Do you feel like you can 'safely' chime in on political discussions on The Bee?

posted 1 year ago in The Lounge
  • poll: Do you feel like you can 'safely' chime into political discussions on The Bee?
    Yes. : (63 votes)
    34 %
    No. : (73 votes)
    40 %
    Neutral. I don't participate in any of the political threads. : (48 votes)
    26 %
  • Post # 3
    Hostess
    3772 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: December 2016

    I read and mull over the threads. But I don’t comment. My opinions and beliefs don’t align with any side and are often not in keeping with the majority. It’s not my job to sway anyone. I enjoy seeing what other peoples’ opinions are, it’s interesting to me. But I don’t bother sharing mine because I’m not going to change, and neither is anyone else… 

    Post # 4
    Member
    5189 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: July 2018

    I don’t feel that people who have a different opinion as me aren’t allowed to share it. I might question the bee on their views if it is an opinion that I struggle to understand but I don’t and nor have I really seen anyone else who actually thinks other people shouldn’t share their opinion.

    This seems like a baiting post.

    Post # 6
    Member
    5189 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: July 2018

    bluecutie00 :  perhaps there are bees who are scared to are their opinion, however I think this would be misplaced fear as I wouldn’t call the political posts particularly aggressive or rude here.

    The ones you’re referring too are presumably the recent gun and trump posts but let’s remember it is the general consensus on the bee that is the minority opinion in the political sphere, not the other way around. 

    Post # 8
    Member
    785 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: October 2016 - Wedgewood Las Vegas

    Nope, don’t feel comfortable at all. I’ve often thought about leaving the Bee because of it.

    I’m a conservative, legal gun owning Bee, and I no longer participate in threads that are political.

     

    Post # 9
    Member
    862 posts
    Busy bee

    I don’t ever feel afraid to share my views and opinions, mostly because I feel so strongly about the things I believe. If I had a view on something that was more of an unpopular opinion I would still share it because, while its not my job to sway anyone’s opinions, I do think that talking about politics is important. 

    Post # 10
    Member
    737 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: July 2018

    I honestly don’t know what side I stand on, sometimes I find posts I agree with halfway, but most of the time I am pretty confused. I straddle the line between the parties on most issues, and extremism on either side doesn’t appeal to me. Politics are still something I am trying to figure out my views on, as I’ve experienced a pretty strong shift in my beliefs as I get older. 

    Post # 11
    Member
    1582 posts
    Bumble bee

    Yes, I do.  I am not an apolitical person.  If I wasn’t comfortable, I probably wouldnt stick around.  

    Post # 12
    Member
    270 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: January 2017

    Weddingbee is not Saudia Arabia. So yes, I feel like I can “safely” comment.

    Post # 13
    Member
    9538 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: August 2016

    It’s just the internet. If people don’t agree with me it’s not the end of the world, if I feel a conversation is getting too heated or going in an unproductive direction I just step away from the thread. And sometimes it’s good to have people disagree with you or call you out on something so that you can reevaluate. I feel like I learn a lot from many of the discussions here on the boards and even if I don’t change my mind I think it’s always good to try to understand others perspectives.

    Post # 15
    Member
    4061 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: August 2012

    In My Humble Opinion if you are going to go around stating an opinion you should be ready to back it up. If people asking you questions or offering different viewpoints makes you feel “unsafe” sharing your beliefs i’d argue that it’s an uninformed opinion at best.

    Post # 16
    Member
    1984 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: July 2018

    saratiara2 :  I was just about to type the same thing. Personally, my political opinions are backed up by logic, facts, and rational reasoning. Therefore I feel safe sharing them anywhere and everywhere, as I’m able to explain the rationale behind them. Also appreciate (rational) disagreement and pushback on my opinions as a way to check my own logic.  If someone can’t share their opinions without feeling unsafe, perhaps they are not well-thought-out positions. 

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