promoting the unwanted, redheaded stepchild that is individual liberty

Lady of liberty: Allison Gibbs

In women's rights on April 20, 2010 at 2:07 am
“As free women, we demand and will exercise the right of self defense, freedom of movement and the entirety of the fruits of our labor which cannot be abridged by any man, collective or state.” — Ladies of Liberty Alliance
 
  
Meet Allison Gibbs: director of outreach for Ron Paul’s Campaign for Liberty and founder and executive director the Ladies of Liberty Alliance (LOLA). Gibbs is a microbiologist who worked on AIDS/HIV research and Antibiotic Resistance/Bioterror for the Department of Defense. Although she is a fervent libertarian now, Gibbs admits to her former “inclination toward socialism.”
 
It was her time spent simultaneously working for the Department of Defense and Ron Paul’s 2008 presidential campaign that led to her conversion.
 
“I found that there where a lot of problems within the system of government,” Gibbs said. “I decided to drop what I was doing because of all the atrocities I saw with the FDA, DOD, things I was doing … So I decided I would jump in with Campaign for Liberty.”
 
Gibbs is still serving as Campaign for Liberty’s director of outreach. However, it’s her most recent venture, LOLA, that is truly revolutionary. 
 
“LOLA’s main mission is to be able to help women feel like they can get into these leadership roles as well as bring more women into the fold,” said Gibbs. “The underpinning of our organization is that each individual is autonomous up unto the point where they inflict force or violence against another person”
 
LOLA’s website reflects Gibb’s libertarian rhetoric:
 

“We, the women of Ladies of Liberty Alliance, recognize the natural right of all women to ownership of their property — their bodies, minds and justly acquired possessions. As free women, we demand and will exercise the right of self defense, freedom of movement and the entirety of the fruits of our labor which cannot be abridged by any man, collective or state. As such, we recognize and respect the same negative rights of others and advocate consensual rather than coercive interactions.”

It’s exciting to see such impassioned young women joining the liberty movement. Thanks to Gibbs and others like her, the revolution is gaining a distinctly feminine voice.
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  1. Inclination towards socialism!? Don’t let Anson hear that!

    Helping women into leadership roles… by teaching them to wear shirts with pointless buttons that make their chests look big?

    Nah, she seems like a nice girl.

  2. Rawhead,

    First you reference the appearance of Ms. Gibb’s breast size and then proceed to patronize her by deeming her a “nice girl.” Gibbs is an adult woman, and an accomplished one at that. Please show some respect.

    Your comment reflects poorly on your character.

  3. Well I thought about commenting how flat she looked in the “Don’t tread on me” tube top but then found the video and she didn’t look so flat after all.

    I’m sure Ms. Gibbs would be just as pleased to be complimented on her appearance as she would her ideas.

    I’m glad you have become more active in comments here and look forward to your further attempts to tweak my moral compass.

  4. It, Rawhide, is her “conversion” from an “inclination to socialism” that I like. Now if we could all just get the “erstwhile conservative” to convert as well, I would not have to comment nearly as often as I do.

    As for Ms. Allison’s efforts to ensure equality for women, I see nothing errant so far. I like her ideas of a consenual approach without force, which to me implies keep government at arms length to pursue her goals. THAT I do like a lot.

    As for physical dimensions of anyone, I still enjoy the occassional locker room jokes but have enough sense to keep them out of political discourse. Scolding from Jessica does not bother me but my wife’s reaction to such scares the hell out of me and my occassional wavering of my moral compass.

    Anson

  5. I might be opening a can of worms here but Ms. Gibbs’ pose in a scant tube top on what amounts to a pinup calendar kinda invites the locker room jokes. I don’t see why I can’t like her message AND compliment her on her impressive chest and sexy? overbite.

  6. Thanks for posting the video, Rawhead. Ms. Gibbs comments add nicely to the story. It is young people like this who give my hope for our nation. I intend to purchase the calendar… solely to provide support for the cause, of course.

  7. Anson,

    I take no offense to locker room jokes. Rest assured, women too have such a sense of humor toward the opposite sex. But I do take offense when the jokes take on a sexist, disrespectful tone.

    Rawhead,

    Likewise, complimenting a woman are her physical attributes is not offensive. But take another look at your original comment.

    “Helping women into leadership roles… by teaching them to wear shirts with pointless buttons that make their chests look big?
    Nah, she seems like a nice girl.”

    Your comment infers there exists some sort of a dichotomy between female respectability and female sexuality. Your use of the patronizing description “nice girl” implies nice girls don’t “wear shirts with pointless buttons that make their chests look big.”

    I am not offended by female sex appeal or your taking notice of it. I am offended when a woman’s body is reason for disrespect and belittlement.

    Anson,

    This is why I objected to Sarah Palin’s Newsweek cover. Not because I feared you or other men lusting after her.

  8. I have no idea why you think I have ever “lusted after” Sarah Palin. NOW, I could take that comment at least as directed at me, personally, to be disrespectful on your part. But I won’t.

    One of the benefits of older age is the ability to think with my brain and not other parts of the male anatomy. I have no idea my reaction to Sarah 20 years ago but I also don’t remember advocating a playboy bunny for President at that time. However I was a regular reader of Playboy on long submarine patrols and had no editorial pages to take issue with during such periods.

    Anson

  9. “Helping women into leadership roles… by teaching them to wear shirts with pointless buttons that make their chests look big?” <—comical, I was really 'attacking' the shirt design more than the 'girl'

    I don't see how 'nice girl' is patronizing in this context. Maybe you have a bit of a chip on your shoulder? ; ) Perhaps I should have been more specific about what I liked about her apart from her ample bosom. For this I apologize.

    Anson,

    I don't think she actually accused you of lusting after Palin… though I'd take offense to that sort of accusation too. Palin's not so great, brain or body.

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