Libertarian feminism. So why aren't there more Kellys speaking out?
Personal freedom, the right of adults to engage in any consenting sexual activity, the right to view sexually explicit imagery, reproductive rights, equal rights under the law, protection of person and property and individual rights without interference from the state. I find that the majority of rational atheist women uphold these libertarian values. Yet they are silent while the religious right and radical feminists get their days in the sun. The utopian ideals of equality whether based on religious or secular doctrines have always exacerbated the oppression of women when collectivism trumps the rights of the individual.
I work at a teaching hospital and I often meet fellow medical students and residents in various social settings (eg. pubs, restaurants). A large segment of liberal secular female physicians similar to their male counterparts like to blow off steam. They enjoy dirty movies, strip clubs and even casual sex. I am not implying that the genders are in any way interchangeable. Simply put, we have culturally evolved to a more permissive environment wherein womens' desires are no longer repressed. Yet even though my female colleagues uphold the ideals of equality, they are labelled as either antifeminist or that they are brainwashed by patriarchy for venturing to places of ill repute. Fortunately, the college town where I reside is liberal and relatively free of those who are right wing religious zealots.
What I find puzzling is that among the many secular women I have met, even though they are libertarian and feminist, they maintain silence like secular muslims who fear to speak out against their religion. So why don't they speak out? Why aren't there more Kellys expressing their libertarian views?