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Bioengineering of Gender and Prozac Nation at Next Clarkson University Science Cafe

"The Bioengineering of Gender and the Prozac Nation" will be presented by St. Lawrence University Philosophy Professor Jennifer Hansen at the next Clarkson University Science Café on Tuesday, April 22, at 7:15 p.m. in the Park View Common Room, above the Blackbird Cafe, 107 Main St. in Canton, N.Y., and on Wednesday, April 23, at 7:15 p.m. in the Potsdam Civic Center Community Room in Potsdam, N.Y.

St. Lawrence University Philosophy Professor Jennifer HansenThe neuroscientific turn in psychiatry can be understood as an adoption of a bioengineering stance toward mental illness. In this Cafe event, Hansen will argue that on treating depression, the bioengineering stance inculcates a cognitive bias that promotes status quo gender norms and social values that have traditionally harmed both women and men. Moreover, it constrains debate over biotechnological treatments of mood, such as Prozac, Paxil and Pristiq, in a way that avoids the social consequences of medicating low moods among certain classes of women.

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