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The Elusive EmbryoHow Women and Men Approach New Reproductive Technologies$
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Gay Becker

Print publication date: 2000

Print ISBN-13: 9780520224308

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520224308.001.0001

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Rewriting the Family

Rewriting the Family

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(p.218) Chapter 13 Rewriting the Family
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The Elusive Embryo
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Gay Becker

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University of California Press
DOI:10.1525/california/9780520224308.003.0014

People start out on the fertility journey wanting to be a normal family. Those who are faced with giving up the idea of a biological child are still concerned with being a normal family; indeed, they become more concerned with this issue than they were before. This chapter appraises the difficulties entailing an alternative parenthood, specifically in the form of the cultural ideology of a non-biological offspring. The issue of achieving/projecting normalcy assumes paramountcy in the concerns of the incumbent parents. When people are able to consider non-biological alternatives, it is because they have ceased to equate gender identity with biological functions. Three issues assume importance in resorting to an alternative route to parenthood: making peace with a non-biogenetic issue; incorporating normalcy in and around the family and the child; dealing with the fact that the family will not embody the cultural ideology of biological parenthood.

Keywords:   normal family, biological child, cultural ideology, non-biological alternative, gender identity, biological functions

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