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CIGS Reading Group - Weds 27th October, 4-5.30pm

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The first CIGS reading group of the year is on Wednesday 27th October, 4-5.30pm. We will be discussing

Sophie Lewis’ Full Surrogacy Now: Feminism Against Family (2019, Verso Books).

Below is the blurb for the book on the publisher's website (click on the link above for more information, including a short video of the author discussing the book):

"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 Nowargues, 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 book is currently available on the Verso website for £7.69 (including the ebook), as well as being widely available at online / in-person retail outlets.

All are welcome and there is no need to book. We're looking forward to seeing you there.

You can join the meeting via the Zoom link below:

Topic: CIGS Reading Group: Full Surrogacy Now
Time: Oct 27, 2021 04:00 PM London

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Meeting ID: 847 9316 9316
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