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The New EugenicsSelective Breeding in an Era of Reproductive Technologies$
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Judith Daar

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780300137156

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: September 2017

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300137156.001.0001

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The Reproductive Revolution

The Reproductive Revolution

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The New Eugenics

Judith Daar

Yale University Press

This chapter discusses how the world of assisted reproductive technologies (ART) offers those who cannot reproduce the old-fashioned way various medical techniques aimed at achieving pregnancy by means other than sexual intercourse. By disaggregating sex from reproduction, ART is the story of both technical sophistication and social liberation. The shakeup of long-established medical, social, and familial norms has been one of ART's hallmarks, a distinguishing characteristic that often places it in the crossfire of contemporary culture wars. Though designed as mere medical techniques to overcome infertility, ART's increasing invocation by those historically deprived of reproductive opportunities invites scrutiny into its every use and its very existence.

Keywords:   assisted reproductive technologies, medical techniques, pregnancy, sex, familial norms, culture wars, social liberation

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