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When I grow up
Do you think your parents made any major mistakes in how they raised you? If so, how did it affect you?

I can't really think of any major mistakes my parents made - either in raising me or my two siblings. We're an incredibly close family, and even my little brother (once he got out of those dreaded 'early' years) turned out to be rather charming and engaging for his age. Mind you, he only 15 - there's still time!

But for me...well, I think I'm one of the most mentally and emotionally stable people I know. I happened to fall into a reasonably healthy lifestyle. I'm sensible with my money. I always remember birthdays. And I'm happy, stress-free, and have decent fashion sense (thanks mum!).

I didn't even get worried when I came out to my mum as bisexual and polyamorous. As I had expected, she just totally supported me, no attempts to dissuade me or tell me I was 'wrong' at all.

I have the most wonderful parents. What more could a girl want?
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Above and beyond
What do you think happens after you die?

Well, there's the thing with the decomposition of the body; worms crawling in and out of your various innards, the flies (and consequently, maggots), the shrinkage of the flesh due to dehydration.......

Oh, did you mean to your consciousness? Well, you're dead. There isn't anything left, you just sleep forever. That's kinda what being dead means. I am pessimistic about the possibility of life after death (an oxymoron if ever there was one) but if it should happen, I would hope to get a damn good rest! And knitting. Knitting would be good. Oh, and sex. And decent food, and other such lovely stuff.

All of which explains why the very fact of my current existence is such a beautiful and wonderful gift. I'm alive! The wonder and awe and joy encompassed in that thought rivals anything religion could supply, and the opportunity to learn and explore and share is surely the most precious gift my parents gave me, and I could never thank them enough for that.
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Family planning
If you wanted to have children and had trouble conceiving, would you be more likely to consider IVF, surrogacy, or adoption, and why?

Even the very thought of having sproglings is currently making my womb contract in terror. Can I have another few boyfriends instead, please? Oh, and maybe I'd give all my money to charity. Tada: No time or money left, same effect as having a mini-me. Job done.

In an odd mood right now.

Yay for knitting!
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Go it alone
Do you think society puts too much pressure on people to be in relationships and/or have children? Do you think this ostracizes people who would be perfectly content to remain single and/or child-free? Is this pressure worse around the holidays?

Yes, there are certain groups in society which put pressure on single/childless people (particularly women) to get boyfriends/married/pregnant, but individually, it mostly depends on what people you choose to listen to. I already have 3 boyfriends and another 2 regular lovers (yes, they do all know about each other - some of them are even dating each other!). I don't feel any lack of a husband in that mix. And why would I feel the need to have children? I'm perfectly happy without them, and I think I can bring better things into the world than another set of genes. Those who are desperate to see others married and with children are just needing the people around them to confirm that their world view is somehow more 'correct' than everyone else's. Stop pandering to their whims.


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