January 29, 2013
by Andrea Castillo
My elusive demographic, the young libertarian female, has been the subject of considerable attention within the libertarian blogosphere this month. What, everyone wants to know, are the causes of the relative lack of females within the libertarian movement? I have a theory.
A YouTube video created by Julie Borowski, who is more commonly known by the handle of her popular channel, TokenLibertarianGirl, reignited discussion over this persistent and presently unanswered question. In the first 30 seconds of the video, Borowski proposes a short explanation for the phenomenon. In her view, “women tend to be more concerned with being socially accepted and fitting in with their peers. They don’t want to be associated with anything outside of the mainstream.” For the remainder of the video, Borowski goes on to describe what she views as the false allures of the default political position of the average modern young educated woman: our cohort, she believes, is pressured to care more about access to free abortions-on-demand than about whether such an option would even be economically feasible to begin with.
Unfortunately, most of the resulting discussion surrounding this video honed in on what could be charitably described as a hastily-reasoned description of the ruling feminist paradigm with which Borowski believes young women are stuck for now. More interesting is her initial hypothesis: that young women, on average, tend to avoid adopting marginal ideologies.
The rest of the article can be found in The Umlaut .