Millennials aren’t getting much action between the sheets because they won’t have sex with you if they’re repelled by your politics. That’s what research from matchmaking company OKCupid suggests.
Many millennials (i.e., individuals born between 1981 and 1996) are vocally left-wing, especially in large metropolitan areas such as New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Chicago.
For Some, Politics Before Pleasure
In New York City, some liberal millennials say they won’t date moderates or conservatives.
“If I see somebody who’s like, ‘I’m moderate or conservative,’ I keep swiping,” Bronx resident Nadine Anglesey told the New York Post.
Anglesey says even if she finds a guy physically attractive, his politics could turn her off in an instant.
“Yesterday, this one guy [on a dating app] seemed really great until I saw that he marked himself as conservative,” says Nadine (see her Instagram photo below). “I nipped that in the bud.”
‘Your Politics Matter’
According to research from OkCupid, the number of millennials who prioritize political party affiliation over good sex has spiked noticeably since 2016.
“Your politics matter, and millennials voting in the bedroom is a thing,” Melissa Hobley, chief marketing officer at OkCupid, told USA Today. “People are flocking to tell us how they feel about (politics), and to more importantly have that impact their potential love matches.”
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Sex Therapist: Expand Your Horizons
That said, there are exceptions. Jen Winston, a Democrat from Brooklyn, says the best sex she ever had was with a Republican whose politics she vehemently disagreed with.
“The best sex I’ve ever had was with a guy who I’m fairly sure was a Republican,” Winston recalls. “If I had known he was a Republican, I probably would not have engaged. But if I had known how good the sex was gonna be, I probably would have gone through with it still.”
Meanwhile, sex therapist Megan Fleming encourages millennials to keep an open mind. Otherwise, they risk socializing only with people in a political echo chamber who parrot the same views.
“If you’re only exposing yourself to people who think like you, you’re living in a silo and missing out on opportunities,” Fleming said.
That said, it’s probably a good idea to socialize with people whose political opinions align with yours. After all, life is short and happiness is a top priority for most people. Who wants to waste time and emotional energy arguing over politics — or anything else, for that matter?