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Re: “Chick-fil-A is Not a Hate Group

One measly little vote doesn't make a difference, so we should probably stop voting, too, right?

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Posted by KeepYourselfWarm on July 25, 2012 at 1:59 PM

Re: “Boys like pink. Get over it.

Consider the following two statements from this article:

"With our son, Tony, my partner and I try to reinforce the importance of making your own decisions."

"At 8, he has a bedtime, so Tony goes to bed whether he's tired or not."

There's nothing wrong with setting a bedtime for your child, but that's presumably a decision you and your partner made, not Tony. Because at the end of the day, Tony is still a child who is incapable of making the best decisions in life, because children don't fully understand the repercussions of their actions (then again, most adults don't seem to comprehend this either). You made a decision for him that you felt was in his best interest and I doubt anyone would fault you for that.

So yes, there's nothing inherently wrong with boys wearing pink or playing with Barbie dolls or wearing dresses. They are merely social constructions of what is supposedly unacceptable for a boy to do. But part of a parent's job is to guide and protect their child, and helping them understanding social norms is a big part of that. You've probably told your child not to pick his nose or pass gas in front of others. Inherently, there's nothing wrong with either of those actions, but when you do them in public, people will view you in a negative light. In doing either, your son would risk becoming the weird kid or the gross kid.

Point being, parents force their children into conforming to social norms all the time. You have decided that there are a few norms, however, like wardrobe color and TV choices, that are not worth worrying about. But those "not worth worrying about" norms vary from parent to parent. I could just as easily say "My child enjoys picking his nose! I'm tired of him getting picked on! All of you other parents should teach your children that picking your nose is completely acceptable!"

Unfortunately, you will never convince every parent and child in the world that this norm or that norm isn't very important, and, subsequently, when your child breaks social norms, they will inevitably be viewed in a different light by other kids. Maybe they'll be a trendsetter! Or maybe they'll be the laughing stock of the school. As a parent, yes, you should promote your child to express their individuality and tastes, but there's nothing wrong with protecting them from embarrassment and ridicule, too.

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Posted by KeepYourselfWarm on May 11, 2011 at 5:11 PM

Re: “Charleston turns a corner in bike-friendly push

By that logic, Jusme, you could also say that we don't need to make any buildings ADA compliant, because who uses them the most? People who can walk without trouble or the disabled?

Posted by KeepYourselfWarm on April 21, 2011 at 1:40 PM

Re: “H&L Asian Market's in-store restaurant puts an exotic twist on deli counter offerings

"I have to say that, as pho goes, H&L's is not the best in town"

Wanna back that up with a few examples?

Posted by KeepYourselfWarm on March 23, 2011 at 2:24 PM

Re: “New bike taxi company causes woes for existing firms

I don't even understand how this is an enforceable issue. Does the city regulate how many cars/trucks/motorcycles/bicycles/mopeds are on the street at any given time? No. Then why pedicabs? Let there be as many pedicabs as people need. It's a service; let them serve.

This town is absolutely ridiculous sometimes.

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Posted by KeepYourselfWarm on August 17, 2010 at 7:11 PM

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