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Venus Rising
Where we encourage to learn, discuss and think beyond the masses.
Category: Sexuality
Location: Pleasant Hill
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by Jennifer Lahl
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February 17, 2020 08:00 PM PST

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!

You can find out more about Collective Shout and support their work at:

February 04, 2020 08:00 PM PST

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

January 15, 2020 12:00 AM PST

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.

December 31, 2019 11:00 PM PST

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.

December 17, 2019 02:00 AM PST

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.

December 02, 2019 10:00 PM PST

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:

November 12, 2019 09:00 PM PST

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.

Abbreviated Bibliography:
No Contest: Corporate Lawyers and the Perversion of Justice in America,
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

October 29, 2019 09:00 PM PDT

Today we speak with cultural and medical anthropologist, Diane Tober. Dr. Tober is an Assistant Adjunct Professor at the University of California, San Francisco Institute for Health and Aging and faculty at the Bixby Center for Reproductive Health. Her work and research is focused on gender and sexuality, the commodification of the body, science and technology studies, bioethics, and social and reproductive justice. With funding from the National Science Foundation, she is, and has been, comparing egg donation in the United States and Spain. She has conducted field research in Iran, Spain, and the United States. Join us as we sit down with Dr. Tober to discuss her research exploring egg donors’ decisions and experiences within the global market for human eggs.

To find out more about Dr. Tober, her research, or her new book Romancing the Sperm: Shifting Biopolitics and the Making of Modern Families please visit her website: http://dianetober.com.

October 17, 2019 10:00 PM PDT

On this episode of Venus Rising, we sit down with our own, Kallie Fell a Bay Area labor and delivery nurse, to discuss the very basics of women's reproductive physiology. Before she was a nurse, Kallie was a scientist in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Vanderbilt University utilizing a M.S. degree in Reproductive Physiology from Purdue University. While assisting in the investigation of endometriosis and pre-term birth, she decided that she wanted to interact more with women in a clinical role and went back to school to become a registered nurse. In this episode, we catch a glimpse of how passionate Kallie is for women's health education.

October 10, 2019 10:00 PM PDT

Today we travel across the pond to talk to England's own, Gary Powell. Gary is a LGB activist, public administration campaigner, and an original signer of the Stop Surrogacy Now statement. Gary was tutored in Philosophy by the Rt Hon Baroness Mary Warnock, a specialist in reproductive ethics whose inquiry led to the UK Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act 1990. Join us as we find out why, as a gay man, Gary opposes surrogacy.

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