Bonnie’s Response

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Published: Monday, March 10th, 2008

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. I’ve been thinking about this story to ask questions about why people hold the political opinions that they have and argue for the things that they do. Since seventh grade, my own political framework has shifted intensely based on the people I’ve encountered, the books I’ve read, the experiences I’ve been through, the places I’ve been to, the students I’ve worked with, the songs I’ve listened to too many times. As with anyone who gives any thought to the way they want the world to be, my politics will inevitably continue to be refined as I keep learning—that’s a great thing to argue for.

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

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