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date: 19 June 2019

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This chapter covers three central developments in feminist psychiatric ethics: nosology, forensic psychiatry, and advances in feminist theorizing the twenty-firstst century. Each of these sections raises key questions in how to think about gender and other socially marked bodies as they intersect with psychiatry. In particular, I highlight feminist challenges to nosological and ontological issues in psychiatry and their relation to ethics; the concept of relationality as it affects our understanding of intimate partner abuse; postcolonialism and how an understanding of epistemologies of ignorance present ethical challenges to psychiatry; and the crucial question of testimonial justice when it comes to listening appropriately to patients. I argue that a consideration of each of these areas entails a shift in how feminists approach ethical issues, making psychiatric ethics more complex, more challenging and, in general, messier, as reflects current social conditions.

Keywords: nosology, relationality intersectionality, postcolonialism, testimonial justice, epistemologies of ignorance, ontology, forensic psychiatry, intimate partner violence

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