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  1. Do you believe in gender equality? do you believe in feminism and what it stands for? If not, Why? This is purely out of curiosity and is not meant to attack anybody.
  2. Talking about Abortion: Pro-Life or Pro-Choice The conversation surrounding abortion has always been controversial. Even in the 21st century, the thought of discussing abortions in some communities has been tabooed. Unfortunately, this so called 'taboo' has been the reality of some women - whether it be the result of unprotected sex, sexual assault or fear of keeping the child, millions of women have had to choose between life or choice. Some factors that may affect the final decision include, but are not limited to, gender, religion and society. Dialogue of abortion and the pro-life and pro-choice stances have normally taken place between 'adults'. However, I think that as the future of the world, we should be having discussions about this right now. We should be communicating and expressing our opinions at a young age and we should be given the opportunity to dialogue about such issues. When people do not dialogue, they do not understand. Humans are scared of what they do not understand - we disrespect, degrade and in some cases, turn to violence in order to make someone else understand that we are right. It's important to talk about issues such as abortion and to share opinions in order to be aware. When we have conversations such as political issues, social issues and religion issues, we are fulfilling the criteria of being IB World Learners. I think that this forum and thread allows for IB students from all around the world, people of different colours, religions and communities to express their opinions. So, I invite all of you to voice what your sentiments are. Are you pro-choice or pro-life? Why? What factors affect your stance? I think it'll be interesting to see what IB students around the world think of this. Thank you!! Please, respect the opinions of everyone when replying! If you don't have anything nice to say, don't say it.
  3. Hey guys M&m_Fan99 (Thaddeus Peuterschmidt) back with another IB Survival forum post! So, today's QOTD (question of the day) is: "Is my school's uniform policy sexist?", if you couldn't tell from the title of this forum post. In the uniform policy, it is stated that girls are not allowed to have their skirts more than 10cm above their knees, but there are no rules about how high boys can wear their shorts. Many are outraged at this and is calling this inequality. So IB Survival forum viewers, what do you think? Do you think my school is being sexist? :ivan:
  4. Sorry if there has already been a topic posted that's similar to this, but since I didn't see one, I decided to start one myself. Anyway, the question's pretty self-explanatory: Does one biological gender have it better in the country you live in? (Sorry, but please don't make this about transgender people- that's coming from somebody who is transgender.) Why or why not? I know that, since this is a debate, it can't be helped some people might be offended by what you say, but please just rationally bring up your points and defend them based on logic, not emotion: You can't win a debate by saying your feelings were hurt. It could be argued you can't win a debate at all of course, because there are always new perspectives... Anyway, yeah, what do you guys think? In the US, I don't think one gender really rules over the other, and honestly, gender roles here seem to be almost nonexistent. There might be some pressure on an individual from other individuals, but of course that can't be helped: I don't think anyone is really being forced to take on a certain role in our society here. There are other people from the US on here of course, so they might disagree, and of course I'd like to hear from people not in the US about their home country.
  5. "The only way to prepare for peace, is to prepare for war." We discussed this in class recently. What do you guys think? Is war and peace mutually exclusive? Or should a country have an army to be at peace?
  6. I'm a first year IB student (May 2017 finals), taking HL Math, Physics, Econ, and SL Indonesian, Chemistry and English Lang/Lit. I'm also in the varsity MUN and Debate teams. GPA currently 3.97 on a 4.3 scale (though the B's came from PE which I no longer take.) Based on latest midterms my IB score would be 44 (6 in Math) While choosing my subjects, I didn't have a direct plan of what I wanted to do, so I tried to opens as many options for sciences/humanities related college courses. However, recently I have become very keen on studying law in the UK, but from what I've read online it seems that the main subjects for that would be HL English, History, and Global Politics (where it's available). Would it still be advisable to make that my main course option for university, or should I opt for something along the lines of PPE with a post-grad in law? Thanks for any help
  7. HEY ALL, We had this TOK debate in our school on the topic "CAN HAPPINESS BE MEASURED" ? so i just thought we could have this debate here also ..(cause I find this topic bit interesting )
  8. This is my school's first year of IB and although we have made it through, but my peers and I finished off in complete confusion on what to do with the EE. I was able to come up with a rough idea to write about the effect of GMOs (foods) on people susceptibility to diseases (disease(s) not yet specified) but failed to make the question precise. On top of that, I don't have the slightest idea on whether the question falls in the field of ESS, Bio, World Studies, or any other subject. Thus, I do not know which format to follow. I know that there would be no way in which I could conduct my own experiments so I would have to rely solely on information that I can find on sources such as books, websites, and documentaries. May someone please clarify these things for me? I am pretty sure that I have got everything else handled, it is just that these problems above are preventing me from moving further on. I appreciate all the help received to help me clarify this situation.
  9. Hey Guys, I found a neat article about how individuals with mental disorder who have committed a crime can have their punishments alleviated or even exempt. Here it is: http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/andrewbrown/2013/nov/12/brain-states-criminality-heart-humanity-located What do you guys think???
  10. Turkish people will hear me on this one, a coalmine "accident" just happened in Soma several days ago. (correct me if you see any information wrong) According to the news articles, there had been an explosion in the power unit of the mine station, killing hundreds of people working in there. But there are a lot more rumors going on about this, such as there was fire in one unit, but it was covered with concrete, then there was a lot of pressure in the unit, causing an explosion. Nearly 350 people were dead, and 400 people (last time I checked) were saved. Another terrible rumor is, local forces will not save trapped people anymore. They will cover the fire with lye, leaving alive or dead people doomed to become coal. The government does not have sentimental approach at all. Turkish PM Recep Tayyip Erdoğan says it is fate who killed those workers, and giving people examples from hundreds years earlier. Two weeks ago (before the explosion), the opposing party gave a resolution on Soma for it to be checked, but it was rejected by the government, telling that the opposing party is giving aimless resolutions to keep the agenda busy. On top of all of this, one of PM's advisor (Yusuf Yerkel) kicked a citizen in front of public for booing PM. Here is a picture if you hadn't seen it yet. PM also punched a citizen who booed him because his father is dead in the accident, and made a press statement such as: "You get a beat if you boo this country's PM". And unfortunately, other government members support these people. These are the details that came to my mind now. What do you think ? How does the media in your country show the disaster ? Does the media in your country shows this disaster at all ? What do you say about government's approach ? What can be done by the public to help people who lost their relatives in the explosion ?
  11. Hi, Can someone please give me some suggestions for a debate topic? The arguement and counterarguement will be published in my school newspaper. The topic can be controversial, preferably related to politics. It could also be something appropriate for a school. Thanks in advance!
  12. I was having this discussion today with someone and was wondering what you guys think. So, is there a true and undeniable difference between being a realist or a pessimist? Or are they actually the same thing, but seen in different lights?
  13. Alright guys, It's time to hear what you guys all think about one of the most pressing issues today. Should the United States, or any other country cough* (France) cough* intervene in the Syria conflict BECAUSE of the use of Chemical Weapons? My question is not to fix the civil war, my question is specifically related to the use of chemical weapons. Discuss!
  14. Lately in the news a hot topic has been the potential idea of Boycotting Sochi, Russian Vodka or in the least showing some solidarity for the LGBT community in Russia with rainbow flags embroidered into their uniforms. Although Russia's law is harsh and worthy of some form of protest many ask why is all of this attention paid to Russia's Olympics and It's repressive, meanwhile other atrocities, violations of human rights and repressive governments remain untouched. In the realm of international sports China's Beijing Olympics in 2008 could have been boycotted for its human rights violations. In Qatar it is not only illegal to be publicly homosexual as it is in Russia, but its illegal all together. Yet no one is crying for a boycott for either the 2015 boxing championship being held there, or the fact that Qatar is poised to host the 2022 Soccer World Cup. So why pick on Russia and not the Other countries? Is it the War in Syria or honestly about Human right? If it is why not boycott Saudi Oil? Each time you fill up your gas tank you support an even more repressive regime, more so than taking a shot of Stolichnaya Vodka. Which brings me to my next point which is the Stolichnaya isn;t even fully Russian owned and this Vodka boycott actually hurts friendly Latvia. So all in all... (see below) TL;DR Is this really about human rights? or is it a convenient bandwagon formed by current global conflicts and economics necessities?
  15. Hey IBs, This isn't exactly new news, people have been talking about the possibilities of immortality for thousands of years (anyone found that fountain of youth yet?!?!) and its been thoroughly researched in our modern times as well. Here is an article about a team headed by a Russian business tycoon who believe in the next 20 years, humans will be able to be immortal, and after that they will be able to exists as a conscious being on the internet o_0 So what are your thoughts on the ethical implications of people being able to live nearly indefinitely, who will be able to get this service? How many people will take up permanent residence and not make room for incoming generations, does immortality defeat the purpose of life, and so on! here is the link to the article: http://news.yahoo.com/russian-tycoon-wants-move-mind-machine-220242522.html
  16. Despite having very little media coverage a relatively large demonstration called "March against Monsanto" occurred across the world in 50 countries with protests against monsanto in many cities both large and small. Do you think Monsanto and its work in genetic modification are problematic, dangerous or are perfectly justifiable and in fact beneficial?
  17. Hey guys i really need help with this debate topic i got, please share your opinions on this topic Globalization will destroy nationalism Proposition and opposition answers both are welcome, but proposition answers are needed
  18. Dear all, My father mentioned today after I asked to go to a family friend's house that 'she has other commitments to other friends, not just you' (or something to that effect). I personally disagree with this statement - being 'friends' means trusting each other enough to be together in spirit, as opposed to constantly having to see each other or communicate with each other (which may be due to reasons like school, work, geographical distance etc). In other words, a true friend would not leave you just because you do not make a conscious effort or 'committed' to talking to them and/or meeting them ALL the time. Let us take what I call an antonym of friendship: work. Work is a commitment in which colleagues must communicate regularly to achieve a common goal. So, my question to you is: Is friendship a commitment? What are your experiences with this notion? Do you think it depends on the friend's personality? What are your general thoughts? Of course it depends on one's definition of 'commitment' - so I would like to hear yours.
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