Queering Reproduction Achieving Pregnancy in the Age of Technoscience

ISBN-10: 082234078X
ISBN-13: 9780822340782
Edition: 2007
Authors: Laura Mamo
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Description: Originally developed to help heterosexual couples, fertility treatments such as in vitro fertilization and sperm donation have provided lesbians with new methods for achieving pregnancy during the past two decades. "Queering Reproduction" is an  More...

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List price: $26.95
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: Duke University Press
Publication date: 9/3/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 320
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.748
Language: English

Originally developed to help heterosexual couples, fertility treatments such as in vitro fertilization and sperm donation have provided lesbians with new methods for achieving pregnancy during the past two decades. "Queering Reproduction" is an important sociological analysis of lesbians' use of these medical fertility treatments. Drawing on in-depth interviews with lesbians who have been or are seeking to become pregnant, Laura Mamo describes how reproduction has become an intensely medicalized process for lesbians, who are transformed into fertility patients not (or not only) because of their physical conditions but because of their sexual identities. Mamo argues that this medicalization of reproduction has begun to shape queer subjectivities in both productive and troubling ways, destabilizing the assumed link between heterosexuality and parenthood while also reinforcing traditional, heteronormative ideals about motherhood and the imperative to reproduce. Mamo provides an overview of a shift within some lesbian communities from low-tech methods of self-insemination to a reliance on outside medical intervention and fertility treatments. Reflecting on the issues facing lesbians who become parents through assisted reproductive technologies, Mamo explores questions about the legal rights of co-parents, concerns about the genetic risks of choosing an anonymous sperm donor, and the ways decisions to become parents affect sexual and political identities. In doing so, she investigates how lesbians navigate the medical system with its requisite range of fertility treatments, diagnostic categories, and treatment trajectories. Combining moving narratives and insightful analysis, "QueeringReproduction" reveals how medical technology reconfigures social formations, individual subjectivity, and notions of kinship.

Laura Mamo is a Professor of Sociology at Univeristy of Maryland, who has made a career out of documenting people's experiences and ideas. She is a co-founder of Social Green, a non profit organization engaged in research, consulting and education. She lives in San Francisco, CA.

Acknowledgments
Introduction
From Whence We Came: Sex without Reproduction Meets Reproduction without Sex
"Real Lesbians Don't Have Kids" or Do They? Getting Ready for Lesbian Motherhood
Choosing a Donor: Gaining, Securing, and Seeking Legitimacy
Negotiating Conception: Lesbians' Hybrid-Technology Practices
Going High-Tech: Infertility Expertise and Lesbian Reproductive Practices
Affinity Ties as Kinship Device
Imagining Futures of Belonging
Notes
Works Cited
Index

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