Darren. 19, Sydney.
Wanderlust and the French language. International Studies and Law student at the University of New South Wales.
Marriage equality and some denominations of Christianity are mutually exclusive concepts that cannot be supported in the same consciousness. There is a peculiar double standard in which those who adhere to a particular denomination are asked to love indiscriminately but, yet, when it comes down to the crunch, friends will vote to undermine the happiness and violate the fundamental civil rights of those that they purportedly love.
Such is the contradictory nature of what my friendships became after I came out. Some of my Christian friends neglected my sexuality, and I was obliged to ignore the fact that they despise a key part of my being.
The law has a huge impact on societal ideology. Advocating the continued suppression of a minority based on their gender or sexual identity contributes to prejudice towards those identities. One need only reflect on the many young queer teens who are taking their own lives and devastating their families as a result of this prejudice to know that this is unacceptable. As a result of this correlation, I can see it no other way: upholding “traditional marriage” equates to the indirect encouragement of such subjugation, depression and suicide. Discourse must refocus on the right to life that is being overshadowed.
ScienceDaily (Apr. 18, 2012) — The willingness of people to punish others who lie, cheat, steal or violate other social norms even when they weren’t harmed and don’t stand to benefit personally, is a distinctly human behavior. There is scant evidence that other animals, even other primates, behave in this “I punish you because you harmed him” fashion. Although this behavior — called third-party punishment — has long been institutionalized in human legal systems and economists have identified it as one of the key factors that can explain the exceptional degree of cooperation that exists in human society, it is a new subject for neuroscience.
Relevant quote: “To become truly great, one has to stand with people, not above them.” Charles de Montesquieu
ScienceDaily (Apr. 12, 2012) — “If you want to test a man’s character, give him power,” said Abraham Lincoln. It’s a truism that power magnifies personality — but is it true? A new study says no. “Before, people thought that disposition is linked to will; it’s mainly internally driven,” says University College London psychologist Ana Guinote, who conducted the study with Mario Weick of the University of Kent and London doctoral student Alice Cai. “Our findings show that the environment crucially triggers dispositional or counter-dispositional behavior in powerful people.”
"Patriarchy is subtle, insidious, and never more dangerous than when women passionately deny that they themselves are engaging in it."
Had to share this article. It’s ironic and disturbing that some publications are written by women for women, and yet result in something completely distant from female empowerment.