The political season is upon us. And as a single woman in the good ol' US of A, I'm free to share my views openly and without fear of recourse. Well... sort of.
A 2015 study by Match.com found a good-natured political discussion could boost chances of a second date by 91%. But for those of us with long-established partners of varying political persuasions -- or for diehard Clintonites who discover they're halfway through a first date with a rabid Trump fan -- talking politics can be absolutely gruesome. In these instances, do you abort the issue? Watch the debates in secrecy? Have an all-out screaming match and never talk to each other again?
To give us a more PC perspective on how to address the elephant (or donkey) in the room, we consulted with Diane Gottsman, national etiquette expert and founder of The Protocol School of Texas.
Diane offered the gentle reminder that opposites often do attract; so even if you value economic conservancy and your girlfriend's a socialist-in-training, there's hope. We like partners to challenge us! And if you've made it through the first or second date, chances are you're already aware of this person's political leanings. Much like discussing the number of children you want, where you want to live, and whether you have a strong religious affiliation, politics will inevitably come up during the dating period. Whenever that happens (probably right about nowish), here's Diane's insight on how to fight fair without killing each other.