Formula feeding can help illuminate long-term consequences of full ectogenesis

Buturović, Željka (2020) Formula feeding can help illuminate long-term consequences of full ectogenesis. Bioethics, 34 (4). pp. 331-337. ISSN 0269-9702, eISSN 1467-8519

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Breastfeeding is analogous to pregnancy as an experience, in its exclusiveness to women, and in its cost and the effects it has on equitable share of labor. Therefore, the history of formula feeding provides useful insights into the future of full ectogenesis, which could evolve into a more severe version of what formula feeding is today: simplify life for some women and provide couples with a more equitable share of work at the cost of stigma, guilt and a daily diet of studies purporting to show the benefits of natural pregnancy. Making pregnancy an optional route to motherhood would make women's life trajectory more similar to men's and thus put pressure on women to compete with men on the ground shaped by men's preferences. Despite being a treasured experience of many women today, bearing children could become the luxury of the few, the province of the very poor and a choice working women will pay a high price for as women who choose pregnancy become stigmatized as self-indulgent or unprofessional and penalized for it in the workplace. At the same time, scarce societal resources that could be used to support pregnant women and working mothers would instead be directed toward proving to women or even forcing them to gestate children "the right way." While not necessarily threatening on its own, when added to formula feeding, IVF, stem-cell produced ova and sex robots, full ectogenesis could diminish men's stake in women's wellbeing and even existence.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: artificial intelligence, breastfeeding, ectogenesis, evolutionary psychology, gender differences, pregnancy
Institutional centre: Centre for political research and public opinion
Depositing User: Vesna Jovanović
Date Deposited: 28 Jan 2021 20:23
Last Modified: 28 Jan 2021 20:30

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