New Issue: Humanum Review – The Vulnerable Body

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The Vulnerable Body

To be embodied is to be vulnerable. Vulnerability strikes us as negative and with reason, rooted as it is in the word “wound.” But the ability to be wounded is also the capacity to be affected—moved—by another. To be vulnerable is to be in need of help, in attaining something, in growing up, or just in being. “I am wounded with love,” says the Bride of her Bridegroom. Our bodies open us to the world and to God, even though that openness also makes us susceptible to a host of wounds in the more obvious, negative, sense. This issue takes up the full range of that vulnerability in man.

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Table of Contents


Margaret Harper McCarthy: “The Vulnerability and Openness of the Embodied”


Jean Vanier: “The Wound in the Depths of Every Heart”

Feature Articles

Sean Fieler: “Reverence for the Body–A Witness”

Angela Franks: “The Starved Body–Anorexia and the Fracture Within the Self”

Eleanor K. Gaetan: “Prostituted People Are the Walking Dead–So Why Does Amnesty International Advocate for the Sex Industry?”

Michael Hanby: “Technocracy and the Body”

Daniel Moody: “Gender–Law’s Allergic Reaction to the Body”

Judith Reisman and Mary McAlister: “Deconstructing Dignity by Eradicating Shame–The Pernicious Heritage of Alfred Kinsey”

Susan Waldstein: “The Second Year of Human Pregnancy–In the Womb of the Family


Molly Meyer: “Rooted in the Body–Growing a Theology of the Body Curriculum”

Suzanne M. Wolfe: “This Is My Body–Anorexic Reflections”

Book Reviews

David Albert Jones: Review of About Bioethics, Vol. 2: Caring for People Who Are Sick or Dying (Nicholas Tonti-Filippini)

Leonie Caldecott: Review of Waking the Tiger: Healing Trauma (Peter Levine) and The Body Keeps the Score (Bessel van der Kolk)

Lesley Rice: Review of Being Mortal and What Matters in the End (Atul Gawande)