This week, OKComrade has been the highlight of my Facebook feed. The page, and its sister Twitter account, describe themselves as a dating service for “socialists, communists, and anarchists wherever they might be,” and ads ranging from the jokey to the endearingly earnest have been pouring in.
Jacob, a single socialist who founded the service on a whim with a few friends, has seen the idea grow from a flippant hashtag to a viral groundswell, gathering more than 3,000 Facebook likes in the last few days. Now, he and his friends plan to launch a website and smartphone app.
Our politics are more than our voting patterns; as politicians often remind us, they reflect our deeper values, which affect how we relate to others and how we see ourselves. It’s said that one can test one’s potential partner by observing how they treat service staff – but their politics can be an even deeper test. Many people can be kind to a waiter or clerk, but over time one’s true beliefs will out.
Most life decisions are political. Planning a family, from birth to death, brings up profound questions about gender and work. As for myself, I could not flourish as an out sex worker without the support of my wonderful fiancé.