Teaching

I am currently teaching Professional Ethics and the Global Perspectives on Women, Politics, and Power.

If you would like more information about any of these courses, please email me at fulfer@hood.edu.

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At Hood College I have taught Adventures in Queer Studies, Doing and Undoing Gender (honors), Ethical Dilemmas in the Baby-Making Business (first-year seminar), Introduction to Studies in Women and GenderPhilosophical Issues in Feminism, Professional Ethics, and the Philosophy of Sex and Desire (senior capstone). In the fall of 2013 I co-taught Women, Law, and Social Change with Rodney Parker in the department of Women’s Studies and Feminist Research at Western. I taught Global Business Ethics and Business Ethics at King’s University College in 2012-2013 year. In 2010 I instructed Gender and Sexuality. From 2007-2008 I taught Critical Thinking in the Philosophy department at Georgia State University.

I have developed a novel course in Advanced Reproductive Ethics on contract pregnancy and gift narratives. Please contact me if you would like to see the full syllabus.

Course Description: Contract pregnancy (also called surrogacy) is the practice in which a person or persons hire a woman to gestate an embryo for them in her uterus. Some contract pregnancies are commercial and contract pregnant women earn a wage for gestating the embryo. Other contract pregnancies are altruistic and women donate their gestational labor to the commissioning party. Contract pregnancy is generally understood through the social contract model of exchange—two parties make a contract for goods or services. However, an alternative model of exchange, the “gift” model, has often been associated with contract pregnancy. The gift model of exchange, the object of exchange bestows a moral relationship and corresponding obligations on the receiver of the gift. These obligations cannot be dispelled by merely paying for the object of exchange.

Gestational laborers and ethnographers frequently discuss contract pregnancy by using gift language. These conceptualizations of contract pregnancy pose interesting questions for feminists, who may be skeptical of narratives that connect reproduction with giving. In this course we will examine accounts of “the gift” as an alternative model of exchange to the social contract model. Second, we will analyze the gift model from feminist perspectives, including feminist perspectives that are critical of social contract theory and that are critical of anti-commodification arguments applied to reproductive labor. Third, we will apply feminist insights to thinking about gift narratives of contract pregnancy to investigate how such narratives may support or destabilize oppressive understandings of contract pregnancy and women’s reproductive capacities.

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