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.

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Alana Cattapan

Independent

Kathleen Hammond

Faculty of Law, McGill University

Jennie Haw

Independent

Lesley Tarasoff

Interdisciplinary Centre for Health & Society, University of Toronto Scarborough; Centre for Addiction and Mental Health

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Date Written: October 20, 2014

Abstract

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.

Suggested Citation

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). 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. , Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3415495

Alana Cattapan

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Kathleen Hammond (Contact Author)

Faculty of Law, McGill University ( email )

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Jennie Haw

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Lesley Tarasoff

Interdisciplinary Centre for Health & Society, University of Toronto Scarborough ( email )

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Canada

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Centre for Addiction and Mental Health ( email )

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