Monday, March 2, 2009

Reproductive Technologies: A Child's View of Our Brave New World

I was preparing a lecture on demographics and reproductive technologies for tomorrow's class and as I was following links and checking out available clips on the octuplet situation, I ran across this rather poignant clip posted by a mom of group of young girls processing our latest entry in the meaning of children who come in mass quantities. They have a lot to process these potential mothers of tomorrow.




I am going to use it tomorrow in class. Probably, also, use the Slumdog Millionaire info in the last post to talk about the meanings and value of children.

2 comments:

missivesfrommarx said...

Wow. Thanks for sharing!

EF said...

Wow! It is definitely a brave new reproductive world, eh? I LOVED the strategy of polyandry one of the girls proposed at the end... she may be a head of her time!

What also struck me was that those girls seem to also been exposed to 'alternative' models of birth in America. "Mom" sat on a birthing ball instead of begging for pain meds, a nurse and midwife (and not an OBGYN/surgeon) were in attendance, and no one was getting a C-section. Not the birth experience of most American moms these days, now is it? (See this month's Anthropology News -- Narratives of Risk -- for more on this).