Alice Dreger is an American bioethicist and professor of clinical medical humanities and bioethics at Northwestern University's Feinberg School of Medicine. She is the author of Galileo’s Middle Finger: Heretics, Activists, and the Search for Justice in Science.
Why I Refer to My Husband and My Partner as My Mate
Even though I don't identify as a furry.
What If We Admitted to Children That Sex Is About Pleasure?
One mother makes up for the gaps in sex education.
Fraternal Birth Order and Kickstarting Homosexuality in the Womb
Researchers of fraternal birth order effect argue that sexual orientation correlates with an individual’s number of older brothers. Could this help to explain the homophobia of some traditional religious societies?
What's Wrong With Trying to Engineer Your Child's Sexual Orientation?
Or, more specifically, what's wrong with taking a steroid, while you're pregnant, to try to increase the odds that your female fetus will someday grow up to be a straight woman who gives you grandchildren, and not a lesbian daughter more interested in puppies?
Leaning Out: Placing More Emphasis on Life in the Work-Life Balance
By intentionally taking a step back from a career she worked hard to start, Alice Dreger estimates she has cost her family $750,000. Was it worth it?
Why Sex Research Is Worth Funding With Public Money
Sexuality is a fundamental component of the human experience, and it's one we need to have a better understanding of.
When Is a Kinky Interest Really Sick?
Of kinks, crimes, and kinds: A look behind the scenes at how the American Psychiatric Association's Paraphilias Sub-Work Group proposed revisions to the DSM for all manner of things relating to sexual arousal brought about by atypical objects, situations, or individuals.
Born With Ambiguous Genitalia: There's Nothing to Be Ashamed of
The biggest issue is not surgery, nor hormonal treatments, nor even the criminal lack of psychological support. The biggest issue is shame, and how no one deals with it in a way that lets people know there is nothing to be ashamed of.
Why Gender Dysphoria Should No Longer Be Considered a Medical Disorder
It does more harm than good.
What Would It Take to Get the Government to Worry Less About Gender?
We don’t need the state to adjudicate who is who, do we?
Why Have All Human Cultures Evolved to Value Sexual Privacy?
Acts of public sex typically represent a reversal of cultural norms.
Straight Life With a Rainbow Flag: Are Allies Discriminated Against?
To be mistaken for the oppressed is to momentarily become the oppressed.
Fetish or Orientation? The Case of Men Wearing Female Masks
The use of latex masks during sex could be an example of autogynephilila, an orientation in which a biological heterosexual male is aroused to the idea of being or becoming a woman.
How Being a Gay Boy Is Like Having a Physiological Problem With Milk
Both involve underlying biological states, but it's the cultural setting that determines whether suffering will occur.
The Old Way to Be Gay: Gay Male Couples and Evolution
Are gay male couples a new thing, evolutionarily speaking?
Why It's Critical That Health Agencies Cooperate With Reporters
Federal, state, and local health agencies are shutting down traditional lines of communication in increasing numbers, but public health, history shows, is profoundly affected by mainstream media.
Are We Getting Any Better at Caring for Children With Atypical Sex?
Specialists have moved away from sex-changing baby males with small penises and recommending vaginoplasties in very young children as they become less phobic about sex atypical (but healthy) organs.
Do Gay Men Have More Sexual Interest in Children Than Straight Men Do?
We have solid proof, based on penile blood flow, that it's actually heterosexual men who show greater sexual attraction to underage kids.