Are the majority of lesbians all Left-leaning socialists and Obama worshipers? That’s certainly what one would think looking at the political makeup of the lesbian/gay organizations within our community. And the liberal/socialist viewpoint certainly seems to dominate within the lesbian networking groups on Yahoo and elsewhere. But such groups tend to be dominated by a vocal minority and anyone brave enough to stray from the progressive party line is apt to find themselves electronically mugged and muzzled. So what of the ordinary, everyday dyke, us lowly lezzies who hold no sway at online chat rooms and bear no badge of leadership laurels?
Out of curiosity, I checked out a couple of the online dating sites to see how lesbian women chose to label themselves politically, if at all, and found some surprising results. Excluding the Marxist metro areas of San Francisco and New England, the percentages were surprisingly similar. Whether living on the East coast, West coast, Mid-West, or the South, the political breakdown ran to a pattern:
- 8% to 11% identified themselves as Conservative
- 25% to 36% identified themselves as Liberal
- 45% to 53% identified themselves as Moderate
- 13% to 17% decided not to classify themselves politically at all
What I found intriguing here was that the majority of women chose to place themselves in the Moderate category staying clear of the Liberal label. In a culture saturated with liberal bias and propaganda, the majority of these women saw themselves as middle-of-the-roadsters. I also wondered if some of the Moderates leaned toward the Conservative side of the spectrum. Conservative is still a dirty word in the lesbian community, conjuring up images of foam-at-the-mouth right-wingers and culturally backward and uncaring bumpkins. But apparently Liberal is not the all-embracing mantle of political righteousness that the diva dykes of the lesbian community would have us believe.
So be of good cheer, my conservative sisters. The winds of change are softly blowing and our moderate cousins may not be that far off course.