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Hospitality of the MatrixPhilosophy, Biomedicine, and Culture$
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Irina Aristarkhova

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780231159296

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231159296.001.0001

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Male Pregnancy, Matrix, and Hospitality

Male Pregnancy, Matrix, and Hospitality

(p.127) 5 Male Pregnancy, Matrix, and Hospitality
Hospitality of the Matrix

Irina Aristarkhova

Columbia University Press

The topic of male pregnancy, which at first glance seems irrelevant and is generally known as plain impossible, is currently being regarded as merely another biomedical breakthrough. Research on male pregnancy is gaining momentum particularly due to Thomas Beatie, a transgender man who kept his uterus and became successfully pregnant. This chapter delves into the potential of male pregnancy to raise questions regarding the male body and its hospitality, specifically the question of whether male pregnancy is just another case of a desire for ectogenesis, or that there is something more to it that could be useful for the analysis of the matrix and hospitality. The chapter looks at the increasing number of biomedical practices addressing the definition of masculinity as distinguished from birthing, mothering, and femininity.

Keywords:   male pregnancy, Thomas Beatie, male body, hospitality, ectogenesis, masculinity

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