Wendy Kaminer

Wendy Kaminer is an author, lawyer, and civil libertarian. She is the author of I'm Dysfunctional, You're Dysfunctional, and a past recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship. More

Wendy Kaminer is a lawyer and social critic who has been a contributing editor of The Atlantic since 1991. She writes about law, liberty, feminism, religion and popular culture and has written eight books, including Worst InstinctsFree for All; Sleeping with Extra-Terrestrials; and I'm Dysfunctional, You're Dysfunctional. Kaminer worked as a staff attorney in the New York Legal Aid Society and in the New York City Mayor's Office and was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1993. She is a renowned contrarian who has tackled the issues of censorship and pornography, feminism, pop psychology, gender roles and identities, crime and the criminal-justice system, and gun control. Her articles and reviews have appeared in The Atlantic, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Newsweek, The American Prospect, Dissent, The Nation, The Wilson Quarterly, Free Inquiry, and spiked-online.com. Her commentaries have aired on National Public Radio. She serves on the board of the Bill of Rights Defense Committee, the advisory boards of the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education and the Secular Coalition for America, and is a member of the Massachusetts State Advisory Committee to the U.S. Civil Rights Commission.

  • When Government Plays Arts Patron

    The legal dilemmas for official arts programs are unavoidable: patronage requires discretion that governments are constitutionally prohibited from exercising

  • Will Scott Brown Have Woman Trouble in 2012?

    Closer scrutiny of Scott Brown's record reveals his moderate, pro-choice public persona is a facade

  • Free Speech for Fred Phelps

    The homophobic rhetoric of Christian fundamentalist Fred Phelps is infuriating, but his speech should still be constitutionally protected

  • Other People's Marriages

    The interest in Al and Tipper Gore's separation lies in familiarity. No one may know how to cap the gulf oil gusher or fix the economy, but everyone thinks he or she knows all about personal relationships

  • Congress Targets Lawyers for Detainees

    Proposed legislation empowering the Defense Department to investigate Guantanamo defense attorneys violates our civil liberties

  • Kagan, Palin, and Lipstick Feminism

    Elena Kagan and Sarah Palin have one thing in common: they are both judged on the basis of appearance

  • When the Feds Decide Who's Sexually Dangerous

    Both liberal and conservative justices recently granted the government the power to detain potential sex offenders, a scarily expansive view of federal criminal jurisdiction advocated by Elena Kagan

  • Miranda and 'Enhanced Interrogations'

    If the administration's bid to deny suspected terrorists their Miranda rights is not extreme enough for Republicans, what will be?

  • Joe Lieberman Means You

    If Joe Lieberman and his colleagues have their way, human rights advocates and millions of other Americans, like you, could be threatened with loss of citizenship too

  • Who's Bullying Who?

    The dean of Harvard Law School threatened free speech by publicly calling out a student for expressing an unpopular opinion in a private e-mail

  • Republicrats

    Democrats' latest immigration reform plan, which would require every worker in the U.S. to carry a biometric ID card, shows that neither party cares about protecting civil liberties

  • National Prayer Day

    Freedom from Religion Foundation v Obama reopens the contentious debate on National Prayer Day

  • When Justice Stevens Failed the First Amendment

    That retiring Justice John Paul Stevens is leader of the Supreme Court's liberal wing is practically a cliché

  • Duke University and the Accidental Sex Offender

    I don't know what constitutes a non-consensual, indirect, attempted touch, but I wouldn't try it at Duke

  • It's the Cover-Ups

    Small lies are easily and often ignored, but they may reveal more about the character of individuals and institutions than large ones.

  • The Heckler's Veto

    Karl Rove enjoys opportunities to speak and be heard that most of us will never approximate, but we should still condemn the behavior of protesters…

  • Bullying and the Phoebe Prince Case

    Two months ago, 15-year old Phoebe Prince hanged herself.  Prince, a freshman at South Hadley High School in western Massachusetts, was widely…

  • Investigating the ACLU

    For the ACLU's sake, I hope it has very good lawyers representing it in what TPM accurately calls a potentially explosive investigation of ACLU's…

  • Defining Tyranny Down

    If you think health care was rammed through, just look at the Patriot Act

  • Will the Right Find Libertarianism?

    "Freedom" has long been a right-wing rallying cry for self-identified patriots ranging from John Birchers to tea party protesters to  increasingly…

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