Do You Date Outside Your Political Party?
Are You With Him?
Which led me to wonder, can there be sex without politics? I’m a gay Millennial who essentially grew up in the age of the Internet. Hell, by the time I was 8 years old I had already been sneaking into AOL chatrooms pretending to be someone I definitely wasn’t: An “18-year-old, female from Arizona” – essentially the only other state I knew existed besides my own. Sue me, I was imaginative…or just wanted to be treated as a girl.
Over my short life, I’ve witnessed the internet and social media take over the world. Everyone has an opinion – and your opinion doesn’t necessarily have to be tasteful, since there is likely another Keyboard Warrior who will come to your defense. Case in point: The Election. Ever since Donald Trump was miraculously elected into The White House, I’ve encountered countless anxieties on social media and in life. There still isn’t a day which passes when I’ll spot someone ranting to: “Delete me if you’re a Republican!” Granted, I’m using proper punctuation, a lack of emojis, and less aggressive language. During Thanksgiving 2017, I was scrolling to find many people we’re proclaiming they screamed at Republican family members and the like. It sounded a little far-fetched, but our voices are much louder on social media than they are in reality. I began to question: Do politics make a person?
I’m a registered Democrat, but openly Libertarian- who voted for Hillary Clinton. I see nonsense from all political parties, yet swing more left depending on the topic. In no way am I a Trump Supporter – I’m not insane – but, I can clearly understand why the Republican party, in particular, has been so popular in history, especially as more modern Republicans begin to evolve further from their traditional values. There’s absolutely nothing wrong with trying to see both sides to any argument – and this fully crosses into politics as well. Should I be denied a date with someone because I’m Libertarian? Furthermore, should I deny someone because they are a Left or Right-Wing Radical?
As you may already know, Trump Supporters have their own dating website, so luckily I won’t be running into anyone criminally disturbed. To be honest, I don’t believe I even know many gay Republicans, anymore, but I’m still open to going on a date with anyone on the Political spectrum, so as long as they aren’t trying to bring me out to dinner in a high-pressure timeshare sales meeting to join their mindset. I’ve made up my own and love my neutral standing, as it has kept me sane since the 45th President has changed our lives. I don’t think many would agree with me. I know at least a hundred people who wouldn’t even be kind to someone who is in a different political party from them. Jeez, a simple look at some Facebook comments will have people being called snowflakes and worse.
Is dating someone within your political party important to you?
This post is the opinion of this contributing writer to Instinct Magazine. Opinion pieces do not always reflect the stance of the magazine or the other contributing writers.