Reactionary Feminism: Sex and the Market

On April 25, 2023, EPPC scholar Erika Bachiochi and author Mary Harrigton joined host Delano Squires of the Richard and Helen DeVos Center to discuss “Reactionary Feminism: Sex and the Market.”

Women’s liberation was less the result of human moral progress than an effect of the material consequences of the Industrial Revolution. We’ve now left the industrial era for the age of AI, biotech, and all-pervasive computing. As a result, technology is liberating us from natural limits and embodied sex differences. Although this shift benefits a small class of successful professional women, it also makes it easier to commodify women’s bodies, human intimacy, and female reproductive abilities. Only an elite minority of women seem to benefit from this “progress.”

What does it mean to be a woman today, as the meaning of sex and market preferences rapidly shift with each new technological development?