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“Overcoming Motherhood”


The biotechnology revolution may yet fulfill the ambitions of sixties feminist radicals who dreamed of overcoming biology by producing babies (mostly girl babies) in a test-tube, without the cooperation of men. For a first rate survey and analysis of the connection between feminism and biotech, check out Christine Stolba’s, “Overcoming Motherhood,” in Policy Review. According to Stolba, fully functional artificial wombs may be only six years away. There is also the prospect of a new egg donor technique that could result in children having three genetic parents. All this is frightening, but some feminist thinking about biotech is just as scary–like bioengineered androgyny, and the feminist ethicist who endorses having babies in order to harvest spare parts. That some theorists explicitly elevate gender equity over considerations of good and evil says it all.