Imaging bodies, imagining relations: narratives of queer women and “assisted conception”.

Imaging bodies, imagining relations: narratives of queer women and “assisted conception”.

The author conducted ethnographic research, involving field work and interviews with 80 queer women about assisted conception in British Columbia between 1998 and 2000.

Author: Luce, J. Source: http://www.springer.com/humanities/journal/10912 Website: http://www.springer.com/humanities/journal/10912 Journal: Journal of Medical Humanities Journal Details: Vol: 25 Issue: 1 Origin Country: The Netherlands Publish Date: 2009 Publication City: -- Languages: .Resource Type: , .Target Audiences: , , , . Last Modified: 2009-08-26

The author conducted ethnographic research, involving field work and interviews with 80 queer women about assisted conception in British Columbia between 1998 and 2000. The research examines the participant’s stories of conception, including stories with themes of trying to get pregnant, decisions about who to use as a donor, experiencing heterosexism from medical staff and reproductive loss. The author challenges the idea that lesbian reproduction is asexual. The author discusses the fluidity of sexual identity and behaviour, the limits of labels and their relation to conception stories. The author also discusses the challenges of doing research from a place of naming your social location, such as outing yourself, being dismissed and being a keeper of stories of reproductive loss.