#里茲螞蟻批判性思考寫作專欄 #Alex專欄 #外師每週精選閱讀
Why is there still such a pervasive cultural stigma attached to people who choose to not get married, to not have children, or to live alone? As we saw in last week’s article, social norms around the world have already moved well beyond the outdated cultural expectations that are still being forced upon us by older generations, conservatives and even governments. In Taiwan, where many still wrongly believe that social changes seen in western countries have not yet become prevalent here, it is clear that increasing numbers of people are choosing, not just unmarried, childless lives, but also singledom, as you can see from the research findings presented in the Taipei Times article “More women in Taiwan are living alone, study finds”.
Although so many people already find joy and fulfilment in their chosen lifestyles, it is often the friends and loved ones around them who are most guilty of discriminating against their unmarried, childless and single peers and relatives. The interviewee in the Guardian article “I'm in my 40s, please stop asking me why I don't have children” recounts how hurtful it is when family or friends ask her when she is going to have children or find someone to settle down with. It is often the case that people who ask such direct, personal questions such as this claim to be well-meaning or merely making polite conversation, but actually it is a framed as a form of challenge to someone who is deemed to be not conforming with the challenger’s outdated cultural expectations. “Why aren’t you living your life how I personally believe you should be living it?” is the real meaning that people hear when confronted in this way. Perhaps as a method of demonstrating how inappropriate and inconsiderate it is to ask such questions, in response you could ask: “Why even get married if one of you is inevitably going to cheat on the other anyway?” or “How could you possibly have children if you know the world is already overpopulated?”. Maybe then nosy, bigoted people will get the message that it is none of their business to pry into others’ personal lives, and that it is completely unacceptable to try to force their outdated values onto others.
上面的貼文內容是我們的實力派外師Alex，針對每週一篇英文文章閱讀後，親自寫出的批判性思考文（不是copy & paste的東西啊）。旨在讓同學知道如何用不同的角度來讀文章。你可以選擇先讀Alex寫的批判文，也可以選擇先讀本次的英文文章連結，但最好兩處都要閱讀才能達到最好的效果。
Alex是我們的御用老師，每週都會幫梅姨、托托、慕華上英文課。目前星期一晚上有開一班 #里茲螞蟻外師應用英文課程 ，程度高級，充滿知識性與深度。有開放單次付費上課。若你想學習用英文來深度探討各項主題，check it out！