Risultati ricerca

Corinna Sabrina Guerzoni

Sistemi procreativi

Etnografia dell'omogenitorialità in Italia

Il volume presenta i risultati di ricerche etnografiche realizzate tra Italia e Stati Uniti sulla genitorialità di omosessuali italiani. Il testo ripercorre le tappe attraverso cui si sviluppano i percorsi di procreazione assistita di madri lesbiche e di surrogacy di padri gay, e raccoglie le voci di tutte le figure coinvolte nei percorsi di costruzione di una famiglia omogenitoriale (genitori d’intenzione, donatrici di ovuli, donatori di sperma e surrogate), con un accenno, sullo sfondo, al ruolo svolto dalle cliniche della fertilità.

cod. 62.79

Corinna Sabrina Guerzoni

Surrogacy Arrangements: Choices and Matches between "Third Parties" and Italian Gay Fathers


Fascicolo: 2 / 2018

Surrogacy is prohibited, or not recognized by law, in almost all Western European countries (Smietana, 2016). It is mantled by multiple and articulated social disconfirmation that stresses how it is surrounded by ethical issues at different levels: the commodification of bodily substances, the exploitation of women’s reproductive capabilities and so on (Gross, 2012). It has been argued that surrogacy may exploit women from a more economically disadvantaged background (Blyth, 1994) and that the women may enter into a surrogacy arrangement because of financial hardship without being fully aware of the potential risks (Brazier et.al., 1998). If the common sense generally describes the "third parties" selection like a purchase of material goods, how do the actors involved in this process describe their experiences? Based on the research conveyed in a fertility clinic of Southern California, I will focus my attention on the reproductive choices of Italian gay couples that have used surrogacy to become fathers. If in the study of artificial reproductive technologies (ARTs) the arrangements between parties are generally analyzed only considering one part’s point of view, the ambition of this article is to show the complexity of the practice putting together all the parties involved in the reproductive collaborations: intended fathers, egg donors, surrogates and the fertility industry. The aim is to show how the choice is co-constructed throughout the course of the matching phase, by all the actors involved and by other influences that I will show below.