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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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Social Infertility and the Quest for Parenthood

Social Infertility and the Quest for Parenthood

(p.104) Five Social Infertility and the Quest for Parenthood
The New Eugenics

Judith Daar

Yale University Press

This chapter talks about how for many couples, their physical expressions of love will never yield a baby. The largest faction of this cohort consists of the medically infertile—those who lack the physical capacity to accomplish the reproductive cycle of conception, gestation, and childbirth through heterosexual intercourse. The other faction of the “nonproductive lovemaking” cohort includes those with social infertility—the inability to conceive and maintain a pregnancy within a particular social structure without medical assistance. People with social infertility may or may not be medically infertile, but the structure of their intimate social relationships, or lack thereof, make sexual reproduction an impossibility. The socially infertile include single and transgender individuals and same-sex couples who lack access to natural reproduction.

Keywords:   social infertility, medical infertility, conception, childbirth, sexual intercourse, nonproductive lovemaking, same-sex couples, transgender individuals

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