Commodification of the Reproductive Donor: Part 2 (The Matching Process)

Matching babies

I ended the previous article in my Commodification of the Reproductive Donor series discussing the “donor profile” and the donor catalog.  In this second part of the series I show how egg donors are commodified through the matching process with prospective parents; specifically, how these processes advertise and treat reproductive donors as objects or products. … Continue reading

Commodification of the Reproductive Donor: Part 1 (The Recruitment)

Designer babies made to order?  Source: Mark Sebastian, Flickr

Donors are subject to commodification.  What I mean is that donors, due to the bureaucratic market processes surrounding donation, can be alienated from their own bodies.  Alienation can come in many forms, in this case I am using alienation to mean separated or distanced from the body.  By separating the donor into parts, the “sellable” … Continue reading

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