Author Sophie Lewis’ forthcoming book is titled ‘Abolish the Family’

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In a forthcoming book titled, “Abolish the Family,” the author “makes the case for family abolition,” according to a book description that calls author Sophie Lewis a “leading feminist critic.”

The radical book, which is subtitled “A Manifesto for Care and Liberation,” is slated to be released next week

Lewis states on her Patreon page that she is “an unpaid visiting scholar at The Alice Paul Center for Research on Gender, Sexuality and Women at the University of Pennsylvania, and an occasional teacher for the Brooklyn Institute for Social Research.” The Brooklyn Institute for Social Research website indicates that Lewis is a faculty member.

In a piece posted on the website of the New Statesman, a progressive magazine in the U.K., Erin Maglaque, a historian at the University of Sheffield, described Lewis as “our most eloquent, furious and funny critic of how the family is a terrible way to satisfy all of our desires for love, care, nourishment” and wrote that Lewis’s work “offers a powerful introduction to the world beyond the nuclear family.”

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“Lewis is clear-eyed and witty about the inevitable knee-jerk reaction to calls for family abolition. (‘So! The left is trying to take grandma away, now, and confiscate the kids, and this is supposed to be progressive? What the f***?’) And it’s true that family abolition, like other abolitionist movements, presents certain discomforts,” Maglaque wrote. “Lewis acknowledges these discomforts, and asks us to imagine beyond them. The family isn’t actually any good at creating intimacy, Lewis argues; the family creates, in fact, a dearth of care, with shreds and scraps of intimacy fought out between overworked parents and totally dependent kids, hidden behind the locked doors of private property.”

Lewis is also the author of another work that appears to promote similar anti-family concepts — that book is titled “Full Surrogacy Now,” and it is subtitled, “Feminism Against Family.”

“Where pregnancy is concerned, let every pregnancy be for everyone. Let us overthrow, in short, the ‘family,'” the book description states. “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.”

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