Question of the Month: February 12, 2019.

How do you identify politically? 

The contributors on this blog have decided to turn Question of the Week into Question of the Month. Welcome to our first Question of the Month! New questions will be posted on a Tuesday in the middle of the month. 

I live in Canada so I say I am further left than our left wing political parties: the liberals, Green, and NDP. I also call myself a feminist, but there are so many ways to be feminist (many of which I do not agree with). I go back and forth between thinking being left-leaning and feminism is popular in ace spaces and thinking being apolitical or neutral is popular in ace spaces. Maybe there is much of both? When there is time for nuance and context I describe myself as a vegan intersectional feminist. To me that means my lifestyle and the political activism I do is helping build a future that imagines freedom from oppression for all human and nonhuman animals on a societal and individual level.

About Talia

Talia is an asexual, nonbinary, vegan-feminist that drinks a lot of coffee and stays up very late playing Blizzard video games and writing fiction. They are working on a PhD in Environmental Studies where they think a lot about oppression as intersectional and impacting identities differentially. Talia has a particular fondness for asexuality, fandom, and Critical Animal Studies. Their personal blog is petuniaparty.tumblr.com
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13 Responses to Question of the Month: February 12, 2019.

  1. I’m a far-leftie, specifically an anarchist.

  2. Coyote says:

    huh. I’ve been asking myself this exact question again recently. Why are labels so hard?

  3. Rivers says:

    I have strong opinions and tend to lean left in my views, but I do not associate with any party (I am highly frustrated with the party system we have in America). I definitely feel the struggle of identifying as a feminist (I live in the Bible Belt for reference).

  4. Siggy says:

    Kinda socialist? I believe in money and market economies though so. I’m far left enough that it’s moot, I just consistently vote Democrat.

    In California, left vs right isn’t super meaningful. I’m part of the YIMBY party (pro-housing).

    In terms of the culture wars, feminist. I want to say trans-feminist, if that’s something cis people can say, because my kind of feminism owes most to Julia Serano.

  5. Sennkestra says:

    I feel like I’m a fairly “establishment” type liberal/progressive – I consider myself fairly left of center but I am also someone who prefers to work for change by working with and modifying current systems rather than overturning them entirely, so I’m skeptical of some more revolutionary far left approaches on a pragmatic level and also by virtue of that am basically just standard Democrat for all non-local voting purposes.

    But it’s hard for me to tell how much of that perception is skewed by living in the bay area and in activist groups where the spectrum is so far to the left that even being a left-leaning democrat is often considered relatively conservative.

    I’m very in favor of heavily regulated social welfare capitalism I guess? And in favor of increased housing density and major transit developments. And in favor of legal antidiscrimination protections for women, lgbt people, etc. IDK I have a lot of opinions on various specific issues, but I think they all fall in various parts of the more liberal/progressive ends of the political spectrum.

    (As far as ace spaces, I feel like a lot of online ace communities talk about politics and legal issues less than I would expect or maybe even prefer based on my experiences with lgbt spaces – but that might also be more indicative of certain online formats rather than ace culture overall, because I know in my local group I find that there’s a lot more people who seem interested in geeking out about political and legal issues that affect ace communities. There’s definitely less talk about intersections of asexuality with other political movements, but that may also be affected by the fact that unlike lgbt communities, aces have often been more or less ignored by major political movements in turn, for better or worse).

  6. This is such a tough question because of a silly impulsive decision I made almost 15 years ago. That is, I formally joined the YCPUSA (Young Communists Party of the United States of America). This kind of thing is hard to take back without completely changing your email and home addresses. So technically I am still registered with them. But do I identify strongly with it? No. I’ve grown up a lot since I was 11. My personal beliefs are a little more radical socialist than straight communism.

    I vote Democrat out of necessity living in a VERY red state where even the “liberals” are conservative in practice and speaking ill of Lindsay Graham is tantamount to treason. Most of my friends can’t even understand concepts like congressional term limits and separation of church and state, let alone things like universal minimum income and universal healthcare which are important to me as a disabled individual.

    I’m very much in favor of totally dismantling capitalism. Money is fake. The class system was built to keep us poor, all that fun stuff. I’m a trans-inclusive feminist who believes we need to diversify everything. Basically, if your grandmother would be scandalized by it, I’m for it; but stopping short of anarchy because it triggers my anxiety like whoa.

    • Siggy says:

      I couldn’t find a YCPUSA, but I did find a Young Communist League–which dissolved in 2015. Is that what you’re referring to?

      While I was looking at this, I was surprised to discover that the local communist group that I know of–the Revolutionary Communist Party–is not actually the main communist group in the US.

  7. Carmilla DeWinter says:

    Well, German here, so I have a whopping six parties to pick that are actually likely to make it into parliament, not that I’d ever vote for half of them. I’m Green first, lefty second, while I do share Sennkestra’s doubts about humanity’s ability to do communism or anarchy.
    There’s actually a word, “links-grün versifft” — “left-green ratty” — which is a popular disparaging remark from right wing and conservative forces about all things that support the said political opinions. More descriptive than “liberal” for sure, drawing on humanity’s tendency to equate “dirty” with lower lifeforms you’re free to ignore or kill. (I’m German, we have a History with this kind of rhetoric.)
    Also, feminist. I’ve never felt the need to include “trans” there — mostly because it’s not as big a deal here as it seems to be in the US? At least my bubble tends to eyeroll at TERF rhetorics, should they encounter it. I’ve also been trying for gender neutral language since at least 2014, which in German requires actual effort.

  8. epochryphal says:

    I’m a Peace and Freedom Party member, which means a kind of socialist that’s heavy into unions and community organizing. Prison abolitionist, is probably actually the thing that sets me apart from a lot of other leftist ideologies. Transformative/restorative justice, similarly. Secularist, because religion and state mix Badly. I find rationalists interesting but confusing and not quite my thing. I guess the other issues I’d name as super important to me are sex worker’s rights/decriminalization, and trans & non-binary & intersex rights (and non-binary & specifically exobinary & intersex recognition). I tend to be pro-regulation but oppose hate crime statutes and find the Sylvia Rivera Law Project sensible on the matter. I like Bernie’s platform (and just wish his rhetoric would drop the “brothers and sisters, gay and straight” binaries). Oh, and disability rights grounding, specifically autistic, so ASAN and the ADA are important.

  9. luvtheheaven says:

    I expected the title of this post to be updated at some point but it still says February 12 when you posted it March 12th, FYI.

    Politics are big and complicated. I’m basically in the capital of the USA so everyone seems to be super politically minded and i feel like I’m always too ignorant on everything and lost all the time. I don’t know that I’ve made up my mind on much. I go to a lot of meetups and usually it is assumed that everyone has strong political opinions on the same side of everything – everyone is liberal of course is the assumption. It’s usually pretty true.

    I have always voted Democrat except for one time many years ago that I actually voted Green Party and I’m registered Democrat in Maryland so i can vote in those primaries. I hang out in very very progressive/liberal/social justice minded circles and mainly agree with those folks on most things. I have a close family member who is on the opposite side of the political spectrum which keeps other views in my periphery a lot more than almost anything else does. I sometimes feel more moderate than some of my hyper liberal friends on a few select issues like free speech or idk. I feel like I missed Politics 101 in school and now it’s too late to catch up. I don’t know. Lol. I just. Don’t always prioritize learning more so I’m always shaky in my political beliefs. I’m pretty sure on key issues that matter to me but not on ALL the issues.

    • luvtheheaven says:

      To clarify/expand… I think I’m slowly buy surely getting more politically literate and educated and i probably understand more than I think I do. I just feel very overwhelmed a lot of the time in this realm. I feel anxious like I’m missing out on things I’m supposed to know. I don’t have the passion and conviction of most people i know. I have a lot of self-doubt and stuff.

  10. Blue Ice-Tea says:

    I sometimes describe myself as part of the Christian Left, or as a Democratic Socialist. I’m not for scrapping free markets entirely, because all the evidence is that state run economies don’t work very well, but I’m definitely in favour of taxes, social programmes, and other forms of wealth redistribution. I had a professor in university who said that Capitalism was a great generator and a lousy distributor, and you could argue that the ideal would be to leave markets free enough to generate wealth but have enough government intervention to make sure everyone got a reasonable share of that wealth. However, it’s also important to regulate industries to prevent environmental damage and human rights violations. And it’s important to do that, not only with national laws that are only enforceable within a given country, but with international laws to keep people in rich countries from exploiting those in poorer countries.

    In terms of sexual politics, I’m… some combination of Liberal Feminist and Radical Feminist? I don’t really know my feminisms that well. But I believe that patriarchy is evil and gender norms are evil and that all people (including white, straight, non-trans men) are oppressed by them and need to be liberated from them.

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