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[Ilya Somin (guest-blogging), April 4, 2006 at 6:51pm] Trackbacks
Gender, Language, and Names II:

I'm very grateful to Eugene for clearing up my gender identity crisis.

And like some of the commenters, I certainly wish we had more female libertarians - for both ideological and, ahem, nonideological reasons:).

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Defending the Indefensible:
Most female libertarians that I know are "left libertarians" and most male libertarians seem to be "right libertarians."
4.4.2006 8:14pm
SB (www):
What ever happened to Prof. Boardman? Her contracts classes were some of the most enjoyable law classes I've had so far, and I know she was a VC contributor once upon a time. I certainly wouldn't mind reading contributions from her on here.
4.4.2006 8:41pm
Eugene Volokh (www):
Oh, and I think very highly of her, and would love to have her back when she's done with her government service.
4.4.2006 9:00pm
Glenn W Bowen (mail):
fuggeddabout your identity crisis, YOU LOOK MAH-VEL-OUS!!!
4.4.2006 10:06pm
Dave Hardy (mail) (www):
Michelle is "currently taking a leave of absence from the law school to serve as Deputy Assistant Attorney General in the Office of Legal Counsel at the U.S. Department of Justice."

Deputy AAG is a cushy post, should still leave time for blogging. I think I could get the VC chartered under the Federal Advisory Committee Act, if that was a problem. The meetings are already public, and the rest of the requirements are just paperwork.
4.4.2006 11:59pm
Walk It:
Is there really only one?
Y'all are making Prof.Boardman sound like a token.
4.5.2006 12:06am
Sarah Brabazon-Biggar (www):
I'm a female rightish libertarian. Sadly at this point in my life all the guys I meet are communists, anarchists and socialists.
4.5.2006 1:01am
jsrenau:
To Sarah--stop hanging out at the union hall (just kidding :>)
4.5.2006 1:08am
Robert Schwartz (mail):
My wife, but she is a technophobe.
4.5.2006 1:19am
Splunge (mail):
Sadly at this point in my life all the guys I meet are communists, anarchists and socialists.

Ah. So your young friend's club has updated its membership criteria to encompass the more modern breed of drone?
4.5.2006 3:06am
Sarah Brabazon-Biggar (www):
Js, put a "student" in front of the "union" and you'd be very close.

Splunge, the Drones were never _that_ exclusive. I remember Bingo Little went through a communist phase and he seemed to maintain his membership in good standing.
4.5.2006 6:38am
Rich K (mail) (www):
I think orderly behavior was probably the only thing that could threaten good standing at the Drones.
4.5.2006 10:55am
Mackey:
Just curious.... are the "non-ideological reasons" akin to the atheism/contrary-values posts you've made earlier or is there some assumption that libertarians are also, "ahem," libertine?

And I really am just curious; I promise not to re-post a billion times on this thread.
4.5.2006 11:30am
Houston Lawyer:
I'm sure the guys at the Star Trek conventions feel the same way.
4.5.2006 11:49am
speedwell (mail):
I'm a female right(ish) libertarian, but I'm also an atheist, a vegetarian, and distantly related to Ayn Rand.

Boo.

Did you jump?
4.5.2006 12:20pm
Amber (www):
Being a female heterosexual libertarian does have its advantages. I don't know if increased ease in finding a philosophically compatible partner makes up entirely for the utter absence of realized policy preferences, though.
4.5.2006 12:49pm
Mona (mail):
As a female, rightish-libertarian, I have often wondered where all the other wimmins are in various 'tarian venues. In law school, the female, sorta-libertarian, Rand fan I befriended was a lesbian, and the closest friend I ever had is a libertarian gay man.

Not sure what any of that means. I've tried dating men who are purley left or straightforwardly right, but my political passions do inevitably cause conflict.
4.5.2006 3:13pm
Splunge (mail):
I don't know if increased ease in finding a philosophically compatible partner makes up entirely for the utter absence of realized policy preferences, though.

But as a libertarian, wouldn't you prefer an utter absence of realized policy preferences? Maybe you meant to say the ubiquitous presence of realized policy preferences (of other philosophies)?

Also let me submit the suggestion that the worst domestic aspect of libertarianism is having to put up with inflicting the environment of a public school on your unsuspecting offspring (cue film clip from The Incredibles, you probably already know which scene).
4.5.2006 3:24pm
Amber (www):
I meant the absence of the realization of my own policy preferences: those which would increase liberty.

In college there appeared to be a fair number of libertarian women, but in law school the number seemed to drop precipitously.
4.5.2006 3:38pm
Splunge (mail):
I remember Bingo Little went through a communist phase...

Well, most of us go through a communist phase when we're Little. Fortunately, as you've demonstrated, we often come to our senses when we're a bit Biggar.
4.5.2006 3:40pm
Splunge (mail):
I meant the absence of the realization of my own policy preferences...

I know. My question was Socratic, not sarcastic.
4.5.2006 3:55pm
Mackey:
Splunge,

Please clarify whether that last post of yours was intended as Socratic or sarcastic.
4.5.2006 4:59pm
Ilya Somin:
Well, this post has certainly attracted more commentary than I would have expected for an attempt to make a joke:).

Just to clarify for Mackey, "nonideological" reasons was a tongue in cheek reference to dating opportunities with ideologically similar people (as Amber and others correctly surmised). While I don't think that ideological agreement is either necessary or sufficient for a relationship, it can help.
4.5.2006 6:46pm
Splunge (mail):
If I may eschew the implied dichotomy, Mackey: neither. Clarifying and as necessary mollifying, is all.
4.6.2006 3:57am