News in Global Ethics

An explosive gender revolution is under way. So why isn't it changing anything?

An explosive gender revolution is under way. So why isn't it changing anything?

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Professor Heather Widdows and her book 'Perfect Me' is quoted in Macleans, Canada's national current affairs and news magazine, in a piece about gender, #MeToo and how women face unprecedented pressure to appear thinner, younger, smoother and firmer.
Date:
Friday 7 December 2018
What is beautiful? Heather Widdows speaks to the award-winning Stance podcast

What is beautiful? Heather Widdows speaks to the award-winning Stance podcast

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Professor Heather Widdows discusses beauty with the Stance podcast, an award-winning independent arts, culture and current affairs podcast exploring diverse, global perspectives. Skip to 43:30 to hear Heather, though the whole podcast is well worth listening to.
Date:
Wednesday 5 December 2018
Seeing the perfect me in Fantastic Beasts 2

Seeing the perfect me in Fantastic Beasts 2

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The Mirror of Erised (desire backwards) featured in Harry Potter and in the new Fantastic Beasts 2 is a magic mirror. It shows 'not your face but your heart's desire'. Professor Heather Widdows discusses the demands of beauty and how we see our bodies in the mirror for the Birmingham Brief.
Date:
Wednesday 21 November 2018
College of Arts and Law confirmed as a focus for Fantastic Research

College of Arts and Law confirmed as a focus for Fantastic Research

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Four of the five films and podcasts launched this week by the University for its 'Fantastic Research' campaign feature academics from the College of Arts and Law.
Date:
Friday 16 November 2018
Dying for the perfect butt - why is there a rising demand for the deadliest cosmetic procedure?

Dying for the perfect butt - why is there a rising demand for the deadliest cosmetic procedure?

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Professor Heather Widdows writes for Psychology Today about recent media reports that a second British woman has died following 'Brazilian butt lift' surgery. Heather discusses the increasing desire for a 'bigger butt' and why this form of cosmetic surgery is so dangerous.
Date:
Monday 29 October 2018
The ethics of surrogacy

The ethics of surrogacy

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Dr Herjeet Marway (Department of Philosophy) writes for The Birmingham Brief on the complex ethical issues surrounding surrogacy.
Date:
Thursday 4 October 2018
The ethical case against sex-selective abortion isn't simple

The ethical case against sex-selective abortion isn't simple

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Dr Jeremy Williams (Department of Philosophy and Centre for the Study of Global Ethics), writes for The Conversation on the morality and legality of sex-selective terminations, a key topic in public debate over abortion in many countries over the last few years.
Date:
Tuesday 25 September 2018
Director of Centre for the Study of Global Ethics' evidence published in Government Committee report

Director of Centre for the Study of Global Ethics' evidence published in Government Committee report

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Evidence submitted by Dr Jonathan Parry to an inquiry undertaken by the Parliamentary International Development Committee (IDC) into Sexual Exploitation and Abuse in the Aid Sector has been published as part of the full report.
Date:
Friday 7 September 2018
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