Author Archives: Julie Shapiro

Gendered Parenthood On Mother’s Day

[I originally posted this on my own blog, Related Topics, yesterday–when it really was Mother’s Day.     On reflection, I wanted to post it here as well.   So it’s a bit late, but here it is.] It’s Mother’s … Continue reading

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An Afterthought: The Chaste Single Mother

(Cross posted from Related Topics) This ties back to yesterday’s post.     Last night I had another thought about what makes the single mothers in the NYT magazine article special and, more specifically, what shields them from the usual … Continue reading

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Who is allowed to have children, anyway?

(Cross posted from Related Topics) These thoughts are generated by a confluence of things I’ve been reading/writing about.     Put them all together and I’m troubled. –If you look back. you’ll see a recent post here about the movement … Continue reading

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Master/Servant: IP/Surrogate

[This is cross-posted from my own blog, Related Topics.   You don’t need to know about the thread I have been following, but you are of course welcome to go and look.] I am interrupting my own thread because there … Continue reading

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Gendered Parenting, Same-Sex Parenting and Presidential Politics

{I haven’t posted here for some time.   This is cross-posted from my own blog, Related Topics. ) I suppose more specifically I mean vice-presidential politics.   As in Sarah Palin. I doubt I have much original to add to … Continue reading

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News In Brief: UK Votes on “Need for A Father”

[It’s been a long time since I’ve cross-posted.     Feel free to go to my regular blog, Related Topics, and catch up.] For some time now the UK parliament has been considering a substantial overhaul of the act that … Continue reading

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Newsweek/Surrogacy II

Yesterday I noted the current Newsweek cover story on surrogacy. Here’s a bit more to think about in that regard. I’m prepared to assume that the practice of surrogacy is useful. (Even if I weren’t, I’d have to acknowledge it … Continue reading

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Surrogacy on the Cover of Newsweek

In yet another sign that there’s a resurgence of interest in this topic, surrogacy is the cover story in this week’s Newsweek magazine. Interestingly, the focus is on the women who are surrogates. I think this consistent with recent press … Continue reading

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Gender and Surrogacy, 1

[I cross post from my blog, Related Topics, from time to time.   I haven’t done that in a while, but I’m working my way round to a topic that might be of interest.   Here’s the latest post.] I’ve … Continue reading

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News in Brief–Global Surrogacy Round-up

Bits and pieces from around the globe. From the NYT a rather long story that is a recap/expansion of the outsourced surrogacy stories I’ve noted for last month or so. Lots of detail about how it works, who it serves … Continue reading

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The Problem of Pregnancy

Having come this far, it is time to discuss the problem of pregnancy. There has been so much intelligent and provocative feminist analysis of pregnancy that I cannot hope to do the matter even the roughest justice. But I also … Continue reading

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Some Possible Questions

My last post raises a few questions, at least for me. One I have an answer for, the others I do not. –How important is the intention to be a parent? This is the one I think I can answer. … Continue reading

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And About the Woman From the One-Night-Stand?

For a while now I’ve been writing about the parental status of men where a child results from a one-night-stand. My conclusion has been that these men are not fathers of those children. They are, instead, like sperm donors. (Many, … Continue reading

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Parenthood and Power

Time for an observation here. This fits with my ongoing discussion on the parenthood of the man from the one-night-stand. (It’s a rather long thread and I’ve linked to an early part of it. I’m not going to repeat the … Continue reading

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Switching Views

(To those of you reading this on Feminist Law Profs, I’m cross-posting there from my own blog. The links and internal references are to that blog. Also, I’m about to be traveling for a bit so after tomorrow’s post I … Continue reading

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Objections

(To those of you reading this on Feminist Law Profs, I’m cross-posting there from my own blog.   The links and internal references are to that blog.   So, for example, you can find “my last post” by scrolling down … Continue reading

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Natural Fathers?

Having once again been interrupted by current events, I return to my earlier topic–can we separate parentage from genetic linkage. I’ve gone at this in steps, starting by considering a sperm donor and working my way to a one-night-stand guy. … Continue reading

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News in Brief–Three Biological Parents

I’ve written about how to attachment to genetics as the primary basis for parenthood binds us to a view of two and only two parents. Increasing use of assisted reproductive technology is, however, spurring us to at least loosen that … Continue reading

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The Obvious Objection

(Note that this is cross-posted from my regular blog. So references are to earlier postings on that site. The links will take you there as needed.) I started this thread with a specific question–should a man who engages in an … Continue reading

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A Moment’s Pause

(Note that this is cross-posted from my regular blog.   So references are to earlier postings on that site.   The links will take you there as needed.) This post is the electronic equivalent of a deep breath before plunging … Continue reading

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News in Brief: Same Melody, Different Words

This is really a variation on the theme of yesterday’s post. For some months now the House of Lords in the UK has been debating legislation that revamps British law about assisted reproductive technology (ART). (Indeed, it was in the … Continue reading

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News in Brief–European High Court on Lesbian Adoption

This week the European Court of Human Rights ruled that the regional authorities in France acted improperly when they refused to allow a single lesbian to adopt a child. (That first link is to the actual opinion of the court, … Continue reading

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Mother/Father, Noun/Verb

There’s a comment posted on an earlier entry that raises an excellent point, one worthy of a bit of discussion. I’m concerned in this blog with parentage–with who is a parent. That means who is a mother and who is … Continue reading

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