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How do you navigate a society that expects you to lean left? Have you ever been met with scrutiny before? Have you ever been or felt excluded? Asking as a slighty right-leaning lesbian because I feel like society has categorized us into "real' and "fake" based on political leanings.

How do you navigate a society that expects you to lean left? Have you ever been met with scrutiny before? Have you ever been or felt excluded? Asking as a slighty right-leaning lesbian because I feel like society has categorized us into "real' and "fake" based on political leanings.

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[–] Judy_Garland 2 points Edited

Left and right are reductionist generalizations that are used purely for a very tribalistic form of categorization in Western cultures. Blame the French Revolution, but really I don't think it's very accurate and squishes a lot of positions into a singular paradigm, which inevitably leads to a lot of problems. People have attempted to expand on this by creating the grid systems, which in my experience are only a little better, but then also with three-dimensional grids that do happen to beget much more precision. I've had people say I'm very conservative, and others say I'm very liberal--so what does that tell you? Am I a centrist that just swings by on particular categories? I've described myself that way, but I think it's a pointless division ultimately. I navigate society by explaining my nuanced views and leaving it at that. People that are adamantly self-described as left and right have different takes on it. The lefties sometimes are fine with it until they prod, in which case they may create some ludicrous strawman about Libertarians, Greenies, or some stupid election. I once knew a TIM furry that blamed Trump on people like me, so there's that lol. The right tends to be of the variety that says "Okay, that's reasonable," until the issue of women's rights comes up, to which they promptly get angry. My girlfriend sells baked goods at a radical right-wing party's meetings, which we attend weekly, and to be frank, when you take the insane people out of the mix, they're about as polite as anyone else--just with shitty views on gays and women that they won't necessarily tell you to your face unless it's about something topical such as abortion. Funny enough, they stare and care less than the average person downtown (which felt quite hostile this past week for some reason). That said, a lesbian isn't fake dependent on her views, but rather on basis of her biological attraction. Any and everything else is superficial. If a lesbian believes in the Christian God, well she's ignorant and blindly believing in Middle Eastern bullshit meant to control women, but that doesn't actually affect such an innate biological trait. That extends to everything.