Gender, Media and Assisted Reproductive Technologies

Commentary & Criticism
Issue 14.5 Gender, Media and Assisted Reproductive Technologies

Pregnancy and motherhood have become increasingly visible in recent years due in part to the media calling our attention to the new advances, politics, uses and misuses of assisted reproductive technologies (ARTs) in various global locations. This heightened visibility may point to greater reproductive freedom for some and suggest a broader social acceptance of pregnant bodies. However, at the same time, it might also suggest increased control and surveillance of gendered/sexed bodies in the realm of reproduction.

This issue of Commentary and Criticism invites papers that explore the implications of the advancement of ARTs in relation to any aspect of media and gender. Contributions from beyond North America and the UK are especially welcome. Possible topics could include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Technology, mediation and reproduction
  • New technologies and cultural representations of pregnancy and motherhood
  • Celebrity and ARTs
  • The transnational politics of ARTs
  • Access and privilege in relation to ARTs
  • Media or mediation of traditional discourses of gender and sexuality in relation to ARTs
  • Intersections of age, gender, race, class, sexuality, ability and/or nationality and ARTs in global locations

The Commentary and Criticism section of Feminist Media Studies aims to publish brief, timely responses to current issues in media culture. Submissions may pose a provocation, outline work in progress, or propose areas for future study. The editors of Commentary and Criticism are interested in work that goes beyond mere description to provide productive critique.

Questions can be directed to either co-editor, Susan Berridge ( or Laura Portwood-Stacer ( Final essays of between 1500-2000 words including references are due by May 25th, 2014, after which point they will be subject to a process of peer review.

Essays should be emailed directly to both Susan Berridge and Laura Portwood-Stacer (submissions for Commentary and Criticism will not be correctly processed if submitted through the main Feminist Media Studies site).

Please be sure to follow the Feminist Media Studies style guide, which can be found at the following link:

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