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Feminist Surveillance Studies

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Rachel E. Dubrofsky
Rachel E. Dubrofsky

Rachel E. Dubrofsky is Associate Professor of Communication at the University of South Florida. She is the author of The Surveillance of Women on Reality Television: Watching The Bachelor and The Bachelorette.

Shoshana Amielle Magnet is Associate Professor at the Institute of Feminist and Gender Studies at the University of Ottawa. She is the author of When Biometrics Fail: Gender, Race and the Technology of Identity, also published by Duke University Press.

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Shoshana Amielle Magnet
Shoshana Amielle Magnet

Rachel E. Dubrofsky is Associate Professor of Communication at the University of South Florida. She is the author of The Surveillance of Women on Reality Television: Watching The Bachelor and The Bachelorette.

Shoshana Amielle Magnet is Associate Professor at the Institute of Feminist and Gender Studies at the University of Ottawa. She is the author of When Biometrics Fail: Gender, Race and the Technology of Identity, also published by Duke University Press.

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Duke University Press
ISBN electronic:
978-0-8223-7546-3
Publication date:
2015
Book Chapter

The Public Fetus and the Veiled Woman: Transnational Surrogacy Blogs as Surveillant Assemblage

By
Sayantani Dasgupta
Sayantani Dasgupta
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Shamita Das Dasgupta
Shamita Das Dasgupta
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Published:
May 2015

Transnational surrogacy in India is a commercial trade which brings into question the integrity of national bodies, as well as gendered, racialized, and reproductive bodies. These embodied borderlands are policed minimally by various state policies on surrogacy, gamete donation, and citizenship. This chapter will examine the online communities of Western Intended Parents (IPs), interrogating two cultural practices of Western IP bloggers: (1) the
posting of online ultrasound images of “their” fetuses gestating in the wombs of Indian surrogates and (2) the posting of “belly/bump shots” of the surrogates themselves—usually
headless or veiled images of (brown skinned, sari clad) surrogates' midsections. This chapter will draw from scholarship on ultrasonographic pregnancy surveillance and post-9/11 national surveillance practices to suggest that Western IPs are creating a cross-border cyber-nation whose blogging practices function as a surveillant assemblage—monitoring, abstracting and 'knowing' the body of the gestational Indian surrogate inside and out.

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