“The title of this panel includes the phrase ‘gender inequality’. But at the last count, so-called ‘gender inequality’ always cashes out as sex asymmetry. Men’s and women’s bodies and reproductive roles are different. In even the most egalitarian heterosexual couple, the material female contribution to having children is much more arduous than the male one.
If we see this as an unfair burden on women, maybe artificial wombs look like a good idea. But seeing gestation and infant care from the perspective of adult wants, rather than infant needs, is to miss its radically relational nature.”