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Wendy McElroy (born 1951) is a Canadian individualist feminist and anarcho-capitalist. She was a co-founder along with Carl Watner and George H. Smith of The Voluntaryist magazine in 1982 and is the author of a number of books. McElroy is the editor of the Independent Institute website

Wendy McElroy
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Wendy McElroy speaking in Springfield, Illinois, September 16, 2006.
Born 1951 (age 66–67)
Nationality Canadian
Occupation Writer


Sociopolitical viewsEdit


McElroy has defended the availability of pornography and condemned anti-pornography feminism campaigns.[1]

Rape and sexual harassmentEdit

McElroy believes that crime data about rape are extremely inaccurate and that rape culture is a false narrative created by "politically-correct" feminists.[2][3] She is the author of Rape Culture Hysteria in which she contends that rape culture is a result of popular hysteria to the disadvantage of men, and in particular, white men. [4]

She has criticized sexual harassment policies and in particular grade-school zero-tolerance policies - which she considers to be "far too broad and vague" and based on biased reports.[5]

Capitalism and governmentEdit

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.[6] 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.[6]

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."[7]


McElroy has been a vocal defender of the whistleblowing site WikiLeaks and its head Julian Assange.[8]

George H. SmithEdit

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.[9]

Published worksEdit

  • 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

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ McElroy, Wendy. "You Are What You Read?". Retrieved 26 September 2015. 
  2. ^ "Debate with Jessica Valenti on "Rape Culture."". Retrieved 7 October 2017. 
  3. ^ McElroy, Wendy. "The Big Lie of a "Rape Culture"". The Future of Freedom Foundation. Retrieved 7 October 2017. 
  4. ^ Shaw, Jane S. "Is There Really a Rape Culture on Our Campuses?". The James G. Martin Center for Academic Renewal. Retrieved 7 October 2017. 
  5. ^ McElroy, Wendy. "Sexual Harassment Policies Need Reform". Retrieved 26 September 2015. 
  6. ^ a b McElroy, Wendy. "Capitalism versus the free market". Retrieved 26 September 2015. 
  7. ^ McElroy, Wendy. "Rothbard as System-Builder: A Tribute". Liberty Magazine.
  8. ^ McElroy, Wendy. "Let a Thousand Leaks Bloom". Retrieved 26 September 2015. 
  9. ^ McElroy, Wendy. "Follow Up To My Husband's Open Letter to Sharon Presley". 

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