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JOY 14
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0 posted 02-18-2001 07:28 PM       View Profile for JOY 14   Email JOY 14   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit JOY 14's Home Page   View IP for JOY 14

I'm angry. Plain and simple. Why are people so predjudiced? Not just against race but age and sexuality and gender.

Lets talk about age!

Just because I'm 15 years old doesn't mean I don't have anything constructive to say or that my oppinions don't count. They should! Sometimes I am right and know that I'm right. But way too many times in my life I have been shot down and told I am wrong before I even get to express myself.

I'm just mad and needed to vent. I know not every adult sees teens as brainless curtains to be pushed aside, but there are those who do. I've encountered them in my life. More than once!

AHHHHH! Can I scream? AHHHHHH!
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1 posted 02-18-2001 07:35 PM       View Profile for WhtDove   Email WhtDove   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit WhtDove's Home Page   View IP for WhtDove

Sorry You should be heard.

If it's any consulation, sometimes they even think us adults are brainless curtains.

They don't necessarily have to agree, but they should be open enough to listen.
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2 posted 02-18-2001 08:53 PM       View Profile for Poet deVine   Email Poet deVine   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Poet deVine

There are a lot of people who can look at you, but not SEE you. They see: age, sex, race, handicaps, hair color, religion..etc. Those are the people we need to feel sorry for...because they have lost something precious. The ability to be tolerant.

I one should 'put you down' because of your age. It's unfortunate that we are judged by someone's preconceived notions.

If we learn to see with our hearts and not our eyes, the world will be a better place. It's much better today, believe it or not, than it was when I was your age.

You just have to keep answering questions, remain calm, expect to be believed but when you aren't, accept that it's not YOU but THEM! And gradually, the world will be different...YOU can make a difference!!
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3 posted 02-18-2001 09:02 PM       View Profile for Brad   Email Brad   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Brad

What is it you want to say?

What are your opinions?

Let's here some. Doesn't mean I'll agree (I rarely do) but I'll listen.

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4 posted 02-18-2001 09:27 PM       View Profile for Acies   Email Acies   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Acies

go ahead vent your frustrations. I don't really blame you. Unfortunately, this is a very stereo-typing world.

So long as men can breathe or eyes can see,
So long lives this, and this give life to thee." W.S.
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5 posted 02-18-2001 10:12 PM       View Profile for Isis   Email Isis   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Isis's Home Page   View IP for Isis

Joy I've known you for quite a while, and AGE has never had anything to do with the respect and acceptance I feel for you.
Those people that refuse to look beyond things (many types of prejudices) are indeed the ones we should feel sorry for. They live in a perpetual little fantasy land. And within that fantasy land they experience the same over and over, who would want a life with no adversity, challenge or change.
Certainly not I! Poet Devine is right WE should feel sorry for them..
Hope you feel better after your vent?

*War produces one thing - Cemetaries. And in cemetaries there are no enemies!*
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6 posted 02-18-2001 11:21 PM       View Profile for Swamp了aeryie   Email Swamp了aeryie   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Swamp了aeryie

There are also people who will judge you before they even begin to know you...a bit like saying you hate olives,but never have eaten me this happens often to me. The fact is people beleive what they WANT to beleive,and not knowing you does not stop them from beleiving they know it all!!!!! I'm dealing with this right now,could i please vent with you?? Someday we'll have the chance to prove ourselves,i'm certain.


Do i contradict myself?Very well i contradict myself.I contain multitudes.~walt whitman
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7 posted 02-19-2001 02:30 AM       View Profile for Christopher   Email Christopher   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Christopher

If it's any consolation, I'm 27 and people still don't listen to me...
Elizabeth Cor
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8 posted 02-19-2001 02:42 AM       View Profile for Elizabeth Cor   Email Elizabeth Cor   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Elizabeth Cor

*rolling eyes* Chris, thats because you still like youre five. Can YOU name all the planets and their characteristics?

The best advice I can give to you about this situation is to NOT act aggressively. If your manner and speech is mature, the right people will listen. This has been my personal experience.
And from what I've read above, you seem to have a ton of support in THIS place, and your opinion will always be welcome.

*grins* But, yeah, its nice to vent sometimes too

JOY 14
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9 posted 02-19-2001 12:42 PM       View Profile for JOY 14   Email JOY 14   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit JOY 14's Home Page   View IP for JOY 14

Thanks for the support and letting me vent! I feel much better.

I'm attending a Youth Leadership Program every Tuesday to learn about issues like prejudices and racism and leadership skills.

It'll be one more step for me to grow as a person.

I'm not saying everyone has to agree with me on anything. But just the chance to be heard is all I want.

One day my days in the sun will come and I will make a difference in the world. So I better not complain too much. But sometimes you need to ya know?


Our doubts are traitors,
And make us loose the good we oft might win
By fearing to attempt.
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10 posted 02-19-2001 06:36 PM       View Profile for LoveBug   Email LoveBug   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for LoveBug

We all need to vent. I can really relate to how you feel, joy. I am also 15, and I face the stereotype of "stupid teenager" A LOT. My advice to you has already been mentioned, but I'll say it again: act mature. If you fuss around and act like a kid, you will be treated like one. If you act like the adult you are, however, it will be different in most cases. If this doesn't work, others that see your mature attitude towards the childish adult will only have more respect for you and other teens.

No matter where you go or what you become, there will always be people who think you can't do it because of your age, your accent, your background, or anything their small minds can think of. Prove them wrong.

"Men judge generally more by the eye than by the hand, for everyone can see and few can feel."-Machiavelli
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11 posted 02-19-2001 09:04 PM       View Profile for Dopey Dope   Email Dopey Dope   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Dopey Dope

Well hey......I'm 18 next month and.......I have managed to just box closed minded people out........BOX in BOX out BOX in BOX out.......Mr. Miagi taught me that one.

I was born myself, raised myself, and will continue to be myself. The world will just have to adjust.

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12 posted 02-19-2001 11:45 PM       View Profile for Greeneyes617   Email Greeneyes617   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Greeneyes617

People are mean. Plain and simple. There has always been people like that. Throughout our history there has been treated like you have been treated. It stinks and I know it. The best thing you can do is block them out can just be nice, kindly smile and leave.
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13 posted 02-20-2001 11:10 PM       View Profile for fractal007   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for fractal007


I know exactly how you feel. I simply hate doing things like boring types of work, with other people. I simply cannot stand small talk. I especially can't stand it when somebody comes and decides to help me do the dishes. Then that person decides to play some of the most annoying music ever concocted by anything similar to a human being[for purposes of not being too insulting, I will not say what that particular music/musical group is]. So if their small talk isn't enough to break and destroy my thoughts, that annoying music must contribute as well.

It's that idea people have that because you're young you don't have a clue what you're doing, and so you need some dang fool to help you. The thing I especially hate about being on the male side[Oh believe me, BTW, teenage males get the same BS from adults, it's not just about gender] is the "scruffy working class life ethics" that people throw down your throat. This happens a lot where I live[it's redneck country, lol]. Whenever I hear it[stuff like the "if you have a job you'll have a life" stuff] it makes me wish I wasn't human. I mean, I'm not knocking work. In fact, I think work would be kinda fun, getting to meet all the people in the small town and getting to know them, and giving a thinking mind a break and all. But I am knocking the simple minded vibe that people seem to give off to me, that as a man I'm supposed to bend over, shut up, and devote my life to some silly company.

So that's a detailed description of how I've experienced this. Mind you, now that I'm nineteen, it's starting to wear off, but I still get accused of "reinventing the wheel" whenever I have a good idea.
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