Egg Freezing, Stratified Reproduction and the Logic of Not

Egg Freezing, Stratified Reproduction and the Logic of Not

This commentary examines social and political implications of social egg freezing in a market that is stratified, globalized, and part of a larger bioeconomy. John Robertson’s article and public discourse prompted by Facebook and Apple’s ‘corporate egg freezing’ benefits provide touchstones for interrogating social and industry practices that embrace making reproductive capacity marketable. Supply of the cells and bodies necessary for assisted reproductive technology use depends on market thinking and structural inequality. What the industry produces are carefully calibrated social-political distances between participants in egg freezing and banking, as well as ‘third party reproduction.’

Lisa Chiyemi Ikemoto | Egg Freezing, Stratified Reproduction and the Logic of Not, Journal of Law & Biosciences, Feb. 8, 2015

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