On April 21, Michiel De Proost will publicly defend his PhD-thesis "Frictions with autonomy and future fertility: Towards a feminist empirical bioethics of social egg freezing". This article-based dissertation explored how, in terms of individual autonomy and related concerns of emancipation, women morally understand and experience social egg freezing. Michiel engaged in dialogue with 21 women who were interested in this procedure, based on an innovative Socratic method vis-à-vis critical, ethical reflections on this practice. His empirical findings better contextualise arguments made in the bioethical literature. To conclude, he argues that social egg freezing is not inherently emancipatory and it is dubious to co-opt this technology as an instrument for gender equality.
* This event will be in Dutch *