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Full Surrogacy Now: Feminism Against Family

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One could imagine achieving the vision of communal families through some other means, especially as Lewis takes surrogacy work as instrumental and something (along with other work) to eliminate. For instance, the notion of “mamahood,” where child-rearing is done without domination or a sense of property (152–53), and the adage that it “takes a village” to raise a child (147) are noted. However, it is not obvious that this is the approach Lewis should favor, given the emphasis on listening to surrogates in the current abolition debate. In other words, if it “takes a village” to raise a child, then why don’t we will such a village into existence? One character in “The Farm,” Ate, tirelessly works as a cook, a maid, and a baby nurse to support her disabled adult son in the Philippines, whom she hasn’t seen for more than twenty years.

But, in a communal vision, another value we may want is equity in the kinds of people doing gestational labor. Publication dates are subject to change (although this is an extremely uncommon occurrence overall). In an interview with Verso, Lewis explains that family abolition is ‘about the proliferation of relationships of care’, which she has also written about extensively in her many other articles for outlets such as The New York Times, The Nation , Jacobin , Red Pepper and others.This kind of gestation depends on realizing the implications of knowing that we all actually, materially, make one another, and that this labor continues to be exploited, extracted, and alienated-unequally-at every turn in Capitalism and Patriarchy.

The New Yorker may earn a portion of sales from products that are purchased through our site as part of our Affiliate Partnerships with retailers. Lewis offers a study in the context of the global care industry, where women in the Global South leave their families to care for families in the Global North, to justify this. It’s isn’t like we force our Hosts to be Hosts,” she tells a prospective surrogate in an early scene.In this way, the core thesis seems to be a solution developed in isolation from the surrogates (indeed all pregnant people) it largely affects. If this is the first time you used this feature, you will be asked to authorise Cambridge Core to connect with your Google Drive account.

Facebook sets this cookie to show relevant advertisements to users by tracking user behaviour across the web, on sites that have Facebook pixel or Facebook social plugin. Neither simply natural nor banally cultural, gestation appears as the unthought core of gender and sexual politics, and the key of a forthcoming womb revolution: trans-Marx meets mammal's politics! Can we explicitly ask hitherto middle-class white persons with wombs to take on their fair share of gestation, if their contribution is decently rewarded and it is socially valuable? For one, oppressed peoples may want to hold onto “their” families as important sites of resistance, as Lewis notes in relation to Palestinians seeking genetics-preserving IVF (155). Yet, as far as I can discern, surrogates have not been asked if the radical vision that is promoted in the book—to abolish the family—is what they want either.And the clients, of course, are willing to “do anything” for their unborn children—that’s why they’ve come to Golden Oaks in the first place. She is precise and unflinching – ‘there can be no utopian thought on reproduction that does not involve uncoupling gestation from the gender binary’ (22). Difficult to interpret unless you read sociology dissertations for fun and what I’ve read so far seems to be a roadmap for the saving of the world that will bring ‘freedom’ to a self selective few. We don’t share your credit card details with third-party sellers, and we don’t sell your information to others.

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