Taking a Position on New Reproduction Technologies. Practices and Discourses from within the Feminist Movement.
Dupuy Josa, M.B.
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In this thesis, I propose a revision of various positions taken by feminist study which aid us in considering the implications of imminent technological changes, particularly in the fields of reproduction and sexuality. Using a feminist cartography to address the discursive and corporeal processes of techno-science may be useful in imagining the political action deriving from a power with implications for our desires and our identities, as women, as potential childbearers, as mothers and as subjects, or rather from our identities as multiples. To this end, my first endeavour will be to travel between various philosophies generated by the feminist movement on both a theoretical and political level, with the aim of accessing dialogues between society and technologies. In order to efface the technological change to which it found itself subjected, twentieth century society had to contend with a series of ethical, moral, political, legal and psychological dilemmas. Since the beginning of a century in which scientific interest focused upon biological reproduction as a source of power and knowledge, feminism, whether as the protagonist of events or simply as the critical resistance against them, has been present as a constituent force of the know-how which is sexuality.