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Wendy McElroy

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1951 (age 63–64)

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Wendy McElroy (born 1951) is a Canadian individualist anarchist and feminist. She was a co-founder along with Carl Watner and George H. Smith of The Voluntaryist magazine in 1982.


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Sex and feminism

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Among feminists, McElroy identifies herself as being sex-positive, defending the availability of pornography and condemning anti-pornography feminism campaigns. Citing prior work by Greg Lukianoff, she has also voiced criticism of sexual harassment policies, particularly grade-school zero-tolerance policies - which she considers to be "far too broad and vague" and based on biased reports.

Capitalism and government

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In explaining her position in regard to capitalism, McElroy says she has a "marked personal preference for capitalism as the most productive, fair and sensible economic system on the face of the earth," but recognizes that the free market also enables other economic systems. She says what she wants for society is "not necessarily a capitalistic arrangement but a free market system in which everyone can make the peaceful choices they wish with their own bodies and labor", and therefore describes herself as a supporter of free market economics.

She credits Murray Rothbard's book Man, Economy, and State: A Treatise on Economic Principles (1962) as being "solely responsible for turning [her] from the advocacy of limited government to a lifetime of work within the individualist-anarchist tradition."


McElroy has been a vocal defender of the whistleblowing site WikiLeaks and its head Julian Assange.

George H. Smith

McElroy has repeatedly worked with George H. Smith, another well-known anarcho-capitalist author. However, in 2015 the relationship between McElroy and Smith became rancorous, to the point where McElroy complained of "sexual slander," victimization and exploitation.

Published works

  • National Identification Systems: Essays in Opposition, by Carl Watner, Wendy McElroy, January 1, 2004 ISBN 0-7864-1595-9
  • Debates of Liberty: An Overview of Individualist Anarchism, 1881–1908, February 1, 2003 ISBN 0-7391-0473-X
  • Liberty for Women: Freedom and Feminism in the Twenty-First Century. Chicago: Ivan R. Dee. 2002. ISBN 978-1566634359. OCLC 260069067. 
  • Sexual Correctness: The Gender-Feminist Attack on Women, June 2001
  • Dissenting Electorate: Those Who Refuse to Vote and the Legitimacy of Their Opposition by Carl Watner, Wendy McElroy, January 1, 2001
  • Individualist Feminism of the Nineteenth Century: Collected Writings and Biographical Profiles, January 1, 2001
  • Queen Silver: The Godless Girl (Women's Studies (Amherst, N.Y.), Queen Selections Silver, December 1, 1999 – about her friend Queen Selections Silver.
  • Freedom, Feminism, and the State by Wendy McElroy, Lewis Perry, February 1, 1999
  • The Reasonable Woman: A Guide to Intellectual Survival, April 1, 1998
  • XXX: A Woman's Right to Pornography Prelude Press, 1995, ISBN 0-312-13626-9
  • Liberty, 1881–1908: A Comprehensive Index, January 1982
  • Articles
  • Contributor (2008). Hamowy, Ronald, ed. The Encyclopedia of Libertarianism. Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE Publications, Cato Institute. ISBN 978-1-4129-6580-4. LCCN 2008009151. OCLC 750831024. 
  • Feminism and Women's Rights. pp. 173–76. 
  • Godwin, William (1856–1836). p. 211. 
  • Price, Richard (1723–1791). pp. 388–89. 
  • Voltaire (1694–1778). p. 523. 
  • Voluntarism. p. 524. 
  • Wollstonecraft, Mary (1759–1797). pp. 545–46. 
  • References

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