Dating opposing political views
Brexit had a similar impact; the vote led 1.6 million Brits to either split up with their partner or not pursue a date.
2.5 million people found themselves arguing with family members over their Brexit views and 813,000 have completely cut off a relative!
However, there is a particular pattern of cis white girls who date cis white boys whose political views “don’t match.” Except it’s not that their political views don’t match.
It’s that his views exist in a framework wherein you are less of a person, with less agency, less competency, and less a nuanced inner life.
After they got over the initial shock of our ‘opposites attract’ relationship, the main reaction to him from my friends and family has been baffled amusement.
Upon meeting him for the first time, one of my closest friends, who’s bisexual, got into an argument with him after he claimed her sexuality didn’t exist. But young person, I want to say this clearly and without mincing words: You are not required to abide by “political opinions” which question or demean your humanity and in fact, you should not.“Agree to disagree” reads the now-viral tweet that features the girl in the Nasty Woman shirt with the rainbow flag beside the boy in a Make America Great Again hat and the Meninist crewneck.
If you returned home only to find out your selfies and photos on Facebook had a sad or angry emoticon in the comments from your significant other, then your differences just became very public.
Before you throw down in your next debate, agree on a simple code of ethics. After a few dates, you might still be on the fence about whether to keep seeing them. A politically polarized relationship will remind you that your happiness doesn't depend on you winning every argument. But it also might expose you to movies, literature, sports, and hobbies that you'd never try on your own. If you don't think you can tolerate their differences, that's OK. Relationships are exhausting enough political tension. Do you really want to walk on eggshells every time you broach a divisive issue?
Now that our 45th President, Donald Trump, became the USA's official Commander-in-Chief, how are couples coping? As a matter of fact, if your relationship was on shaky ground during the election season, you just might not make it to Valentine's Day.
Relationships are falling apart now, at a time where the month of January has always been known to be the highest month of divorce filings.
ear young person, First let me say that this applies regardless of your gender and the gender of the person you love.
Know that people of all genders may experience this, especially in youth but not just then.