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dc.contributor.authorLevy, N
dc.date.available2014-05-21T19:00:34Z
dc.date.issued2002-10-01
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dc.identifier.citationLevy, N. (2002). Deafness, culture, and choice. JOURNAL OF MEDICAL ETHICS, 28 (5), pp.284-285. https://doi.org/10.1136/jme.28.5.284.
dc.identifier.issn0306-6800
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/11343/25533
dc.descriptionC1 - Journal Articles Refereed
dc.description.abstractThe recent controversy surrounding the choice, by a deaf lesbian couple, to have children who were themselves deaf, has focused attention on the ethics of choosing (apparent) disabilities for children. Deaf activists argue that deafness is not a disability, but instead the constitutive condition of access to a rich culture. Being deaf carries disadvantages with it, but these are a product of discrimination, not of the condition itself. It is, however, implausible to think that all the disadvantages which stem from deafness are social in origin. Moreover, though it may be true that being deaf carries with it the important compensation of access to a rich culture, no physical condition is required for such access. Cultures are simply the kind of things to which we are born, and therefore to which the children of deaf parents, hearing or deaf, normally belong. Thus these parents are making a mistake in choosing deafness for their children. Given their own experience of isolation as children, however, it is a mistake which is understandable, and our reaction to them ought to be compassion, not condemnation.
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dc.languageEnglish
dc.publisherBRITISH MED JOURNAL PUBL GROUP
dc.subjectBiotechnology not elsewhere classified ; Applied Ethics (incl. Bioethics and Environmental Ethics); Bioethics
dc.titleDeafness, culture, and choice
dc.typeJournal Article
dc.identifier.doi10.1136/jme.28.5.284
melbourne.peerreviewPeer Reviewed
melbourne.affiliationThe University of Melbourne
melbourne.affiliation.departmentPhilosophy, Anthropology And Social Inquiry
melbourne.source.titleJOURNAL OF MEDICAL ETHICS
melbourne.source.volume28
melbourne.source.issue5
melbourne.source.pages284-285
melbourne.publicationid10449
melbourne.elementsid252850
melbourne.openaccess.pmchttp://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1733648
melbourne.contributor.authorLEVY, NEIL
dc.identifier.eissn1473-4257
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