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For Dignity or Money: Feminists on the Commodification of Women's Reproductive Labour

Carolyn McLeod

in The Oxford Handbook of Bioethics

Published in print February 2009 | ISBN: 9780199562411
Published online September 2009 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199562411.003.0012

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Philosophy

 For Dignity or Money: Feminists on the Commodification of Women's Reproductive Labour

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This article aims to lay out the ‘for money’ and ‘for dignity’ arguments that feminist ethicists have given about the reproductive labour women perform in providing oocytes or in getting pregnant for others. Feminist arguments about the morality of these two practices overlap significantly because, from a feminist perspective, the morally relevant facts about them are quite similar. Still, there are dissimilarities, stemming from the obvious fact that one practice involves giving up oocytes while the other involves giving up a baby after a pregnancy. Some arguments by feminists reflect this core difference, in that they apply specifically to one practice but not to the other. The article highlights when the relevance of a particular argument differs for these different reproductive practices.

Keywords: reproductive labour; oocytes; feminist arguments; pregnancy; reproductive practices; commodification; alienability

Article.  11080 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy ; Philosophy of Science ; Moral Philosophy

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