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A month or so ago I asked the evergreen question: why are so few women libertarians?
Ann Althouse links to a Quinnipac poll which finds that more men support pot legalization while more women oppose it (h/t Instapundit). 59% of men support legalization while 36% oppose; 44% of women support compared to 52% who oppose.
Glenn Reynolds of Instapundit ties this to the evergreen question above: “Is it just that men are more libertarian, and women more controlling.” Yes, that’s the quick answer. It reminds us of the fallback sitcom scenario where the teenage kid is caught smoking cigarettes or with a joint in his room. The mom is outraged and then the dad comes along with the Dad Talk and is scolding but also does the wink,wink, nudge, nudge in which the dad tells how he used to smoke pot. But it’s all based on the fact that the mom is freaked to hell that the kid is doing something that society has deemed bad.
So I’d posit that women are more “respectful” (read: scared) of authority. It also leads to the question of why men are more libertarian than women in the first place. And the short answer to that, I believe, is that men don’t like to be told, in explicit terms, what to do. Men have more testosterone which seems to be the rebellion hormone, and libertarianism is the more respectable of the “don’t tell me what to do” philosophies (as opposed to anarchism which is more of a sneering and irrational nihilistic philosophy).
I also believe that women are less interested in the supposed mysticism that is tied to marijuana and other types of drugs. Essentially, women are less searching than are men; therefore, women see less of a reason to smoke weed in the first place.