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Mediated Kinship: Gender, Race and Sexuality in Donor Families by Rikke Andreassen (review)

Mediated Kinship: Gender, Race and Sexuality in Donor Families by Rikke Andreassen (review) R eviews 131 Rikke AndreassenM . ediated Kinship: Gender, Race and Sexuality in Donor Families. New York: Routledge, 2019. Pp. vii + 190. Since 2007, it has been possible for lesbians and single women to access free fertility treatments in Denmark, an opportunity previously only avail - able to women in heterosexual relations. With this important change, a baby boom for both groups took shape. Free access to medically assisted reproduction (MAR) and the new formations of family and kinship constitute the starting point for Rikke Andreassen M’ediated Kin s book - ship: Gender, Race and Sexuality in Donor Families. In her analysis of the phenomenon of women reproducing without men, Andreassen uses media sites, interviews with Danish mothers, and British representations of Danish sperm. Danish fertility treatment has become an international phenomenon: the Danish sperm bank, Cryos International, is the world’s largest sperm bank, and so-called “Viking” genes are spread globally through a well- developed online catalogue of donor sperm. In this context, Andreassen asks: “What happens when lesbian mothers and heterosexual solo mothers meet on the Internet? How do they negotiate family, sexuality and gen - der? Do they dismantle traditional family norms or cultivate fantasies of http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Scandinavian Studies Society for the Advancement of Scandinavian Study

Mediated Kinship: Gender, Race and Sexuality in Donor Families by Rikke Andreassen (review)

Scandinavian Studies , Volume 92 (1) – Feb 20, 2020

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R eviews 131 Rikke AndreassenM . ediated Kinship: Gender, Race and Sexuality in Donor Families. New York: Routledge, 2019. Pp. vii + 190. Since 2007, it has been possible for lesbians and single women to access free fertility treatments in Denmark, an opportunity previously only avail - able to women in heterosexual relations. With this important change, a baby boom for both groups took shape. Free access to medically assisted reproduction (MAR) and the new formations of family and kinship constitute the starting point for Rikke Andreassen M’ediated Kin s book - ship: Gender, Race and Sexuality in Donor Families. In her analysis of the phenomenon of women reproducing without men, Andreassen uses media sites, interviews with Danish mothers, and British representations of Danish sperm. Danish fertility treatment has become an international phenomenon: the Danish sperm bank, Cryos International, is the world’s largest sperm bank, and so-called “Viking” genes are spread globally through a well- developed online catalogue of donor sperm. In this context, Andreassen asks: “What happens when lesbian mothers and heterosexual solo mothers meet on the Internet? How do they negotiate family, sexuality and gen - der? Do they dismantle traditional family norms or cultivate fantasies of

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Published: Feb 20, 2020

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