Constructions of gay men's reproductive desires on surrogacy clinic websites

Damien W. Riggs, Clemence Due

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In this chapter we explore the ways in which clinic websites advertising commercial surrogacy services to gay men potentially shape,as well as are shaped by, the desires of gay men not only to becomeparents but also to conceive genetically related offspring. The websiteswe examine primarily target reproductive travellers, namely gay menwho are unable to access surrogacy services in their own countries dueto legislative restrictions. These are men who on the one hand maybe viewed as ‘reproductive exiles’ (Inhorn and Patrizio, 2012; Riggs,2015a) in that they must leave their country of residency in order toaccess fertility services, yet on the other hand may be viewed as whatKroløkke and Pant (2012) refer to as ‘repropreneurs’, a term they cointo describe the role of neoliberalism in the decision-making of thosewho are depicted as active agents in their reproductivity.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationBabies for sale
Subtitle of host publicationTransnational surrogacy, human rights, and the politics of reproduction
EditorsMiranda Davies
Place of PublicationLondon, U.K.
PublisherZed Books
Number of pages13
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-78360-703-7 , 978-1-78360-704-4, 978-1-78360-705-1
ISBN (Print)978-1-78360-702-0, 978-1-78360-701-3
Publication statusPublished - 2017


  • surrogacy services
  • advertising commercial
  • gay men
  • parents
  • fertility services


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