Still jubilant about Trump’s election, Lagana’s politics are seeping into the conversations he has with dates.
The 24-year-old meets women in many ways: IRL (in real-life), on Facebook and Tinder.
In Manhattan, where my app trawled for potential suitors, perhaps 1 in 20 would feature this new angle: The few short paragraphs traditionally filled with description or a witty quip were being used for political demarcation.
Men and women were asking suitors to immediately discount themselves based on how they voted in 2016.
(I’m starting to feel like I missed the Groupon for that trip).
However, under the photos, a trend in descriptions was emerging.
On two of the main dating apps used by New Yorkers – Tinder and Bumble – you swipe right if interested in the person (and hope they do too, for a match) and left to reject the candidate.
Frequently, the people I came across seemed interested in steering clear of anyone who supported Trump.
She has a photo of her at Trump’s inauguration on her dating profile.
“I decided that I did want to put it in there because I wasn’t being honest about it.
Earlier this year, the dating web site Ok Cupid tested that theory by asking members if they stood with Planned Parenthood (a non-profit organization that provides reproductive and other health care services to women and is a frequent target of Republicans who seek to cut funding to the organization even though public money isn't used to pay for abortions.) New York responded with 90% of people supporting the organization and gaining an #IStand With PP badge, according to Melissa Hoble, the site’s chief marketing officer, who said it was a means of connecting users.
“In today’s political climate, we think it’s important to focus on unity, not division,” she said.
I think it’s hard to meet people that you’re going to have things in common with if you’re not putting your actual interests out there.” If your political ideology is going to be a deal-breaker for someone, is it worth figuring out before you go to the effort of putting on liquid eye-liner? Some men expressed relief to find someone who shared their politics. After matching with one man and swapping numbers, his text opener was to berate her for voting for Trump.