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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 one billion dollars 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 less! 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.
“The seriously radical cry for full gestational justice that I long for...unique and bracing." (Donna Haraway)
"Full Surrogacy Now is more than an intervention, it is a landmark text of visionary feminist thinking. This book is as breathtaking as it is necessary.” (Natasha Lennard)
"An extraordinary book, as nuanced as it is provocative. I cannot recommend it highly enough." (Helen Hester)
"This book goes far into places where few gender abolitionists have ventured and brings us a vision of another life.” (McKenzie Wark)
“Sophie Lewis is at the top of a new generation of scholars and activists thinking the transformation of gestational labor within contemporary pharmacopornographic capitalism." (Paul B. Preciado)
"Sophie Lewis and her expansive vision of feminism are desperately needed right now." (Melissa Gira Grant)