Fair warning this is going to be a relatively cynical blog post.
As of late, libertarians have been endlessly debating the reasons for the lack of women in the liberty movement. I have my own opinions, but I’ll keep them to myself.
I do, however, want to comment on one of the explanations that a number of women have put forward. That is, libertarian guys are just so darn creepy. Whenever women decide to see what libertarianism is all about they immediately get turned off by all the creepy guys.
Now don’t misunderstand me. I’m sure there are creepy guys out there, but I find it thoroughly implausible that the percentage of creepy libertarians guys is greater than that of other political ideologies. Is there something about liberty that attracts an abnormally high number of creeps? If so, I certainly don’t know what it is.
If anything my suspicions are the opposite. From where I sit, libertarian men seem to be much more interested in intellectual issues than their conservative or progressive counterparts. A typical non-libertarian goes little further than memorizing the latest Sean Hannity or Rachel Maddow talking points. A typical libertarian, on the other hand, will read dense books on economics, philosophy, epistemology etc. While I don’t have any data, I suspect there is a positive correlation between those who take interest in intellectual issues and those with a high degree of decorum when it comes to interacting with the opposite sex.
More likely the primary driver of the “creepertarian” meme is something along the lines of this: