working paper

Objects of Desire: Neoliberalism and 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.