Controversial Ideas 2023, 3(1), 3; doi: 10.35995/jci03010003
Sex Categories in Healthcare Contexts―A Consequentialist Analysis1
1 California State University, Chico, CA, USA
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Received: 3 Oct 2021 / Revised: 11 Mar 2023 / Accepted: 26 Mar 2023 / Published: 28 Apr 2023
We offer a consequentialist-based rejection of a recent argument claiming that patients should no longer be required to specify a sex category (i.e., mark “male” or “female”) on healthcare forms. The targeted argument—based on claims that non-binary and transgender patients experience negative consequences when asked to choose a sex category—fails because (1) no data are provided to support this claim; (2) the broader consequences of removing this information have not been considered; and (3) eliminating the sex category question is unlikely to solve the problems identified.
Keywords: sex category; sex binary; non-binary; transgender; healthcare; consequentialism
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Boxall, S.F.; Cox-White, B. Sex Categories in Healthcare Contexts―A Consequentialist Analysis1. Controversial_Ideas 2023, 3, 3.
Boxall SF, Cox-White B. Sex Categories in Healthcare Contexts―A Consequentialist Analysis1. Journal of Controversial Ideas. 2023; 3(1):3.
Boxall, Susanna Flavia; Cox-White, Becky. 2023. "Sex Categories in Healthcare Contexts―A Consequentialist Analysis1." Controversial_Ideas 3, no. 1: 3.