‘Porn Is Speech, and Speech Is Constitutionally Protected’

Apparently not wanting to regulate porn as a “public health crisis” is now a right-leaning position? Here’s how WUSA9 wrote up an interview with Cathy Reisenwitz about the subject:

“Not everything that can be harmful should be legislated,” said Cathy Reisenwitz, Co-found of Feminists for Liberty. She leans a little more to the right.

“Pornography is kind of like sugar. Everyone consumes it. It’s not great for you in large quantities and you have a right to use it,” she added. “The big difference between porn and sugar is that your right to produce and consume sugar is not protected by the Constitution. Porn is speech and speech is constitutionally protected.”

Watch or read the whole thing here.

Introductory Post From Cathy Reisenwitz

By: Cathy Reisenwitz

“Feminism and libertarianism are fundamentally incompatible.”

Too many feminists and libertarians buy into this lie, to the detriment of both. Liz, Kat, and I created Feminists for Liberty to demolish this myth once and for all. Or, to at least have something to point to showing that no, not all libertarians are misogynistic pigs, and not all feminists are pinko commies. Most of them, maybe. But not all.

The future of any movement belongs to the ones willing to show up and do the work. We’ve each spent years complaining from our corner of liberty about how the average libertarian treats women and women’s lib. And we’ve all been purged from feminism for daring speak the name of Milton Friedman or Friedrich Hayek.

Together, we’re creating a “safe space” for heterodoxy. We’re tearing down sacred cows on the left, right, and fringes. Yes, we love markets. Yes, we love men. Yes, we have mixed feelings about the gender binary. And yes, we’re feminists too. In fact, we think we represent “real” feminism. Pro-market, pro-male, pro-growth, and unabashedly, unapologetically, and uncompromisingly free. We are pro-choice, in every sense of the word.

Practically speaking, we’re a media organization. We’re aggregating links, providing commentary, and being the girls (and boys) you go to when you want an intersectional, sex-positive, free-market feminist perspective. We give speeches and interviews. We write blogs and newsletters. And we organize events.

Thanks for stopping by. For inquiries, please email feministsforliberty@gmail.com.

Notes From Our First Meeting

Who we are:
Pro-choice (in all things)


Feminists for liberty aims to lead a new wave of an old idea: people should be treated equally under the law regardless of sex or gender (identity). We want to be a hub for a broad coalition of people devoted to the destruction of sexism and strict gender norms in a way that benefits us all. And of course nothing can benefit everyone by prioritizing the wants or needs of any group using the force of the state.

Guided by a long tradition of individualist or libertarian feminism, Feminist for Liberty’s mission is to provide a counternarrative to prevailing ideas about what feminism is and means, raise awareness about our space within the diversity of feminist thought, and promote liberty and gender justice for all.

We are sex positive, anti-carceral, classically liberal, and pro-choice in all realms of individual and economic freedom. Anti-sexism and anti-statism. We believe the best means of creating change in society can’t be based on coercion, criminalization, censorship, or bigger government. At the same time, we share many of the concerns of mainstream feminists and changes are necessary to promote equal opportunities and rights for everyone. We just sometimes disagree on how best to accomplish these goals.

By exploring a broad range of political and cultural issues from a free-thinking, feminist, libertarian, and intersectional perspective, we hope to attract others who want to promote gender liberation and women’s empowerment without abandoning civil liberties. Feminists for Liberty wants to bring together women, men, and people of all gender identities. People who may consider themselves feminists in theory, but not when they look at it in practice. People who think they’re anti-feminist because they haven’t been shown what it can be.

A wave starts with just a little wind blowing along the water’s surface, creating a small disturbance that steadily build into something bigger. Let’s create a disturbance.

Who we’re here for:

  • Women, men, and people of all gender identities
  • People who haven’t decided what they think about feminism
  • People who would consider themselves feminists in theory, except when they look at feminism they can’t get on board with it in practice.
  • People who are proud feminists but don’t see certain viewpoints or issues given enough airtime in current feminist discourse
  • People who think they’re anti-feminists because they don’t understand what feminism is and what it can be.
  • Intersectional feminists
  • Sex-positive feminists
  • People who want to promote gender equality (liberation?) and women’s empowerment without abandoning classically liberal ideas