Constructing Parents: The Heteronormative Recruitment of Sperm and Egg Donors in the Reproductive Market

dc.contributor.advisorBaumle, Amanda K.
dc.contributor.committeeMemberLee, Shayne
dc.contributor.committeeMemberKacen, Jacqueline
dc.creatorHalcomb, Laura
dc.date.accessioned2017-06-23T18:03:40Z
dc.date.available2017-06-23T18:03:40Z
dc.date.createdAugust 2015
dc.date.issued2015-08
dc.date.submittedAugust 2015
dc.date.updated2017-06-23T18:03:40Z
dc.description.abstractThis thesis explores how medical and organization procedures surrounding gamete donation are shaped by cultural understandings of family and gender. Through a qualitative content analysis of the sperm banks, egg banks, and egg donation agencies in the United States, I investigate how the reproductive market relies on heteronormative understandings of gender and family. Findings suggest that gamete banks and donation agencies adopt policies, procedures, and guidelines influenced by gendered parenting roles. Egg donors are constructed as altruistically motivated and family-oriented, mirroring cultural assumptions about mothering. Sperm donors are constructed as elite and financially ambitious breadwinners. Examining the reproductive market through a queer theory lens exposes cultural assumptions about differently sexed and gendered bodies. Egg and sperm donors are expected to provide gender appropriate characteristics, where a tall stature and education are highly valued in sperm donors, and characteristics like motherhood and altruism are valued for egg donors.
dc.description.departmentSociology, Department of
dc.format.digitalOriginborn digital
dc.format.mimetypeapplication/pdf
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10657/1828
dc.language.isoeng
dc.rightsThe author of this work is the copyright owner. UH Libraries and the Texas Digital Library have their permission to store and provide access to this work. Further transmission, reproduction, or presentation of this work is prohibited except with permission of the author(s).
dc.subjectReproductive Technologies
dc.subjectQueer Theory
dc.subjectGamete Donation
dc.subjectGender
dc.titleConstructing Parents: The Heteronormative Recruitment of Sperm and Egg Donors in the Reproductive Market
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dc.type.genreThesis
thesis.degree.collegeCollege of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
thesis.degree.departmentSociology, Department of
thesis.degree.disciplineSociology
thesis.degree.grantorUniversity of Houston
thesis.degree.levelMasters
thesis.degree.nameMaster of Arts

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