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Revista Mal Estar e Subjetividade

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PERELSON, Simone. Os embriões congelados: da falta ao excesso. Rev. Mal-Estar Subj. [online]. 2009, vol.9, n.3, pp. 815-837. ISSN 1518-6148.

The aim of this article is to approach what the new reproductive technologies - along with the separation operated by them between sex and reproduction - are bringing as novelty to the field of filiation. To this purpose, the filiation assemblies proposed by these technologies will be firstly distinguished from the solutions found in certain traditional societies to resolve the problem of sterility. It will be maintained that while the latter are based on legitimate unions from the social, the former ones are based on the fiction of the fecund sexual intercourse. Next, some aspects of the relationships between the market, sexuality and reproduction in the context of the so called "artificial reproductions" will be analyzed, more specifically in that aspect of the issues related to the freezing of the called "exceeding embryos". So, in first place, the link among the social evolutions in the field of family and sexuality and the scientific advances in the field of reproduction will be presented, and secondly, the process by which a couple goes through during the treatment for infertility will be described. Finally, we will try to understand the circulation of these embryos in the light of the notion of "potlatch" analyzed by Marcel Mauss, Georges Bataille and Jacques Lacan. Here, the presence of another logic, in the midst of the commercial logic and of the domain/control of that which is produced, will be highlighted: the logic that circles around the waste of an excess.

Keywords : reproduction; sex; frozen embryos; filiation; excess.

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