I think I have only ever met three women who could be considered true libertarians. That is probably three more than most.
Andrew Sullivan has a blog post about the lack of women libertarians. He posted this video from Julie Borowski, who wonders why there are so few women libertarians and suggests ways in which to attain an increase in numbers.
That video has set off a massive fight amongst women commentators. Sullivan links to Sarah Skwire who reject Borowski’s premise:
Telling women that they aren’t libertarians because they are too stupid to choose something better for themselves isn’t great advertising for liberty. Claiming that women are passive, easily programmed, and incapable of critical interaction with political and cultural ideas is simply wrong—as centuries of history of women fighting against the state and decades of critiques from the left and the right of women’s magazines and popular culture have shown.
Well, proof is in the pudding…have a look at who controls ad spend in the agencies on behalf of advertisers…here is a clue..it is women…and they place ads and buy inventory according to their demographic and sensibilities…often ignoring the client…who is paying them.
Borowski has responded to the backlash and criticism:
I do not think women are “stupid” or incapable of thinking on their own. I just realize that there are a lot of societal pressures on women to act and believe a certain way. There are likely numerous reasons why there are far more males than females in the libertarian/liberty movement but this point should be made: men are more likely to embrace views outside the mainstream.
She makes a good point…just look at the state of politics in New Zealand…we have a major party with a very popular leader who was selected mainly for his appeal to the middle woman voter. He doesn’t want to rock the boat lest those same middle women voters get upset and start thinking about another party.
We have another political party that pretty much assumes that the middle woman voter is theirs as of right, and if it wasn’t for that nasty fake Mr key women would vote in droves for their party…and then there are the Green taliban who have made much mileage out of conning and hoodwinking the white middle class women of the country into thinking they actually care about the environment and no one else thinks of the children but them.
Any political policy wonk who even thinks about policy ideas from outside mainstream and worse elucidates it to the leadership of their party will usually be delivered a swift kick in the nads for such perilous thinking…leaving us buried int he morass of the unthinking middle….who sit and wait for the media to tell them what they should be outraged against and voting for.
Which leads me to this libertarian anthem – The State by Porter Robinson