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 A.I., 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 skeptical 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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Mary Harrington

Mary Harrington has been published in First Things, American Affairs, the New York Post, The Spectator, the New Statesman, the Times, and the Mail on Sunday among others. She is a contributing editor at UnHerd, where she writes a weekly column, and Feminism Against Progress (Forum, 2023) is her first book. She tweets as @moveincircles.

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Nina Power

Nina Power is a writer and philosopher. She is senior editor for Compact Magazine, and teaches at multiple institutions, including the Mary Ward Centre, GCAS and IndieThinkers. She is author of What Do Men Want?: masculinity and its discontents. She tweets as @Nina_Compact.

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Emma Webb

Emma Webb is the director of Common Sense Society–United Kingdom. She was most recently deputy research director at the Free Speech Union, a membership organization fighting to protect freedom of expression in the U.K. In 2020, she co-founded the heritage campaign group Save Our Statues. Prior to that, she was director of the forum on integration, democracy, and extremism at the Westminster think tank Civitas, and a research fellow at the foreign policy think tank, The Henry Jackson Society. She is a regular contributor to GB News and TalkTV, and has appeared on flagship BBC political programming The Big QuestionsPolitics Live, and Channel 5. She has written for a number of publications including The SpectatorThe Daily Telegraph, and The Times, and hosts a weekly political show for the Westminster-based New Culture Forum podcast. She is a graduate of the University of Cambridge and King’s College London.

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