Our next reading group will be on Sunday 8th September at 17:00 at the Nieuwland (Pieter Nieuwlandstraat 93).
We’ll be discussing Sophie Lewis’ Full Surrogacy Now: Feminism against family. Email us if you’d like to join. Hope to see you there!
Here’s the blurb:
Where pregnancy is concerned, let every pregnancy be for everyone. Let us overthrow, in short, the “family”
The surrogacy industry is estimated to be worth over $1 billion a year, and many of its surrogates around the world work in terrible conditions—deception, wage-stealing and money skimming are rife; adequate medical care is horrifyingly absent; and informed consent is depressingly rare. In Full Surrogacy Now, Sophie Lewis brings a fresh and unique perspective to the topic. Often, we think of surrogacy as the problem, but, Full Surrogacy Now argues, we need more surrogacy, not
Rather than looking at surrogacy through a legal lens, Lewis argues that the needs and protection of surrogates should be put front and center. Their relationship to the babies they gestate must be rethought, as part of a move to recognize that reproduction is productive work. Only then can we begin to break down our assumptions that children “belong” to those whose genetics they share. Taking collective responsibility for children would radically transform our notions of kinship, helping us to see that it always takes a village to make a baby.