Author Meets Critics: Sophie Lewis' Full Surrogacy Now: Feminism Against Family

Type: Panel
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Day: 4/4/2019
Start / End Time: 8:00 AM / 9:40 AM (MDT)
Room: Roosevelt 3, Marriott, Exhibition Level
Organizers: Kai Bosworth, Elizabeth Johnson
Chairs: Elizabeth Johnson


This is an Author-Meets-Critics session concerning Sophie Lewis' forthcoming book "Full Surrogacy Now: Feminism against family"

"In order to become ethically acceptable, surrogacy must change beyond recognition. But we need more surrogacy, not less!

The surrogacy industry is worth an estimated 1 billion dollars a year, and many of its surrogates work in terrible conditions, while many gestate babies for no pay at all. Should it be illegal to pay someone to gestate a baby for you?

Full Surrogacy Now brings a fresh and unique perspective to the debate. Rather than making surrogacy illegal or allowing it to continue as is, Sophie Lewis argues we should be looking to radically transform it. Surrogates should be put front and center, and their rights to the babies they gestate should be expanded to acknowledge that they are more than mere vessels. In doing so we can break down our assumptions that children necessarily belong to those whose genetics they share.

This might sound like a radical proposal but expanding our idea of who children belong to would be a good thing. Taking collective responsibility for children, rather than only caring for the ones we share DNA with, would radically transform notions of kinship. Adopting this expanded concept of surrogacy helps us to see that it always, as the saying goes, takes a village to raise a child."


Type Details Minutes
Panelist Alex Loftus King's College London 16
Panelist Maria Fannin University of Bristol 16
Panelist William McKeithen University of Washington 16
Panelist Reecia Orzeck Illinois State University 16
Panelist Paul Jackson University of Delaware 16
Panelist Sophie Lewis 20

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