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Nina Bandelj, Frederick F. Wherry, and Viviana A. Zelizer

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780691168685

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: January 2018

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691168685.001.0001

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Egg Donors, Sperm Donors, and Gendered Experiences of Bodily Commodification

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Money Talks

Rene Almeling

Princeton University Press

This chapter deals with the controversial market of eggs and sperm. It examines how egg and sperm donors respond to variation in the organizational framing of paid donation—as either gift or job—and finds that it does have consequences for how individuals experience bodily commodification. Despite the fact that egg and sperm donors are alike in being motivated by the compensation, and they spend the money on similar things, they end up adopting gendered conceptualizations of what it is they are being paid to do. Women speak with pride about the huge gift they have given, while men consider donation to be a job, and some sperm donors even reference feelings of alienation and objectification.

Keywords:   egg donor, sperm donor, paid donations, money, gender difference

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