Author, founding member of Feminists for Free Expression

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21 Dec 1926, in Manhattan, New York City


29 Oct 2005, in New York City

Awards Received

2005 Szasz Award for Outstanding Contributions to the Cause of Civil Liberties, granted by Center for Independent Thought, The Thomas S. Szasz Award for Outstanding Contributions to the Cause of Civil Liberties, 2005


National Coordinator, 1989-2005, Association of Libertarian Feminists

Web Pages

Joan Kennedy Taylor (1926-2005)
Advocates for Self-Government


In Memoriam [PDF], by Jeff Riggenbach, ALF News, 2006
Biographical essay covering Joan Kennedy Taylor's varied career
"And all along, she was writing – for the Wall Street Journal, for the Washington Times, for Reason and Inquiry and Success and American Enterprise, and for scholarly publications like the Stanford Law & Policy Review, the CommLaw Conspectus: Journal of Communications Law and Policy, and the Journal of Information Ethics."
Book Review: Persuaded by Reason: Joan Kennedy Taylor and the Rebirth of American Individualism, by Sara Budzik, 6 Oct 2014
"... Joan herself having been a writer, editor, artist, and participant in the social movements that identified individualism with libertarian politics. ... With a country dealing with the Great Depression and World War II and Joan dealing with an overbearing mother and a tendency to argue with her teachers, both the young girl and the country she lived in were ready for change and independence in the 1950s."
Related Topic: Jeff Riggenbach


America's Overprotective Sexual Harassment Law, Investor's Business Daily, 6 Apr 2000
Protecting Opinions That We Loathe, FACT - First Amendment Cyber-Tribune, Jan 1997
Argues against the 1996 CPPA (which was overturned in 2002 by the Supreme Court for being too broad)
"... the new so-called Child Pornography Prevention Act (CPPA) goes far beyond society's interest in punishing real abuse against real children and sets a dangerous precedent — it creates what can only be described as a 'thought crime.' ... This is the argument that has been used throughout our history to ban expressive material — that it may be used to incite wrongful actions. A dangerous argument, because, as Oliver Wendell Holmes once wrote, 'Every idea is an incitement.'"
Related Topic: Freedom of Speech
The New Witchcraft, 2002
Free Inquiry, Winter 2002


Persuaded by Reason: Joan Kennedy Taylor and the Rebirth of American Individualism
    by Jeff Riggenbach, 2014

Books Authored

What to Do When You Don't Want to Call the Cops: A Non-Adversarial Approach to Sexual Harassment, 1999
Liberty Against Power: Essays by Roy A. Childs, Jr.
    by Roy A. Childs, Jr., Thomas S. Szasz (Foreword), Joan Kennedy Taylor (Editor), 1 Dec 1994
19 essays on political philosophy, policy analysis and book and music reviews; topics include capitalism, objectivism, libertarianism, property rights, the draft and the war on drugs
Related Topic: Liberty