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Analogies to Adoption in Arguments Against Anonymous Gamete Donation: Geneticizing the Desire to Know

Kimberly Leighton

in Family-Making: Contemporary Ethical Challenges

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
August 2014
ISBN:
9780199656066
eISBN:
9780191757099
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199656066.003.0014
Subject:
Philosophy, Moral Philosophy

In discussions of donor-assisted conception, a right to know one’s genetic ancestry has been invoked to capture the harm of anonymous gamete donation. Defenders of the view that someone who was ... More


Unprecedented Relationships

Rosanna Hertz and Margaret K. Nelson

in Random Families: Genetic Strangers, Sperm Donor Siblings, and the Creation of New Kin

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
October 2018
ISBN:
9780190888275
eISBN:
9780190888305
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190888275.003.0001
Subject:
Sociology, Marriage and the Family, Gender and Sexuality

This chapter introduces the concept of networks of strangers linked by reliance on the same sperm donor. It draws on participants’ use of the language of genes and the language of choice to explain ... More


Inventing the Donor / Inventing the Self

Rosanna Hertz and Margaret K. Nelson

in Random Families: Genetic Strangers, Sperm Donor Siblings, and the Creation of New Kin

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
October 2018
ISBN:
9780190888275
eISBN:
9780190888305
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190888275.003.0003
Subject:
Sociology, Marriage and the Family, Gender and Sexuality

This chapter describes how children begin to understand the meaning of donor conception to make sense of the hollow concept of a donor. It explores how children of different ages imagine the sperm ... More


Choosing Donors

Rosanna Hertz and Margaret K. Nelson

in Random Families: Genetic Strangers, Sperm Donor Siblings, and the Creation of New Kin

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
October 2018
ISBN:
9780190888275
eISBN:
9780190888305
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190888275.003.0002
Subject:
Sociology, Marriage and the Family, Gender and Sexuality

Chapter 1 describes how parents choose a sperm donor with which to conceive a child. It shows that all parents take into account a similar range of factors as they select from among the available ... More


Parental Secrets in Thomas Hardy's The Mayor of Casterbridge

Rachel Bowlby

in A Child of One's Own: Parental Stories

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
September 2013
ISBN:
9780199607945
eISBN:
9780191760518
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199607945.003.0013
Subject:
Literature, European Literature

Alluding to famous lines from the poet Thomas Gray—‘Where ignorance is bliss | ’Tis folly to be wise’—a character in Hardy's The Mayor of Casterbridge decides not to tell her daughter ‘the true story ... More


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