Reproductive Technologies

Discover feminist texts about reproductive technologies written between 1965-1995.

Women as Wombs: Reproductive Technologies And The Battle Over Women’s Freedom

Women as Wombs: Reproductive TechnologiesAnd The Battle Over Women’s Freedom Janice Raymond Spinifex 1993 In an age of in vitro fertilization (IVF), sex predetermination, embryo transfer, and reproductive contracts, women have become abstract entities called “surrogates,” “population polluters,” “maternal environments,” and “human incubators.” The rhetoric around reproductive technologies is, according to Raymond, part of the…

The Menopause Industry: How the Medical Establishment Exploits Women

The Menopause Industry: How the Medical Establishment Exploits Women Sandra Coney Penguin 1991 Healthy women in their 40s, 50s, and 60s have become a commodity to be exploited for commercial gain. They are being targeted by pharmaceutical companies, medical manufacturers, and doctors with products and services to sell. They are asked to mistrust their own…

RU 486: Misconceptions, Myths and Morals

RU 486: Misconceptions, Myths and Morals Renate Klein Spinifex 1991 From Spinifex: An award-winner when first published, this book has become a classic text for health activists and feminists interested in the complexities of how drugs are developed, marketed and sold to women around the world. In this book the authors review the unusual history…

Angels of Power and Other Reproductive Creations

Angels of Power and OtherReproductive Creations Susan Hawthorne andRenate Klein Spinifex 1991 From Spinifex: In the tradition of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, these writers rework images of the body. Imagination, vision and a sense of the absurd come together and demonstrate that women can resist the power of god-like scientists who long to create monsters and…

Test Tube Women: What Future for Motherhood?

Test Tube Women: What Future for Motherhood? Rita Arditti, Renate Klein and Shelley Minden Pandora 1984 This anthology is the first feminist collection of articles about both old and new reproductive technologies. It significantly influences feminist thought and action concerning these technologies. One of the goals of the book is to help us decide whether…

Of Woman Born: Motherhood as Experience and Institution

Of Woman Born: Motherhoodas Experience and Institution Adrienne Rich WW Norton & Company 1976 “In order for all women to have real choices all along the line,” Adrienne Rich writes, “we need fully to understand the power and powerlessness embodied in motherhood in patriarchal culture.” Rich’s investigation, in this influential and landmark book, concerns both…