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Sonya Charles
Cleveland State University
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    Obstetricians and Violence Against Women.Sonya Charles - 2011 - American Journal of Bioethics 11 (12):51-56.
    I argue that the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), as an organization and through its individual members, can and should be a far greater ally in the prevention of violence against women. Specifically, I argue that we need to pay attention to obstetrical practices that inadvertently contribute to the problem of violence against women. While intimate partner violence is a complex phenomenon, I focus on the coercive control of women and adherence to oppressive gender norms. Using physician response (...)
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  2. How Should Feminist Autonomy Theorists Respond to the Problem of Internalized Oppression?Sonya Charles - 2010 - Social Theory and Practice 36 (3):409-428.
    In “Autonomy and the Feminist Intuition,” Natalie Stoljar asks whether a procedural or a substantive approach to autonomy is best for addressing feminist concerns. In this paper, I build on Stoljar’s argument that feminists should adopt a strong substantive approach to autonomy. After briefly reviewing the problems with a purely procedural approach, I begin to articulate my own strong substantive theory by focusing specifically on the problem of internalized oppression. In the final section, I briefly address some of the concerns (...)
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    Childbirth Is Not an Emergency: Informed Consent in Labor and Delivery.Allison B. Wolf & Sonya Charles - 2018 - Ijfab: International Journal of Feminist Approaches to Bioethics 11 (1):23-43.
    Despite the fact that the requirement to obtain informed consent for medical procedures is deeply enshrined in both U.S. moral and legal doctrine, empirical studies and anecdotal accounts show that women's rights to informed consent and refusal of treatment are routinely undermined and ignored during childbirth. For example, citing the most recent Listening to Mothers survey, Marianne Nieuwenhuijze and Lisa Kane Low state that "a significant number of women said they felt pressure from a caregiver to agree to having an (...)
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    Attunement and Involvement: How Expert Nurses Support Patient Autonomy.Sonya Charles - 2017 - Ijfab: International Journal of Feminist Approaches to Bioethics 10 (1):175-193.
    Expert caring has nothing to do with possessing privileged information that increases one’s control and domination of another. Rather, expert caring unleashes the possibilities inherent in the self and the situation.While researching some issues in nursing, I noticed that nursing theorists often utilize philosophical theories in their own work—drawing on phenomenology, pragmatism, and even Plato to name a few. However, bioethicists have not paid as much attention to nursing theory and what it means to be an expert nurse.1 This is (...)
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    Whose Values? Whose Risk? Exploring Decision Making About Trial of Labor After Cesarean.Sonya Charles & Allison B. Wolf - 2018 - Journal of Medical Humanities 39 (2):151-164.
    In this article, we discuss decision making during labor and delivery, specifically focusing on decision making around offering women a trial of labor after cesarean section. Many have discussed how humans are notoriously bad at assessing risks and how we often distort the nature of various risks surrounding childbirth. We will build on this discussion by showing that physicians make decisions around TOLAC not only based on distortions of risk, but also based on personal values rather than medical data. As (...)
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    On the Immorality of Lying to Children About Their Origins.Sonya Charles - 2011 - Philosophy in the Contemporary World 18 (2):22-33.
    Using the moral work on trust and lying, I argue that allowing or encouraging children to believe you are their biological parent when you are not is a breach of trust in the parent-child relationship. While other approaches focus on specific harms or the rights of the child, I make a virtue theory argument based on our understanding of trust, lies, and the nature of the parent-child relationship. Drawing heavily on Nancy Potter's virtue theory of trustworthiness, I consider the nature (...)
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    The Ethics of Vaginal Birth After Cesarean.Sonya Charles - 2012 - Hastings Center Report 42 (4):24-27.
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    Philosophy and Everyday Life.Sonya Charles - 2003 - Teaching Philosophy 26 (2):196-198.
  9. Parents and Virtues: An Analysis of Moral Development and Parental Virtue.Sonya Charles - 2019 - Lexington Books.
    This book considers what virtue theory can tell us about parenting in relation to both moral development and specific ethical dilemmas. It is of interest to those who work in virtue theory, applied ethics, and the ethics of parenthood.
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