Women take sharp turn to the left in expressing political convictions

Women take sharp turn to the left in expressing political convictions, by Bettina Arndt.

As an accomplished provocateur, Milo Yiannopoulos manages to rub any number of people up the wrong way. But what was most striking about the leftist crowd demonstrating against his Sydney talks this week were the large numbers of earnest, fresh-faced young women holding up posters that made their sentiments very clear, like: “F..k off Nazi scum.”

Indeed, most of the protests were driven by left-wing female students. …

Who is taking gender studies courses and other humanities subjects preaching this intolerance? It’s mainly women, of course. The hearts and minds being captured in our universities belong mainly to young women, who now comprise more than 60 per cent of graduates.

The result is successive generations of left-wing female graduates. …

The latest 2016 results from the Australian Election Study …  show women likelier to support Labor than men by 7 per cent and also likelier to vote for the Greens than men, by 4 per cent. … That’s a real shift from the Menzies era when conservatives had a decisive lead among female voters. …

Sheppard has provided Inquirer with unpublished data showing that it’s young ­female graduates who are pushing the drift left. “Male graduates are not particularly more left-leaning than men without a university education, whereas female graduates are notably more left-leaning than other women without ­degrees,” says Sheppard. …

“Universities are schooling women in the language of identity politics and by the time they graduate they are fully fledged ­social justice warriors,” [Bella d’Abrera] concludes. The result is an ever-growing female voting bloc with blinkered leftist views.

Adopt my views or no sex with me:

They are views that even determine which men they are prepared to date. My interest in this subject was piqued by my online dating clients, mainly professional women, most of whom are left-wing and scathing about conservative men. Such as the woman who refused to meet a man who mentioned he enjoyed watching ­Andrew Bolt’s show. Another confessed to a pact with her female friends that there would be “no sex with anyone who likes Tony Abbott”. One client broke off a two-year ­relationship with a man who leapt to Donald Trump’s defence in a conversation with her friends. Another man told me his girlfriend dropped him because she was embarrassed when her friends found out he ­occasionally wrote for The Spectator Australia.

Incidentally, male clients are rarely so concerned about a date’s political beliefs, although some grumble about women’s intolerance of diverse views. As one man put it: “They need to grow out of their childish, second-year uni views. Jesus, girls, leave it OUT.”

But they don’t grow out of it. Unlike many men, who become more conservative as they age, the work-life patterns in most women’s lives simply reinforce their beliefs.

hat-tip Stephen Neil