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Artificial Wombs

Posted: Thu Jun 28, 2018 2:18 pm
by edward_de_vere
WSB and his wild boys would be proud: ... o-benefits

But while some thinkers see external wombs as social equalizers, other feminists see them as anything but. In the 1970s, radical feminists such as Andrea Dworkin and Robyn Rowland have argued that artificial womb technology will lead to women’s demise. As with any other reproductive technology, ectogenesis will fall in the hands of men, who will discard of women as they will no longer be the sole ones with the unique ability to bear children. If we develop an artificial womb, women will be stripped of their role of “mothers” - a status that continues to save many women even in the world’s most misogynistic societies.

“For the history of “mankind” women have been seen in terms of their value as child bearers. We have to ask, if that last power is taken and controlled by men (...) will women become obsolete?” Rowland writes. She warns that in the absence of the ability to bear children, women might be left with nothing to bargain with. In the most oppressive patriarchal societies, women are at least valued for their reproductive abilities. If they give up this right, they might expose themselves to unprecedented violence.