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Full Surrogacy Now | Sophie Lewis

In these videos, Sophie Lewis offers a radical feminist analysis of surrogacy, abortion, gestational labour, and the family. She is the author of Full Surrogacy Now: Feminism Against Family.

Verso Books 4 June 2019

Full Surrogacy Now | Sophie Lewis

A radical defence of abortion

We need to move away from the focus on abortion as just a form of health-care, or arguments around when human life begins, and defend abortion as a right to stop doing gestational work.

We need a radical overhaul of the surrogacy industry

In the commercial gestational surrogacy industry, a lack of informed consent is rife. Rather than making surrogacy illegal or allowing it to continue as is, Sophie Lewis argues we should be looking to radically transform it.

Family abolition

Capitalism and capitalist states rely heavily on the family as a unit of social discipline, social order, austerity. 

Family abolition is about the proliferation of relationships of care not a destruction of the relationships we already have; a process of building and growing all the forms of care and solidarity that we deserve.

Full Surrogacy Now: Feminism Against Family | the full interview

In the interview below, Sophie Lewis explains the ideas and theories behind her work Full Surrogacy Now: Feminism Against Family.

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Sophie Lewis is a writer, translator and feminist geographer living in Philadelphia. Her translations include Communism for Kids by Bini Adamczak (MIT, 2016, with Jacob Blumenfeld), A Brief History of Feminism by Antje Schrupp (MIT, 2017) and Unterscheiden und Herrschen by Paula-Irene Villa and Sabine Hark (Verso, 2019). Lewis is a member of the Out of the Woods collective, an editor at Blind Field: a Journal of Cultural Inquiry, and a queer feminist committed to cyborg ecology and anti-fascism. She has published her work, on subjects ranging from Donna Haraway to dating, in Boston Review, Viewpoint magazine, Signs, Dialogues in Human Geography, Antipode, Feminism & Psychology, Science as Culture, Frontiers, Gender Place & Culture, Jacobin, The New Inquiry, Mute, and Salvage Quarterly.

Full Surrogacy Now
"Rooted in historical, site-based, narrative, and political accounts, Full Surrogacy Now is the seriously radical cry for full gestational justice that I long for. This kind of gestation depends on...