11 Signs You're Not As Liberal As You Think You Are

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If you clicked into this article, chances are you have a fairly firm grasp on what side of the political spectrum you fall on. And if you're ever in the online comments section of just about anything, you have likely stumbled upon the insults that right-wing conservatives use to troll the left: bleeding heart, snowflake, PC police, SJW (social justice warrior — although it's unclear why being a champion for justice is considered a bad thing). Regardless of how you self-identify, there seems to be a broad consensus of what makes you a liberal or a conservative.

There's also the caveat that social politics cover a range of topics, so generalities about what makes someone liberal or conservative aren't necessarily correct in every case. However: Promoting civil rights for the underrepresented and supporting equal economic opportunities for all would usually make you a social liberal. (That said, some people reject the conservative/liberal labels and think we should stop using the right-left political spectrum entirely.)

Assuming you identify as a liberal, you and any self-identifying "woke" advocate should take care to not fall into stereotypes or self-congratulatory traps. You might think you're fine because you voted Democrat or follow the Instagram feed of Guerrilla Feminism, but being a modern-day progressive requires continuing to learn from others and reexamining the values you consider progressive.

Here are some of the reasons why you might not be as liberal as you think.