Listen now (54 mins) | Tales from the rent-a-womb business
Made me feel sick listening to that. Cannot wrap my head around the buying of babies to order. Morally corrupt in my view. As for a single man ordering himself a child - just who is then going to raise that child whilst he continues in his high paid job? Oh another woman ordered in to do the child rearing. And young women offering up their eggs like candy. Better not at a later date think about their genetic children because they are gone and out of reach. Too late for regrets they signed on the dotted line for some cash to finish school with. Horrible sickening capitalist gone crazy world.
Curious you did not ask the surrogacy company if they screen their clients ( or did I miss that?). But you covered this at the end by saying there is no law to require that. That to me is one of the many scary things about this industry. Thank you for this reporting.
The repeated emphasis on the "beauty" and "sweetness" of the women acting as surrogates was telling--they're certainly viewed as products to be consumed. Did I hear right that one of them was referred to as "peaches and cream"? Nauseating. With cases of abuse, the abuser is rarely the focus whereas the target carries the burden of proving they were abused. Such is the case with women under patriarchy. All the focus is upon whether the women "have the right" to do what they're doing while men/the patriarchy are left out of the equation. I was glad for Julie turning that right around and asking "Do men/anybody have the right to expect this of women?"
Difficult listening at times, witnessing all the slick marketing talk and finding out about how Health Insurance will pay for surrogacy in certain US states. Thank you Julie Bindel for all the important work you do on behalf of women everywhere!
I am amazed Julie at how candid they were with you, it's mind boggling, an amazing interview if disturbing, I would love to know how you did it!
For egg donors, it’s the powerful drugs to cause them to super ovulate (produce more eggs than normal in a cycle) that create potentially serious health risks to the donor.
Gosh that was an education. Many thanks for all your work on this Julie, in the last few years I've done a 180° on this, simply because I just didn't have enough real knowledge on the issue.
"We did a maternity shoot and it came out great!". I think we all remember what we felt like when we first saw that photo.