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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    Related Experiences

    The story is interesting, don't you think? In terms of people though? There are so many examples, but how about the educational system in general? We go to school all our...
    SilverHarmonics SilverHarmonics 16-17, F 1 Response Aug 1

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    1. What is your name? Samantha! 2. How old are you? I am 15. 3. Are you sure? Yup, 5 days until I get my temps. 4. What is your earliest memory? My grandpas funeral. 5...
    sammanthaa sammanthaa 13-15, F Aug 15

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    Today was another crappy day. I think mostly because I am starting to feel bored. My little sister is on a vacation with her boyfriend, and I am left her with my overprotective...
    Skywalker1979 Skywalker1979 31-35, M Jul 28

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    1. What is your name? Anna 2. How old are you? 15 3. Are you sure? Umm, yeah? 4. What is your earliest memory? My great-grandmother sleeping 5. What is your favourite alcoholic...
    UnicornsBlood UnicornsBlood 13-15, F 1 Response Aug 6

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    I have social anxiety really bad, and I hate it. It's ruined so many experiences for me and talking to adults, or even people younger than me, just makes me sick to my stomach. I...
    jxssicaa jxssicaa 18-21, F 13 Responses Aug 12

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    Of course. Firstly, all you might want to do is submit a web design transient with details about your challenge; such as the type of audience your small business targets.Nearly all...
    Kit1739qm Kit1739qm 31-35, M 1 Response a week ago

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    Your personality type: "Spontaneous Idealist" Enthusiastic, idealistic and creative. Able to do almost anything that interests them. Great people skills. Need to live life in...
    wallflower1209 wallflower1209 22-25, F 1 Response 22 hrs ago

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    Give it a try. I'm not your typical innocent and boring girl. If you ask the right questions, you'll get some interesting answers. *Bows* Come on now, be my guest. Uncover who I am...
    VindensSkygge VindensSkygge 18-21, F 13 Responses 10 hrs ago

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    Ok I’m going to do these, despite that only one other person was in this group and that was nearly a year ago. [I did this on a word document in case my internet died and I lost...
    thefluffyclouds thefluffyclouds 13-15, F 1 Response 9 hrs ago

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    Fire away I don't have anything to hide. I'll be completely and I say if you don't like the potential answer to a question then don't ask it
    Jamiereturns Jamiereturns 22-25, M 4 hrs ago

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    I'm bored does anyone want to talk or ask me question
    dime123456789 dime123456789 18-21, M 4 hrs ago

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    I will answer all your questions (Hopefully someone ask)
    Maestroxo Maestroxo 18-21, M 2 Responses 3 hrs ago

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    Ask me questions. And I'll answer you. I'm bored. .______.
    LaBrenditaa LaBrenditaa 16-17, F 2 Responses 1 hr ago

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    Will answer any question ask away
    Madkrezzy123 Madkrezzy123 70+ 16 mins ago

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    This will take a bit. 1. What would you name your future daughter? idk yet. that's gonna take some time to think about lol 2. Do you miss anyone? unfortunately :/ 3. What if I...
    infinitexhope infinitexhope 22-25, F 1 Response Aug 5

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    I think this is one experience group that seems more like a funny and dirty social forum. Ok! I'm game. Throw any dirty question at me and I'll be an open book. For real!
    Joe808 Joe808 22-25, M 3 Responses 2 days ago

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    All my life I have lived in fear of social rejection. My family immigrated to the U.S. when I was 6 and I could not speak a word of English. I was sent to live with my aunt who...
    MNRR MNRR 36-40 1 Response Jul 27

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    I certainly have social anxiety but not to the point that I cannot function socially at all. But each time that I go into a social situation, I do need to mentally prepare myself...
    NYX78 NYX78 36-40, F 5 Responses Jul 27

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    I'm not here to confess to you all that I am socially awkward. Which is not the case! I am here so people can talk to me, those who feel like they are socially awkward. The...
    Robertjames9 Robertjames9 22-25, M 2 Responses Aug 18

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    I am soo dissapointed in myself! Last weekend was my ultimate social test and I failed. It was my "sister in laws" babyshower. (boyfriend's brother's girlfriend). We dont really...
    viavleiviax viavleiviax 18-21, F 2 Responses a week ago

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    Yes I do have social anxiety because if I am in social sitting... I tend to tension up and coughing. Those are one of the signs of social anxiety for me. So that is why I don't...
    mother1983 mother1983 26-30, F 4 Responses Aug 2

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    So I know this is social media too and even EP annoys me sometimes, but I'm most annoyed with mainstream social media like Instagram, Facebook, and especially Twitter. There's...
    mattihope mattihope 18-21, F 1 Response Aug 14

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    I just can't stand being in a public place with lots of people. I just feel like i'm being judged, watched, or compared to. I just hate meeting new people and I just can't stand...
    NicoBunny6 NicoBunny6 18-21, F a week ago

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    I do not want to be contacted by those who are underage. Never mind categories. I don't think underage people should be on any type of social sites period. If they must, categories...
    OceanicXs OceanicXs 26-30, F 1 Response Jul 28

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    Normally people always tell us we have a choice. But is that true? I did not choose to exist. I did not make my brain that maneuvers me and allows me to think. I did not make my...
    honestyreality honestyreality 22-25, F 3 Responses Aug 6

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    [ x] smoked a cigar [ x] smoked a cigarette [ x] kissed a member of the same sex [x ] are/been in love [ x] dumped someone [x ]been in a fist fight [ ]had a crush on an older...
    heyitsabike heyitsabike 31-35, F Aug 7

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    I feel like there is something wrong with me that I don’t see with anybody else. I feel like a disconnect with the world. I know that I am not the best conversationalist, not a...
    anisse113 anisse113 18-21, F 1 Response Aug 9

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    "Your personality type: "Analytical Thinker" Logical, original, creative thinkers. Can become very excited about theories and ideas. Exceptionally capable and driven to turn...
    Sandalwood3 Sandalwood3 41-45, F Aug 17

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    Usually, very. Don't question it.
    mslainiegrace mslainiegrace 13-15, F 1 Response Aug 19

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    This Software allows you observe social information, in authentic-time, letting you to definitely detect conversations since they’re using off – and react previously...
    Anthony825d5cr0 Anthony825d5cr0 31-35, M 1 Response 6 days ago

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    I found something interesting in Yahoo today. It is an article about how to overcome fear. I've reproduced the parts that struck a chord in me. 3 Ways to Overcome Fear...
    mareliberum mareliberum 26-30 1 Response 6 days ago

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    It has been a while since I don't do this, but I really needed to ask... Does anyone, out there, share this feelings with me? -Feeling like I can't handle going out with friends...
    Giella Giella 18-21, F 4 Responses 4 days ago

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    I will always prefer being on my own, listening to my music and reading a good book. I am not anti-social and when people are in my company, I put all distractions away and focus...
    anotherpasserby anotherpasserby 16-17, F Aug 16