Feminist says traditional family must be abolished because it’s a tool of capitalism

The Left have always been hostile to the traditional family, beginning with Karl Marx’s Communist Manifesto, which regards the family as where women are little more than “instruments of production” for men, and where patriarchy and capitalism worked in tandem to produce alienated workers.

The Left’s antipathy to the traditional family is fully displayed in feminist theorist Sophie Lewis‘ new book, Full Surrogacy Now: Feminism Against Family (Verso, 2019), wherein Lewis outright calls for the abolition of the family.

Central to Lewis’ thesis are pregnancy (“gestation”), mothers (“gestators”) and babies (“neonates”). For Lewis, motherhood is a form of exploited and unremunerated labor (or work) that enables that most exploitative of all economic systems — capitalism. In Lewis’ words, pregnancy and motherhood are capitalist devices for “propping up the propertarian, biogenetic, nuclear private household that is our main kinship model.”

In an interview with Rosemarie Ho of The Nation, which Wikipedia calls “the most widely read weekly journal” of progressives, i.e., the Left, Lewis said:

It’s a central idea to feminism anyway, that mothers aren’t natural entities; they’re making choices to look after this other person. It’s not some sort of mechanical, automatic process…. That’s why it’s so valuable to denaturalize the mother-child bond. To do anything otherwise is to devalue that work. That’s the horizon that I think opens up the space for a revolutionary politics….

I want to challenge, the idea that babies belong to anyone—the idea that the product of gestational labor gets transferred as property to a set of people. That is actually one of the revolutionary horizons that the Sisterhood of Black Single Mothers advocated for: how children should belong to no one but themselves….

[W]hen we say we want to abolish the family…there’s the whole question of what it is for: training us up to be workers, training us to be inhabitants of a binary-gendered and racially stratified system, training us not to be queer….

Sometimes you need the poets to help you articulate something concretely. You need Sylvia Plath describing the process of giving birth as a “black force blotting out [her] brain and utterly possessing [her]”; you need Elena Ferrante describing motherhood as being “a cud made of a living material that continually amalgamated and softened its living substance to allow two greedy bloodsuckers to nourish themselves.”

[…] it would be useful to implement a sense that it is normal for us to think about babies as made by many people. I would support policies that expand the number of people who are socially and legally recognized as central, fundamental players in the constitution of a person….

Lewis is too much even for The Nation‘s “progressive” readers, as indicated by some of their comments:

Alexis Treeby: “This interview is horrible. There may be merit to Ms. Lewis’ ideas. I say may, because I have no real idea what they are. It isn’t a sin against Marxism or feminism to speak in clear English instead of jargon, particularly in a general interest political magazine such as The Nation.”

Elizabeth Vincent: “Of course there are women who don’t want to be mothers, but why is that a problem to be solved by having all babies born to paid women of color in other countries? Why can’t women who don’t want to be mothers just not be mothers, and leave mothering to people who do want to be mothers? I feel like there is an unfortunate tendency for intellectuals to over-complicate issues in a way that scares people away from the left. I am a mother myself, and although it was difficult bringing up children, to me it was completely worth it.”

Muhammad Thompson: “I’m so sick of this pseudo-scientific crap, these social analyses pulled so easily from the ass of the Neo-Marxist. Pretentious fabrications like “heteronormativity.” This is why I pull away from socialism. Marx and Engels have nothing to offer our age”

Francis Louis Szot: “If I hadn’t read this article, if I heard some Ozark snake-kissing, old-testament-based champion of genocide claiming that the left wing of the Democrat Party was in favor of “abolishing the family”, I’d have been able to chalk-it-up to faulty attribution, or malignant, purposefully deceptive translation of some weird, offhand remark by an isolated, grumpy individual.

Now, I’ll have to admit that the dolt CAN claim that he saw that prescription inside one of the most prominent publications on the Left Side of the USA political spectrum, and thereby semi-legitimately extend the silliness beyond the immediate coven members who penned it.

Thanks to The Nation, such an asinine assertion can be repeated by the religious right with validity.

If there was any possibility that the claimed cause & effect had the slightest chance of actually happening, or actually being true, I might be persuaded to give it a little slack, but this stuff is 100% nonsense, IMHO.”

Sophie Lewis explains why feminists are so hell-bent on killing their young, in utero and post-birth.

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Auntie Lulu
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Auntie Lulu

All I can do is scratch my head over the rantings of this loon. If YOU do not want to be a mother–then don’t be one. If ANOTHER woman wants to be a mother–then she certainly should be one. There is great wisdom in the fact that children born into families that consist of a mother and a father do much better in all aspects of life. It is asinine to think otherwise. I would love to know if this woman is a lesbian, or what her sexual persuasion is?

DCG
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What a miserable creature…

William
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William

To think I was once a fellow traveler, a Nation subscriber. Now it can be told. Elena Ferrante describing her babies as “two greedy bloodsuckers” perfectly encapsulates how feminists view motherhood. Occasionally we get a glimpse of how these people’s minds work despite their attempts to obscure with academic sludge. For Sophie Lewis I imagine her mind to be a writhing, twitching mass of worms. These people are pseudo-intellectuals who live in their heads. That’s fine with me but just stay out of ours

Chemtrailssuck
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Chemtrailssuck

Feminism is a creation of communism. Communism never works, and to look at the kids today, neither does feminism, day “care” and shunting kids off to total strangers to take care of. Feminism is a failure.
Marriage and raising kids is work, real work, but it’s way better than some lousy day job anytime! Sophie’s myopic view is pretty sad. She’s probably a lesbian anyway.

Tannhauser
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Tannhauser

It takes a Gulag to raise a child comrade.

Lana
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Lana

I haven’ t been feeling too well, but I couldn’t let this one pass without comment. Why doesn’t she just put herself out of her misery and do herself in? I guess I should leave it at that, but….. Words cannot describe the extent and depth of evil conjured by the twisted mentally ill minds such as Lewis who pose as the intellectual avante garde, all with the agenda of pulling others into a similarly deviant and sick world like their own. Misery loves company. They lie to themselves, consistent with their mental illness, that they are wanting to improve… Read more »

Joseph A Magil
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Joseph A Magil

Biogenetic? I suppose this woman can’t stand the fact that her body is alive and that it contains genes.

Pearl
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Pearl

I’m a little disappointed that the ravings of the lunatic leftists is given such a platform here. I know we want to alert people to the danger of these insane ideologues, but the time for convincing others is closed. Anyone who is in their camp has already rejected decency and goodness.

Lophatt
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Lophatt

Kill Whitey!!! Whoops, wrong subject. This is so bad its almost a parody. Making “The Internationale” your family is probably not such a good idea. She (?)’s just another state worshipper who bought the “full meal deal”. You could read this cheap quasi-philosophy from a number of sources. It doesn’t matter which. It’s evil, dehumanizing and shows a profound hatred of God’s work and mankind in general. All I see is that these commies keep coming back, usually under assumed names. The rhetoric is always the same. It’s like watching laundry go round and round in the washer. Trouble is… Read more »

Joseph A Magil
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Joseph A Magil

They’re developing artificial wombs. Soon, babies may actually be the “property” of persons (corporations) other than their genetic parents. Can you say “dystopia”? Where is Orwell when we need him? (Oops! Probably shouldn’t have said that. Now, some corporation will probably dig him up and clone him.) People like Lewis will probably cheer.

https://www.theverge.com/2017/4/25/15421734/artificial-womb-fetus-biobag-uterus-lamb-sheep-birth-premie-preterm-infant

SmKay
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SmKay

A perfect example why I am against handing out last place trophies to losers. They feel entitled to force thier flawed opinions down the throats of those who work hard and have shared values in family, god and country.

Anonymou
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Anonymou

Marxism…

Alma
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Alma

I wonder how characters like this can make it in the world, makes me think what kind of a decent man would have aspirations to approach her with good intentions to start a family. She is not material for a normal relationship.

MarkyMark
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MarkyMark

Well, the leftists HAVE made it unattractive to marry and have a family; they did so with easy, lucrative divorce for women. If I were married, my wife could divorce me at any time, for any reason, and be rewarded richly for doing so. I’d lose my house, while keeping the mortgage payment, bills, etc. As the old country & western song says, “Mama gets the gold mine, while Daddy gets the shaft.” How TRUE it is under today’s modern family law. What man, in his right mind, would sign up for that?! What’s good on an individual level is… Read more »

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Steven Broiles
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Sophie the Sappho is NUTZ NUTZ NUTZ!!! But she does mention Sylvia Plath, so if “Mz.” Lewis has a gas stove, there is hope!

“Hell is empty and all the demons are here!”