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Surrogacy and Adoption
due March 21

Answer all the following questions; when referring to the readings, cite properly, including page numbers and a full citation at the end of the assignment.

Written Assignment (due March 19): Answer all parts of the following assignment fully; when referring to the readings, cite properly, including page numbers.

The case of EEOC v. Sears, Roebuck & Co. raised a debate about whether the large statistical imbalance between the number of men and women in certain occupations or levels of employment was due to different choices typically made by men and women or whether it was the result of discrimination. Explain how both Nancy Dowd and Vicki Schultz attempt to go beyond this either/or explanation. What are the limitations of discrimination analysis according to Dowd? What does she argue is more fundamentally at issue and how does she think this can be changed? Explain the "new account of the dynamics of job segregation" (654) that Schultz proposes. Did you agree with the analysis of either (or both) of these authors? Why or why not?

1. Many liberal feminists, as well as libertarians such as Richard Posner, argue as Lori Andrews does that “by breathing life into arguments that feminists have put to rest in other contexts, the current rationales opposing surrogacy could undermine a larger feminist agenda” (1102). Drawing on the Andrews and Posner articles, explain what these rationales are and why she thinks they are dangerous. How would feminists such as Corea and Allen respond? In your opinion, should surrogacy contracts be enforceable? Why or why not?

2. Nancy Dowd poses several difficult questions with regard to the rights of individuals involved in adoption proceedings. Explain the conflicts and tensions that emerge with regard to one of the following two situations—birthparents/adoptive parents or birthmothers/birthfathers—and describe how you think these should be resolved.

Daniel McCarthy <dmccar7871@earthlink.net>
Barbara F. McManus <bmcmanus@ix.netcom.com>
HON303/WMS303 Topics and Assignments I
February 2000