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    Default Which social rules do you think don't make sense?

    I'm going to do a social experiment somewhere between now and June (haven't quite decided when) where I'll try to break as many nonsensical social rules as possible. So now I'm searching for social rules that make no sense at all (and breaking these rules wouldn't hurt ANYBODY). HOWEVER... at this point I can only think of social rules that involve wardrobe malfunctions. Like not wearing pants in public. Can anybody list some more social rules that don't make sense?
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    1.Pleasantries
    2.Pretending you like people you hate
    3.Hugging strangers/acquaintances(I hate it when someone I do not approve of/know well hugs me.)
    4.Smiling at people I do not know.
    5.Being nice to people I do not love/like
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    Quote Originally Posted by LadyLazarus View Post
    1.Pleasantries
    2.Pretending you like people you hate
    3.Hugging strangers/acquaintances(I hate it when someone I do not approve of/know well hugs me.)
    4.Smiling at people I do not know.
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    There are a lot of societal rules that don't make sense in this day and age, like saying 'bless you' when somebody sneezes, removing your hat indoors, opening doors for people. There are a lot of etiquette rules that most people don't follow, but do exist, like how you fold and place your dinner napkin, ways of using utensils and others. You know, in a way I like arbitrary rules as long as they're harmless. Maybe it's because they are gestures, more ways of expressing something. Maybe just like a structure, even if I don't always feel compelled to attempt to occupy it.

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    Where do I start?

    Basically all gender roles.
    Everything relating to reverence toward human corpses and the memories of dead people.
    Filial piety.
    Acquiescence to seniority.
    The stigmatization of "snitches", "squealers", "tattletales", and "whistle blowers".
    The ritual of asking questions no one is supposed to answer, like "how are you doing?"

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    Quote Originally Posted by DiscoBiscuit View Post
    You catch more flies with honey than vinegar.
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    1) guys who sleep around are seen as players; women who sleep around are seen as sluts/whores
    2) aforementioned woman is also chastised for being "frigid" or "prude" if she isn't freaky enough. either way, you can't win
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    5) scratching an itch is seen as insecure (I'm not insecure, I just have an itch...)
    6) it's acceptable for women to hit men (hell, it's encouraged sometimes), but, if a guy hits back, he goes to jail.
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    The concept of "fashionably late". I do not get it, I will never get it, and I refuse to do it. If you tell me the party starts at 8, I will be there exactly at 8.
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    If only it were that simple.

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    Some of the rules have a practical purpose, such as opening the door for someone else, as long as you do it for everyone (or everyone right behind you, or everyone carrying something), and not just for women. Other ideas:

    • Using cutlery to eat food that is not "finger food"
    • Addressing people by a title rather than first name - may vary by locale and situation (e.g. Dr Smith, Officer Jones)
    • Turning to face the door after entering an elevator
    • Not sitting right next to someone on a bus/train when other seats are available
    • Not spitting, or picking your ears/nose etc. in public
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    Quote Originally Posted by Comeback Girl View Post
    I'm going to do a social experiment somewhere between now and June (haven't quite decided when) where I'll try to break as many nonsensical social rules as possible. So now I'm searching for social rules that make no sense at all (and breaking these rules wouldn't hurt ANYBODY). HOWEVER... at this point I can only think of social rules that involve wardrobe malfunctions. Like not wearing pants in public. Can anybody list some more social rules that don't make sense?
    Social rules only make sense within a context.

    This creates a problem of perception because the context of social rules is usually invisible. So we run long the rails of context. And we take the rails of context for granted. But we are constantly alert for anyone who runs off the rails, because anyone who runs off the rails starts to make the context visible.

    So breaking rules within a taken for granted context is called testing the limits. And testing the limits is what children do to their parents.

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