- It's been jokingly introduced at cocktail parties to prevent a heated conversation from turning into a shouting match.
- It's been firmly proclaimed at tense holiday dinners when adult siblings who've grown politically apart start going at each other.
- It's been loudly announced in a nasal 'Sunday School teacher voice' at girls night out when one woman tries to get serious and the rest just want to drink wine and have a few laughs.
- Worst of all, it's been stated as fact by the mothers, grandmothers, aunts, and other female relatives who had a hand in raising us.
What's wrong with wanting to know what other people think? What's wrong with discussing issues more substantive than the weather or the price of gas? Why must women maintain harmony and goodwill at the expense of their own political education and edification?
The reasons why we shouldn't talk about politics pale in comparison to the good that arises from women discussing politics.
It makes us more engaged citizens, better role models for future generations of women, and more self-actualized.
By talking politics, we express ownership of our opinions and we acknowledge their worth by sharing them.
We validate who we are and what we believe.
Would you really give all of that up for the sake of politeness?