Breaking the Ice: Young Feminist Scholars of Reproductive Politics Reflect on Egg Freezing
Cattapan, Alana and Hammond, Kathleen and Haw, Jennie and Tarasoff, Lesley, Breaking the Ice: Young Feminist Scholars of Reproductive Politics Reflect on Egg Freezing (October 20, 2014). International Journal of Feminist Approaches to Bioethics, Volume 7, Number 2, Fall 2014, pp. 236-247.
13 Pages Posted: 9 Jul 2019
Date Written: October 20, 2014
While proponents of social (i.e., nonmedical) egg freezing argue that it is liberating for women, opponents contest that the technology provides an individualist solution to a social problem. This article comprises personal and academic reflections on the debate on social egg freezing from four young women studying reproductive technologies. We challenge the promotion of social egg freezing as an empowering option for women and question cultural assumptions about childbearing, the disclosure of risk, failures to consider sexual diversity and socioeconomic status, and the expansion of the market in reproductive tissues.
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