Ermm I'm not sure if people who are invited are supposed to fill out the survey or what so I'm going to do it anyway because I can and it's there.
Name (nick or given): Sara, pridian, Manifestine, Merry
Age (specific or age group): 17 (1/2 but who cares)
Organised Religion: Not my cup of tea (though I'm becoming more interested in Taoism). If it works for the people who need someone to tell them how they have to live their life to be a decent person then let them. If it's not hurting me personally, then I don't mind. However, I do not like the idea of fighting wars over religions. Anyone notice the basic similarities of all religions? So what are they fighting over? The same ideals. Yeah, that's what I thought.
Ageism: It goes both ways. Kids (some) make fun of old people, old people (some) rue the day that youth left them and take it out on kids. It can be funny, though again, it's pointless. It's a major factor in work. I've gotten the brunt of it at every job I've had or applied for. I certainly hate it. Just because I'm six months younger than 17 means that I somehow can't figure out how to put movies back? (This really happened to me. Hollywood Video.) Also when I worked at Fred Meyers, I was degraded by a guy (in his 40's) who did my exact same job. I know how to push carts, thanks.
Gender Stereotypes: Man is this a broad topic or what. I don't even know what I want to hit most. Well as the years progress, this is changing. Women are allowed to be more sexual in public (Thank you Madonna in helping this) Stereotypes are hurtful no matter what. Period. It hurts job opportunities, safety (sexually, verbally, physically), and relationships (some are based upon just this which is a bit absurd). What else do you want me to say? I abhor it.
Music Today: Hmmm well since I have basically banned myself from radio and 'popular music' of today, I have a positive aspect on it. There is so much variety. Yeah, sure there are some people/bands that I can't even comprehend as to why people like them, but there's so many more people/bands that aren't artificial. Every decade has hundreds of songs that are absolutely superb. Though, I don't like the trend (at least the way I'm seeing it) that kids from like the age of 7 and 15 are more inclined to listen to rap (I've got so much money so I'm going to rap about it!) It makes me want to throw everyone a Maroon5 or Damien Rice cd. expand your stupid horizon! There's so much more.
Fashion Today: For once in this survey, I have nothing much to say on this as I don't follow it at all. But I think there will be a new generation of people who are going to say "more is sexy" rather than "pieces of chopped clothing is hott" I don't know. I'm more into feeling comfortable like pajama pants and sweaters. Thank you, I'll take those any day. Oh, but nothing can be worse than 80's style clothes. hahahaha (I love the 80's strike back!)
Fetishism: If it doesn't hurt anyone and no one is pressured into it or feels uncomfortable then I say, it's none of my business.
Lord of the Rings Versus Harry Potter: As for the movies, Lord of the Rings shuts out Harry Potter (sorry Tom Felton/Draco! You just never seem to win anything do you?) any day. Now for the books, I'm ashamed to say that I have not read any of the Lord of the Ring books. Though I did read the Hobbit, albeit an extremely compacted version, on record when I was a child. I must say, it was my favorite story. So if the rest of the books are like that, I'll be bought. But I'm obsessed with Harry Potter. It's been my life since Thanksgiving 2002. It literally saved me (for further information, see my published works) But, never will they be in competition with me. So I think this should be Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings (alphabetically, yeah?)
Books Versus Movies: Few movies surpass books because they simply cannot fit all the scenes and detail into a few hours. Though Girl, Interrupted...The movie is actually tons better as it tells a story and is more emotional. The book doesn't go much into detail about experiences, it seems like Susanna Kaysen had a very bleak time there (though she really may have). It just really gives a general view of life in a mental institution. It says nothing about her running away or how Daisy really killed herself. I'd still read it, but for entertainment, the movie is better.
Marriage: I wonder if there are more people who get married for the wrong reasons. It sure seems like it. I'd say move in with each other first to see how each other lives but statistically, more people who do this and get married end up divorced. Why do people change when they get married? I only see it as being permanently bound to someone.
Divorce: People need to stop divorcing each other over stupid issues. I wonder how much money and time is wasted on this? Getting married should cost more, that way less people would be opted to marrying ten times (my grandma for one...her latest marriage was 2001) I think the only reason a person should divorce is because of abuse of any kind. Nothing else. Then again, I wouldn't care if my boyfriend/husband went off and had sex with other women/guys (hahahah) if he stays with me then obviously I mean more to him than those other people. But if they had any STD's I wouldn't even let him have sex with me. Ever.
George W. Bush: I'm seriously glad I'll be able to vote next year. I want him out of office. Do not touch my state! Just so you know, Bush told oregon (less than two weeks ago) to increase deforesting by fifty percent and all of it clear-cut. There's too much being cut now and clear-cutting just causes land slides. He does not care about the environment! I can't stand this man. I'm pro-choice. Give me my rights! We need a president who is not influenced by religion and doesn't look like such an idiot when speaking. Note to Bush: never do an off-the-cuff speech ever again. You just can't pull it off.
Politics in General: Such an amazing thing, really. I've become more interested in politics as the year has progressed. You say you hate government? Well go and fucking change it then. This is your country too. You say you can't change the government? Well look at the prohibition era. A small percent of the United States' population controlled a part of millions of lives. Voice your God damn opinion, you may very well find more people behind you than you may think. Dare I say, legalize marijuana anyone? Another reason why I love Oregon, we have several laws that are founds almost nowhere else. Physician-assisted suicide is one of them. It's also illegal for us to pump our own gas here (hey, it's more jobs for teens) and we have no sales tax. Imagine that. On a bit of a random note, we can have ferrets as pets ^-^
What's the password? If the password was supposed to be in the info, it's not there. But I'm guessing it'd have to be 'respect' or 'fear the almighty mods' hahaha :D
I wonder if maybe I babbled too much hahaha...It kept me busy though.