Michael Cook

Michael Cook

Michael Cook is Editor of MercatorNet.

Michael Cook likes bad puns, bushwalking and black coffee. He did a B.A. at Harvard University in the U.S. where it was good for networking, but moved to Sydney where it wasn’t. He also did a Ph.D. on an obscure corner of Australian literature. Currently he is the editor of BioEdge, a newsletter about bioethics, and MercatorNet. He also writes a bioethics column for Australasian Science.

Recent blog posts by this author

Dutchman 'Identifies' as Young Man, Demands to Have 20 Years Taken Off Age

A 69-year-old Dutch man is crossing a new trans-identity frontier. Emile Ratelband, a colourful “positivity guru” (pictured above), has asked a court to turn his legal clock back 20 years so that he can be officially recognised as 49 years old....

The Economist Explains How Transgenderism Hurts Feminism

In the aftermath of Donald Trump’s election in 2016, Mara Keisling, head of the National Center for Transgender Equality, anticipated his hostility. She declared that trans people would fight for their rights – and that “Over the last two decades,...

Does Parental Support for Gender Dysphoria Help Teens?

Let’s try a thought experiment. What if your daughter were to believe that she is actually a Na'vi humanoid from the film Avatar? You are baffled. The Na’vi are ten feet tall and have blue skin and yellow eyes. Your daughter is five foot six...

Affirm Transgender Kids, Says American Academy of Pediatrics

Transgender children should be affirmed by their doctors, their families and society, says the American Academy of Pediatrics in an official policy statement. The AAP’s policy is to validate all “gender identities” in children without...

13-Year-Olds Given Mastectomies at California Clinic

How old must a girl be to consent to a mastectomy? Only 13, it appears. An article in JAMA Pediatrics on “Chest Dysphoria in Transmasculine Minors and Young Adults” at a US clinic was based on a survey which included 2 girls (transmales) who were 13...

Do Transgender Women Have A Right To Gestation?

Successful womb transplants have given birth (sorry!) to the notion that transgender women or even cisgender men could bear children. It sounds like the scenario of a bad comedy – blokes with bulging biceps raiding the fridge for pickles and ice...

‘The Resistance’ to Trump Fails a Basic Test of Courage

What were the editors of the New York Times smoking when they decided to publish an op-ed by an anonymous official in the Trump Administration? “I work for the president but like-minded colleagues and I have vowed to thwart parts of...

Can Sexual Orientation Change?

You can tell when an opinion begins to harden into a dogma – when Hollywood releases a film about heroic victims of oppressive zealots. Which is what has happened this year on the topic of “gay conversion therapy”. Not one, but two films describe...

Doctors Who Decline to Perform Abortions Violate Medical Ethics, International Panel Says

An “expert group” of abortion activists has launched a strong attack on the concept and practice of conscientious objection (CO) in healthcare. “The practice of refusing to provide legal and essential health care due to a doctor's personal...

Children Are Now Being Euthanized in Belgium

Three minors have been euthanised in Belgium since euthanasia for children was legalised in 2014. According to the latest report from the government agency (PDF in French) which tracks euthanasia deaths, the children were 9, 11...

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