working paper

Bloodchild, or the Politics of Transnational Surrogacy

This paper uses feminist science fiction to think about the politics of reproduction under the conditions of inequality endemic to our contemporary moment. I turn to “Bloodchild,” a short story by Octavia Butler, in order to make sense of one of the most normatively troubling phenomena that assisted reproductive technologies (ARTs) have enabled: transnational surrogacy. Reading “Bloodchild” as a story of reproduction under conditions of inequality illuminates the ways in which transnational surrogacy exemplifies a neoliberal model of reproduction, one that coerces a racial, economic, and gender-based underclass under the guise of choice.