Affective De-Commodifying, Economic De-Kinning: Surrogates’ and Gay Fathers’ Narratives in U.S. Surrogacy
In this paper I discuss affective and economic exchanges in commercial surrogacy in the US. My findings suggest that emotions and affects, present in the dominant narrative of gift-giving and relatedness between surrogates and gay fathers, facilitate commodification. According to my data, the exchange between surrogates and intended fathers in the US is founded on the women's lower socio-economic status. Throughout this paper I aim to show that affective and economic exchanges I observed in US surrogacy mutually reinforce each other.