This January, I released the first in a series of eight books of essays, Labor Econ Versus the World. The second volume, How Evil Are Politicians?, dropped in May. Now the third installment, Don’t Be a Feminist: Essays on Genuine Justice, is almost ready. It is the only book in the series to feature an all-new long-form essay, “Don’t Be a Feminist: A Letter to My Daughter,” plus all my best EconLog essays on living justly in an unjust world.
Hilariously blurbed by Scott Alexander - see the rear cover below.
When the book is ready for purchase, Bet On It readers will be the first to know.
Art, as usual, by @sengsavane. My favorite cover so far!
P.S. I am happy to start scheduling media promotion for Don’t Be a Feminist now. Just email me to set something up.
P.P.S. Capla-Con 2022 is this weekend! Hope to see y’all in attendance.
I'm excited to read the book. That said, I think you should change the title and cover. It comes off as disingenuous, and propagandistic. It's the type of thing I'd be embarrassed to be seen reading among people who weren't already fans of your blog posts.
I've only read the blurb on the back, but I wonder if you address the idea that caring too much about women, to the point of intrusiveness, can actually cause oppression. Indeed, I would argue that some of the most objectively misogynistic practices, like barring women from work, female seclusion, and purity culture, are indeed based on over-protectiveness!
Furthermore, I notice The Blank Slate on the cover (along with the profoundly anti-liberal 1984). Has anyone ever contended with the argument that women who are less materially successful, independent, intellectual, etc. etc., having fewer children (which would lead to sex differences) is actually evidence of sexism, not evidence against it? If these traits are not prized in women (the way they are in men), and they face material penalties as a result (fewer children and fewer mate prospects), then isn't that by definition sexism?