Hey! I'm Shannon and I'm a 16-year-old girl and I'm probably going to ramble about myself because it's 4:30 a.m. and, let's face it, there's not much to do at this time of morning. But I'm not arrogant or self-absorbed, honest. In fact, in real life, I hate talking about myself. So, here goes...
I love music. I'm not going to say it's my life because I honestly hate it when people say that, even if it is a large part of their lives. But yeah, it does take a lot of my time. I sing and play guitar and when I'm not doing that, I'm listening to music. At least, during a lot of my free time. As for my favorite music? I'm really into classic rock. My all-time favorite band is the Beatles. But I'm not one of those people who likes them because I think it's cool to like them. I actually listen to their music and know a lot about them. I also like Bob Dylan, Pink Floyd, the Kinks, the Rolling Stones, and the Animals, just to name a few. I don't really like rap or metal, but other than that, I like music from pretty much every genre. As for more current stuff, I love Lady Gaga, Taylor Swift, and Ke$ha. I know their songs aren't musically brilliant or really deep or anything, but they're fun to listen to, and I think there's something to be said for that.
I go to an all-girls' Catholic school. I absolutely hate it. And yes, a lot of the stereotypes you've heard are true.
I know I said I hate my school, and I do. But I absolutely love to learn. Call me a dork, a nerd, or anything else you like, I really don't care. Learning is absolutely essential to living. I am especially interested in psychology, philosophy, biology, history/political science, and English. I consider myself to be pretty smart, but I can be lazy when it comes to studying that involves straight memorization, mostly because I don't have the best memory, and it frustrates me.
As far as my political beliefs, I guess you could say I'm pretty liberal, especially on social issues.
I'm not a very religious person. Going to Catholic school has pretty much turned me against Catholicism in general. Not that I have anything against Catholics; some of my closest friends are devout Catholics. I've just decided that it's not for me. I'm pretty sold on Buddhism myself. But I respect everyone's beliefs; I figure we're all just searching for the truth in our own way.
I'm a vegetarian. But I'm not obnoxious about it, I promise. It's my personal decision to abstain from eating meat, and if you respect that, I'll respect your decision not to.
I love to read. My favorite book is To Kill a Mockingbird, but the Pearl and the Giver are up there, too. I also like to write. I mainly try my hand at poetry, although I'm really no good at it. If I could ever write poetry half as good as that of Bob Dylan or John Lennon, I'd be in heaven.
My idol is George Harrison. I absolutely love him, and I'm so sad that he died before I even got into the Beatles.
I love pretty much all kinds of weather. I love snow, thunderstorms, pleasant sunny days, extreme heat... pretty much anything. I just feel like it's all a part of life, and there's something good about all kinds of weather.
I'm basically obsessed with the '60s. I'm a hippie at heart, and I love everything about the era. I really wish I had been alive back then to experience it all. (I so would have gone to Woodstock.)
I absolutely love most animals, with the exception of snakes and spiders and creepy insects. But still, I would never hurt them. I don't even kill bugs in my house. My favorite animals are cats, dogs, polar bears, penguins, elephants, and koalas. I have 5 cats. I guess that makes me a weird cat person, but whatever; I love them.
I am pro-choice and for the legalization of gay marriage and marijuana. Just thought I'd mention that because these issues seem to come up a lot on this website. And yes, I will debate anyone who cares to bring up these subjects. I'm pretty passionate about all three issues.
I have blue eyes and long brown hair and I'm 5'9". I guess that's pretty tall for a girl, but I'll still wear heels because I love them.
My favorite colors are turquoise, green, and purple.
I'm a grammar Nazi, although I don't claim to use the English language impeccably all the time; no one's perfect.
My favorite movies are The Breakfast Club, Forrest Gump, My Cousin Vinny, Goodfellas, and Seven Pounds.
My favorite TV shows are American Idol (even though so many people on that show suck), Four Weddings (it's my guilty pleasure, what can I say?), and The Office, which I'm obsessed with. I'm in love with John Krasinski and B.J. Novak.
I'm from a small town in Maryland that no one's ever heard of and where everyone knows practically everyone else. Everyone here either loves it or hates it, nothing in between.
I'm actually really good at Spanish, although I think it's the most boring subject on the planet (besides math).
I love different quotes on all different things. If you know any good ones, feel free to share!
I'm a junior in high school.
All right, well, I guess that's enough for now. Maybe I'll update this later, maybe not, who knows. I tend to add more when I'm bored, so it's gotten pretty long. But if you actually read all of this, kudos to you and now you know a lot more about me than you probably care to.
You do need to consider the morality of such a serious issue. Why would you want to be governed by people who care more about cost and practicality than the morality of their actions? That's a dangerous road to go down, in my opinion.
I agree that you shouldn't place too much emphasis on a person's looks or your first impression of them, but it would be unwise not to take someone's past into consideration. We all judge people, and this isn't always a bad thing. You need to make judgments about people for your own well-being, and that means judging, based on their past, whether or not they will be detrimental to you.
@1851853 (TheEpicFail): Slander usually isn't related to medical problems, so medical records wouldn't help in most cases. And if you're saying that you could use court records, that would mean that you're relying on the law. Also, it's not just about proving they're wrong. People deserve money for damages sometimes.
@1851724 (TheEpicFail): Of course you should have some sort of legal recourse if people say things about you that aren't true. It's easy to say that people shouldn't rely on the law when you've never lost anything due to slander.
This post is sickening. The problem isn't that women dress in a revealing manner, it's that much of society has been conditioned to view women who dress like "sluts" as sexual objects. If you truly value someone as a person instead of looking at them as something to be used for sexual gratification, it doesn't matter how they're dressed. Not to mention, this post assumes that men have absolutely no self-control, which is not true. If you break the law, you are the one responsible for it, not the victim. It's time to stop making excuses for rapists.
There are ways to prevent RANDOM rape, but as most rape is not random, it doesn't matter. But the question is, should women have to prevent men from taking advantage of them? Or is the responsibility on the men who rape?
I agree that they're victims, but I can't agree that they are more victimized than the people who were actually in the attacks. To say that someone who died as a result of the attacks and whose family suffered their loss is less of a victim is kind of ridiculous.
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