[It is desirable to revitalise] the original agenda of second-wave feminism as committed to the practical liberation of women.
What is the modernist feminist story about reproductive technologies? How do feminist theories inspired by the ideas and values of modernism help us to think about the practices and implications of reproductive technologies? How will a discussion of these questions assist in examining the idea that there is a gulf between modernist and postmodernist feminisms? In this chapter I shall be evaluating some of the practices and processes of reproductive technologies as a way to examine the connections between theory and practice. Part of my reason for doing this is to explain more fully and more clearly what it means to say that there is a gulf between modernist and postmodernist feminisms. This will shed light on how feminist theories help us to 'know what to do' in everyday situations. In this chapter I want to return to the question I raised in the previous chapter, namely, 'In the face of what is, what should we do?' (Price, 1997:34). If feminist theories are significantly different to each other, as the concept of a gulf implies, then this may inspire different answers or ways to approach the question of 'What should we do?'
In this chapter and the next, I want to look at an everyday practice and think about it through the three main categories I used in Chapter 2-the subject, epistemology and politics. The set of practices I shall be looking at are reproductive technologies. My use of these technologies will be eclectic as I am not trying to provide an overall or universal explanation of them. I want to think about some of the