Mar 1, 2004
Studies in Political Economy
Joanne Boucher also explores technology and the body in the convergence of the technological, the ideological, and the commercial around images of the fetus. Boucher argues that photographic ultrasound images of fetal life have led to the construction of the "public fetus." The public fetus appears as an entity that is autonomous from both the mother's body and the technology which has created the imagery; thus, both the maternal body and the fetus' technological embeddedness are masked. While the presence of the "public fetus" may appear to facilitate the activities of the anti-abortion movement, Boucher argues that it simultaneously fulfills a commercial as well as an ideological purpose, and discusses the commercialization of fetal imagery by one anti-abortion American company. While Boucher points out the marginalization of women that occurs through the construction of the "public fetus," Bavington, Grzetic and Neis discuss the marginalization of women in the narratives (and practices) of the East Coast fisheries.