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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

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

Gay Becker

University of California Press

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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