Female? Give libertarian a try.

Author’s note: I am a man and make no claims I fully understand women’s issues or what it is like to be a woman in America. However, I do understand liberty, equal rights, and the concept of gender egalitarianism through private action.

Abortion. Birth control. Equal pay. Prostitution. Sexual violence. Today, these are common issues discussed when it comes to the popular phrase of “women’s issues” in the United States. It is commonly assumed that ‘the left’ wants to make women equal and ‘the right’ wants to keep women where they are at – at best.  This has led to an explosion of Democrat Party popularity among many females since before I was born. While some women still vote Republican – they either do it out of religious reasons, the belief that fiscal freedom is more important than social freedom, or a myriad of other reasons, I want to speak to the women who feel their social freedom is very important to them.

Democrat politicians will tell women that voting Democrat is in their best interest. But, is it really? Let’s examine several issues and consider the evidence more closely to prove that voting for more government is truly the best way to promote women’s equality in our society.

Abortion. It is a libertarian ideal that all women have the right to choose – whenever, however, regardless. Why?  Democrats claim “it’s safe”, but a libertarian believes that it is your own body, and who is the government – or anyone else – to tell you what you should do with it? A libertarian’s primary concern is freedom – your freedom, my freedom and everybody’s freedom.  Your body is your own, end of story. A democrat will impose rules upon your abortions, even if they are relaxed rules – but a libertarian will not. If you value your right to choose – you should consider the libertarian philosophy.

Birth control. On this, libertarians win the freedom battle, hands down. Why? Both libertarians and democrats support birth control (including Plan B), but libertarians take it a step further.  Libertarians would like to remove restrictions on oral contraceptive (the pill).  This would save millions of dollars for millions of women and make it more affordable than ever before. Again, it is your body, why do you have to see a doctor for refilling a prescription again and again? Especially when the statistics for the safety of “the pill” are indisputable.

Equality in the work place. This one is a bit more difficult to address and doing so in a paragraph, when volumes of research exist on the subject (some conflicting), seems absurd. That being said, I believe women are becoming acutely intrinsic to our nation’s future as a superpower as more and more businesses embrace technology and highly-skilled positions within an organization. The problem: the complexities that exist with employment and discrimination law encourage businesses to “hedge their bets” before interviewing women for high skill positions. I firmly believe laws that give special standing to individuals in the work place only lead to furthered inequality. The ‘pay gap’ exists due to legitimate reasons beyond just bigotry: chosen profession, more women in lower paying jobs, fewer women with engineering degrees, fewer hours worked, taking time off for children, and the like. Time has a great article on it: http://ideas.time.com/2013/03/07/the-pay-gap-is-not-as-bad-as-you-and-sheryl-sandberg-think/

Truthfully, preferential treatment of any kind is wrong and leads to women’s economic disenfranchisement. It was wrong with women, it was wrong with blacks – it is always wrong. Wrong, wrong, wrong.  If we truly wish to embrace the concept of women’s equality in the work place – we need to start treating them as they are equals, not a special protected class.

Libertarian philosophy demands just that: no employment coercion of any kind. When you make it to a prestigious university or get that dream job, no one can tell you it’s due to ‘the system’ giving it to you. You earned it, regardless of the challenges present, and that is how we must begin treating women: as a person worthy of respect and an individual who does not need a patronizing parent to ‘protect’ and treat women as a protected class? Do away with the patriarchal society telling you what you should and should not do: be your own person and let’s start treating each other with respect – that’s the beauty of liberty.

Prostitution.  Prostitution in most places is illegal, and therefore, operated by criminals, pimps, and fueled by human trafficking that entraps women into a life of slavery outside our lawful society. These dark holes that trap these women are dangerous lifestyle – but we can change that. Legalize prostitution. If it is no longer a crime to be a prostitute, it will make pimps and human traffickers obsolete over-night. Now, sex can be bought and sold on an open market with government regulation of the industry. When a prostitute is raped, she can now go to the police without fear of being charged with a crime. If you believe your body is your right and no one else’s, advocate for the legalization of prostitution even if it is something you personally oppose.  Free women (and men, as well) can do with their bodies as they please – is a basic right and one that isn’t supported by the Republican or Democrat platforms: if you want the right to your body, libertarian is the way to go.

Sexual violence. This one is the worst of all the topics I’m going to address. Rape. It is an ugly, terrible word that denotes a violent and evil crime perpetrated by criminals against people. More often than not, it targets women and women represent the majority of victims making. If you are a woman, understand the police cannot stop rape from happening, nor will any amount of ‘sexual violence walks’ or ad campaigning.

Rape is not committed by misguided male lovers. Rape is a crime of violence and dehumanization, treating the other person as an object, against their will, to satisfy personal lust, or worse, the need to hurt and humiliate someone deeply. Regardless of emotion or intent, the crime is still violent. There is no ‘gentle rape’ or ‘kinda rape’. Rape is rape and these violent criminals must be stopped and persecuted. Women must stop being treated like children after the incident and empowered to seek justice against their assailants. But even more so: we need to empower women to protect themselves.

I’ve heard that women should not fight rape – instead, “go along with the rape”or they will “make it worse”. No. No. NO NO NO! This is absurd and only serves to promote rape culture – fight to the last breath and do everything in your power to resist every step of the way.  Guns give women an advantage against their male assailants.  Unfortunately, many states enforcing strict gun control laws and waiting periods before the lawful purchase of a gun – as if a man who intends on raping his girlfriend will wait until his victim possesses a gun to protect herself.

Want to curb violence against women?  Let’s level the playing field.  Support the right of all women to carry hand guns, tasers, mace, and switch blades.  Did you know that 2/3 of all rapes occur by someone the victim knows? A flick of the wrist from the switch blade in a pocket can make an unwanted assault short-lived, indeed.  If sexual violence against women concerns you, libertarian freedom is the solution.

Vote libertarian for women’s rights; for everyone’s rights.

Nine women shot dead every week because victims lack deadly force

Domestic-Violence-9Women-1_Meme-noURL-320x447The “Moms Demand Action” disarmament group touts October as “Domestic Violence Awareness Month”, claiming numbers published from a new Violence Policy Center report indicate nine American women are shot dead by their husband or intimate partner every week.  Clever as they are, the group has taken clear advantage of those numbers by once again pushing Congress to pass so-called “common sense” gun reforms that, in their eyes, somehow take guns out of the hands of women abusers.

Amazing.  Without missing a step, these mothers have missed an opportunity to better protect women from abusive partners.  Involved as this group might be in empowering women to protect themselves, focusing instead on hotly contested political diatribes in direct opposition to clear public opinion (just ask the people of Colorado) and the Constitution inadvertently dismantles any credibility the anti-gun group may have had.

Rather than empowering women by teaching how guns can protect their families, “Moms Demand Action” pleads for government laws to remove guns from the aggressors instead, standing atop a collection of fragile political miscalculations and a wasteful campaign geared towards disarmament, rather than empowerment.  Yet again, an anti-gun group loses the battle before firing the first shot.

The report only studied the number of incidents involving a female victim and a male aggressor.  Doing the math, 468 women die at the hands of gun-wielding men every year.  Eager to capitalize on the findings, the group responded.

“We urgently need better policies that protect women and their families from this senseless violence,” wrote the founder of “Moms Demand Action”.  In reality, the group’s “Please protect us!” response smacks of foolhardy carelessness.  It quietly gives off the impression that women cannot protect themselves and are somehow defenseless and feeble, dependent only on what the government can provide for them.  Worse, it savagely implies that women lack the competence and ability to fight back.  How about empowering women to better protect themselves instead?  “Moms Demand Action” will have none of it.

In truth, violence against anyone needs addressing, but not with blindly headstrong attempts to disarm the American people with legislation that even supporters in Congress admit will not prevent the next gun attack.  Harebrained adventures into the rough political waters of gun control are about as effective as our government’s ability to manage its own debt.

These numbers should indicate to “Moms Demand Action” that women should take a more proactive approach to self-defense by learning what it takes to protect themselves against those who would do them harm.  Our government could ban every gun in the United States tomorrow, but if an ex-boyfriend shows up at the doorstep of his former girlfriend’s house with an illegal firearm, no law in existence can possibly protect her.  A call to 911 is critical, but what happens in the five to 15 minutes between the call and the police’s arrival?  That depends on the victim and how prepared she is to fight back.

To the chagrin of “Moms Demand Action”, women are buying guns at record rates.  According to a Gallup poll published earlier in the year, nearly a quarter of all women are gun owners.  That adds up to almost 20 million women in our nation who are refusing to become the next victim.

The truth is guns do an excellent job at protecting women – laws do not.  A law cannot step in and diffuse the situation.  No angry gunman will turn around and leave because a law says he cannot commit that crime.  However, a 6-inch gun barrel pointed right between the lunatic’s eyes might.  The man probably does not expect a fight.  Why would he?  Groups like this imply women are helpless.

Instead of wishing for a bunch of laws to protect women from crime, take action!  Attend a self-defense class and learn how to protect yourself.  Buy a gun and learn how to use it.  Never hope for the passage of laws – that criminals will side step – to protect you.  Refuse to be a victim.

Learn how to fight back, or risk becoming another weekly statistic.