“If I see somebody who’s like, ‘I’m moderate or conservative,’ I keep swiping.”
On the heels of a recent survey showing that millennials are more concerned with a potential love interest’s politics than their skill in the boudoir, a millennial feminist told the New York Post that she’d gladly pass on sex with an attractive man if he was conservative.
“If I see somebody who’s like, ‘I’m moderate or conservative,’ I keep swiping,” Nadine Anglesey, the 33-year-old Bronx-based art director said. “Yesterday, this one guy [on the dating app Hinge] seemed really great ’til I saw he marked himself as conservative.”
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Anglesey revealed she hasn’t gone out with a conservative since President Donald Trump was elected.
The Post cited data from OkCupid to show that Anglesey’s sentiments are far from abnormal. In a survey of more than 8 million users, the dating app company found that the number of millennials who would sacrifice a good time in the bedroom for a partner who shares their political alignment has spiked since 2016.
Since 2004, the desire to date someone with the same political beliefs increased 165 percent. On the other hand, an interest in good sex has declined by 30 percent.
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And there’s a gendered element to the spike in prioritizing politics over sex in the wake of Trump’s election. In 2016, 27 percent of women cared more about a mate’s politics than their sexual skill. That number shot to 42 percent in 2018. The jump was less pronounced for men – from 23 percent to 30 percent.
Earlier this year, a new dating service called Red Yenta launched with the aim of helping socialists find likeminded love interests.
OkCupid’s survey results, and the existence of Red Yenta, speak to the increasingly polarized state of American politics and the culture at large.
“When you’re dating somebody, you’re not going to agree on everything, but it’s important to agree on some core values,” Caitlin Brown, one Red Yenta’s users, told the Philly Inquirer. “Anti-poverty issues are such a big part of my identity that I want someone who can identify with that, and we can have common ground there.”
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