Gestating Gender

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Nov 13, 2012 - 11:30 am - 1:30 pm


2239 Lane Hall, 204 S. State Street


In Gestating Gender, two cutting-edge scholars of gender and medicine discuss pregnancy and fetal medicine from very different perspectives. Alice Dreger presents investigative results on experimental clinical attention to fetal gender/sex, exploring the bioethics of this work; Anne Drapkin Lyerly discusses the gendered aspects of reproductive loss as well as women's experiences and perceptions of it. Gender is an intrinsic part of reproduction and ever-new biomedical technologies mean that the reach of gender extends increasingly further into gestation.Gestating Gender asks us to consider where the line is drawn between science and medicine, how women can become experts in and for reproductive knowledge, and highlights the critical value of a feminist lens on (and in) biomedicine.

UM Discussants: Lisa Kane Low, Nursing & Women's Studies; Alexandra Minna Stern, Obstetrics & Gynecology, American Culture, and History.