Happy International Women’s Day!

Feminist for Liberty’s Kat Murti will be hosting an International Women’s Day discussion at the Cato Institute today, alongside Chelsea Follett and Gui Sutter Schneider. The panel runs from 4-5 p.m. this afternoon; check it out online here: https://www.cato.org/events/international-womens-day-catodigital-free-women-free-markets-free-world

Stop Panicking About Millennials, Gen Z, and Porn

Young people lead healthier and safer sex lives than ever before. But people still claim porn is turning them into degenerates.

In a new Buzzfeed article, Feminist for Liberty co-founder Elizabeth Nolan Brown explores how “evidence-free freakouts over erotica are a time-honored tradition.” But as with fears about “pornographic” French novels in the 1890s and consternation over cable-TV porn in the 1980s, today’s porn prohibitionists are more moral panic than anything. There’s no evidence that internet porn has been destroying millennials — some of whom now have two decades of post-high-school (and first-porn-viewing) data to offer.

Read the whole thing here. Brown also talked with Fox News correspondent Ellison Barber recently about state legislatures declaring porn a “public health crisis”:

I was on @foxnewsnight last night talking to @ellisonbarber about porn being a “public health crisis.” Check it out: pic.twitter.com/xrg8DvFqeT— Elizabeth Nolan Brown (@ENBrown) February 20, 2018

Feminists for Liberty at the 2018 Women’s March

We showed up to represent a libertarian feminist perspective at the D.C. Women’s March this January, joined by friends from the Ladies of Liberty Alliance and the D.C. Libertarian Party. It was a nice opportunity to talk to people outside of our ideological inner-circles–both other marchers and members of the media–about our ideas.

Check out a few photos below, and catch Feminist for Liberty co-founder Kat Murti talking about the March on Fox News D.C. and in Maryland newspaper The Sentinel.

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:
Free-marketers.
Free-thinkers.
Pro-choice (in all things)
Anti-carceral
Big-tent

MISSION

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