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Colloquium:  November 18 at 2:00pm-4pm – Fellows & External Fellows Only

November 18 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Topic: Is the biology of reproduction an insurmountable barrier to sexual equality

Chair and Organizer: Maggie Redekop

In 1970, Shulamith Firestone lamented “the tyranny of reproduction” and offered a utopian vision of a time when technology would liberate women from biology. In the years since then there have been ongoing debates about how the biology of reproduction relates to gender inequities. These have been given urgency recently, not only because of developments in reproductive technology but also because of increased acceptance of same sex parenting. Participants in this colloquium are invited to suggest additional readings and should also feel free to share personal experiences that help to bring the questions into focus.

Margree, Victoria. “Shulamith Firestone: Why the radical feminist who wanted to abolish pregnancy remains relevant.” The Conversation 2019.

MacKay, Kathryn, “The ‘tyranny of reproduction’: Could ectogenesis further women’s liberation?”

Imaz, Elixabete. “Same-sex parenting, assisted reproduction and gender asymmetry: reflecting on the differential effects of legislation on gay and lesbian family formation in Spain.” Reproductive Biomedicine and Society.

Huber, Joan N. “Reproductive Biology, Technology, and Gender Inequality: An Autobiographical Essay.” Annual Review of Sociology 2008.

“Feminist Perspectives on Reproduction and the Family.” Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy. 2004

The link to register is

The deadline to register is the morning of the talk at 8:00am. The Zoom link will be sent to registrants only on the morning of the event.


November 18
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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Maggie Redekop