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Illiberal Feminism

A conversation with Leah Libresco and Jennifer Frey.

Leah Libresco Sargeant
Leah Libresco Sargeant
Leah Libresco Sargeant is the author of Arriving at Amen and Building the Benedict Option.
Jennifer Frey
Jennifer Frey
Jennifer A. Frey is associate professor of philosophy at the University of South Carolina. She is also the host of a philosophy, theology, and literature podcast titled Sacred and Profane Love. She lives in Columbia, South Carolina, with her husband, six children, and a bunch of chickens.
Susannah Black
Susannah Black
Susannah Black received her BA from Amherst College and her MA from Boston University. She is an editor at Mere Orthodoxy, Plough Quarterly, Postliberal Thought and its journal New Polity, and The Davenant Press. Previously, she was an editor at Providence and Fare Forward. She's a co-founder of Solidarity Hall and The Simone Weil Center, and is on the boards of the Distributist Review, The Davenant Institute, and The Simone Weil Center. Her writing has appeared in First Things, The Distributist Review, Solidarity Hall, Providence, Amherst Magazine, Front Porch Republic, Ethika Politika, The Human Life Review, The American Conservative, Mere Orthodoxy, Fare Forward, Postliberal Thought, and elsewhere. She blogs at Radio Free Thulcandra and tweets at @suzania. A native Manhattanite, she is now living in Queens.

In the recent issue of Plough Quarterly, “What are Families For?”, Leah Libresco Sargeant called for an illiberal politics illuminated by the reality of womanhood, that rejects autonomy as the ideal and accepts that all of us spend a great deal of our life dependent.

In this event, co-sponsored by Breaking Ground and Sargeant’s newsletter Other Feminisms, Sargeant is joined by Susannah Black and Jennifer Frey to discuss what the politics of dependence looks like, and how our present culture asks women to reject their own nature.