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Containing Sperm - Managing Legitimacy: Lust, Disgust, and Hybridity at Danish Sperm Banks
Karlstad University, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (starting 2013), Centrum för genusforskning.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-4493-7386
2016 (English)In: Journal of contemporary ethnography, ISSN 0891-2416, E-ISSN 1552-5414, Vol. 45, no 3, p. 319-342Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The governance of assisted reproduction in Denmark through legislation regards semen as a reproductive substance and thus restricts donor semen’s reproductive potential by setting terms for its use. What is not addressed in legislation is semen’s status as an ambiguous male bodily fluid that also carries other meanings. Making semen into a governable and exchangeable substance happens instead on the practice level. Based on qualitative interviews with Danish sperm donors and ethnographic fieldwork at Danish sperm banks, this article explores how material-semiotic practices at Danish sperm banks contribute to the legitimacy of sperm donation by making donor semen into a governable reproductive substance. Inspired by the containers that are used at sperm banks, in order to handle donor semen, these practices are understood as containment practices. By managing donor semen’s lust and disgust potential, containment practices help to secure donor semen’s conversion into an exchangeable means of donor-assisted reproduction.

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2016. Vol. 45, no 3, p. 319-342
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hybridity, laboratory, material-semiotic practices, donor-assisted reproduction, sperm donation
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Gender Studies
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Gender Studies
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-66808DOI: 10.1177/0891241614558517OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kau-66808DiVA, id: diva2:1193216
Available from: 2018-03-26 Created: 2018-03-26 Last updated: 2018-03-26

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