Why Some Things Should Not Be For Sale Essay

1402 Words Nov 22nd, 2016 6 Pages
The market in women’s reproductive labour is one that is complicated and contentious. Many people view the selling of women’s reproductive labour to be an unacceptable form of market exchange as compared to other forms of labour market exchange. It seems intuitive to people that the treatment of women’s reproductive labour as a commodity and its exploitation for money, as compared to other forms of labour as commodities, is worse. This view is known as the asymmetry thesis. In the book “Why Some Things Should Not Be For Sale”, Debra Satz agrees with the asymmetry that exists. While I am in support of the asymmetry thesis on the market in women’s reproductive labour, I disagree with Satz’s way of defending the asymmetry thesis. Satz is of the view that the market in women’s reproductive labour is noxious because of the gender inequality that it promotes. I, on the other hand, adopt the essentialist view and think that there is something about the nature of women’s reproductive labour that makes it problematic to sell. In this paper, I will first present and examine Satz’s defense of the asymmetry thesis. Next, I will argue against Satz’s defense of the asymmetry thesis. Lastly, I will argue in favour of the essentialist position in support of the asymmetry thesis.
Satz argues that the market in women reproductive labour is problematic because of the gender inequality that it promotes in society. She thinks that “it is the background gender inequality that makes the…

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