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International Journal of Frontiers in Sociology, 2021, 3(16); doi: 10.25236/IJFS.2021.031615.

Rethinking Pregnancy-China’s Three-Child Policy and Women’s Predicament


Yao Xiao

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Yao Xiao

Guangdong University of Foreign Studies, Guangzhou 510420, China


Gestational labour is usually unrecognised and uncompensated, which the state could exploit as a tribute to developing society. As a direct response to the sharp decline in fertility rate, Chinese authorities announced a three-child policy, which will aggravate Chinese women’s motherhood penalty and place them in a further predicament. I will propose a rethinking of the pregnancy based on Sophie Lewis’s family abolition theory, which I believe through valorising gestational labour and stressing the social responsibility of raising children, provides possible solution to the contradiction between women’s right and country’s prosperity.


three-child policy, motherhood penalty, Sophie Lewis, pregnancy, women’s predicament, family abolition

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Yao Xiao. Rethinking Pregnancy-China’s Three-Child Policy and Women’s Predicament. International Journal of Frontiers in Sociology (2021), Vol. 3, Issue 16: 99-103. https://doi.org/10.25236/IJFS.2021.031615.


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