Author: Charles Camosy

Disinviting Pro-Life Feminist Sponsors from the Women’s March Was a Profound Gift to Pro-Life Feminism

Using power plays to exclude dissenting voices rarely does much to silence them. Often, it does the opposite. That was the case this past week when the powers governing the Women’s March in Washington DC decided, after approving their sponsorship, that New Wave Feminists could not be a sponsor because of their pro-life views. The result? A veritable explosion of coverage and opinion pieces raising awareness about pro-life feminism. Given that the biggest problem pro-life feminism has is convincing people that it is a real thing, those of us who identify couldn’t have asked for anything more. There were numerous...

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A Response to Rebecca Todd Peters’ JSCE Review of Beyond the Abortion Wars

Rebecca Todd Peters’ review of my book Beyond the Abortion Wars, which appears in the current edition of the Journal of the Society of Christian Ethics, contains several puzzles—puzzles which make her review an outlier among the 34 reviews of the book which have been published thus far. Given that the fact it appears in such a prestigious journal in our field, I felt compelled to respond despite its outlier status. The first puzzle is that her two main critiques of my book contradict each other. On the one hand I’m “paternalistic” in claiming that women are structurally coerced...

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Sex with Computers and Our Cultural Slouch Toward GATTACA

I almost always finish my bioethics courses by having a final-class party and showing much of the 90’s film GATTACA–a movie which predicts a dystopian future in which procreation and sex are completely disconnected from each other. The film has already been prophetic in many ways, and the fact that sex robots now appear to be here to stay signals that we remain on the GATTACA trajectory. I wrote about this development (particularly in light of this week’s international conference on sex and robots) in today’s New York Daily News: “Does love have to be reciprocated in order to...

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Consistently Facing Unjust Violence When We’d Prefer to Look Away

It is something of a banal truism that technology has forever chanced our capacity to see things. With cameras virtually everywhere (on police officers bodies, our phones, millions and millions of city streets, etc.) there is little going on today that cannot be captured with video. And with social media, there is little captured with video that cannot be widely shared and enter the public consciousness almost instantly. However, we now also have more control over what images we are forced to confront. The logic of The Big Sort leads us to look away from–or, perhaps better, never encounter in...

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Now More than Ever: ABC News Gives Us Another Reason to Engage Public Discourse with Theological Confidence

Pope Francis is a media darling, taken seriously in an unbelievably high number of theological and political circles, and the guy can’t stop talking about the devil, sin, grace, and…well…Jesus. For too often, however, Church leaders and theologians feel like we must translate our perspective into a foreign language to be heard in the public sphere. It is time to stop doing this and regain our theological confidence. I’ve given reasons for taking this approach before, but if you read this week’s piece written by Matthew J. Dowd, chief political strategist for ABC News, you may find several more....

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