Women in the Biopolitical Age

An evening with Mary Harrington, in conversation with Nina Power and Emma Webb 

Please join us for an evening with Mary Harrington, discussing Feminism Against Progress, where Mary argues that the industrial-era faith in progress is turning against all but a tiny elite of women. Women’s liberation was less the result of human moral progress than an effect of the Industrial Revolution’s material consequences. We’ve now left the industrial era for the age of AI, biotech, and all-pervasive computing. As a result, technology is liberating us from natural limits and embodied sex differences. Although this shift benefits a small class of successful professional women, it also makes it easier to commodify women’s bodies, human intimacy, and female reproductive abilities. 

This is a stark warning against a dystopian future whereby poor women become little more than convenient sources of body parts to be harvested and wombs to be rented by the rich. Progress has now stopped benefiting the majority of women, and only a feminism that is sceptical of it can truly defend women’s interests in the 21st century. 

The event will be followed by a wine reception. Signed copies of Feminism Against Progress will be available for purchase. 


London, United Kingdom

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