But not sex. Specifically not sex. Her subject is technologies that would take intercourse out of the reproductive equation, advances that could challenge everything we know about family and the relationship between men and women. Here she describes the "ultimate solo parent" of the future.
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Shelves: picked-up-because-of-cover , random-nonfiction First sentence: "For most of human history, women have been given little credit when it comes to childbearing. The author looks toward a future in which conception, pregnancy, and birth happen in any and every way except the usual way.
This book made me think and feel lots of things. At first, I found it incredible that anyone even manages to reproduce with all of the things that can go wrong and everything against it. Then the book made me squirm with its descriptions of ovarian teratomas and vesico-vaginal fistulas believe me you do not want to know. The book was interesting to say the least. I felt the book was very approachable. I think the author does a good job presenting all sides of arguments regarding artificial reproductive technology and the things that could go wrong though she is ultimately hopeful that these technologies will do more good than harm.
Much of the book sounds like science fiction, but it makes you think about science and childbirth in a whole new way. I did feel that the book is somewhat biased against men. It seemed that she pushed this agenda more than necessary especially in early chapters, though she became more balanced in later chapters showing that these reproductive technologies can help men have children without women just as much as they will help women have children without men.
The author also ended up repeating herself a lot throughout the book which became annoying at times. I learned a lot of things from the book which is ultimately what I look for in books such as this; the gleaning of more useless knowledge. It was a quite interesting book and I recommend it to anyone interested in reproductive science.
Like a Virgin: How Science Is Redesigning The Rules Of Sex