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I Question Social Norms

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    Why Question?

    You shouldn't question social norms. You should try to understand them in context. All social norms make sense in their own context. You start 'questioning' when you really don't understand the context.
    deleted deleted 26-30 6 Responses Feb 8, 2010

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    Waxing and Shaving.

     Why do men and women need to shave/wax?  We really must have had plenty of time to develop new, pointless things occupy ourselves at some stage in our evolution!   P.S. I often go without shaving under my arms for weeks and go swim regularly at a public swimming...
    wildernessgirl wildernessgirl 36-40 26 Responses Sep 24, 2009

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    What Is Normal?

    I don't believe in "normal". We are all different and we all have pros and cons. I wish people wouldn't judge or hate.
    SpiritOfTheRabbit SpiritOfTheRabbit 31-35, F 8 Responses Mar 6, 2010

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    Hi All. What Time Does Norm Come By?

    I have some questions for him.(A thousand pardons if this joke has already been used.)
    Wilbury Wilbury 46-50, M Sep 1, 2011

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    Social Norms

    Social norms,Question 'em,These days,Standards,Where have they gone?
    stormcape3 stormcape3 46-50 Sep 5, 2012

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    Norms

    They annoy me. Sleep at this time, wake at this time, shower at this time, eat at this time, work at this time. I do not want to play by these rules. I need to do these things whenever I ******* feel like without other people's comments.
    Mediocre Mediocre 22-25, F 6 Responses Mar 22, 2010

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    Who the Hell Invented Ironing??

    Creaseless clothes, tableclothes, sheets, socks, undies etc - what a stupid, pointless thing for us to worry about!  I don't iron very often but I am annoyed that I feel the need to on occasion.  Do people really care if my children arrive at school with...
    wildernessgirl wildernessgirl 36-40 18 Responses Sep 23, 2009

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    Social Norms

    I came across this as I tend to question the society. Social Norms in my view can be corrupt as well. I have became socially awkward since my childhood. Even my school reports it as well when I reread my school's record of achievement. Most So called Norms are not normal in my...
    Vinnie01 Vinnie01 31-35, M Mar 4, 2013

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    There Is No "norm"

    The beauty lies in the differences, the uniqueness.... The passions and traditions of other cultures and languages.... The way you are the only one who is uniquely you....that is beautiful... Follow your own truth and be open to learn about others' truths, there are many...
    CoracaoQuebrado CoracaoQuebrado 26-30, F 2 Responses Apr 19, 2010

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    Stereotype

      A stereotype is not forgetting.
    fascad3 fascad3 36-40, M 1 Response Mar 16, 2010

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    Facade (of Stones)

    I have no idea what social norms are anymore.  When I was young social norms were everywhere.  There seemed a clear set of well-defined social mores and rules, laid down by generations, that were only there to be laughed and sneered at.  Rules vs social stigma.  The older I...
    CrookedMan CrookedMan 46-50 Mar 29, 2011

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    I Don't Shave Regularly

    What's the point?? There's a reason why hair grows there right? And my husband doesn't mind so I don't bother. However, if I do wear a dress or shorts I will shave but most of the time I wear pants so who cares. And my arm pits? I hardly ever shave those even if they are...
    loudamy loudamy 26-30, F 4 Responses Feb 29, 2012

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    Who's In Control?

                Who regulates social norms anyways? Social norms are established to be seen as the way life has always "been." As time passes people change and these "norms" no longer fit accordingly to our society. I believe...
    CrazyHippieChick CrazyHippieChick 70+, F 3 Responses Apr 27, 2010

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    The Individual And The Collective

    Paraphrasing one of my literary heroes, H.L. Mencken, my last words on the gallows will be to condemn collectivism in all of its forms. In the continuing struggle between "individualism" and "collectivism," you will always find me in the company of the former. I recall a...
    kayaker712 kayaker712 61-65, M 1 Response Jul 5, 2010

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    Guys And Their Legs.

    I'm not sure if this rates as a social norm or not but it is definitely something that seems to be universal amongest men in the western world...especially in rural areas. Men. They stand around in groups at parties, meetings, field days, other social events catching up with...
    wildernessgirl wildernessgirl 36-40 100 Responses Feb 8, 2010

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    Pink Is For Girls and Blue Is For Boys

    When my daughter was born I was very much against dressing her in pink or even dressing her in dresses.  Roj and I were addamant that our girl was going to grow up to me a women who was confident and unrepressed by a male dominant world.  We chose a femine but "...
    wildernessgirl wildernessgirl 36-40 6 Responses Sep 23, 2009

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    Many social norms are freaking stupid

    and I'm going to raise awareness that you can break these norms. You don't have to do what everyone else is.
    IllusionaryGentleman39 IllusionaryGentleman39 18-21, M 1 Response Mar 17

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    it absolutely confounds me that people are unable to do this as well. with the approval of the masses they go on proudly all the while. the kind that burned witches, oppressed...
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    i want questions ask me what you want
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    ask me questions! allll kinds & ill give an honest answer??
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    Any questions I will answer no matter what it is... No limits ? Go
    warrenjoy warrenjoy 18-21, M 1 Response 2 hrs ago

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    Am i the only that, when asked a simple question, sees the disappointment of the asker in their face, when im not able to quickly come up with a satisfying answer? For example...
    perenijsje perenijsje 26-30, M 1 Response Apr 9

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    Apparently, my lack of social skills annoys my class teacher more than it exasperates me or anyone of my friends or family! I'm a extraverted introvert though I tend to appear a...
    EvanescentIridescent EvanescentIridescent 16-17, F Mar 31

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    A. Ten favorite special days 1. Christmas 2. New Year 3. Chinese New Year 4. Thanksgiving 5. my birthday 6. my man of heart's birthday 7. any day I see I have email from my dad 8...
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    1: What would you name your future daughter? Nina (middle name Anne) 2: Do you miss anyone? Yes 3: What if I told you that you were pretty? I would ask if you were blind 4: Ever...
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    1. How do you define honesty? When you say and do things that are not a lie to yourself or others 2. What is your biggest fear or worry? Nothing so humongous God can't help me feel...
    blankcheck4urhart blankcheck4urhart 36-40, F Apr 4

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    Ugh, just hearing all the laughing and voices before you walk in kills. Literally froze in place, did a 360 and went back to my apartment. I can't do it. I seriously wanted to go...
    bbygrlashes bbygrlashes 18-21, F 2 Responses Mar 30

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    First I would like to get something out of the way. Yes, I am a Socialist. I tend to identify with Social Democracy because it is the most easily-reachable and realistic option...
    Jugemu Jugemu 31-35, M Apr 11

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    I haven't been to one of my college classes in over a month, luckily the teacher has a grading system to negate this. Going in there after so long terrifies me. I am scared that he...
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    louisthe17th louisthe17th 46-50, M Apr 4

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    I have a friend on skype that is a girl. She's about 1 year older and lives in England. We both live in the country side, accept I live in America. We talk and play games almost...
    dylon323 dylon323 13-15, M 1 Response Mar 22

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    I have a friend on skype that is a girl. She's about 1 year older and lives in England. We both live in the country side, accept I live in America. We talk and play games almost...
    dylon323 dylon323 13-15, M Mar 22

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    purplepants911 purplepants911 22-25, F 4 Responses Mar 29

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    When I developed Social Anxiety during middle school I became extremely isolated, socially and physically. I stopped going to school and stopped talking to people, even my family...
    KnightOfJustice KnightOfJustice 18-21, M 1 Response Apr 4

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    I'm an introvert. And my mom thinks being like that is anti-social (she is the biggest, extroverted blabbermouth). So she forces me to do social things, A LOT of social things. And...
    reivven reivven 13-15, F 3 Responses Apr 10

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    "Hey, how was your weekend?" For some of us these kind of questions are draining. Why? Because not everyone has people who care for them to spend time with. Plus the fact that you...
    rockingentleman rockingentleman 26-30, M 3 Responses Apr 11

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    I used to associate shyness as a bad thing. There was never day month or year that people would point that out about me. I didn't have too many friends when I was little. I shyed...
    Candycane711 Candycane711 22-25, F 2 Responses 6 days ago

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    this is only at certain times because my school is very time, and since I was a little girl I've been known to always talk and be happy but that has changed and I try to hide it...
    awayfromlife awayfromlife 13-15, F 3 days ago

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    1: What would you name your future daughter? Right now? Jade 2: Do you miss anyone? No. 3: What if I told you that you were pretty? You should have seen me when I was younger...
    momshelle momshelle 31-35, F 3 days ago

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    Ask me questions I'm down for anything
    friendlowl friendlowl 18-21, F 1 Response 1 day ago

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