Wednesday, May 27, 2015

David & Elton 'Deconstructed Motherhood'

Feminist icon Germaine Greer has accused Sir Elton John and husband David Furnish of ‘deconstructing the concept of motherhood’.

Speaking at the Hay Literary Festival, Greer appeared to criticise the fact that Furnish is listed on the birth certificates of the couple’s two young children – who were both born to a surrogate.
‘Sometimes I think that really the problem is the concept of motherhood, which we can’t give any real structure to’, she said.

‘Sir Elton John and his “wife” David Furnish have entered on the birth certificate of their two sons that David Furnish is the mother. I’m sorry. That will give you an idea of how the concept of motherhood has emptied out. It’s gone, it’s been deconstructed’.

The 76-year-old also seemed to criticise IVF treatment.

‘We now have a “genetic” mother who supplies eggs’, she added.

‘It depends entirely on where she is if she is going to be allowed to know what happens to the eggs. And women tend to care.

‘An egg is not a sperm, we do not produce 400million of them in one go. One miserable little egg pops every month.

She continued: ‘In some places you are allowed to know what happens to them, in other places you are not. What you get is a reduced bill for IVF because a child is being born by the people involved using your eggs.

‘I’m sorry. Did we talk about this? Did we sit down and talk about what eggs mean to women?’

- Metro

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