By Dean Murphy
Dean Murphy analyses how relatedness is enacted within the context of homosexual males pursuing parenthood and a ‘child of one’s personal’ via either family and transnational surrogacy arrangements.Drawing on info accrued from in-depth interviews with homosexual males dwelling in Australia and the us, and information media, the e-book explores how homosexual males ‘enact’ parenthood and kin lifestyles in ways in which either problem and toughen dominant notions of kinship and masculinity. those males signify a massive first new release to entry assisted reproductive applied sciences for this function and are a part of an expanding percentage of homosexual males turning into mom and dad open air a (previous) heterosexual dating. The findings display that males come to adventure parenthood wish mostly end result of the new narratives and possibilities being made on hand to them this day.
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2010) did, however, allude to the significance of surrogacy in their suggestions for future research, where they noted that decisions about biogenetic paternity might affect family dynamics and the division of labour, and relationships with families of origin (2010: 135). They also argued that future research should explore relationships between the family and the egg donors and surrogates. Dempsey’s (2013) recently published study from Australia undertook an examination of the meaning of biogenetic paternity among a small number of men who had become parents through surrogacy.
Kinship here is understood to rest on biogenetic connections (that is, so-called ‘natural facts’). In this way, social relations are built on the facts established through nature, or the natural order. This model of kinship also allows for a biogenetic relationship that is not ratified by law and therefore does not become a recognised kin relationship. Schneider provides examples of such relationships. The first is the relationship of a ‘natural child’ to his father if this man is not married to the child’s mother (1980 : 27).
Although since the mid-1980s the technologies that facilitate gestational surrogacy have become more accessible, public policies still discourage or preclude gay men from taking up these options. Further, in many jurisdictions, commercial surrogacy arrangements are explicitly banned, as is the advertising of surrogacy. indd 38 G AY MEN PURSUING PARENTHOOD 19/05/2015 10:42 am couples disallowed from adopting children or accessing reproductive technologies. The increasing pursuit of parenthood by gay men, despite the existence of policies that make attaining this goal so difficult, raises the question: What factors are contributing to this desire for parenthood?