Sharon Presley

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Sharon Presley

Sharon Presley (born 1943) is an American libertarian feminist, writer, activist,[1] and lecturer in psychology.[2]

Education and work[edit]

Presley received a B.A. in psychology from the University of California, Berkeley and an M.A. in psychology from San Francisco State. In 1981, she received a Ph.D. in social psychology from City University of New York.[1][3] Between 1982 and her retirement in 2009, she had a succession of instructor, adjunct, and visiting, positions at thirteen different schools,[2] most recently California State University, East Bay where she was a lecturer.[4] According to Rebecca Klatch, much of Presley's research focuses on "issues of power, obedience, and resistance to authority."[5]

Presley's self-help book, Standing Up to Experts and Authorities: How to Avoid Being Intimidated, Manipulated, and Abused, came out in 2010.[6]

Activism[edit]

Presley was apolitical until she read Ayn Rand at the age of nineteen.[7] She was radicalized when her boyfriend, who was leader of the Alliance of Libertarian Activists, was arrested in Berkeley, California. She joined Young Americans for Freedom, the Free Speech Movement, Students Opposed to Conscription, and the Alliance of Libertarian Anarchists ("ALA").[8][9] In Radicals for Capitalism, writer Brian Doherty states that ALA was "for a time successful enough to have its own rented office."

In 1972, Presley helped owner John Muller launch Laissez Faire Books, a libertarian store in Greenwich Village, New York. She worked on promotional materials there until 1977.[10][11][12]

In the mid-1970s Presley became the national coordinator for the Association of Libertarian Feminists.[13][14] She currently is executive director of the group.[15]

Views[edit]

Presley stated in a 1980 interview that libertarian feminists "don't believe in seeking government solutions to women's problems".[1][16]

Bibliography[edit]

  • "Individualism: A feminist psychologist's perspectives" in Mimi Reisel Gladstein, Chris Matthew Sciabarra, Feminist interpretations of Ayn Rand : Re-reading the canon, Penn State Press, 1999. ISBN 978-0-271-01830-0
  • Values and attitudes of political resisters to authority, Ph.D thesis, City University of New York, 1982.
  • Think for Yourself!: Questioning Pressures to Conform, Ronin Publishing, 2001, ISBN 1579510507
  • Co-editor with Crispin Startwell, Exquisite Rebel: The Essays of Voltairine de Cleyre – Anarchist, Feminist, Genius, SUNY Press, 2005.
  • Standing Up to Experts and Authorities: How to Avoid Being Intimidated, Manipulated and Abused, Solomon Press, 2010. ISBN 978-0-934623-87-2

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Brookmire, Paula (July 25, 1980). "Of traps, trade-offs and women". The Milwaukee Journal. Retrieved July 26, 2013. 
  2. ^ a b Curriculum Vita, at SharonPresley.net.
  3. ^ Sharon Presley: About at Sharon Presley.com.
  4. ^ Laissez Faire Club. "History of Laissez Faire Books". Retrieved 21 December 2013. 
  5. ^ Rebecca E. Klatch, A Generation Divided: The New Left, the New Right, and the 1960s, University of California Press, 1999, p 286, ISBN 9780520217140.
  6. ^ Presley, Sharon (2010). Standing up to Experts and Authorities: How to Avoid Being Intimidated, Manipulated, and Abused. New York, N.Y.: Solomon Press. ISBN 0934623872. 
  7. ^ Rebecca E. Klatch, A Generation Divided: The New Left, the New Right, and the 1960s, 69.
  8. ^ Doherty, Brian, Radicals for Capitalism: A Freewheeling History of the Modern American Libertarian Movement, PublicAffairs, 2007, p354, ISBN 1-58648-350-1
  9. ^ Rebecca E. Klatch, A Generation Divided: The New Left, the New Right, and the 1960s, 118.
  10. ^ Laissez Faire Club. "History of Laissez Faire Books". Retrieved 21 December 2013. 
  11. ^ Ramsey, Bruce. ""Laissez Faire": R.I.P.?". Liberty. Archived from the original on 2008-01-18. Retrieved 2011-03-31. 
  12. ^ Rebecca E. Klatch, A Generation Divided: The New Left, the New Right, and the 1960s, p 273.
  13. ^ ALF NEWSLETTER 2013. "ALF October 2013". ALF. Retrieved 28 December 2013. 
  14. ^ Rebecca E. Klatch, Generation Divided: The New Left, The New Right and the 1960s, p 269.
  15. ^ Tim Cavanaugh & Paul Detrick, [reason.com/blog/2012/05/26/sharon-presley-on-libertarian-feminism Sharon Presley on Libertarian Feminism], Reason TV interview, May. 26, 2012, at 25 seconds.
  16. ^ Association of Libertarian Feminists. "About ALF". Retrieved 22 December 2013. 

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