Here’s the video from my recent SFL Webinar, Women and the Moral Case for Liberty.
This was actually quite a controversial webinar. Many people were very upset that SFL would actually host someone willing to talk about feminism. In Europe, I was accused of being a “socialist infiltrator.” In the US, people, as per ush, ignorantly straw-manned feminism. This is clearly a very important topic, and one that many people are clearly not very well-informed on. So I really appreciate SFL for giving me this opportunity to speak, despite the outcry from the rank-and-file.
Unlike many “free-market” organizations, whose leadership ignore and exclude women and turn a blind eye when their membership is openly hostile, SFL leadership continually rises to the challenge when it comes to sexism in the liberty movement. I am so proud of SFL and honored to be a part of this organization.
Just read this letter that went out to the SFL mailing list to promote the webinar:
When I started college, I aligned myself with the liberal left because of its emphasis on women’s issues and strong feminist rhetoric. After discovering the philosophy of liberty, however, I saw how my belief in women’s equality complimented my newfound identity as a libertarian.
Libertarians and feminists share many common values and priorities, including advancing opportunities for women of all ages and ethnicities, supporting freedom of choice, and working towards reducing the centralization of power in any structure or institution. As a libertarian feminist, I support all of these assertions of human rights by women. The fight for individual liberty and prosperity for all must specifically include women, and their struggle to gain equality with men as both laborers and leaders.
Join Students For Liberty and students from all over the world tomorrow night for a webinar discussion with Sex and the State Editor-in-Chief Cathy Reisenwitz on women’s issues and the morality of liberty. I hope you’ll join me in exploring this important topic in tomorrow’s webinar.
In her autobiography, Elaine Brown, the former leader of the Black Panther Party, notes that “the value of my life had been obliterated as much by being female as by being black and poor. Racism and sexism in America were equal partners in my oppression.” Similarly, as libertarians, we must fight just as hard for the rights of women as we do for the rights of all suppressed people. We must denounce oppression in all of its forms, including a social order primarily dominated by men.
Southeast Regional Director, Students For Liberty