Sex Cells: The Medical Market for Eggs and Sperm

Sex Cells: The Medical Market for Eggs and Sperm

by Rene Almeling

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Sex Cells: The Medical Market for Eggs and Sperm by Rene Almeling

Unimaginable until the twentieth century, the clinical practice of transferring eggs and sperm from body to body is now the basis of a bustling market. In Sex Cells, Rene Almeling provides an inside look at how egg agencies and sperm banks do business. Although both men and women are usually drawn to donation for financial reasons, Almeling finds that clinics encourage sperm donors to think of the payments as remuneration for an easy "job." Women receive more money but are urged to regard egg donation in feminine terms, as the ultimate "gift" from one woman to another. Sex Cells shows how the gendered framing of paid donation, as either a job or a gift, not only influences the structure of the market, but also profoundly affects the individuals whose genetic material is being purchased.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780520950221
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication date: 09/20/2011
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 1,109,349
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

Rene Almeling is Assistant Professor of Sociology at Yale University.

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