1) Name - Zara, but recently I've been trying to cultivate a nickname. Z, perhaps? Zarathustra is too long.
2) Age - I'm 17 in like two weeks.
3) Location - Fort Greene, Brooklyn, NY
4) Actors - Tobey Maguire, Steve Buscemi, James Marsters, Ewan MacGregor, Vince Vaughn, George Clooney, Tom Welling, (my guilty pleasure, because really I just like him 'cause he's pretty), Denzel Washington, Kevin Brannagh, Alan Rickman, John Goodman
5) Actresses - Alyson Hannigan, Uma Thurman, Judi Densch, Emma Thompson, Kate Beckinsale, Nicole Kidman, Amy Acker, Julie Andrews, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Halle Berry, Alison Lohman, Michelle Pfeiffer
6) Movies - Kiss Me, Kate!; Too Wong Foo, Thanks For Everything! Julie Newmar; Moulin Rouge; Buffy the Vampire Slayer; Army of Darkness; Saved!; Spaceballs; Monty Python and the Quest for the Holy Grail; The Matrix; and, because they're excellent book adaptations, White Oleander; The Cider-House Rules; Rosemary's Baby.
7) Songs - Dave Matthews Band, "Grey Street," "Crush," "Stay (Wasting Time)," "Ants Marching"; Annie Lennox, "Legend in my Living Room," "Don't Let it Bring You Down," "Cold"; Los Lonely Boys, "Heaven," "More Than Love"; Libera Boys' Choir, "Salva Me," "Libera"; Linkin Park, "Breaking the Habit"; Placebo, "Pure Morning"; the Barenaked Ladies, "Falling for the First Time"; K's Choice, "In Your Room," "Almost Happy," "Iron Flower"; the Divinyls, "I Touch Myself"; Britney Spears, "Outrageous"; Natalie Imbruglia, "Smoke," "Wrong Impression"; Good Charlotte, "The Click," "Day That I Died"
8) Bands - Dave Matthews Band, Lifehouse, Aqua, K's Choice, the Spice Girls, the Calling, Linkin Park, justincase, Matchbox Twenty, Incubus, No Doubt, Oasis
9) Artists - I assume, since you're differentiating bands and actors from artists, that you mean visual art, but visual art has never been enough of a thing for me to really remember anybody besides the big names, and I'm not too nuts about most of them anyway. So... I'll leave this unanswered. Sorry.
10) Books - Robin McKinley, "Sunshine"; Louise Fitzhugh, "Nobody's Family is Going to Change"; Brian Hall, "The Saskiad"; Philip Pullman, "The Broken Bridge," His Dark Materials series; Patricia C. Wrede, "The Raven Ring"; P.G. Wodehouse, "Leave it to Psmith"; Douglas Adams, "The Salmon of Doubt"; Neil Gaiman, "American Gods"; Anne Rice, "Interview With the Vampire"
5) Abortion - Oh, controversy. I think abortion ought, without question, to be legal, and I think that if you have a penis, your opinion doesn't count for much. I know that sounds dismissive, but I honestly think that unless you can comprehend the idea and the responsibility of something that has the potential for sentience growing in your body, abortion is none of your business.
I also think that abortion ought to be taken very seriously -- I've heard a lot of people argue that women are now using it, like the morning-after pill, as a form of birth control, which is a hideous idea. But I think that if a woman is raped, or if she skipped the Pill for one day and forgot or if the condom broke and she realized too late and simply was not ready to give birth to something, the choice is completely hers. I also worry about the consequences that the theoretical banning of abortion will have on the lower-middle and working classes. Wealthier people can always find a way to discreetly and safely break the rules, but the laypeople cannot, and illegal abortions can be incredibly unsafe. Women who cannot afford to have, or to have and to keep, children will get these abortions anyway, and I don't see what gives anyone else the right to demand that these women put their lives in completely unnecessary danger.
6) Suicide - I have a very good friend who finds suicide poetic, and who, though she isn't suicidal in the conventional sense, likes the idea of controlling her own death. This has given my opinions on suicide a considerable spin. In many cases, I think suicide is extremely selfish and extremely avoidable. The majority of suicidal people suffer from treatable depression -- Virginia Woolf and Silvia Plath need not have been so dramatic. I think that a lot of teen suicide stems either from depression or a lack of perspective. Killing yourself because your boyfriend dumps you means that either you are choosing to ignore a deeper problem, or you suffer from extreme melodrama and, two seconds after it's too late, will be seriously regretting your choice.
I know that's all very politically incorrect and kind of tactless, but that's honestly the way I think of it. On the other hand, noble sacrifice -- killing yourself to protect vital information, to save others, to make a point, to liberate your country -- is justifiable. I'm sure this makes me very un-American, but I think that anyone who willingly signs up for the army has a death wish. I also sympathize with suicide bombers, because they're fighting the poor man's war and theatrics and willingness to die for a cause is the best way to make a point.
7) War - I don't think this is very practical, but I think that war should be avoided at all costs. Unless another country outright tells us, "We're going to bomb you next Thursday, here, check my PalmPilot," I don't believe in pre-emptive striking. I think it's the result of paranoia and panic, and the people who are supposed to be defending their counntries don't get killed when we fire missiles because we're nervous -- their civilians do.
I hate the idea of fighting, and I really hate the fact that people can get medals for killing other people. I uber-hate the fact that killing other people isn't murder, but is "serving your country" during wartime.
I think that any war that demands a draft is a war that obviously ought not to be fought. If the people of your country are so opposed to your war that they're not signing up to kill people... don't make them kill people. This will make very little sense considering what I just said about the draft, but I think that women ought to be drafted in the same capacity as men. Women are not significantly weaker, and it's not like there's much opportunity to fight mano-a-mano anyway; you're shooting people from a distance, not fencing with them, and everyone goes through the same basic training. Obviously I myself do not want to be drafted, and I cannot imagine what my brain would have to do to itself to comprehend the fact that I'd kill people, but... that's pretty much what I've got.
I don't believe that my government has any right to my life (the drafting issue); the only thing that ever truly belongs to anyone is their life, and having the right to sit my butt on this great big continent does not mean that I've got to pay in my own blood, or in other people's. I hate that you can only get out of the draft through religious objection, rather than just plain old moral. I'm not religious, but all of my basic principles scream against killing other people, and that's good enough for me. I think empires and colonies are dumb and old-fashioned, and any country that's barely over two centuries old that thinks it's going to last forever has obviously not studied its history.
Sorry -- I just have some wild opinions when it comes to war. Forgive the rant. Feel free to poke at comments that don't hold water.
8) Organised religion - I've got mixed feelings on this. On the one hand, having a faith that brings people together is a wonderful thing, and having something inexplicable to believe in can often be more reassuring than you'd expect. On the other hand, organized religion has done horrible things, started tons of wars, and turned countless peoples against each other. I think that made-up deities are kind of silly things to be fighting over. I also don't like how religion has been so deeply rooted in politics for so long that it's pretty much impossible to have a purely secular government. Make of that what you will.
9) What movie/TV/fictional character do you feel you are most like? - Ginny, in Philip Pullman's "The Broken Bridge," just because I have never heard or read any description of honest bewilderment over race anywhere else. Just... trust me. My mother is white and my father was black, but my stepfather and stepsister are both white. I've been called variants on "oreo" for longer than I can remember, and it's one of the most confusing things yet about my identity. Bless you, Philip Pullman.
On the other hand, I identify with Joan from "Joan of Arcadia," just because she's one of the most believable teenaged girls on television, and Amber Tamblyn manages to be attractive without being stick-thin. Love her.
10) If you could have 2 celebrities for parents, who would they be? - Interesting question! I actually really had to think about it. I'd like George Clooney to be my dad, but I'm not too sure why. For my mom? ... I dunno. I bitch about her a lot, but I'm pretty set with the one I've got. Maybe Susan Sarandon?
11) If you could change one thing about your appearance, what would it be and why? - I've actually come to pretty good terms with my appearance over the last year or so. I've discovered that I really like my boobs, and that actually my face doesn't do me wrong. I guess I'd give myself more of a waist, since that's my main problem. Boobs-up? Good. Thighs-down? Fine. Waist? Eh.
12) If you could ban one singer/artist and one actor/actress from ever working again, who would it be and why? - Hard one. I'll have to generalize a little, I'm afraid. For both singers and actresses, I'd knock out the whole Hilary Duff / Lindsay Lohan / Ashlee Simpson generation. I think they're horrible. I'll give you that Lindsay Lohan was hilarious in "Mean Girls," but in general that kind of super-skinny, perfectly-groomed, studio-manufactured kind of girl is not someone I want, say, my eleven-year-old cousin to use as a role model. Britney and Christina were better -- at least they both started out with a little extra tummy pudge and personality.
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Thanks for reading the app, even though I suppose I get in automatically. I know that being concise is not one of my talents, but for some reason I just love filling out these surveys. Cheers!
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