Response to Testosterone Injection Study and Fisher's Concerns
Tiefer, Leonore, The Journal of Sex Research
In response to the ethical questions about this study raised by one reviewer, I, another reviewer, offer my thoughts:
Reviewers of JSR have not previously judged research studies from a public health point of view. Our evaluation of research project ethics has been focused on whether study participants were treated improperly or harmed in any way. Extensive education, preparation, and debriefing of study participants have usually sufficed to meet ethical research standards. Any further impact of a research project on participants, readers, authors, or the community at large has not been examined. It seems inappropriate suddenly to raise a new ethical standard for this research study without considering and announcing a policy change that would apply to all studies published in JSR.
The mere presence of reported unprotected anal sex tells us nothing about the moral context of those acts, and therefore it is premature and presumptuous to call such acts immoral. Risky, even life-threatening behavior is undertaken by individuals, couples, and groups every day in hospitals and schools, at sporting and entertainment events, on streets, and in planes, and we only criticize those acts when individuals are subjected to risks unknowingly or coercively. I do not believe that the negotiation of private sexual activity is a matter of …
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Publication information: Article title: Response to Testosterone Injection Study and Fisher's Concerns. Contributors: Tiefer, Leonore - Author. Journal title: The Journal of Sex Research. Volume: 34. Issue: 1 Publication date: Winter 1997. Page number: 37. © 2007 Taylor & Francis Group, LLC. COPYRIGHT 1997 Gale Group.
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