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Baby Steps: How Lesbian Alternative Insemination Is Changing the World

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Baby Steps is the first in-depth discussion of the issues and questions raised by lesbian insemination, and this book has been designed to serve the interests of general readers and health care providers as well as teachers and students in women's studies, gay and lesbian studies, sociology, legal studies, and bioethics.
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Overview

Baby Steps is the first in-depth discussion of the issues and questions raised by lesbian insemination, and this book has been designed to serve the interests of general readers and health care providers as well as teachers and students in women's studies, gay and lesbian studies, sociology, legal studies, and bioethics.
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"Patriarchy is a longstanding, durable institution and this book exhilarates any reader-heterosexual or lesbian-who is weary of living under its mantle."
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In what appears to be an outgrowth of her doctoral dissertation, Agigian (sociology, Suffolk Univ.) examines the medical, legal, economic, and cultural issues surrounding lesbians' use of alternative insemination (A.I.). Agigian observes the obstacles facing lesbians desiring A.I., including state laws requiring a husband's consent before a woman can be inseminated, lack of insurance coverage for A.I. because lesbians do not fit the definition of infertile, and the absence of legal protections for the nonbiological mother in a lesbian family. She also considers some of the economic issues involved with A.I., including its high cost and the ethical questions surrounding the commodification of procreation. She closes with some suggestions on how society could change to ease the way for lesbian families and to give them an equal footing in society. Agigian includes good notes, an extensive bibliography, and an appendix about her methodology. This significant topic has received little attention, but the writing here is very dense and difficult. Recommended for academic libraries. Debra Moore, Cerritos Coll., Norwalk, CA Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780819566294
  • Publisher: Wesleyan University Press
  • Publication date: 6/14/2004
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 284
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

AMY AGIGIAN is Assistant Professor of Sociology at Suffolk University in Boston where she is also a founder and director of the Center for Women’s Health and Human Rights.
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Table of Contents

Preface
Abbreviations
1 Introduction 1
2 Setting the historical stage 16
3 Disfertile discourses : the inability of infertility medicine to conceive of lesbian mothering 36
4 Legal legitimacy and the lesbian AI "bastard" 66
5 The economics of lesbian insemination 91
6 Transforming the means of reproduction : lesbian AI kinship and politics 111
7 Conclusions : toward a lesbian-normative universe and AI family futures 139
App. A: Methodology, sources, and citations 173
App. B: Definitions 179
Notes 187
Works cited 217
Index 241
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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 27, 2004

    An Excellent and Timely Book

    Agigian has an epecially strong grasp of the big picture and how her subject matter fits into it. She also has a knack for making complex ideas understandable without oversimplifying them. The book is neither a how-to nor a portrait of individual lesbian families; rather, it is, as Agigian puts it, an 'institutional critique' of the legal, medical, and cultural hurdles such families face and the various strategies that have and can be used to overcome those hurdles. I learned a lot from this book, and I enjoyed reading it in the process.

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