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  1. Anton, why do you need a place to stay? Jenna.
  2. People have been bisexual and homosexual before it was even a widely known concept. There are many famous historical figures who were gay. Homosexuality isn't a new occurence. I'm sure that just as many people are gay today as there were three hundred years ago. The difference is that it's easier to recognize that you are something other than straight now. Or if you do recognize it, it's easier to come out. It's not EASY to come out for many people, but it's easier than before. So yes, I agree that homosexuality is natural. Jenna.
  3. I don't even mind if people don't like/agree with homosexuality. That's their deal, not mine. It's when it starts to interfere with my life - banning same sex marriages would fall under that. HoboFactory's post only bothered me because of the message it sent to me. "I agree that women are equal, but let's not bother giving them the right to vote." "I agree that blacks are equal, but let's not bother to free them from slavery." "I agree that homosexuality is okay, but let's not bother to give them the same rights that heteros recieve." After all, no amount of sound education and information is going to make anyone change their minds, right? It took us ages for racial and gender equality, and we're still struggling. It might take us another few centuries to work on gay rights, but we've got to start at some point. Jenna.
  4. ...and another, lesser friend, who just came out...he had to make the choice of whether or not he would be true to himself and his feelings and risk friendships, his families respect, and a life of social acceptance or not say anything and live a comfortable lie...and he chose to be true to himself...his parents supported it and saw it coming, and his friends are still his friends...but he still is going to have to deal with prejudice for the rest of his life... I can't come out to my mother because I already know what her response will be. I've not come out at school, mainly because the topic simply hasn't arisen. I have seen and heard the harassment other homosexual and bisexual students suffer, whether to their faces or behind their backs. It sickens me. whats even sadder is the attitude towards homosexuals is preventing others from admitting to it, and living that lie... This is one of the reasons gay people "flaunt" their homosexuality. There is so much hate, it's hard for people to come out. If they see a supportive, accepting community of people who share their problems, their experiences, and many of their views on the world. Sometimes parents try to shelter their children from the LGBT community, and they never realize exactly why it is they're having these "sinful" feelings, and feeling disconnected from everyone else. Getting the word out there that "it's okay to be gay" is important. There is SO much hatred, and SO much ignorance. No one is going to listen, or give us our rights, if we quietly tiptoe and whisper about the situation. If people are being harassed, there is a problem, and we're going to draw attention to it. Jenna.
  5. I would marry you, Anton, but that would go against the bisexual agenda. ;) /end sarcasm. Jenna.
  6. i like the way you think. I don't. I'll address the main points of this post, and I'll try not to get myself worked up about some of the petty (but offensive) comments. I don't think it's necessary at all to allow it. It seems as though the gay community is being overly dramatic about something that doesn't matter a great deal. They compare themselves to the Black population of America in the 19th century; they talk about being oppressed and having certain rights taken away, etc. Marriage IS a right that's been denied from them. People have been beaten to death for being homosexual or bisexual. People are harassed, fired from their jobs, and generally abused for their sexual orientation. Gays are not allowed in the military. (http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2002/11/14/attack/main529418.shtml) Yes, I WOULD consider this something that matters a great deal! Marriage is a right. Here if you're gay, lesbian or bisexual, nobody really cares all that much. For some reason the gay community makes it a point to whine and complain about fictitious abuses and violations. I have a several homosexual friends and they’re always preaching and for some reason they act as though being gay defines their lives and that there is nothing at all more to their lives than their sexual preferences, I just tell them, nobody cares or makes a big deal out of being straight, why should anyone out of being gay?? Gee, I don’t know! Could it be because people generally aren't persecuted for being hetero? Hm, nah, that couldn't be it. You're trying to tell me that nobody defines themselves by being straight - and that is the way that ANY majority in control views it. It is the same argument some people use for why Jews and Moslems and Hindis should stop whining about religious discrimination. Would it make more sense to you if they compared themselves to religious minorities instead of racial minorities? They can just as easily have a relationship and live together, etc without ever needing some wedding document that doesn't really mean anything to most people anyway. They say 1/2 of all marriages end in divorce at this time. As time progresses it seems marriage is becoming more and more meaningless to people, well at least in the states. It's quite likely that by the time gays earn their full right to marriage in the USA, the concept of marriage will be sufficiently outdated that most gays wouldn't even bother. I find this argument irrelevant. Because many straight couples don't believe in the importance of marriage, gay couples won't? Whether or they do take advantage of their right to marry shouldn't matter - the mere fact that they DON'T have that right tells the government that they can control any other number of the rights of homosexual people. However in other currently existing nations and in nations of that past, they allow(ed) same-sex marriage as well as perverse things like pedophilia or marriage to animals but wouldn’t in any case tolerate inter-racial relationships. I don't understand the point you're trying to make here, except to compare homosexuality to horrible things like bestiality and pedophilia. They are separate issues because a homosexual relationship is a consensual one. Homosexuals are generally born into that preference and I think what’s best for them is they simply just adjust to the existing system and learn to make it work for them, someone once put it this way, that its basically a lot like being born really unattractive (I know what that’s like at least) basically, people will tell you it’s what’s on the inside that matters but on the whole, most people wont bother getting to know you or treating you as one of their own if you’re really ugly. Why are you comparing homosexuality to something like ugliness? Homosexuality is not a negative thing. And why the hell would I adjust to the standards society has set for bisexual girls? There is a 50% chance I am going to marry another woman. I'm not going "adjust" to harassment. Your solution to this problem is just to "deal with it." Y'know, thanks for the thought. But no, thanks. Ugly people are permitted to visit their partners in a hospital when it is critical. Homosexual couples? Nope. The same with social security and property rights. There’s really no amount of parading or preaching that will change people’s mind and change that. It doesn’t work if the homosexuals try to force their lifestyles on other people. Someone once put it this way. Suppose you were living in a neighborhood where everyone had blue roofs, then suppose one guy moved in and wanted a green roof, so he asked the neighborhood counsel and they decided, “Well what’s one green roof here or there gonna hurt, sure why not.” But then what happens is the guy with the green roof insists that everyone else in the neighborhood have a green roof too. That doesn’t really fly you see. Homosexual people are not asking everyone else to become homosexual. They're not even asking everyone to agree with the moral issue of homosexuality. They're just asking you not to interfere with their rights. Your analogy of the green roof fails in several ways. None of these folks are requesting that anybody change their roof colors. Nor are they being permitted a green roof - they are being told "it is all right if you have a green roof if it is covered in blue so we don't have to see it!" They are being told "you may have a green covering, but no green shingles - yours will still leak, because your people are not permitted to have a roof - only a ceiling - but it is almost the same." All your arguments have been used in the past for why blacks should not be permitted to marry whites, why Catholics should not be permitted to marry Jews, and why the poor should not marry the rich. Those arguments were ridiculous then, and they still are. Jenna.
  7. I've never smoked pot, or cigarettes for that matter. Yes, so angelic am I. I guess I should have picked the last option, though. Jenna.
  8. I always cry when I watch this movie. I just love it to bits, for some reason. I've been a fan of Winona Ryder ever since Beetlejuice. She has such expressive eyes. I like all the supporting actors in this movie, too, and how all their characters have their own little back stories. Polly's suicide scene is heart-wrenching. Angelina Jolie is very intense in this movie. Jenna.
  9. here comes a huge rant. i feel passionatly about this issue and there is no way i would ever, under any circumstances, have an abortion. Like I said, it's my opinion. It's all well and good that you, yourself, would not have an abortion. I support your decision if that is what you believe is right for yourself. You have different morals, and I can respect that, but I would never allow that to interfere with my own decisions. first, i must stress that as soon as the fetus starts growing (when egg and sperm meet) you have made a person. it is no longer your body. you have almost been asked to babysit for 9 months and make sure the child doesn't get hurt. Again, all of this is your opinion. It is good that you have a firm set of beliefs for yourself, but I do not believe that an unthinking lump of tissue in my uterus is more important than my health. You call it a baby, I call it tissue. To me, it's still my body. I would not give anyone the right to make laws about what I can and cannot do to it. it is not necessary for women. there are plenty of options. and as for costs, in canada we have a good health care program. other countries don't have it so great, but giving birth is going to happen whether or not you have the money to pay for it and governments do understand this. It is not necessary for you. If I want to finish high school, it would be necessary for me to have an abortion. Again, I support your decision to carry the child if you stumble or deliberately plop yourself down in that situation, but your life does not apply to mine. As for those other options, they're covered in my post above. i also stress that if you are not willing to become pregnant, do not have sex. that may seem difficult to do for some, but you can't jump into things assuming that you will be able to escape consequence-free. and if you are in a healthy sexually active relationship, you won't have to be a 'single mother' persay. if you'redating someone whos gonna skip town when you see the test is positive, hes not mature enough to be having sex with. Again, all of this might apply to you. Personally, I find the "only have sex if you are willing to get pregnant" idea absurd. I am of the "It is my body and I'll do what I want with it" crowd. Contraception was created for a reason. Yes, it is not fool-proof. However, it is very effective in most cases. It is my belief that abortion clinics should be open to those who fell into that __% margin of error. adoption is hard to do. but ultamitely, the mother must do whats best for the child. they have load sof pre and post birth guidance programs to help make these type of decisions. However, it is my belief that the woman's welfare comes before the child's. This especially applies, in my opinion, to teen pregancies. just think about that baby you aborted. What if I don't believe I've aborted a baby? What if it is my belief that I have just had an unwanted piece of tissue removed from an organ? you may have killed the next prime minister. and he/she could have been a decent one too! this might not mean much to many people here, but what would have happened if mary had aborted Jesus? Then someone else of that era would have gotten famous for the same reasons he did, and we'd be calling Jimmy or Herman or Albert the Lord instead of Jesus. Or maybe not. Maybe we'd still be running around like barbarians sellings our daughters into slavery and stoning people to death for being prostitutes - oh wait, that's still going on. But it wouldn't really matter, because we wouldn't even be having this conversation. there is no way someone can add 'baby murderer' to their life resumes and consider themselves better off. so many women will get to the point where they want to bear children and deeply regret aborting earlier pregnanies. I don't consider abortion murder. But I do know several women who have had abortions, and they tell me their lives are better because of it. If they'd had those children at the time, their lives would not have been as good as they are now. A few of these women have children now. None of them tell me they regret their abortions. It is likely that there are women who do regret having abortions. But for the women who truly believe it improved or even saved their lives, I do not see how it is good to take away their rights. or if mrs. lennon had aborted john? it might not seem like a big deal btu taking a life is taking life, whether they be 3 weeks old or 30 years old. If John Lennon's mother's health or general well-being was at risk because of her pregnancy, I would have supported her decision to have an abortion. I'm not a fan of these hypothetical situation things, because they seem so irrelevant. So history would have taken a different course, and we'd be in a different place today. We wouldn't even be having this discussion. Jenna.
  10. I believe in a woman's right to choose. I am anti-abortion and pro-choice. I don't think that abortions are wonderful things, or that everyone should have one. I also don't think it is fair to the woman to force her to bear a child. Abortion should be legal and available. It is not the place of the law to decide what I do with my body. That's freakishly Orwellian. Don't like abortion? That's all well and good. You don't have to have one for yourself. It is necessary for some women. If you think it's wrong and you get pregnant, keep the baby. Abortions should be performed within the first trimester of pregnancy. This time is the safest and the least messy. People make mistakes. Contraceptives can fail, by chance or by misuse. Often, the cause of misuse is ignorance, which is why I am fully against abstinence-only sexual education in school. I am fifteen years old. If I accidently get pregnant, I'm not going to keep the baby. Adoption? People throw around this option and still completely disregard the feelings of the mother. A lot of people overlook the fact that it's very easy to get attached to a baby that's growing inside of you for nine months. And even then, the child is unlikely to live a particularily good life. The results of many teen pregancies are black or mixed race babies. The majority of parents adopting are looking only for white babies. Adoption is still a path you can take, but I don't think it's in the best interests of the mother or the child. People seem to forget the nine months of carrying around the child inside of you, plus medical costs, etc. It's extremely hard to give up your baby. Now, personally? I hate it when abortion is used repeatedly as a belated form of birth control. However, there is no way to determine how someone got pregnant - broken condem, failed oral contraception, rape, etc. - so this is completely irrelevant. This is a moral issue, and not an issue of whether or not abortion should be legal. In my opinion, a fetus is not alive in the first few weeks of pregnancy. To me, it is not yet a person. After the first trimester, the fetus has developed far more, and begins to 'quicken'. As I believe has already been mentioned, it may be true that a fetus has the potential to become a person. But if the mother feels her life would be better off if she had an abortion, I would support her. And that's where I stand on abortion. Jenna.
  11. http://www.postmanpat.org.uk/sound/sound1.htm Jenna.
  12. Postman Pat, Postman Pat Postman Pat and his black and white cat... Did you watch this show when you were younger? I remember watching this British clay-mation children's series every day, but I don't remember why. It wasn't particularily amusing. Postman Pat and his creepy cat delivered mail. Sometimes there was a plot. Maybe I just watched it for that rockin' theme song. Did you watch this show when you were little? Can you remember back that far? Did they even play this show in the States? Jenna.
  13. I'm obsessed with the idea of going to Ireland and Jamaica. Jenna.
  14. vainglory \Vain`glo"ry\, n. [Vain + glory.] Excessive vanity excited by one's own performances; empty pride; undue elation of mind; vain show; boastfulness. He had nothing of vainglory. --Bacon. The man's undone forever; for if Hector break not his neck i' the combat, he'll break't himself in vainglory. --Shak. Jenna.
  15. Wonderfully sick and horrific. *shudders* Definitely one of my favourites. I'd like to read the book some day, but I hear it's terribly confusing. Jenna.
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