Choosing is choice

The right to choose is said to be a common right, at least in western countries – but I do wonder at times how much of a choice we really do get.

Choice can be as simplistic and straight forward as waking up and choosing what to wear.

Choice can, on the other hand, be as complicated and difficult as choosing to make a public statement that will challenge society.

For example, recently “Sex and the City” star Cynthia Nixon chose to make a comment to the New York Times saying that for her, being gay “is a choice”.

Cynthia was then highly criticised. America Blog writer John Aravosis was among those to criticize Nixon’s choice of words. “It’s not a ‘choice,’ unless you consider my opting to date a guy with brown hair versus a guy with blonde hair a ‘choice,'” he writes. “It’s only a choice among flavors I already like… every religious right hatemonger is now going to quote this woman every single time they want to deny us our civil rights.”

And a New York Times reporter wrote this article in response: “Genetic or Not, Gay Won’t Go Away”. Cynthia then chose to explain and change her comments, saying “I believe bisexuality is not a choice, it is a fact. What I have ‘chosen’ is to be in a gay relationship.”

This is just one example where choosing to push social opinion can be difficult, but not impossible! You can choose to create social change.

What’s your experience of making choices? Whether straight forward day to day choices, or change-making choices, share your experience.

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One thought on “Choosing is choice

  1. Choice is so loaded and it might not cause any one to comment as much as the above media attention because someone is a certain industry. Where whatever they speak out or on about causes another who believes they in a position of maybe a higher authority believes something much more radical than the simple statement “it is my choice”

    I decided to say “I have a choice” to my network, probably no one would blink an eyelid although internally they might say “wat?” with invisible posturing…

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