Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
The Elusive EmbryoHow Women and Men Approach New Reproductive Technologies$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Gay Becker

Print publication date: 2000

Print ISBN-13: 9780520224308

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520224308.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM CALIFORNIA SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.california.universitypressscholarship.com). (c) Copyright University of California Press, 2018. All Rights Reserved. Under the terms of the licence agreement, an individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in CALSO for personal use (for details see www.california.universitypressscholarship.com/page/535/privacy-policy-and-legal-notice).date: 13 November 2018

Performing Gender

Performing Gender

Chapter:
(p.236) Chapter 14 Performing Gender
Source:
The Elusive Embryo
Author(s):

Gay Becker

Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:10.1525/california/9780520224308.003.0015

As new reproductive technologies reflect cultural meanings and become a conduit for changing cultural practices, they signify both a challenge to and a reinforcement of the moral order. In light of enhanced politicization of gender experiences vis-à-vis technology, the moral economy of new reproductive technologies, built on a cultural ideology of productivity, maintains the status quo. Women and men struggling with infertility confront cultural ideologies surrounding gender norms. They seek a fit between their life situations and the cultural ideologies to which they subscribe. Given the implausibility of this task, they have been forced to work intensively with cultural dialogues in order to reconcile their experiences with cultural expectations. In doing so, they have been performing gender. This chapter takes stock of the challenges that this task entails. It consists redefining the predominant cultural ideals of manhood and womanhood. It requires altering pre-defined notions with customized ones.

Keywords:   reproductive technologies, cultural practices, moral economy, cultural dialogues, reconcile, status quo

California Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs, and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us.