"No future triumph or metamorphosis can justify the pitiful blighting of a human being against his will." Peter Zapffe
Is RRC pregnant in this video or is it just an effect of the camera angle? Props to her if she is because nothing gives the lie to gender theory like gestation, birth, and lactation.
I know you are an anti-natalist, so maybe you haven’t done much research on this, but I really think gestational mothers should have a legal claim on newborns they gestated even if they are not genetically related to the baby they birthed.
If gestational mothers were allowed parental claims, there would be damn little “Baby M” suits.
There’s been a lot of writing done on the issue of womb exploitation (or as it’s euphemistically called, “surrogate mothers” LOL) and how profoundly anti-feminist it is. I agree completely, both as an AN and a supporter of feminism.
I really do think think that all exploitative surrogate gestation would collapse if international law recognized the gestational mother as an equal to the genetic parents.
Modern genetic theory makes men and women equal, even when they are not. Men have genes, as do women. But the dangerous work of gestation and birth should give the birthing mother at least an equal claim to parenthood even if she is not related by genetics.
As a practical measure, I completely agree.
I see it like this; the first claim to a child should go to the gestational mother, as she takes the most risk. Second claim to the genetic mother, because having eggs removed isn’t a walk in the park, either. Third claim to the genetic father, and weakest, because, really, anyone can wank in a cup.
Besides, it is usually best for the child, too, to live with the person who made the most investment. Sunk cost fallacy and all that. The couple that just left the disabled twin with the surrogate mother? Would probably not have just taken the disabled twin to an orphanage if the woman of the couple herself had given birth.
I’ve posted a link to a radio drama of James Tiptree Jr’s Houston, Houston…Do you Read? on my blog.
The radio drama does not make this clear, but I think the original novella is meant to be a Fuck You to Aldous Huxley. Huxley makes artificial gestation seem easy. In Tiptree’s world pregnancy is the weakest and hardest link. Women are assigned to bear one or two female babies of their sister’s
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