bioethics' Society yearly conference, and present my work on poetry and microethics. During the week, I made some great connections with fellow bioethicists, healthcare practitioners, and patients. Many challenges with how healthcare is currently practiced were raised and discussed, and I'm sure more than a… Continue reading The Dangers of Policy

Ethics, Health, and Weight: 2 Stories

Story 1 I have a complicated relationship with my body. I would say that generally speaking, I am of an average size and shape, and I certainly would never call myself fat in the earshot of another. Nonetheless, every time I visit my family doctor and step on the scale, my doctor frowns, looks at… Continue reading Ethics, Health, and Weight: 2 Stories

Truth in Context

One of the most basic moral concepts that children are taught from a young age is that "lying is wrong", of course, we see as we age that lying is completely social acceptable, and at times socially required. As moral philosophers, we understand that we should lie if it will protect someone from bodily harm,… Continue reading Truth in Context

Cute Enough for a Kidney?

One of the (many) major disruptions that social media has brought to our modern world is the ability of ordinary persons to reach out to large groups of people for support. Sometimes, this support looks like a ko-fi or a patreon page. Sometimes it looks like a kickstarter for a new business idea or a… Continue reading Cute Enough for a Kidney?

Redefining the Purpose of Medicine

Medicine is a multi-faceted and complex field, made even more complex by political and social realities which influence our health and our access to healthcare. Usually, when we think of medicine we think about it straightforwardly, however. We think about going to the doctor or hospital, being prescribed some medicine or undergoing some treatment or… Continue reading Redefining the Purpose of Medicine

A Primer on Microethics

A few weeks ago, I gave you all a crash course in the first (and what is considered to be the most basic) form of bioethics: principalism. We talked about some various reasons why principalism might not go far enough with the principles it chooses to include, and we posited some additional principles that might… Continue reading A Primer on Microethics

Cannabis, Obesity, and Trust’s Role in Healthcare

Welcome to cannabis legalization Canada, a place where there are approximately 100 cannabis thinkpieces per day that range the gamut from where the shortages are to how cannabis will impact employment practices and relationships. In addition to these though, I have noticed a concerning trend of stories, where cannabis use is seen by doctors as… Continue reading Cannabis, Obesity, and Trust’s Role in Healthcare