Reproduction inside/outside: Medical imaging and the domestication of assisted reproductive technologies
Journal article, Peer reviewed
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Original versionThe European Journal of Women's Studies. 2015, 22 (1), 53-69. 10.1177/1350506814545093
Contemporary medical imaging technologies produce images on the level of human cells. As a result of such images, egg and sperm cells have become well-known artefacts of popular culture. Medical imaging technology has transformed these gametes from invisible matter integrated in biological processes within the body to identifiable objects. The visualisation of egg and sperm cells has literally lifted the process of human reproduction out of the female body and made the gametes appear as protagonists in the story of human reproduction. The article argues that visualisation of the gametes and the central role they play in contemporary imaginations of reproduction may offer vital contributions to the rather rapid acceptance and normalisation of assisted reproduction.