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Surrogacy Wars: Notes for a Radical Theory of the Politics of Reproduction.

Authors
  • Pérez Navarro, Pablo1
  • 1 Centre for Social Studies of the University of Coimbra, Coimbra, Portugal. , (Portugal)
Type
Published Article
Journal
Journal of homosexuality
Publication Date
Jan 01, 2020
Volume
67
Issue
5
Pages
577–599
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1080/00918369.2018.1553351
PMID: 30562154
Source
Medline
Keywords
Language
English
License
Unknown

Abstract

State regulation of reproductive practices secure the heterosexual infrastructure of kinship through means that include elitization, institutional hostility, and plain criminalization. This article draws on personal experiences of gay fathers through transnational gestational surrogacy in Spain to show the extent to which that is the case even in those contexts where some gay and lesbian kinship rights are available. Public and academic debates on the possible regulation of gestational surrogacy will be analyzed through the lens of Gayle Rubin's intervention in the sex wars that divided feminism in the 1980s, with which contemporary anti-surrogacy movements show crucial genealogical links. In addition, in order to unearth some gendered assumptions on the ahistorical link between surrogacy and motherhood, the role of the gestational carrier will be read in relation to the figure of the "bad mother."

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