The first political debate I remember ever getting into was when I was in seventh grade. I was on the phone, arguing with a good friend of mine about “gay rights,” and my position was that gay couples shouldn’t be afforded the same privileges as straight married couples. At the time, I in fact had no real understanding of the issue, what the arguments were on either side of the debate, or what was at stake. I chose my side based on what my mother’s opinions were, thinking that I could be closer to her by holding some representation of the way she saw the world. If I’d put more effort into it, I could have easily convinced myself of the righteousness of the arguments I was making, even if I didn’t understand them.
Favorite Musical Artist/Group
Favorite Musical Artist/Group: If I picked one, I’d be leaving out 85 others, which would be no fair. So I’m just going to go with the mixed CDs that my friends have given me, because sometimes my friends have even better music than I do. (Hehe.)
Posted by Bonnie Chan, NAPAWF California Young Women’s Collaborative Project Coordinator