MANN: Four Political Topics to Eschew on First Dates

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Monday, April 15, 2019


What do you wear on a first date? Where do you go? Who pays? Dating is a daunting task. On a first date, however, there is one thing that can make both of your lives easier: avoiding politics. Contentious and vitriolic, it is a topic that does not pair well with burgeoning romance or fine dining.

On a serious note, current events shouldn’t consume your life such that the political ruins the romantic. Any good relationship between two well-rounded individuals should be based on other common interests beyond politics: sports, hobbies, movies, music, or anything else. Political opinions do not determine anyone’s true character and so should not be a primary consideration in the possibility of consecutive dates. If in the nightmare scenario that your date does insist on talking politics, here are some minefield topics that should be absolutely shunned from discussion:

  1. Abortion

Bringing abortion up over a chef’s salad with a stranger could get very touchy very quickly. Statistically, most college-aged girls are pro-choice and so, guys, if you want to make it to the second date, run from this topic with ferocity. If she asks for your opinion on abortion, pull a Pat McAfee and punt it. “I’m not sure. What do you think about it?” never hurt anyone. If she continues pressing on the subject, just abort the entire date instead.

  1. Guns

Use your best judgment on this one. Girls, if your date shows up in a lifted truck with camo on it, this is a softball topic. However, if homeboy is rolling up in a Prius, this topic is like abortion in reverse. Guns are highly associated with masculinity. They’re the focal point of many childhood heroes and toys available to guys. As such, it’s a sensitive topic to be avoided at all costs.

  1. President Trump

With most politicians, it is possible to love or hate them, but most people remain indifferent. With President Trump, being indifferent puts you in the minority. The people who don’t like President really don’t like him and those who like him love him. On the bright side for guys, if you want a first date to end, simply drop a “MAGA” while sharing a spinach and artichoke dip.

  1. Feminism

Guys, I know it’s tempting to dunk on highly propagated myths pushed by the third wave of feminism. However, nothing counters chemistry like talking about basic biology. Instead, use female empowerment to segue to better conversations. Ramble on about Beyonce and Lemonade instead of the gender wage gap. Conversely, regarding men, it’s not like guys enjoy mid-meal lectures on “toxic masculinity” and the “war on women.”

If you have a pre-established friendship or a shared interest in political debate, you are free and entitled to discuss any of these topics. However, rather than smashing the patriarchy or owning the libs, first dates should be focused on one and only one thing: making sure your date has a good time. There should be more conversational capacity between the two of you to talk about other myriad subjects other than the latest Trump tweet. Start with “what’s your major” and focus on having a good time; politics can wait.

Tanner is a born-and-raised West Virginian. He has a Bachelor's Degree in Mathematics from West Virginia University with a future in Actuarial Science. His interests include politics, physical fitness, professional soccer, and corgis.

The views expressed in this article are the opinion of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Lone Conservative staff.


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About Tanner Mann

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Tanner is a born-and-raised West Virginian. He has a Bachelor's Degree in Mathematics from West Virginia University with a future in Actuarial Science. His interests include politics, physical fitness, professional soccer, and corgis.

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