1. Do you have the guts to answer these questions and re-post as The Controversial Survey?
Yup - it's a new blog, no one is around to unfriend me, and meh I feel like a distraction.
2. Would you do meth if it was legal?
No - as a holder of 2 degrees in chemistry, I know far too much about how it's made, who it's made by, and where it's made.
3. Abortion: for or against it?
For it being available to anyone who wants or needs it. None of my business why that may be, but if it's not my body it's not my business. I believe that life begins at viability, and that that is when a babe is able to take a breath outside of its mother's body relatively unassisted... which puts it somewhere in the third trimester of pregnancy. I don't agree with the huge expenditure of resources applied to keeping extremely premature babes alive and think this kind of act will have to be rationalised in the future which is sad for people who don't agree but not something I'd change if I was in the situation.
4. Do you think the world would fail with a female president?
How much does this question say about the place that the USA thinks it has in the world right now????
If the first president of Australia was female, I would sell my body to get everyone I know to move to Australia. We would be a better place if we had more women in positions of power. It would also show that we as a country were a lot more progressive than having people like John Howard as our prime minister...
5. Do you believe in the death penalty?
No. As a holder of a forensics degree, I would be horrified if someone's life was taken because of evidence I processed. I also believe that life imprisonment without parole is much better punishment than instant death.
6. Do you wish marijuana would be legalized already?
I'd rather see this legalised and taxed more than tobacco.
7. Are you for or against premarital sex?
For. I think anyone who waits until they're married is missing out on developing a part of themselves that allows them to be good partners, and also true to themselves. There are so many things to be learned from negotiating that, and it shouldn't wait until you're already married before being negotiated. I'm not for "early teenagehood sex" and I may change my tune when I have children of my own, but I hope that they can always ask me about it and can work it out for themselves.
8. Do you believe in God?
No. I do believe in something spiritual and that we have more energy going out of us into the universe than just our physical existence.
9. Do you think same sex marriage should be legalised?
Yes. I think that, if two people want to make vows to each other, then they should be recognised legally as partners in law.
10. Do you think it's wrong that so many Hispanics are illegally moving to the USA?
No idea - not from the USA. Illegal immigrants here though affect my life in a way that is hard to explain. We're a large island in the middle of a big ocean a long way from anywhere. Anyone who has come here as an "illegal immigrant" has worked damn hard and taken lots of risks to get here. I would rather
11. A twelve year old girl has a baby, should she keep it?
Why are you asking my opinion - cf comments about abortion? In my (newish, not yet complete) role as a midwife I've already worked with 14 year olds who are having baby #3 and while I am disheartened that girls that age either don't have the sexual education to understand how to avoid pregnancy, or are in a position where having a baby seems like a good idea (baby bonus, welfare state, crap education, no employment opportunities, I'm looking at you), it's not for me or someone else to say that they should keep it or not. Adoption should be a lot easier in Australia, and fostering should be healthily rewarded.
12. Should the alcohol age be lowered to eighteen?
Mwahahaha trick question! It is here and really, I think education about alcohol should be increased in high school so children can make better decisions about these things.
13. Should the war in Iraq be called off?
Yes. Not sure what it is trying to achieve right now.
14. Assisted suicide is illegal: do you agree?
No I don't. I think it should be assisted under very strict circumstances.
15. Do you believe in spanking your children?
I don't agree with hitting children at all. Swatting children away from danger when they're too young to understand danger or "no" is one thing; inflicting harm or pain as punishment is not ok.
16. Would you burn an American flag for a million dollars?
No. Nor any other flag.
17. Who do you think would make a better president? McCain or Obama?
Obama. If I had a vote. I do wonder what is going on in the USA though that McCain is getting so many votes - he is portrayed quite differently here to what I suppose is being portrayed in the USA.
18. Are you afraid others will judge you from reading some of your answers?
Judge? No, not really. You're entitled to your opinion, and to copy and paste this one if you're brave enough. Well actually that's not true. I do expect to be judged because anyone who claims not to be judgemental is delusional instead. We are all judgey-judgey but it's whether people's opinion of me will change because of this meme. Probably, given that I have pretty liberal views on some/most things.