Views::Sharon Presley


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Views Presley said in 2013 that libertarian feminism is not different from mainstream feminism except in the unwillingness of libertarians to resort to government solutions to social problems. She said she prefers "a hand up" from private sources such as mutual aid societies "rather than a handout" from government.<ref name=Transadvocate>{{#invoke:Citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=journal }}</ref> She said in 1980 that libertarian feminists "don't believe in seeking government solutions to women's problems".<ref name="traps"/><ref name=ALF>{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=web }}</ref>

Presley rejects the view that transgender women are not women, or that they should not take part in the feminist dialogue and says that transgender people should be judged on their merits, like other people. She said, "Depending on distant bureaucracies run by white men who have no understanding has been problematic for women; there is no reason to assume that trans people will be any better served by those bureaucracies.<ref name=Transadvocate/>

Presley believes that the government should not subsidize abortion for the poor, nor make any laws limiting or banning abortion; she maintains that abortion should be available as a choice.<ref name=Transadvocate/><ref>{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=book }}</ref> Likewise, she believes that birth control pills should not be subject to government subsidy or restriction.<ref name=Enemy/>

Presley says that the government should not make any laws regarding prostitution. She also says that the customers of prostitutes should not be prosecuted. In this regard, Presley differs from feminists who wish to restrict prostitution.<ref name="traps"/> She says that, despite the general agreement among feminists that violent pornography is degrading to women, that there should be no government laws limiting such pornography, which she describes as a symptom of a societal problem. Instead, she suggests that the problem's cause should be identified and treated with education.<ref name="traps"/> She disagrees with Susan Brownmiller that anti-obscenity laws would solve the problem.<ref name=Enemy>{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=book }} Originally published in 1976 by the Association of Libertarian Feminists.</ref>

Presley's self-help book, Standing Up to Experts and Authorities: How to Avoid Being Intimidated, Manipulated, and Abused, came out in 2010. In the first chapter she cites scholarly studies to describe how people may unknowingly disengage their critical thinking in the face of apparent authority. This reaction masks the possibility that the authority's assertions may be challenged. Presley continues by giving the reader pointers on how to overcome their initial reaction and regain a calm and assertive footing.<ref>{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=news }} Article updated on August 21, 2013.</ref>

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