Okay, I’m still a bit uneasy about the title, but I think that it makes some good points. Following a line of thought that Robert Jones wrote about at Conservative Punk a while back, PoliGrrl asks if conservatism has become the new “gay” — something that people hide from friends or family because they’re afraid of being rejected or ridiculed for it.
Sure, going to parties where everyone else is of the same orientation makes it easier to let my guard down for awhile but, I still am uneasy in case I say the wrong thing in front of the wrong person and it comes back to haunt me. It is a worry when applying for a new job because unlike race and creed, this isn’t protected.
Online is a lot easier because it is more anonymous than the real world. Hiding behind a screen name allows for a freer interaction, but even then it has to be in the right chat room, Twitter feed or Facebook environment because I’ve been slammed, called names, and had my beliefs attacked viciously when I’ve opened up to people.
Coming out of the conservative closet is akin to coming out of the closet as gay or lesbian. Now, before anyone gets all bent out of shape because of the analogy please take a chill pill. I have greater respect and understanding of those who have any type of “secret” that affects their outlook on the world and how the world looks at them.
I have noticed that because popular cuture and the media are so liberally biased, there is a lot of derision and vitriol directed at conservative views. It really does make coming out of “the Conservative Closet” a challenging thing at times. What’s interetsing is that poll after poll has confirmed that most Americans identify as conservative in some way. How is it that people are afraid to identify with a majority world view?