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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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    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 9 Responses Mar 6, 2010

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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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    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 18-21, F 3 Responses Apr 27, 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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    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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    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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    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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    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 20 Responses Sep 23, 2009

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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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    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 27 Responses Sep 24, 2009

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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 41-45, M Sep 1, 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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    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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    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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    Related Experiences

    Is this site considered social media? If so, then I look like a hypocrite. But social media is just an excuse for people with a bunch of opinions about everything to berate and...
    AjLeePunk AjLeePunk 22-25, F 2 Responses 4 hrs ago

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    Took the test. Got the diagnosis. I have social anxiety. I am in therapy one or two hours each week. It helps to talk, but I have a tight family who simply can't stop having social...
    Skywalker1979 Skywalker1979 31-35, M 3 Responses 3 days ago

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    blah blah I can never think of a good answer to those questions anyway. AND SO MANY OF THOSE QUESTIONS you can get as random questions on ask.fm!
    InternationalDarkness InternationalDarkness 13-15, F 1 Response 5 hrs ago

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    I've always been an introvert. A regular introvert isn't necessarily shy or lacks social skills, but I eventually grew to be a little more than that. Now I am not only an...
    EmIntrovert EmIntrovert 16-17, F 5 Responses Jun 29

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    New Social Networking Site Coming Soon New Social Networking Site Coming Soon Relate to That.com is COMING SOON!!! http://RelateToThat.com Help us make this the #1 Site of it's...
    dst68 dst68 66-70, M 1 Response Jul 12

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    It has been said that we are social animals. I think that's true. Even introverts like me value connections, we just value fewer and deeper connections than what the social media...
    LostInTheWoulds LostInTheWoulds 46-50, M Jul 7

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    if I'm around people I don't know or someone I like it's like I co completely mute, I can talk but I just don't and when I do for some reason my voice goes to the lowest level it...
    JuanitaaLovee JuanitaaLovee 13-15, F 2 Responses Jun 27

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    I Took The 41 Question Personality Test Your personality type: "Dreamy Idealist" Quiet, reflective and idealistic. Interested in serving humanity. Well-developed value system...
    Diabo1ique Diabo1ique 70+ Jun 30

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    Ok so yeah I've been not myself lately as many of you have noticed. So I think I'm ready to put it all on the table. If anyone has questions for me just ask. I'll either answer in...
    WintersSoldier WintersSoldier 18-21, F 4 hrs ago

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    Well come on people!! Have fun with it!! If your shy inbox your question!! But lets have fun! Make me think!
    mrmisterman80 mrmisterman80 31-35, M 1 Response 4 hrs ago

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    If you would like to join a new social media movement and get paid for being a first inviter, please visit www.L9app.com/mishelleb and watch the introduction video. Also, watch...
    neeva2u neeva2u 46-50, F Jul 10

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    I will answer any question you asked me I am just a bit lonely at the moment so asked me what questions you like
    noboys noboys 22-25, F 7 Responses Jun 28

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    Hi, I am 13 (my birthdays in the summer) I am going into highschool this coming school year. I have been diagnose with social anxiety for a really long time but it start truly...
    katieerika katieerika 13-15, F 1 Response Jun 28

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    I didn't realise that I had social anxiety until I took the Liebowitz Social Anxiety test 2 days ago. I scored a 91, saying that I have severe social anxiety. My doctor made me...
    Hazelgrace22 Hazelgrace22 13-15, F 1 Response Jul 11

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    I/we are huge fans and participant in Social Nudity. The freedom of being completely open and unencumbered by stereotypes and pre-judgments based on clothing or jewelry, etc. is...
    selaparty selaparty 46-50, M a week ago

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    I won't count how many friends I have in my circle.. cos I only have one (the administrator I guess).. I won't initiate chat with other people.. cos I can't think of any topic...
    Onger Onger 26-30, M Jun 26

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    What doesn't one do late at night when they can't sleep? Your personality type: "Good-natured Realist" Quiet, kind and conscientious. Can be depended on to follow through. Usually...
    memoriesofthepast124 memoriesofthepast124 18-21, F 2 days ago

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    I am so socially awkward that I am nervous to see my family in california and now that im here im nervous to leave my room and socialize. I hate confrontation and i dont like going...
    oneepicboss oneepicboss 13-15, M Jun 25

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    I have to type this ASAP before my mind decides that I should forget it. I have been thinking about something and somehow stumbled onto why I think I am depressed at the moment...
    30Hemm 30Hemm 31-35, M 1 Response Jul 4

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    Ehhhhh. I guess I do have it...Just a bit? Hehehe. I am an introvert. I have no problem with making friends and talking to people...But there are dome issues I have seen. I have...
    Wewerethereinthattime Wewerethereinthattime 18-21, F 4 Responses Jul 7

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    I have been diagnosed with clinical depression from the age of 15. I guess what got me started was the constant bullying I endured through my school years. At the age of 14, I...
    Gemz2411 Gemz2411 18-21, F 1 Response Jul 10

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    Has anyone truly outgrown their quiet,shy nature?Bloomed from the anti social cocooned caterpillar to the beautiful social butterfly? if yes, then do share your experience. if not...
    booklover4ever booklover4ever 18-21, F 1 Response 2 days ago

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    I've never been described as outgoing, but up until about three years ago, I always went and did things and had friends. I know much of it has to do with my depression, social...
    zanyzoey zanyzoey 36-40, F 2 Responses Jun 23

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    I can be socially awkward to people I don't know and when I have to force something out of me that doesn't feel right. But idk why I would post that to social media...
    equalseaker212 equalseaker212 18-21, M Jun 26

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    My boyfriend thought this would be a good idea but I fear I'll just be a voice lost among many here. I don't know that I have social anxiety. I haven't seen a doctor. And I don...
    PrivateB PrivateB 18-21, F 4 Responses Jun 30

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    Today is July 4th..another holiday spent alone. i spend all holidays alone. people have stopped inviting me over because i always make up an excuse to not go. i get so anxious and...
    welcome2myworld welcome2myworld 41-45, F 5 Responses Jul 4

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    Social Anxiety: Who else experiences this: -When you leave the house to go to work and come in contact with a stranger you automatically think what he is thinking about you - is...
    theworldasitis theworldasitis 26-30, M 3 Responses Jul 6

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    I've had it throughout all of secondary school and up until the start of my second year in college. It's not even been that "look at me I'm socially awkward but cute" kinda thing...
    littlelionlady littlelionlady 18-21, F 2 Responses Jul 6

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    I've always had trouble being social/socializing. I'm just not a sociable person. As bad as this may sound, I strongly prefer to stay cooped up in my bedroom than going out...
    KMargatroid KMargatroid 16-17, F Jul 7

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    My social anxiety has gotten worse. I get horrible panic attacks and sometimes I become angry ( not entirely sure why angry but it happens...) I can't even go outside without...
    CaliforniaPsycho CaliforniaPsycho 18-21, F Jul 7

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    So it's my bestie bday on Thrusday so we are having a girls night(I'm assuming bar/clubs) on Friday with a few of us from school. I'm kind of feeling anxious. I know a lot of...
    muffinpowers muffinpowers 22-25, F 3 Responses Jul 8

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    Although I've always been an introvert, I did enjoy social events even if it meant putting on a mask to an extent and feigning interest in certain events. But over the last year or...
    deleted deleted 26-30 1 Response Jul 9

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    Do you know exactly when you realized you had social anxiety? For me I couldn't say, it just sort of happened and then proceeded to get worse over the years. I can pin point my age...
    silentlily13 silentlily13 22-25, F 4 Responses Jul 10