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You think the GOP’s tax plan is better suited for your goals of retiring at 35? You think we need a different approach to dealing with ISIS? Conversations where two people can disagree while respectfully and smartly defending their positions is intoxicating and can be quite electric.One of the most important things to remember about talking politics with someone is that you are unlikely to change their mind, especially if they are passionate about the subject at hand.

Listen, it’s election season and Donald Trump is – still – running for president; when it comes to politics, the rules have gone out the window and all bets are off, as far as I’m concerned. We live in a very politically charged world: Between mass shootings, attacks on Planned Parenthood about shadily edited videos, ISIS, and landmark Supreme Court cases being decided, it would be almost impossible to Plus, my 9-5 job at a news website deals heavily in the political world through news coverage and political events, so it would be weird for it not to come up when I get asked what I do (though I also love adding: “I also write a dating column on the side,” because that normally causes panic to flash across my dates’ faces).Did I expect to change this guy’s mind or suddenly turn him into a Clinton supporter? But did we then get a couple lively minutes on Ben Carson’s foreign and domestic policy knowledge? Which was great and a nice conversation change from “So how many siblings do you have? ” Lizzie Thompson lives in New York City where she works in media and freelance writes.She recently realized that instead of just talking with her friends about their dating lives, she could turn those sometimes-lousy, often great experiences into real-world advice, in the hopes of helping even just a few good men date with a little more style. It’s no secret – to the point it was very prominent in “about me” sections on dating profiles.And yet, many of my dates seemed to feel the need to challenge me on this stance, or seemed very surprised (seriously guys, read the bios of your dates you meet online). By the way, every single one of these situations actually happened: Situation A: (After my date volunteered to me his political leanings, and I said I fell on the opposite end of the spectrum ) “Yeah that’s cool as long as you aren’t some sort of feminist or something – yuck.” Immediately put me on the defensive.

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