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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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 22-25, F 3 Responses Apr 27, 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 41-45, 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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    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 20 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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    Stereotype

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

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    Hi I think I am socially awkward. I can't beat around the bush at things(if you don't know what that saying means, it means be subtle, Little House on the prairie rocks, lol). Also...
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    LilMzSweetness LilMzSweetness 22-25 Sep 5

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    Is there any winning to this? I don't understand sometimes, It's like when I'm alone I'm feel like I'm one of the smartest and prettiest girls, but when I'm in public I start...
    alwayswatchingu alwayswatchingu 18-21, F 3 Responses 3 days ago

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    I just looked up today the mental disability "social anxiety," or "social phobia," and after seeing many symptoms that match mine, i went on to take an online test to see how...
    Otokonoko Otokonoko 16-17, M a week ago

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    My family was really anti-social when I was growing up; both to the outside world and between each other. My Dad was always in front of the television and my Mom was cleaning the...
    JaeHarmer JaeHarmer 18-21, M Sep 3

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    The main problem with social anxiety is a lack of connectivity with emotions, which leads to the inability to formulate a firm set of beliefs and consequently the inability to act...
    Close2You Close2You 26-30, M 1 Response Sep 16

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    I am currently seeking therapy for it. It's strange to say that I have social anxiety because I am a private person, and I enjoy spending time by myself. However, there are times I...
    Close2You Close2You 26-30, M Sep 14

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    Sure, why not. 1: What would you name your future daughter? I don't actually want kids, but I love the name Lorien. 2: Do you miss anyone? Dead friend, living far from family...
    demimo demimo 18-21, F Sep 6

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    I'm wondering, how do I tell if the things that I struggle with such as depression, mood swings, stressing about things, especially social situations of all sorts..... How would I...
    hanskywalker hanskywalker 18-21, F 4 days ago

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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...
    IRID3SC3NT IRID3SC3NT 13-15, F 1 Response 3 days ago

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    I have online social anxiety. Honestly, talking is easy for me, I can do it for hours (though some people might get bored and weirded out by me), but when I'm online, my SA makes...
    justicehero justicehero 18-21, M Sep 5

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    I hate this. Make the effort to go out and be social, but fail miserable. Then I get lonely and depressed. Love that I can be social on ep without the awkwardness
    BlueEyedFaye BlueEyedFaye 22-25, F 1 Response Sep 12

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    And I've been getting more socially awkward every passing day at school. I thought I was finally self confident enough to at least handle social situations with less angst, but I'm...
    left4deadspace left4deadspace 16-17, M 2 Responses 4 days ago

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    I've always been extremely worried about what others think of me and how I come across, and the more I do so, the more I'll appear socially inept, which in turn drives my anxieties...
    aj1996 aj1996 18-21, M 1 Response Sep 4

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    I'm not a social being but, I'm more social than I was before. All through my childhood I was the shyest little girl you wouldn't even notice. At school I had a few friends and I...
    foreverisabella foreverisabella 13-15, F Sep 6

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    I'm really awkward around new people at social gatherings. I try to be more extroverted (I have practised doing so for years) but I'm still not natural. I feel like I say a lot of...
    averagecomplicatedhuman averagecomplicatedhuman 18-21, F 1 Response Sep 6

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    It's been a progressive thing over the last two or three years. I used to be fairly social and enjoyed conversations. But now, it's all changed. Socialising for a couple of hours...
    Reallifeperson Reallifeperson 22-25, M 1 Response Sep 9

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    Ever since I was a child I've been really awkward socially. I think my overly-sheltered upbringing has a lot to do with it as well as my older sister telling me to "shut up" when I...
    nursingstudent4 nursingstudent4 22-25, F Sep 10

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    I cant be consistent in my social interactions, sometimes i kill it and other times i suck. You can feel top of the world but then come crashing down, is there a way to be...
    PeaceAndCalm PeaceAndCalm 16-17, M Sep 12

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    i'm quick to being comfortable and social.. But sometimes, rarely, there are few who are very difficult for me to break the ice with.. Just when they keep this certain composed and...
    romeo27 romeo27 13-15, M Sep 13

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    (all names have been changed from real names) When I was younger I never had social problems, I loved talking to everyone and being around people, but when I got into school...
    XandraElise XandraElise 18-21, F 2 Responses Sep 18

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    People tell me...'confidence isn't everything'. That is a lie. It worms its way into every area of my life and makes me realise that being shy is actually a curse. I am currently...
    smits15 smits15 18-21, F 3 Responses 1 day ago

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    LIFECHECKUNDERTHEIRTHREAT LIFECHECKUNDERTHEIRTHREAT 46-50, M Sep 2

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    I seem rude at times, & I seem so anti-social. It sucks bc Im really a nice person and i love people and my goal is to lift spirits, and if i could talk to you I would. Im pretty...
    eeeosborne eeeosborne 16-17, F 2 Responses Sep 2