Faculty of Education, Social Sciences and Law

Sociology and Social Policy

Research Student: Stevienna de Saille

From "Death of the Female" to "Life Itself": A socio-historical examination of FINRRAGE

Beginning as a reaction to a 1984 conference panel on new reproductive technology entitled "Death of the Female", the Feminist International Network of Resistance to Reproductive and Genetic Engineering (FINRRAGE) eventually grew to include groups in over thirty countries, including several across the global south. This radical feminist organisation considers technologies such as IVF and genetic modification to be tools of patriarchal control designed to appropriate women's unique procreative capacity and thus render women powerless. Its mandate is to monitor, assess, and resist any biotechnology which is based upon manipulation of genetic information or of human embryos or gametes.

This project will seek to create an empirical case-study of the goals and tactics developed by FINRRAGE during its most active phase of existence (1985 - 1996), to evaluate the network's organisational ideology and its response to socio-political as well as scientific events, to situate this within existing work on feminism as a social reform movement, and to question what influence over the regulation of reprogenetic technologies and public terms of discourse the network has been able to achieve.

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