The intersection of free speech and social justice concerns has become a hotly-debated topic in the secular community and beyond, with “safe spaces” and backlashes to certain campus speakers taking center stage. Civil libertarian Wendy Kaminer criticizes the arguments of many social justice advocates and presents her case for unmitigated free expression in the public sphere.
Wendy Kaminer, a lawyer and social critic, writes about law, liberty, feminism, free speech, religion, criminal justice, and popular culture. A former Guggenheim fellow, she is the author of eight books, including Sleeping with Extra-Terrestrials: The Rise of Irrationalism and Perils of Piety; I’m Dysfunctional, You’re Dysfunctional: The Recovery Movement & Other Self-Help Fashions; and A Fearful Freedom: Women’s Flight from Equality. She is an advisor to the Secular Coalition for America and the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education.
This presentation was given at the Women in Secularism 4 Conference in Washington, DC on Saturday, September 24th, 2016.