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Author Almeling, Rene, 1977-

Title Sex cells : the medical market for eggs and sperm / Rene Almeling.

Imprint Berkeley : University of California Press, c2011.

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 Moore Stacks  HQ761 .A46 2011    Available  ---
Description x, 228 p. : ill. ; 23 cm.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents pt. I. Organizing the market -- 1. Characterizing the material -- 2. Selling genes, selling gender --
pt. II. Experiencing the market -- 3. Producing eggs and sperm -- Being a paid donor -- 5. Defining connections --
Appendix A: Egg and sperm donors' characteristics at time of interview -- Appendix B: Demographics of donors based on profiles at egg and sperm donation programs.
Summary From the publisher. Unimaginable until the twentieth century, the clinical practice of transferring eggs and sperm from body to body is now the basis of a bustling market. In Sex Cells, Rene Almeling provides an inside look at how egg agencies and sperm banks do business. Although both men and women are usually drawn to donation for financial reasons, Almeling finds that clinics encourage sperm donors to think of the payments as remuneration for an easy "job." Women receive more money but are urged to regard egg donation in feminine terms, as the ultimate "gift" from one woman to another. Sex Cells shows how the gendered framing of paid donation, as either a job or a gift, not only influences the structure of the market, but also profoundly affects the individuals whose genetic material is being purchased.
Subject Artificial insemination, Human -- Economic aspects.
Artificial insemination, Human -- Moral and ethical aspects.
Infertility -- Treatment -- Economic aspects.
Surrogate motherhood -- Economic aspects.
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