Credit for Motherhood
22 Pages Posted: 11 May 2010
Date Written: May 9, 2010
Prepared for a symposium on Globalization, Families and the State, this essay builds on prior work exploring the impact of consumer lenders who sell credit products for assisted reproduction and adoption. After reviewing some basic attributes of the parenthood lending market, the essay discusses how not-for-profit lenders promote traditional conceptions of motherhood and the division of carework in ways that credit discrimination laws were not designed to address. The essay also articulates some incentives of for-profit lenders to sell motherhood and potential implications for women who are ambivalent about becoming parents.
Keywords: IVF, adoption, credit cards, consumer debt, repronormativity, baby market, parenthood market
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