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Julie Gunlock

Senior Fellow and Culture of Alarmism Director

Julie Gunlock is a Senior Fellow at the Independent Women’s Forum and directs the organization’s Culture of Alarmism Project. She is the author of the book From Cupcakes to Chemicals: How the Culture of Alarmism Makes Us Afraid of Everything and How to Fight Back.

Before joining IWF, Gunlock served as a Professional Staff Member on the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee and on the House Homeland Security Committee, and on the staffs of Ohio Senators Mike DeWine, George Voinovich, and Tom Coburn. Gunlock has written about food and culture for the New York Post, the Washington Post, New York Daily News, the Los Angeles Times, USA Today, Forbes, U.S. News & World Report, The Washington Times, National Review Magazine, National Interest Magazine, the Tampa Tribune, and Townhall.com and is a regular contributor to National Review Online, BlogHer and Huffington Post. She has offered political commentary on Fox News, TheBlaze TV and other networks and is a regular guest on local, regional and national radio programs.

She lives in Virginia with her husband and three young, active, and perpetually hungry boys.

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Recent Articles:

Obama's Female Staffers Engage in Groupthink. World Applauds!

September 14 2016

Team Jen! Leave Jennifer Aniston (and her face wash!) Alone.

August 29 2016

FDA Alarmists: Cookie Dough Edition

June 30 2016

Sign the Petition: Hands Off Our Salt

April 26 2016

Are Microbeads Really Bad?

April 25 2016

Barbie Gets A Makeover…and Thighs

January 28 2016

NY Daily News Thinks I Deserve To Die

December 7 2015

Mandated Calorie Displays Won't "Cure" Obesity

November 4 2015

Bacon…Sugar…Diet Coke…Everything's a KILLER

November 3 2015

More Baloney About Processed Meat and Cancer

October 26 2015

The Government's Sour Advice on Milk Consumption

October 21 2015

Women's Scientific Body Betrays Women

October 5 2015

Sugar and Soda--Addictive as Cocaine?

September 21 2015

Soda Companies Fund Important Research. New York Times Predictably Outraged

August 10 2015

Alarmism About Diet Drinks Harms Dieters

August 8 2015

Boy Band Singer Demonstrates Ignorance About SeaWorld, Fans Go Wild!

August 3 2015

Soda in Daycare Facilities

July 22 2015

Vox: The World is Getting Better and Better

July 15 2015

Menu Labeling Delayed

July 9 2015

The Sad State of Science Journalism in America

July 8 2015

Must Read: Latest Issue of Reason

July 7 2015

Alarmism About Herbal Supplements

June 23 2015

March Against Monsanto:Missing the Important Issues

May 26 2015

Soda Companies and Healthy Choices

May 19 2015

Josh Barro's Lesson in Economics and Healthy Eating

May 13 2015

Alcohol Taxes to Solve Non-Problems

May 12 2015

School Serves Expired Meat

May 4 2015

FDA to Further Regulate Homemade Soap and Other Personal Care Products

April 30 2015

Chipotle Stuffs Those Burritos with Nonsense

April 28 2015

Alarmism About Food Creates New Mental Condition: Orthorexia

April 23 2015

Hollywood Stars Pretending to be Poor

April 15 2015

Banned in Europe Does Not Equal Safe

April 15 2015

Robert Kennedy, Jr: Bad on Vocabulary and Vaccinations

April 9 2015

Government Salt Regulations Will Do More Harm Than Good

April 9 2015

The Food Babe vs The Science Babe

April 7 2015

Working for Women Podcast 4 • What is fracking? How is it done? How long have we been fracking?

April 6 2015

Mamavation Myths: Killer Thin Mints

March 25 2015

Fast Food Ban Failure

March 24 2015

Age Limits on…Apple Juice?

March 24 2015

More Flexibility for School Lunches

March 18 2015

Newsweek's Chemical Alarmism

March 17 2015

Debbie Downer Alarmists Ruin the Greatest Show on Earth

March 17 2015

Nudge Theory at Work

March 17 2015

Chemical Reform is Coming

March 16 2015

Working For Women Podcast 2 • Chemophobia: Why does it exist? Who is promoting it?

March 16 2015

Krugman's Wrong on Pizza and Human Nature

March 9 2015

Food Bans in Maryland

March 4 2015

Government to Reverse Cholesterol Recommendations

February 12 2015

Dangerous Health Nuts Call Measles a Hoax

February 11 2015

Butter Is Bad...and Other Government-Endorsed Food Myths

February 10 2015

Genetically Modified Ingredients in School Lunches + Activist Scientists • Cam & Company

October 25 2016

Podcast #56 Reasonable Mom's Pushing Back On Food Alarmism

October 17 2016

The Pressures of Parenting • Good Morning Washington

October 17 2016

How I Became a Reasonable Mom

October 13 2016

What It Means To Be A Reasonable Mom + Nuisance Alarmist Litigation • Garrison

October 13 2016

Chat With Julie Gunlock

October 12 2016

Podcast #55 Reasonable Moms Unite: How To Fight The Culture That Demands We Worry About Everything

October 11 2016

Activists working to 'freak out' moms is fueling litigation, says director of 'Culture of Alarmism Project'

October 6 2016

Women in the White House & "Amplification" + Alarmist Litigation • Cam & Company

October 5 2016

Podcast #52 Anti-Bullying Campaigns Should Also Target Parents

September 21 2016

Airbnb Regulations + Does Anyone Go To Subway For "Clean" Food? • Cam & Company

September 19 2016

Free Range Kids

September 9 2016

Parents Should Also Be Targets In Anti-Bully Initiatives • Garrison

September 8 2016

Anti-Bullying Campaigns Need to Target Parents, Not Just Kids • Cam & Company

September 6 2016

Alarmists Are Fun Stealers + Cam & Julie's New #Bespoke Podcast • Cam & Company

August 30 2016

#1 What It Means To Be A Bespoke Parent

August 25 2016

Daycare Provider Reported Parents to CPS Because of a Birth Mark • WIBC Garrison

August 19 2016

Child Protective Services & Handprint Mom • Cam & Company

August 16 2016

Podcast #47 BOOK: Government Ruins Nearly Everything

August 10 2016

Parenting + NYT Alarmist Headline: Smoke Fire & Human Evolution • Cam & Company

August 9 2016

Sexual Harassment, Wage Gap Myth, 2016 • Bill Cunningham

August 3 2016

McDonald's New Menu + Free Gun Course For Women • Cam & Company

August 2 2016

Dems Sharing Economy Problem + Hair Braiding Regulations? • Garrison

July 28 2016

Oberlin College and "Culturally Appropriated” Food • Cam & Company

July 26 2016

Nice Attacks & RNC; Masculinity & Election; Jennifer Aniston • To The Contrary

July 17 2016

Pokémon Go Gets Kids Outside • Cam & Company

July 12 2016

What Does The FBI Ruling On Hillary's Email's Teach Our Kids? • Garrison

July 7 2016

Kids Playing Outside Unsupervised + Lady Gaga & Celebrity Over Substance • Cam & Company

July 5 2016

The FDA & Raw Cookie Dough + The Sharing Economy • Cam & Company

June 30 2016

Philly's Soda Taxes Won't Cure Obesity • Vinnie Penn Project

June 22 2016

How Trump Can Appeal To Women + Hillary's Campaign Tactics • Bill Cunningham

June 22 2016

Valley Girl Talk & Elocution Lessons + Nanny State Update • Cam & Company

June 21 2016

Philadelphia Enacts Soda Tax • Tipping Point with Liz Wheeler

June 20 2016

Bear Parenting + Will Harmful Food Regs Put Small Companies Out Of Business? • Garrison

June 16 2016

Podcast #41 • The FDA's Crackdown On Salt And Why You Should Care

June 15 2016

The FDA, Bad Science & Low-Salt Regulations • Cam & Company

June 14 2016

Bear vs. Helicopter Parenting • Cam & Company

June 7 2016

Women LEAD Summit [Culture of Alarmism: Scaring You Silly]

June 2 2016

Katie Couric's Misleading Gun Documentary "Under the Gun" • Cam & Company

May 31 2016

Guns and Butter: Attending Both NRA Conventions

May 30 2016

Trump vs Clintons, Religious Schools, Commercialization of Feminism • PBS To The Contrary

May 27 2016

Katie Couric Regrets ‘Poor Decision’ to Insert Pause in Gun Documentary Interview

May 27 2016

Couric stands by ‘Under the Gun,’ director apologizes for controversial edit

May 26 2016

Katie Couric slammed for 'deceptive' documentary about gun rights

May 26 2016

Katie Couric Stands By 'Under the Gun' As Director Apologizes For Misleading Edit

May 26 2016

Podcast #38 • Women LEAD Preview: Culture of Alarmism, Scaring You Silly

May 25 2016

Women, Guns & Gun Control + New Nutrition Labels • Cam & Company

May 24 2016

Sleep-Away Camp + No, Your Oatmeal Won't Kill You • Cam & Company

May 17 2016

Julie Gunlock: “Let Parents Decide If They Want their Kids to Wait in the Car”

May 16 2016

Megan Fox Steps Away From ‘Sexy’ Roles To Be A Better Role Model For Her Kids

May 15 2016

New York State PTA’s Inane Panic Over GMOs in School Lunches

October 24 2016

‘Hormone-Disrupting Chemicals’ Are Not A Global Health Scourge

October 20 2016

Lets All Be Reasonable Moms

October 12 2016

The Nuisance Of Alarmist Litigation

September 27 2016

The Unsung Virtues of the Old-Fashioned Family Photo Album

September 23 2016

The Silliest Teen 'Rebels' Ever

September 17 2016

You Gotta Fight For Your Right . . . To Microgreens

September 15 2016

Anti-Bullying Campaigns Need to Target Parents, Not Just Kids

September 3 2016

In Defense Of Culturally Appropriating Food

July 18 2016

Let Them GO: Pokemon Trounces Obama’s Let’s Move Initiative

July 13 2016

Why Are America’s Mayors Taking Mindfulness Advice from Lady Gaga?

July 1 2016

Fêting the Fourth

July 1 2016

Dear Harris Teeter Manager: Normal Moms Don’t Believe Chemicals Are Evil

June 29 2016

DeLauro's Sour On Sweet

June 29 2016

No, Crazy Police Chief, Your Kids Don’t Need to Be 16 to Play Outside Alone

June 24 2016

Home Cooked Meals Aren’t Killing Mother Earth

June 23 2016

Elocution Lessons: Yet Another Tool of the Patriarchy?

June 15 2016

Bra-Less Teen Lands in Hot Water at High School; Example or Distraction?

June 10 2016

‘Bear Parenting’ Is a Welcome Break From the Helicopter Parenting of Today

June 6 2016

The Food Marxists At The FDA

June 6 2016

Sending Your Kids to Sleep-Away Camp Doesn’t Make You a Rebel

May 17 2016

Megan Fox Just Made a Radical Decision for the Sake of Her Kids

May 13 2016

No, Your Oatmeal Will Not Kill You

May 12 2016

Celebrities and Their Terrible Non-Problems

April 27 2016

You Can Leave Your Kids In the Car, and Don’t Let the FBI Tell You Otherwise

April 18 2016

Check Your Privilege, HuffPo

April 8 2016

Is Selfie-Style Reporting the Future of Journalism?

April 5 2016

Sarah Palin Is No Judge Judy

March 30 2016

Ignore the (Candy) Haters and Enjoy those Easter Treats

March 25 2016

#FreakOutFriday: Oh, No! GMOs!

March 25 2016

Congress Kills FDA’s Extreme Menu Mandate

March 2 2016

Time Poverty—The Feminist Obsession with Domesticity

March 2 2016

Don’t Listen To So-Called Nutritionists Who Shame Moms With Fact-Free Advice

March 1 2016


February 26 2016

The Food Police is Coming for your Girl Scout Cookies

February 23 2016

The CDC Embraces The Precautionary Principle For Pregnancy

February 14 2016

Be My (Compulsory) Valentine

February 12 2016

Sorry, But Poor Kids Can Still Eat Healthy

February 5 2016


February 5 2016

Elites’ Latest Mantra: “Let Them Eat Broccoli!”

February 4 2016

Elites Lament Sale of Hipster Trash Cans and Locally Sourced Food to Average Americans

January 29 2016

Chipotle's Dubious New Year's Resolution

January 26 2016


January 22 2016

Christie Takes a Tougher Tone against Michelle Obama’s School-Lunch Reforms

January 21 2016

Chipotle's Dubious New Year's Resolution

January 21 2016

The Self-Hating Burrito Billionaire

January 20 2016


January 15 2016

You’re Better Off Ignoring Uncle Sam’s Ever-Changing Diet Advice

January 13 2016

The Food Network: Feeding The Celebrity Culture

January 7 2016

My New Year’s Resolution: Ignore The Food Alarmists

December 28 2015

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