The 9th Soul

Prejudice and What Changed Me

Posted in life, Special posts by Fated Blue on May 1, 2018

You know, growing up and receiving education in a “Catholic Country” (a title I think should be reconsidered) once made me think less of gay people, wrongfully judge those who have premarital sex, be disgusted with prostitutes, and abhor any form of abortion.

Seriously, as a kid who didn’t know any better, I used to make jokes about them, used them as examples of sinners and criminals in essays, and pretty much conclude that I’m superior simply because I am not like them. Needless to say, I was pretty prejudiced as a child.

It wasn’t until I read a lot of books, met a lot of people, and opened up to other people’s opinions that I realized how narrowminded and socially inconsiderate our country was. Having met people who were gay, had premarital sex, dabbed into prostitution, and once or twice had an abortion also cleared up any misconception I had of them.

1. The gays spent a large portion of their lives denying their true selves and being gay doesn’t make you a bad person. It’s illogical to think that liking the same sex makes you similar to a criminal. Why would someone else’s sexual preferences negatively affect your life?

And that thing about gay marriage? It’s their constitutional right as citizens. They won’t marry inside a church, out of respect for your religion, but they should be allowed to legally marry anyway, church bells or none. Not to mention the whole “separation of church and state” rule is applied 24/7.

2. No one really dreamed of being a prostitute; they were just forced into the trade because of their financial situation and due to the lack of job opportunities in this country. The fact that it’s not legal in this country means a lot of prostitutes are paid unfairly and have no legal means to protect themselves from their clients.

A case of a raped prostitute would be laughed at in court, because for some reason, being a prostitute means you deserve hell regardless of why you came into the trade in the first place.

3. A lot of the abortion patients had to abort due to their health or due to their lack of financial and emotional capabilities to raise a child.

Conservatives only care about the fetus, but couldn’t care less about children running naked in the streets with their parents missing or all drugged up. After all, they’re not the ones who will carry the baby for at least 9 months, they’re not the ones who have to mentally prepare themselves for motherhood, they’re not the ones who have to worry about how to feed their child, and they’re surely not the ones who have to make ends meet in a society that’s just getting more expensive as the year goes by.

These conservatives, they rally in front of abortion clinics and against the reproductive health bill because somehow, they think these things will affect them when in reality, these facilities and laws are for a specific group of people. If they don’t want to use protection, then so be it. If they won’t abort no matter what the consequence might be, then good for them. But, whatever happens, they don’t have the right to deprive these laws for those who need it.

Conservatives don’t understand that living in a democratic country means you have the freedom to choose, and sometimes you choose to do what you consider is best for your body and your life as a whole. They think it’s easy for a woman to consider terminating a life, when it’s usually an act of desperation brought on by, ironically, our socially judgmental society. Yet religious proselytizers brand them as murderers all the same.

Don’t get me wrong; I still have huge reservations regarding abortions, but I no longer think about it as a damning act unless it was done to propagate a damning lifestyle.

We shouldn’t impose our beliefs down people’s throats no matter the intention. We shouldn’t force others to conform to our way of life and our beliefs. Because at the end of the day, the gays, prostitutes, and abortion patients you malign and condemn are only evil in the context of what you believe in, and not on what is truly and ethically righteous.

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