Our guest today on Venus Rising is Scott Newgent. At the age of 43, Scott made the decision to medically transition from female to male. In 2017 Scott underwent phalloplasty which led to a massive pulmonary embolism. Scott nearly died of an infection which lasted 17 months.
During recovery Scott spent hours reading about transgender health, only to discover how little was known about the physical and psychological risks, as well as how woefully unregulated this area of medicine is for transgender people. Most shocking was the medical and pharmaceutical industry agenda to push children to transition.
As a parent, Scott works tirelessly at the state legislative level assisting lawmakers to write laws that will protect children from being allowed to medically transition. Most recently, Scott was involved in helping pass legislation in the State of Idaho that will not allow transgender girls to participate in school sports designated for biological females.
Scott says, “I can’t be called transphobic, I am transgender, but medically transitioning children is criminal. There is nothing to debate. It’s wrong on every level.”
If you’re a book worm, an aspiring writer, a feminist, or any combination, then this two-for-one episode is for you! Today we have the privilege of speaking with two radically brilliant women in one 45-minute episode. Susan Hawthorne and Renate Klein join Jennifer to talk about their journey creating and running an award-winning independent feminist press. Spinifex Press, founded in 1991, is an independent feminist book publisher, based in Australia, that publishes innovative and controversial feminist books with an optimistic edge.
Renate Klein, Ph.D., is a biologist and social scientist and long-term women's health researcher and has written extensively on reproductive technologies and feminist theory over the last thirty years. She was Associate Professor in Women's Studies at Deakin University in Melbourne and co-founder of FINRRAGE (Feminist International Network of Resistance to Reproductive and Genetic Engineering) and an original signatory to Stop Surrogacy Now.
Susan Hawthorne has her Ph.D., in Women’s Studies and Political Science from the University of Melbourne. Hawthorne’s award-winning writing includes poetry, fiction and non-fiction books. Her novel The Falling Woman was selected as one of The Australian’s Year’s Best Books (1992) and a Top Twenty Title in the Listener Women’s Book Festival. In 2015 she received the George Robertson Award for her services to the publishing industry.
We really hope you enjoy this interview from Down Under!
Link to Spinifex Press: http://www.spinifexpress.com.au
Link to Radically Speaking: Feminism Reclaimed: http://www.spinifexpress.com.au/Bookstore/book/id=131/
Link to Surrogacy: A Human Rights Violation: http://www.spinifexpress.com.au/Bookstore/book/id=301/
Link to Broken Bonds: http://www.spinifexpress.com.au/Bookstore/book/id=315/
On Venus Rising we talk a lot about surrogacy, but we haven’t brought you a real, honest interview with a woman who’s living the life of a surrogate. All of that changes today. ‘Lynn’, whose name has been changed to protect her identity, sits down with Jennifer for an authentic discussion about her ongoing experience as a commercial gestational surrogate. What started as a desire to help others has morphed into an experience that has risked her health and left her with worry.
We share her story because we know the risks, we know the dangers, and we know that many more ‘Lynn’s’ exist. We want to give them all a voice and an opportunity to share their story.
UPDATE: Since recording this episode, "Lynn" had an anatomy scan which showed the baby is on track at 20 weeks.When she is 35 weeks into the pregnancy she will move 5 hours away from home to deliver in a larger and better equipped hospital.
Today on Venous Rising Jennifer speaks with a Ph.D. candidate who is researching female body sex dolls and robots. Specifically, how men conceptualize these products and the implications of this kind of technology for women. Allow us to introduce you to a very influential activist and write, Ms. Caitlin Roper.
Ms. Roper is also very active in campaigning against the sexual exploitation of women and girls. Caitlin is the campaign manager for Collective Shout, she serves on the committee of Reclaim the Night, and is a founding member and chair of Adopt Nordic Western Australian Project. You can find her writings on ABC, the Guardian, Huffington Post, and the Sydney Morning Herold.
On this episode of Venous Rising, Caitlin speaks about her research, shares the current victories and future challenges at Collective Shout, and illuminates the parallels between pornography (the commercializing of sexuality) and surrogacy (the commercializing of reproduction).
I hope you allow her to inspire and empower you to begin speaking out against the exploitation of women and girls!
We are overjoyed to finally introduce our next guest on Venus Rising, Nick Isel. At age 15, Nick learned that he and his sister were donor conceived. Nick is one of 215 babies known infamously as “Nobel babies”; products of eugenicist Robert Graham’s Repository for Germinal Choice, a California-based sperm bank known as “The Nobel Bank”, claiming to only to accept “genius” sperm specimens.
Nick Isel was featured prominently in the book Genius Factory as a teenager under the pseudonym "Tom Legare". The author "David Plotz" interviewed him about his experiences growing up as a progeny of the Repository for Germinal Choice. Nick has also been featured in Esquire magazine, NPR Snap Judgement, "This is Life with Lisa Ling", and a short documentary titled The Need to Know.
Importantly, now, Nick is an advocate for the rights of the "Donor-Conceived" community and recently filed a citizen's petition to the US FDA regarding ending "Donor Anonymity" for sperm/egg donation establishments and increasing regulations and oversight. Specifically, Nick, wants donor- conceived children to have access to medical information, including plausible genetic diseases. This petition is still under review and is available for your comment here: https://www.regulations.gov/document?D=FDA-2016-P-2955-0087 . Today we get the unique opportunity to talk candidly with Nick about his advocacy work and this important petition he authored.
Citizen’s Petition: https://www.regulations.gov/document?D=FDA-2016-P-2955-0087
IMDB Page: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm8749966/
Genius Factory is available on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Genius-Factory-Curious-History-Nobel/dp/0812970527
Genius Factory Trailer: https://www.cbc.ca/documentarychannel/docs/genius-factory
The Need to Know Full-Length Video: https://vimeo.com/331831472
Today we travel to Canada to speak with Alison Motluk, a Toronto-based journalist with a special interest in reproductive technology. Alison writes on a broad category of topics and issues, but today we talk to her about third-party reproduction and the changes in Canada's Human Reproduction Act. Alison’s written in publications such as New Scientist, The Economist and the Globe and Mail. Alison also has a weekly email newsletter called HeyReprotech. You can sign up for her newsletter here: https://heyreprotech.substack.com.
Happy New Year! We are jump starting this year with an eye-opening and powerful
interview about freezing eggs and egg banking. For the first time, Jennifer sits down with Crystal Schnurr, a women who decided to freeze her own eggs for later use. Please join us as Crystal opens up with Venus Rising and tells us about her journey of freezing her own eggs.
We have a very special guest with us today! Matt Doran bravely shares with us his very personal story of growing up and finding out that he was a ‘donor’ conceived human being. Matt is both an aerospace mechanical engineer as well as an advocate against donor conception. Matt created and founded the first free worldwide social network for ‘donor’ conceived people, sperm/egg/embryo/surrogate ‘donors’, and social parents of ‘donor’ conceived people. His mission is to help connect biological families and offer support to other ‘donor’ conceived people so that they can create a demographic body that will create legislative change. You can find more about his foundation at DonorChildren.com.
Kallie Fell returns to Venus Rising as our guest to discuss her work and involvement at the Center for Bioethics and Culture. As you may know from her first guest appearance, Kallie started her professional career as a research assistant at the Women’s Reproductive Health Research Center at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. Kallie has since switched careers, but is still very passionate about women's health. She currently works as a labor and delivery nurse in the Bay Area. At the CBC, Kallie does important work reading, researching, interpreting, and analyzing new articles and studies pertaining to third party reproduction.
Listen to Kallie's first guest appearance on Venus Rising here:
Learn more about Kallie here:
In this episode, Jennifer Lahl has the privilege to sit down with lawyer, public advocate and award-winning author, Wesley J. Smith. Wesley Smith has authored or co-authored numerous books and has written hundreds of articles on bioethical issues and the importance of being human (human exceptionalism). His writing has appeared nationally and internationally in Newsweek, the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Forbes, the Weekly Standard, National Review, The Age (Australia), The Telegraph (United Kingdom), Western Journal of Medicine, and the American Journal of Bioethics. Wesley Smith currently serves as a Senior Fellow at the Discovery Institute's Center on Human Exceptionalism. Mr. Smith has had guest appearances national programs such as Good Morning America and Nightline, as well as internationally on BBC Radio 4. We are thrilled that Mr. Smith decided to join us on Venus Rising and we hope that you at home enjoy this episode.
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Forced Exit: The Slippery Slope from Assisted Suicide to Legalized Murder,
Forced Exit: Euthanasia, Assisted Suicide, and the New Duty to Die,
Culture of Death: The Assault on Medical Ethics in America,
Power Over Pain,
Consumer’s Guide to a Brave New World,
A Rat is a Pig is a Dog is a Boy: The Human Cost of the Animal Rights Movement,
The War on Humans,
Culture of Death: The Age of "Do Harm" Medicine