Surrogacy : time we recognized it as a job?
Journal of gender studies, 2021,Vol. 30, No. 7, pp. 864-867
TAYLOR ARMSTRONG, Sylvie Grace, Surrogacy : time we recognized it as a job?, Journal of gender studies, 2021,Vol. 30, No. 7, pp. 864-867 - https://hdl.handle.net/1814/70935
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Though commercial surrogates are paid for providing a service, there is systemic reluctance to characterize these arrangements as ‘work’. No jurisdiction in the world currently uses a labour law model to regulate this practice. Perhaps more significantly, research has found that industry narratives in popular commercial destinations including Georgia, California, and (formerly) India are constructed around expectations of altruism, which distance surrogates from their identity as workers even when paid. This contribution explores one aspect of this: the practical concern that normalizing contract pregnancy will cause it to become a mainstream solution to unemployment. It is argued that this assumption is a further manifestation of the ‘devaluation thesis’ already experienced by reproductive labourers. Once unpicked, it becomes apparent that surrogacy is not a role that can be successfully performed by anyone with a uterus. With proper screening, this concern could be managed.
First published: 13 April 2021
Cadmus permanent link: https://hdl.handle.net/1814/70935
Full-text via DOI: 10.1080/09589236.2021.1915754
ISSN: 0958-9236; 1465-3869
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