Category Archives: feminism

Amateur Hour: FAQ

In case you missed it: tl;dr I quit a libertarian media organization last week because they made a not-especially-well-qualified porn star their most prominent spokesperson. I had qualms about being publicly, professionally associated with such a group, and I didn’t want to appear tacitly condoning of either the pornography itself or the “anything goes” sexual culture […]

Amateur Hour: Why I’m Leaving Young Voices

Having given the matter much thought, I’ve decided to terminate my participation in the “Young Voices” advocates program for principled reasons regarding this new organization’s management strategy and its emerging character. In particular, the recent on-boarding of a nominally libertarian porn star signals that Young Voices is not the relatively neutral support system for serious […]

book review: Vivian Gornick’s “Revolution as a Way of Life”

Last month, I read the article “Love and Anarchy” by Vivan Gornick in The Chronicle of Higher Education. It was adapted from a recently released book titled “Emma Goldman: Revolution as a Way of Life” by the same author. Because the essay was intriguing and, honestly, quite sexy, I quickly purchased the full book on […]

diamonds don't enslave women, women enslave women

Part of why I decided to blog again is because I had a backlog of stuff I wanted to write about. Here’s the first of that stuff. Let’s call this the beginning of a “Feminism Friday” series. An Engagement Ring Is a Deposit on a Wife This piece was written in response to a recent […]

sexism and the equality of persons

This post at Overcoming Bias caught my eye the other day: I Am Sexist Basically, Robin Hanson points out that a common definition and usage of “sexism” – having a “belief or attitude that one gender or sex is inferior to, less competent, or less valuable than the other” is flawed. It makes scientific observation […]

I don’t know how free Amish women are

Bryan Caplan writes: Question: How free are Amish women compared to other American women?  I say they’re just as free.  I also say, against Will Wilkinson, that their “formal freedom” is morally significant. If the Amish used threats of violence to keep their women in, it would be a terrible crime.  As matters stand, though, […]

some evidence for parentism

A while back, I wrote a little bit on “parentism,” which I defined as “consisting in discriminating against people on account of their parental status, or in individual actions and attitudes or institutional arrangements that favor persons of a particular parental status unjustly.” Here’s some evidence for the phenomenon: you can buy a box of […]

Stupak might reduce abortion insurance coverage, but not accessibility

From Feministing: A new study from the George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services reports that “the Stupak/Pitts Amendment will have an industry-wide effect, eliminating coverage of medically indicated abortions over time for all women, not only those whose coverage is derived through a health insurance exchange.” Brian at TPMDC writes: In […]

unintended consequences: Stupak Amendment & miscarriages edition

One of the most interesting things I have read about the Stupak Amendment is this: Will the Stupak Amendment Affect Insurance Coverage for Miscarriages? I Think So Sadly, the author experienced a miscarriage recently. In her case, as sometimes happens, the fetus had yet to be expelled. She was put in the difficult position of […]

thoughts on NOW and the Stupak Amendment

Disclaimer: I haven’t been following the health care stuff too closely, because it is exhausting, but this particular aspect interests me. The National Organization for Women is very upset because the Stupak Amendment passed and is part of the health care bill that passed the house the other day. According to the NYT, the Amendment […]