Baby Steps: How Lesbian Alternative Insemination is Changing the World

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Wesleyan University Press, 2004 - Family & Relationships - 250 pages
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Each year hundreds of children around the world are born to lesbian mothers who conceived through alternative insemination. This unique form of family-making creates families with no legal or psychological father, and challenges some of our most basic assumptions about what it means to be a family. How, and why, do lesbians use insemination to build their families? How could it best be protected by law? Is it a feminist issue? Is insemination the ultimate in lesbian liberation, or a sell-out to nuclear family norms? How are race, class and human engineering involved? Drawing on legal findings and personal interviews, as well as medical and psychoanalytic research, sociologist Amy Agigian looks at the impact and potential of this form of reproduction. Baby Steps is the first in-depth discussion of the issues and questions raised by lesbian insemination, and the book has been designed to serve the interests of general readers and health care providers as well as teachers and students in women's studies, gay and lesbian studies, sociology, legal studies, and bioethics.
 

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In what appears to be an outgrowth of her doctoral dissertation, Agigian (sociology, Suffolk Univ.) examines the medical, legal, economic, and cultural issues surrounding lesbians' use of alternative ... Read full review

Contents

Introduction
1
Setting the Historical Stage
16
Disfertile Discourses The Inability of Infertility Medicine to Conceive of Lesbian Mothering
36
Legal Legitimacy and the Lesbian AI Bastard
66
The Economics of Lesbian Insemination
91
Transforming the Means of Reproduction Lesbian AI Kinship and Politics
111
Conclusions Toward a LesbianNormative Universe and AI Family Futures
139
Methodology Sources and Citations
173
Definitions
179
Notes
187
Works Cited
217
Index
241
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Amy Agigian is Associate Professor of Sociology at Suffolk University in Boston, where she is also founder and director of the Center for Women's Health and Human Rights.

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