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Focusing the lenses of feminist theories to reflect on technology and psychiatry 

Focusing the lenses of feminist theories to reflect on technology and psychiatry
Chapter:
Focusing the lenses of feminist theories to reflect on technology and psychiatry
Source:
Philosophical Perspectives on Technology and Psychiatry
Author(s):

Sue V. Rosser

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780199207428.003.0005

The demonstration that contextual values, including gender, bias not only the scientific research of individuals but also what is accepted as valid science by the entire scientific community represents one of the major contributions that feminism has made to science. In this chapter, I use different feminist theories to explore feminist impact in choice and definition of problems chosen, approaches used, and theories and conclusions drawn from the research. To approach these questions, I shall use the lenses of feminist theories to focus on examples from biology and technology to reveal why women bringing new, significant perspectives serve as a crucial link between science and society. I choose examples from biology and technology because these are the areas in which I have some expertise. I shall then suggest, from a position of non-expertise, how it appears that each feminist theory might apply in psychiatry to somewhat parallel situations, those of selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) and functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI). I hope this theoretical framework stimulates new thoughts on the inter-relationships among gender, technology, and psychiatry.

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