Abolish the Family! ‘Full Surrogacy Now’ as Queer Liberation | A Reading and Discussion with Sophie Lewis and Zachary Howe

Event Details

Event Date

Event Date: Thursday, May 2, 2019

Event Time

Event Time: 6:30 PM

Event Description

Join us as we host Sophie Lewis for a reading & signing of her new book Full Surrogacy Now: Feminism Against Family.

Sophie Lewis is a writer, translator and feminist geographer living in Philadelphia. Her book Full Surrogacy Now: Feminism Against Family is published by Verso on May 7. It considers the political struggles of surrogates, arguing that an increase in their rights could result in challenging assumptions that children necessarily belong to those whose genetics they share. This, in turn, opens up space for taking collective responsibility for children and the radical transformation of notions of kinship. Donna Haraway has labelled it “the seriously radical cry for full gestational justice that I long for”, whilst McKenzie Wark says that it “brings us a vision of another life”. In addition to this, Lewis has translated works including Communism for Kids by Bini Adamczak (MIT, 2016) and A Brief History of Feminism by Antje Schupp (MIT, 2017). She is a member of the Out of the Woods collective, whose first book is to be published by Common Notions in 2019, an editor at Blind Field: A Journal of Cultural Inquiry, and a queer feminist committed to cyborg ecology and anti-fascism. Further writings, on subjects ranging from Donna Haraway to dating, have been published in The New York Times, Boston Review, Viewpoint Magazine, Signs, Dialogues in Human Geography, The Inquiry, Jacobin, The New Socialist, Logic, The London Review of Books and Salvage Quarterly.

Zach Howe is an editor, decorator, and archivist living in Philadelphia. He’s interested in all-faggot communism and everything else that increases people’s desire and capacity for mutual care. He has a background in labor organizing and writes poetry like Jenny Holzer flirting in a bathhouse.

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Philly AIDS Thrift @ Giovanni’s Room

Address for Philly AIDS Thrift @ Giovanni’s Room

345 S. 12th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19107

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