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[This was a Tumblr post that I wrote, meaning that all references to "here" or "this community refer to Tumblr]

As I’m sure many of you remember, there was a post several months ago that I can’t seem to find in which one individual, presumably male, expressed his opinion concerning abortion.  He claimed that the woman’s right to her body is secondary to the life of the fetus, but that’s not what I intend to argue in this post.  What really caught my attention was the response to this individual, a response which seemed to enjoy great support and a great many notes from the Tumblr community.  I find this to be disturbing, because I believe that the content of her response was bigoted, sexist, and above all intolerant.  She stated that his point was among the most ignorant that she had heard, starting off by making a rude personal attack on someone just for being pro-life.  She stated that men will never know what it feels like to be a pregnant teenager, which may be true, but I find it irrelevant in that the law should be based upon empirical support, logic, and reason rather than the emotions of specific individuals, particularly those of significant minorities.  However, I believe the greatest offense is the last sentence of said reply, in which the writer claims, “No uterus, no opinion.”  I found that declaration very bigoted and sexist, and I was disturbed that it would attain such popular support.  Someone’s gender should NEVER deny that individual the right to an opinion.  If this statement was made in such a way that women were inhibited—such as saying, “no dick, no opinion” about a male issue—it would quickly be shot down, and rightfully so.  To claim that men should not have an opinion strictly because of their gender is degrading.  It diminishes their dignity as human beings, and I’m shocked and appalled that no one else seems to feel this way.  Every person’s beliefs should be tolerated, and saying that they shouldn’t just because the beliefs come from someone with a center sex is downright bigoted.  I was very close to making this reply when I saw the post originally, but I figured, “this is just a momentary lapse of reason from Tumblr; it will pass soon.”  Several months later, I heard someone bring the phrase “No uterus, no opinion” up in conversation, and a quick look at the tag list for said phrase reveals that this has not come to pass even in the slightest regard, so my intuition demands that I write this post, even though I’ll probably be labelled misogynistic for it or whatever.  I mean no disrespect to the individual who brought this phrase up: She is a very intelligent and discerning person, and I’m certain that she would be respectful to me if I were to state my objection to this phrase.  I will finish by saying this: I am a man.  I have a penis.  I do not have a uterus, and I do not know how it feels to be pregnant with an unwanted fetus, yet it is still my sincere belief that women SHOULD have the right to abort an unborn baby.  This is an opinion I feel entitled to, and I also feel that if I did not support abortion rights, I should be entitled to that opinion too.  However, this post is not truly about abortion at all: It’s about showing decency to one another.  Regardless of what issue is being discussed, we as a community need to take a step back an assess ourselves before we toss out unfair and disrespectful slogans at our opponents.
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  • Listening to: Toots and the Maytals
  • Eating: junk food
  • Drinking: canned pepsi
In recent years, Green Day has become a scapegoat for all the faults of the recent incarnation pop-punk genre among music elitists and punk purists.  I find that to be quite a shame, since they have proven to be one of the most versatile, enthusiastic groups out there.  Still going strong after a quarter-century, Green Day never ceases to impress me with musical energy and ability to surprise audiences again and again with new sounds.  While they've had their share of missteps, the highs of their canon are pretty high, and choosing just ten turned out to be quite a challenge for me.

10.  Good Riddance (Time of Your Life)
If one were to trace back the roots of Green Day hate, it would all have to begin here: the poppy acoustic breakup ballad that really showed both the band's musical versatility and pop compatibility.  While often criticized as proof that Green Day sold out, I see it as the exact opposite: The song was essentially career suicide, making a big hit but alienating the group's reliable fans and seriously damaging the sales of Warning.  If anything, "Good Riddance (Time of Your Life)" is a testament to this band's fearlessness, playing in a new style with no regard for the opinions of the masses.  Its impact may have been diluted by overuse (and, for that matter, outright misuse), but it's a truly beautiful song.

9.  Give Me Novacaine
From Green Day's most consistent, muscular album, "Give Me Novacaine" is easily one of the greatest highlights.  Starting off with a relaxing, ambient feel, this track inches closer and closer to radical power pop until finally diving right into a heavier sound with the chorus.

8.  Warning
Like "Minority," "Warning" assembles some pretty simple elements into something truly extraordinary.  That's about where the similarities end.  Whereas "Minority" had rage, "Warning" possesses frustration.  It's irresistibly catchy, giving off a very Kinks-like vibe as Billie Joe laments the ennui of an overly sterilized, safe lifestyle.

7.  Hitchin' a Ride
Right from the brief violin bit at the beginning, it's pretty clear that "Hitchin' a Ride" is a cut above the rest of Nimrod.  "Brain Stew" notwithstanding, "Hitchin' a Ride" contains Green Day's best mixing of buildup and payoff, this time staggering it up.  Every time I hear it, I'm fooled into thinking I've hit the payoff when the guitars first kick in, but it continues to progress even from there, hitting a heavy high somewhere between the middle and the end.

6.  Welcome to Paradise
Insanely catchy, but with much more depth than most of the material on the deliberately adolescent Dookie.  Nowhere have Billie Joe's vocals seemed more poignant and whiny, and it all serves this outstanding hit pretty well.

5.  Minority
The beauty of "Minority" lies in its utter, unabashed simplicity.  Take away the folksy acoustic intro and the tasteful harmonica bit, and the only thing that stands out about "Minority" is its sheer quality.  It's truly ferocious, and I love every second of its energetic delivery.

4.  Longview
What "Brain Stew" is to insomnia songs, "Longview" is to anthems about lethargy.  Anyone who's ever stayed home all day watching crappy television and jacking off (read: all of us) will instantly bond with the clever, sensory lyrics, but the music itself is what really gets "Longview" going.  You wouldn't know how good this will turn out to be just by listening to the drums at the beginning, but the bass kicks in in a matter of seconds and instantly makes this song a classic.  It holds it all in until the chorus, which lets loose a poppy hook reminiscent of The Buzzcocks' "Orgasm Addict."  It really is among the most expressive, relatable pop songs out there, and I strongly recommend it as an intro to early Green Day for those who are unfamiliar with the band.

3.  Holiday
American Idiot is where Green Day really started to lay on the serious political commentary, and nothing reflects this tendency better than "Holiday."  It's one of the catchiest songs I've ever heard, but it's also an unbelievably in-depth political statement.  Perhaps the song wouldn't have existed were it not for the war in Iraq, but as that war fades from popular memory, "Holiday" continues to stand out as one of cleverest, most universal protest songs of all time--all set to an UNBELIEVABLY catchy melody.  As if it didn't need more bonuses, it leads beautifully into "Boulevard of Broken Dreams," another outstanding track on the exact opposite end of the emotional spectrum (Whereas "Holiday" is angry and energetic, "Boulevard" is resigned and cathartic).  "Holiday," however, stands out as my favorite song from my favorite Green Day album.

2.  Brain Stew
I find it to be the only compelling track from the otherwise negligible Insomniac album, but it sure is compelling!  The guitar riff is seriously one of my all-time favorites, just overflowing with deliberately suppressed musical energy.  It's a slow-burner, for sure, but it's one of the best and most energetic, particularly when the guitars let loose.  The buildup is every bit as much fun as the payoff, which is utterly delightful.  Hearing this is just such a rush of adrenaline, and it's one of the most irresistible songs ever.  The lyrics plunge right into the issue of insomnia with "Longview"-like detail, establishing this as the ultimate insomnia song.  Even Green Day's most vehement haters should admit that this song is a rush of pure excitement and heavy fun.

1.  Misery
Far from the most popular Green Day song, but I think it just can't be beat.  Everything about this song lives up to its title, and yet it's just so much fun to listen to that you'd never expect to find on a song with such haunting melodies and dark themes.  Starting with a synthesizer intro to set the tone, the guitar and vocals keep it going.  What really seals the deal on this song is the downbeat European accordion, which is an unusual but very appropriate backing  instrument for a Green Day song.  The lyrics are something else entirely, like Chuck Berry on God knows what kind of drugs, so depressing that it's somehow funny.  Despite the perceived humor of the outrageously miserable story, there's something heartfelt about the plights of these drugged-up characters.  Altogether, the whole of the song is nothing short of awe-inspiring, and I truly believe it's this band's most overlooked song, coming from an entire album full of overlooked songs (I really, really liked Warning).
  • Listening to: Green Day
  • Reading: Lord of the Flies
  • Drinking: Rutter's Pina Colado slushee--so good, go try

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xxChaerin-ahxx Dec 8, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you so much for the fav., Nicholas! :D
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edshu33 Dec 8, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
The pleasure is mine!
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Oi! thx for the fav.. cheers :)
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Aaron-Jay Sep 14, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
thank you for faving me. :D:D:D:D
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