Articles and Essays
The New York Times
- Weighing the Ethics of Artificial Wombs, May 8, 2017.
- Out of Sorts Around the Holidays? It Could Be Family Jet Lag, December 22, 2016.
- You Expecting? Yes: An Apology, September 16, 2016
- The Tuberculosis Hospital That Treated America's Vaudeville Stars, May 16, 2017.
- When Baseball Players Were Vaudeville Stars, April 6, 2017
- America's Obsession with Restaurant Food Safety Dates Back to 1899, February 3, 2016
- The First Artificial Insemination was an Ethical Nightmare, January 8, 2016
- The 'Child Hatchery' of Coney Island, October 29, 2015
The Washington Post
- You know what's not sexy? Talking about IVF on a first date, August 1, 2016
- Not all women want to be mothers. Finally, our culture is recognizing that, June 20, 2016
- R. Kelly: Was He Really Leading a Cult?, July 19, 2017.
- Inside S-Town's Tattoo Therapy: BDSM or Self-Harm?, April 11, 2017.
- Cult or Commune? How Utopian Communities Turn Dangerous, November 10, 2016
- Lizzie Borden: Why a 19th-Century Murder Still Fascinates Us, August 4, 2016
- Why It Matters that 'Anne with an E' Had a Period Episode, May 22, 2017.
- Is The Cigar Burning Out?, May/June 2017 Issue
- That Time NASA Censored Naked Pictures Before Sending Them Into Space, April 18, 2017.
- 'Seinfeld' Had a Shockingly Progressive Take on the Female Orgasm, September 7, 2016.
- What to say (and not say) to people who have been sexually assaulted, September 21, 2016.
- The Sexist Stigma of Daytime TV, February 14, 2017
- How the 'Period Paradox' Keeps Women Down, February 25, 2016
- The CDC Tells Women Not on Birth Control That They Can't Drink. Seriously?, February 5, 2016
- 5 feminist history reasons to visit Cleveland -- whether you're protesting, attending, or working the Republican National Convention, July 17, 2016
- The simple reason why the right's latest Planned Parenthood crusade is so outrageous, July 20, 2016
- Why People Are Upset About the U.N. Appointing Wonder Woman as an Ambassador, October 22, 2016.
- Melania Trump Addresses Husband's 'Offensive' Comments Towards Women, October 8, 2016.
- Former EPA Head Says She Was Wrong to Call Ground Zero Air Safe After 9/11, September 10, 2016.
- Catholic Hospital Refuses to Treat Woman's Miscarriage, September 10, 2016.
- What Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt Can Teach Us About Mental Illness
- ALL the Inappropriate Questions the NYPD Asked Me After I Was Sexually Assaulted, February 4, 2016
- What You Need to Know About That New Study Linking Birth Control to Depression, October 7, 2016.
- How Robotic Vaginas Could Revolutionize Gynecology, September 22, 2016.
- The Fear-Mongering of 'Three-Parent IVF,' September 14, 2016.
- The 'Golden Girls' Boyfriend Quiz, September 3, 2016.
- 'Sesame Street' Was My Strange & Surprising Introduction to Bioethics, July 30, 2016.
- Why Lady Elaine Fairchilde was my First Feminist Role Model, July 17, 2016
- The Complicated Ethics of Penis Transplants, March 23, 2016
- How the 'Period Paradox" Keeps Women Down, February 23, 2016
- The CDC Tells Women Not on Birth Control That They Can't Drink - Seriously?, February 4, 2016
- Uterus Transplants: The Next Frontier in Assisted Reproduction, December 17, 2015.
The Huffington Post
- Stop Conversion Therapy - It's Based on Pseudoscience, October 16, 2015
- 'Family is Family' : Why Intel's New Adoption & Fertility Policies Are a Step in the Right Direction, October 23, 2015
- The FDA, Finances and Feminism: Why the Third Time was the Charm for the So-Called 'Female Viagra," August 24, 2015
- A Misleading Viral Video Picks a Bad Target: Women Who Donate Fetal Tissue, July 17, 2015
- What 'The Golden Girls' Taught Me About Bioethics, September 14, 2015
- America Has a Long History of Pinning Politics Against Public Health, September 30, 2015
- America's Forgotten Female Astronauts, November 25, 2015
Why The Golden Girls Never Lost Its Luster, September 8, 2015
- Do I Look Funny? January 11, 2016
- Elegant One-Pot Dinners to Make on Sunday and Throw Away on Friday, April 15, 2016.
- Are You Being Serenaded By An Organ Grinder or Is The Ice Cream Truck Parked Outside?, March 30, 2016
- 4 Heimlich-Ready Dining Sets Perfect for Women Living Alone, March 28. 2016
- Pack Up Your Bosom Friends And Take An 'Anne of Green Gables' Road Trip, September 30, 2016
- Concussion Tackles Difficult Issues, but Drops the Ball on the Portrayal of Women, February 26, 2016
- 5 Great Soup Moments on Seinfeld, October 4, 2016
- 7 Fun Facts About Pickles, September 25, 2016
- In Defense of Beige Foods, August 11, 2016
- What Blue Food Says About Us, August 8, 2016
Interviews & Media Appearances
In the article Is It Fair to Ask the Internet to Pay Your Hospital Bill? in the March 2015 issue of The Atlantic Elizabeth discussed the ethical issues that come with crowdfunded healthcare. Founded in 1857, The Atlantic covers news and analysis on politics, business, culture, technology, national, international and life.
The Atlantic/BBC/Mosaic/The New Republic
Elizabeth discusses the ethics of crowdfunding medical treatment with USA Today columnist Steven Petrow.
Elizabeth was interviewed for Cosmo's January 2015 issue. She served as a bioethics expert in the article Should you crowdfund the Cost of Having a Baby? Published by Hearst Magazines, Cosmopolitan has 64 international editions, is printed in 35 languages and is distributed in more than 110 countries.
Ahead of her September 2015 show, Elizabeth was interviewed by the delightful Jenna Marotta of VICE on bioethics, The Golden Girls, and Rose Nylund's daughter Kirsten's agency.
The Daily Beast
An April 2015 article, The Dangers of Crowdfunding Your Baby published on The Daily Beast featured Elizabeth's perspectives on the ethical implications of using crowdfunding to raise money for having a baby. The Daily Beast is an award-winning news website featuring original reporting in the arenas of politics, pop-culture, and world news, reaching an audience of more than 20 million readers each month.
In a September 2016 article, Elizabeth discusses the ethics of self-diagnosis via websites like WebMD. Do these sites have any ethical obligations to users? What are the underlying ethical issues that make diagnostic sites so prevalent?
How Stuff Works
Following the announcement of the first uterus transplant clinical trial in the United States in November 2015, Elizabeth spoke with How Stuff Works about The Possibilities and Pitfalls of Uterine Transplants.
Elizabeth was quoted in a September 2015 article, "Six things to never say to a woman who doesn't have kids."
Les Nouvelles News
Elizabeth's concept of the "period paradox" was discussed in an article Pour ou contre le congé « spécial règles » ? in French magazine Les Nouvelles News.
Spanish language website Yahoo! Mujer (Yahoo! Women) published an article in October 2014 entitled Un bebé ¿gracias a la financiación colectiva? which featured an interview with Elizabeth on the ethics of crowdfunded reproduction.
WICS, ABC Newschannel 20, Springfield, IL
Reporter Lindsey Hess interviewed Elizabeth in April 2015 for WICS ABC Newschannel 20 on the use of crowdfunding to raise money for fertility treatments. The clip of the interview is no longer available online, but fortunately, this high-quality, flattering screenshot remains.
This has nothing to do with bioethics, but Elizabeth was interviewed by IDentiCity in February 2015 about the new New York City identification card.
Following her show in September, the team at Stay Golden (aka St. Olaf Productions) reviewed "Everything I Know About Bioethics, I Learned from The Golden Girls"
Dr. Yuko clearly is passionate about bioethics and The Golden Girls and she brought both together with the same passion. Like The Golden Girls, the two hours does not feel like the audience is being educated in a preachy or heavy-handed way. It is interesting to see a sitcom have real-world impact and that beyond it being one of the best-written, well-acted sitcoms ever, The Golden Girls really did take on social issues at a time when no one else was and they continue to make an impact through to now.
In this episode, we present two stories of baselines, or starting points.
Part 1: Bioethicist Dr. Elizabeth Yuko tries to use her science training while reporting her sexual assault.
Repro-Madness: The Lady Parts Justice Podcast
"We found the perfect bioethicist for Lady Parts Justice! Her name is Elizabeth Yuko. She’s a feminist, specializes in Reproductive Ethics, and often shares her wisdom with a sense of humor. In fact, she even uses The Golden Girls as an analogy to teach bioethics to people who may not normally be that interested in the subject. LPJ had the pleasure of hosting her at the clubhouse." - Via LPJ Website. Stream the episode on Soundcloud.
"At this very moment, people are putting out a digital bucket and asking for donations for everything from legal bills to fertility treatments to moving costs to cancer care. You can crowdfund anything from a theater project, a friend's medical bills or even to get your favorite band back together.
The world of crowdfunding is different than other kinds of fundraising. Who decides what causes are "just?" What are the ethical implications of giving money to fund a friend's fertility treatments? I asked Dr. Elizabeth Yuko, a bioethicist and writer to tell me all about it."
Popaganda -- Bitch Media
Nostalgia TV The Golden Girls was ahead of its time, tackling difficult bioethics issues before most other shows. Elizabeth discusses the four women in groundbreaking sitcom and the impact of watching their ethical decision-making processes.
- Women in Space! In the early 1960s, 13 women underwent extensive astronaut training, yet none were permitted to travel to space. Listen to Elizabeth give some background on these amazing women in Bitch Media's Popaganda podcast with Sarah Mirk.
Kid/Life Crisis Podcast
In a September 2015 podcast, Elizabeth spoke with hosts Katie Compa and Raquel D'Apice about living and studying in Ireland, female Viagra, artificial wombs, different types of motherhood, crowdfunding, Richard Simmons, bridesmaids, and baby showers.
On November 1, 2016, Elizabeth appeared on Cheddar Life to talk about The Golden Girls and bioethics, Zika and male contraception. (Starts at 51:00).
Elizabeth returned to Cheddar Life on December 8, 2016 to discuss the recent developments (or more accurately, regressions) in women's health.
Andrea Ilene Shapiro of Q.E.D.T.V. interviewed Elizabeth ahead of her September show. This video features the interview & clips from the show! (Starts at 3:24).
Stay Golden -- "Picture It" Interview Series
Elizabeth sat down with the delightful team behind Stay Golden/St. Olaf Productions to discuss bioethics and The Golden Girls.