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Bodily Interventions and Intimate LabourUnderstanding Bioprecarity$
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Gabriele Griffin and Doris Leibetseder

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781526138569

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: September 2020

DOI: 10.7765/9781526138576

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Precarious Bodily Performances in Queer and Transgender Reproduction with Art

Precarious Bodily Performances in Queer and Transgender Reproduction with Art

(p.79) 4 Precarious Bodily Performances in Queer and Transgender Reproduction with Art
Bodily Interventions and Intimate Labour

Doris Leibetseder

Manchester University Press

This chapter explores the use of Assisted Reproductive Technologies (ARTs) by queer and transgender people and how they have to perform particular bodily and intimate selves in the processes of seeking ART (Mamo 2007, 2013; Armuand et al., 2017). The bioprecarity of queer and transgender people is produced by the enactment of certain kinds of categorical framing (Foucault 1966, 1976; Summerville, 1998) in the laws regulating ARTs. Prohibitive laws in some states are often circumvented by going abroad. This chapter therefore argues that queer and trans people’s bioprecarity also results from the intimate labour queer and transgender people have to undertake to overcome prohibitive laws and hetero- and cisnormative medical institutions as shown e.g. in studies about trans people’s experiences with ART (James-Abra et al., 2015, Armuand et al., 2017).

Keywords:   assisted reproductive technologies (arts), queer, trans people, categorical framing, intimate labour, emotional labour, regulation of ART

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