On Alternet, June 6, Annalle Newitz posted an article, "Artificial Wombs and Pregnant Men".
The reason I want to bring the article up on this site is the tone of the responses to the article.
After all the reading I've been doing on various TP/TL sites, I found her position reasonable and intriguing. I agree with her view that feminists must engage in the discussion and decision making around reproductive technologies and I believe we need to view those possibilities with open minds. If we don't explore new concepts intellectually and think through the complexities without preconceived barriers, decisions will be reached without the voices of feminists being heard.
I am distressed by the reactionary responses to Annalee's article and realize my own focus, trying to grapple with new concepts and ethical conundrums, caused me to forget how entrenched most people are within the "natural" belief system. How do we reach intelligent, thoughtful women and get them to set aside their initial aversion long enough to realize they must become constructively engaged in the discussion?
If one were to take the least invasive of Annalee's ideas.....to manipulate hormone levels to enable men to lactate.....subtle shifts in parenting and gender roles would be possible without having to wait for tremendous advances in technology. I'm really fascinated by the possibilities that one small change might precipitate in society.