May 5Liked by Shikha Dalmia

I was pretty excited to see this topic as a feminist who gets frustrated with the anti-capitalist impulses in mainstream feminism. I liked the point about how seeking protective laws from the state often backfire and wish more feminists would keep in mind that the power to protect is inseparable from the power to control. I also think that strong collectivism is dangerous for the feminist project given that the same sexist impulses and power differentials would exist without the market making some space for creativity and drive, etc to allow oppressed peoples to make some space for themselves.

I was a bit dissappointed that she didn't even touch on motherhood (and free care-labor in general), which is the source of a lot of the gender disparity that still exists today. As it stands, public school funding and Medicaid/Medicare were eliminated or drastically cut, it would fall on mostly women to make up for those programs for free, forgoing their other hopes, dreams, and ambitions in the meantime. Given that reality, it's pretty rational for women and feminists to reach for the state rather than markets when they need to be empowered.

Ultimately, I wish that libertarianism had more valence in mainstream feminist circles, and that feminists would work harder to insure the markets gave us our due, rather than hoping some protector uses that power perfectly and benevolently forever.

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I've been looking for this flavor of feminism, if that's the right label....

The overwhelming vast majority of violence at every level of society all over the world for thousands of years has been committed by men. Nobody in history has ever figured out how to keep the majority of peaceful men while getting rid of the minority of violent men. And so, to have men, is to have violent men. And to have violent men is to live in world permeated with unspeakable violence.

In a world without men, almost all the violence goes away. And once that happens, trillions of dollars now needed for responding to male violence could be reinvested in life affirming projects like health care and education. The radical reduction in violence, plus the vast new resources, would bring us to something pretty close to the long dreamed of world peace. And so questions like these arise...

Why should we choose the male gender over world peace?

What is so important about a penis that it justifies us accepting so much suffering of the innocent?

14 more pages of this flavor of feminism can be found here:


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