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Friday, July 23, 2004

To Smoke or Not to Smoke

The issue of smoking, I believe, doesn't have anything to do with gender. After all, smoking is merely an activity in which you light a wrapped-nicotine and inhale the smoke coming out of it. It's just like throwing a used can outside from inside your car. It’s not right, but it's okay.

Smoking will absolutely ruin your health, whether you're a guy or a girl. The problem is: the so-called social norms of ours consider that smoking is a guy's thing. Hence, if you're a girl, you're not supposed to smoke--not because it's dangerous for your well-being, but somewhat because it's a form of discrepancy of your femininity.

It's a good thing that our society has an aversion to smoking girls. However, we need to clarify why we are against them. Should we forbid girls from smoking, don't say because they are girls. But because there's nothing about smoking. The great feeling they have during or after smoking is only an assumption, an exclusive notion, that would bring up more troubles rather than benefits.

I don't smoke, but I have a lot of friends and relatives (from both sexes) who do. I don't mind that in one condition: they respect me when I choose not to breathe in their smoke, and, they don't sway me, in one way or another, to smoke.

So, am I for girls who smoke (excessively, especially)? Yes, when it concerns the fact that it's their privilege as a human being. And no, when it's about health--mine and theirs.

[Cliche. Who cares? I just want something to blog about anyway. And by the way, I was just babbling in terms of Indonesian culture context.]


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