Cathy Reisenwitz

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Cathy Reisenwitz is a D.C.-based publisher of the Sex and the State blog and editor at Young Voices. Reisenwitz's political commentary has been published at several publications including Reason, Forbes and Vice Motherboard. As a self-identified individualist feminist, Reisenwitz regularly advocates individual liberty, economic freedom, sex positive feminism and crypto-anarchy. Reisenwitz is a frequent public speaker at libertarian events, most notably on behalf of Students for Liberty. She has been praised as a refreshing voice within the rising liberty movement.

As Payton Alexander with The Libertarian[1]wrote, "All too often, feminist writers and commentators have little to provide in the way of constructive solutions to the problems they identify in society. Cathy Reisenwitz is a prominent and much appreciated exception to this trend. By blending her own philosophy of liberty with a sex-positive strain of feminist commentary, Reisenwitz is able to tackle the problems facing women in society without resorting to coercion and government control. While feminists of her calibre and particular viewpoint are rarely the ones that make it on TV, the connection that she makes between these two schools of thought is neither weak nor improbable by any stretch of the imagination. Consent is the primary criterion that underpins sex-positive feminism, and consent is the primary criterion that underpins the liberty movement as well. As a journalist and a political thinker, Cathy Reisenwitz has brought rigour and clarity to an arena all too often muddled by strong feelings and identity politics."

Reisenwitz is a proponent of social justice and advocates marketing libertarian ideas to society's most disenfranchised. She regularly argues that by applying libertarian solutions to problems that disproportionately impact minority communities and women, economic freedom and personal liberty can thrive.

She writes, "I was a Bitch and Bust-reading feminist NeoCon Southern Baptist who saved herself for marriage. I’m now a sex-positive, polyamorous anarcho-capitalist libertarian." Her most controversial essay was probably Shaming Others is Unjustifiable Coercion,[2] which had a follow-up, Coercion, Persuasion, and Shaming: A Follow Up.[3]

Reisenwitz was invited to debate the concept of privilege with another libertarian commentator, Julie Borowski, on The John Stossel Show [4].


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