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    Could everyone help put together a list of 50 controversial topics? It's sort of a project (not for school). Everyone post the controversial topics closest to your heart.
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    Immediate ones that come to mind:

    Sexuality (Gay marriage, gay rights, gays in the military, etc.)
    Equality (If men and women are equal, women's discrimination in the military, etc.)
    Abortion (No one can ever talk about this without getting heated)
    Illegality of Legality of Marijuana and Alcohol
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    war in iraq and afghanistan
    torture
    healthcare reform
    patriot act
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    capital punishment
    right to own/ use guns
    homeless issues
    healthcare
    schools
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    Not sure how specific you're supposed to be, but here are a few more.

    Welfare policy
    Animal rights
    Religion in public schools
    Young offenders act
    Stem cell research
    Cloning
    Euthanasia

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    Sexuality(societal norms, taboos)
    Alternatives in education
    Non-coercive parenting
    Race relations
    Global warming(or not)
    Religion
    Institutions/traditional social foundations
    Children's rights
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    I'm thinking of the worst fights that have broken out on message boards....

    Parenting in general can be a very heated topic. How to discipline kids, how to deal with someone else's kids when they misbehave, what to feed them, whether having a parent stay home is important, how much freedom to give them at certain ages, whether to encourage gender roles....probably plenty of others

    Psychiatric medication, particularly its use in children. Its safety, its effectiveness, whether they are overused, whether certain psych conditions are "diseases" in the medical/biological sense....I recall plenty of huge arguments over this.

    Diets are a big one. Odd, but that's been my experience. The best ones to lose weight, the best ones for optimal health, whether the "four food groups" are really best for human health, whether milk is good for us or not. One poster once joked after a fight broke out, "You know what they say about keeping it light. No discussion of religion, politics or low-carb diets". One of the biggest arguments I've ever seen on a certain board surrounded the meaning of the word 'vegetarian' and who has a right to call themselves one. Yup. Food talk can get people arguing for some reason.

    Oh, body image issues too. Idealization of thinness in the media, whether its responsible for our widespread food and emotional health issues, whether models should have minimum weights, the extent to which they contribute to eating disorders, whether people are too concerned about food and weight or not concerned enough, what the ideal attitude toward food and weight should be.

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    Okay, so far:
    1)Sexuality
    2)Equality
    3)Abortion
    4)Illegality of Legality of Marijuana and Alcohol
    5)War in Iraq and Afghanistan
    6)Torture
    7)Healthcare
    8)Patriot Act
    9)Capital Punishment
    10)Right to Bear Arms
    11)The Homeless
    12)Education
    13)Welfare Policy
    14)Animal Rights
    15)Young Offenders Act
    16)Stem Cell Research
    17)Cloning
    18)Euthanasia
    19)Parenting
    20)Race
    21)Global Warming
    22)Religion
    23)Institutions/traditional Social Foundations
    24)Children's Rights
    25)Psychiatric Medication
    26)Diet/Weight/Body Image


    Some more:
    27)Television Violence
    28)Teen Driving
    29)International Adoption
    30)AIDS
    31)Military Use of Dolphins and Sea Lions



    I'm going to do research in to every one of them once we've got fifty. Maybe get together an online research team too.

    (Not you guys unless you like this boring old stuff)
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    - Suicide
    - Immigration policies/refugees
    - Human trafficking/Migrant workers
    - Status of aboriginals (it's very relevant in Canada)
    - Female Genital Mutilation
    - Prostitution
    - Corporal punishment
    - Crisis in Africa
    - Globalization
    - Age of consent
    - Censorship (media)/Freedom of speech
    - Copyright act/file sharing on the Internet/Privacy Act
    - Effects of institutionalisation/de-institutionalisation movement
    - role of the government
    - Taxation
    - United Nations
    - Overpopulation
    - Genetically modified foods
    - Urbanization/Gentrification
    - Affirmative action

    Edit: there...50+!

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    We need seven more
    "In order for the light to shine so brightly, the darkness must be present." -Francis Bacon

    "No matter how dark the moment, love and hope are always possible." -George Chakiris

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