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I Question Social Norms

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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    Social Norms

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

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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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    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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    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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    Stereotype

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

    Is it normal to not know how to approach people? Is it normal to find social interactions extremely daunting and draining? Is it normal to have never had any kind of romantic...
    forestlaw77 forestlaw77 36-40, M 1 Response Mar 10

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    And I am not all that sure why. I do try to socialize when the moment and situation demand it, and I don't have that much of a problem with it. I don't hate people so I am not a...
    Jugemu Jugemu 31-35, M 1 Response Mar 9

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    It's been my experience that many, many people who are diametrically and obstinately opposed to the idea of socialism...don't even know what socialism is. Socialism is a form of...
    Thanatos24 Thanatos24 22-25, M 1 Response Mar 13

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    I Think Social Media Does More Harm Than Good The problem with facebook and instagram is that you put yourself out there for the whole world to see. If you go to apply for a job...
    Jackson2222 Jackson2222 26-30, M Mar 14

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    People expect you to get help= that's people People expect you to have friends= that's people People expect you to have outdoor hobbies or be in a community=that's people People...
    1lonelydaisy 1lonelydaisy 41-45 1 Response Mar 9

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    Your personality type: "Engaged Idealist" Popular and sensitive, with outstanding people skills. Externally focused, with real concern for how others think and feel. Usually...
    lunadelobos lunadelobos 41-45 2 Responses Mar 12

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    1: What would you name your future daughter? I’m honestly not sure. I really don’t want children so I haven’t given it much thought. 2: Do you miss anyone? I miss a lot of...
    Redrider1 Redrider1 18-21, F 1 Response Mar 16

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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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    I am feeling lost! I've been a ******** for 2 years you guys might have seen my other post but basically I quit for my boyfriend! I'm lucky he finally saw my point of view and has...
    purplepants911 purplepants911 22-25, F 3 Responses 1 day ago

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    Childhood was awful. But my teenage years were worse. I'm not sure if I've shared the story in particular of my childhood? Think I have just not sure where. I realised quite a...
    1lonelydaisy 1lonelydaisy 41-45 4 Responses Mar 3

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    I use to think social anxiety was something that I would have to live with forever. I thought it was just simply fear of people. But what helped me was understanding that 1. Social...
    Besillybeyou Besillybeyou 26-30, F 2 Responses Mar 17

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    I'm 6 months into being social and having friends. I'm still learning pretty much how to act, how to deal with friends, and how to deal with social situations. It's not my fault...
    tortillarose tortillarose 18-21, F 1 Response Mar 6

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    My social anxiety is a huge pain in the *** but I think I'm sort of improving my social skills. Even online I'm worried if I'm boring someone, being annoying, or just sounding like...
    WhatTheFrenchToast WhatTheFrenchToast 18-21, M 10 Responses Mar 6

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    Even though I was a loner in middle school, it was never an issue till JrHigh. I didnt learn how to make like minded friends till highschool. Thankfully, by my junior/senior years...
    LivingToLearnLearningToLove LivingToLearnLearningToLove 22-25, M Mar 10

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    I think that a lot of people have a misconception about what Social Workers do. I stepped into the field this year and it has been such a huge experience so far. It is by no means...
    SWZgirl SWZgirl 22-25, F Mar 11

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    It sucks so bad..... but I am addicted to it. Why do I constantly find myself comparing myself to other people on my timelines? (I wish I was that skinny... wow what a tool...
    KJPKelsey KJPKelsey 18-21, F 2 Responses Mar 11

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    I hate my anxiety, for example, everyday, I sit in school everyday I'm stressing over stupid petty things, like each class I worry over having to work w people, because all my...
    SweetcakesJr SweetcakesJr 13-15, F Mar 17

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    Most people don't know I have it, but it controls my life. I stay to myself most of the time. I fear the phone and refuse to answer it unless I have to, even if I know who is on...
    AmyOnEP AmyOnEP 41-45, F 4 Responses Mar 18

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    Can people with social anxiety just be friends with other people with social anxiety that would be great
    Theblackassassin Theblackassassin 18-21, M 4 Responses Mar 21

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    Ok so I do suffer from social anxiety and I had to literally just let some coworkers know that they needed to fall back a bit because I've always been scared to stand up for myself...
    imissdnce imissdnce 31-35, F 1 Response 1 day ago

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    this experience will have cussing in it and i will most likely turn into something close to a rant about people who i think are stupid. i think my problem with dumb questions...
    jermdbt80612 jermdbt80612 18-21, F Mar 7

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    I've had it ever since I was a child. Always labelled "shy" and I guess that was part of it. But a lot of it was actual FEAR. Just now I came home and my neighbours only see me...
    1lonelydaisy 1lonelydaisy 41-45 1 Response Mar 3

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    why do people have to be so mean? why do they constantly have to belittle others and then act as if they're just being sensitive? i missed out on so many opportunities because i...
    Jennyyy96 Jennyyy96 18-21, F 7 Responses Mar 4

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    Would love to be in a relationship but social anxiety and shyness won't let me
    Mitchhhhh Mitchhhhh 18-21, M 1 Response Mar 5

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    Well I only have one best friend and a childhood one who is also a close friend.I literally am a loner and have little to no social life.I'm sure it's because of my idiotic...
    ThePakistaniGuy ThePakistaniGuy 13-15, M 1 Response Mar 7

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