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Why Some Things Should Not Be for SaleThe Moral Limits of Markets$
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Debra Satz

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780195311594

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195311594.001.0001

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Markets in Women’s Reproductive Labor

Markets in Women’s Reproductive Labor

(p.115) 5 Markets in Women’s Reproductive Labor
Why Some Things Should Not Be for Sale

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Many people believe that markets in women’s reproductive labor, as exemplified by contract pregnancy, are more problematic than other currently accepted labor markets. The author calls this the asymmetry thesis because its proponents believe that there ought to be an asymmetry between our treatment of markets in reproductive labor and our treatment of markets in other forms of labor. The author aims to criticize several popular ways of defending the asymmetry thesis and to offer an alternative defense, based on the idea of equal status.

Keywords:   reproductive labor, surrogacy, contract pregnancy, gender inequality, markets in reproduction, essentialism

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