• Hoarse voice how to recover?

    So I'm sick and also losing my voice. The common cold seems the most likely culprit. I'm coughing a lot, sore throat, stuffy nose, post-nasal drip. Thing is I'm going to a theatre festival next week and there's a workshop I REALLY want to do that requires me to use my voice. I REALLY REALLY don't want to lose my voice... show more
    So I'm sick and also losing my voice. The common cold seems the most likely culprit. I'm coughing a lot, sore throat, stuffy nose, post-nasal drip. Thing is I'm going to a theatre festival next week and there's a workshop I REALLY want to do that requires me to use my voice. I REALLY REALLY don't want to lose my voice permanently. I'm going to get my sore throat checked tomorrow. But how can I speed up the recovery of my voice?
    Other - Health · 1 day ago
  • Why are people surprised that many autistic people/disabled people in general do have sex drives and have sex?

    I'm autistic. I don't understand where that attitude comes from.
    I'm autistic. I don't understand where that attitude comes from.
    4 answers · Special Education · 2 weeks ago
  • How can I stop being so painfully shy?

    I'm 19, autistic, and I'm incredibly shy. Whenever I get to a social event, I close off for maybe the first half of it. It takes me a while to even start talking to people. I get so nervous around others, especially those I don't know well and pretty people. I'm not exactly secretive about myself though. I also have such low... show more
    I'm 19, autistic, and I'm incredibly shy. Whenever I get to a social event, I close off for maybe the first half of it. It takes me a while to even start talking to people. I get so nervous around others, especially those I don't know well and pretty people. I'm not exactly secretive about myself though. I also have such low self-esteem and self-confidence. I've been told I rely on others for my happiness, but they never taught me how to be happy with myself, or how to be confident, in the social skills classes I was forced to take. I'm worried I'm gonna say the wrong thing, so I kinda just keep quiet around strangers. I've basically become Laura Wingfield from "The Glass Menagerie." I also have anxiety, so that could be part of it, some of it could be thanks to my social skills classes. What do I do?
    2 answers · Psychology · 2 weeks ago
  • Why is there a policy in high schools that we can't show shoulders?

    I remember this as I'm looking through these cute dresses I wanna buy and some of them are off the shoulder. I'm out of high school now, but the rule that we can't show our shoulder is ridiculous. I get covering them up during the winter because it's cold and people don't want to get frost bite, but in late summer/early fall and... show more
    I remember this as I'm looking through these cute dresses I wanna buy and some of them are off the shoulder. I'm out of high school now, but the rule that we can't show our shoulder is ridiculous. I get covering them up during the winter because it's cold and people don't want to get frost bite, but in late summer/early fall and mid-speing, the rule doesn't make any sense. Why does this rule exist?
    9 answers · Fashion & Accessories · 3 weeks ago
  • I'm scared of what happens after death. Help?

    So, I consider myself an agnostic theist. I feel like Jesus exists. I've asked Him into my life, I think, but I'm not sure if I'm saved. (Atheists, I realize you don't believe in Heaven and Hell or that really anything happens after death, and I respect that, but these are what I currently believe). I'm autistic, what you might... show more
    So, I consider myself an agnostic theist. I feel like Jesus exists. I've asked Him into my life, I think, but I'm not sure if I'm saved. (Atheists, I realize you don't believe in Heaven and Hell or that really anything happens after death, and I respect that, but these are what I currently believe). I'm autistic, what you might call high-functioning. I try not to lie. I'm trying to curb my masturbation habit. I tend to overeat sometimes, but I'm wondering if that has some connection to my autism. I can distinguish right and wrong on certain levels. I know rape for any reason is wrong. Murder and violence without good reason is wrong. But I can't understand some of the other stuff, like why homosexuality would be wrong. I'm sometimes rude to my family, at least that's what they say, but I feel like sometimes I can't tell my tone of voice and I tend to usually be very honest. I try to use vague statements a lot, I think, so that I'm not lying for certain. I try to be kind to my friends because I know they're easier to lose in comparison to biological family. I'm really scared to go to Hell. I don't wanna go there. I wanna not know pain or suffering. Some people have said autistic people are already part of God's spiritual family (because of the stereotype that we're innocent. If it helps, I'm still a virgin. I've had alcohol, but I've never gotten drunk. I don't smoke or do drugs). But am I gonna go to Heaven?
    13 answers · Religion & Spirituality · 4 weeks ago
  • Why is autism/disability associated with innocence and naivety?

    This bugs me so much, being autistic myself. Why do people act like we're pure angel children who don't know anything about the world?
    This bugs me so much, being autistic myself. Why do people act like we're pure angel children who don't know anything about the world?
    5 answers · Special Education · 4 weeks ago
  • Why am I scared to sing for people?

    So I've been told I'm a really good singer (I'm not trying to brag. This is just what I've been told.) and I'm also a theatre major. But there's a bit of irony in that because when I'm acting, I'm usually fine, but when it comes to singing for people, I try to put myself out there, but I become TERRIFIED to do it.... show more
    So I've been told I'm a really good singer (I'm not trying to brag. This is just what I've been told.) and I'm also a theatre major. But there's a bit of irony in that because when I'm acting, I'm usually fine, but when it comes to singing for people, I try to put myself out there, but I become TERRIFIED to do it. Part of it could be preparation, but even if it's a song I know really well, I still get scared to sing it. I'm not sure why.
    2 answers · Singing · 1 month ago
  • What should I make Project X?

    So bascially I'm writing a book about a sort of dystopia where autistic people are separated from neurotypicals and put into centers where they are treated like perpetual children. When they turn eighteen, they are sterilized and then have their innocence preserved in some way. What I'm thinking about is that I want my [autistic]... show more
    So bascially I'm writing a book about a sort of dystopia where autistic people are separated from neurotypicals and put into centers where they are treated like perpetual children. When they turn eighteen, they are sterilized and then have their innocence preserved in some way. What I'm thinking about is that I want my [autistic] protagonist to have been selected by the government to be the test subject for what they call Project X. It would have something to do with keeping the protagonist's innocence and making her an "asset to all of mankind." I may have a rough idea of where I want to go for this, but I want to see what other ideas there are. So what do you think Project X could be?
    4 answers · Books & Authors · 1 month ago
  • Why is the world so cynical and pessimistic nowadays?

    In truth, somedays I am cynical and pessimistic, partially due to depression, but there is still a lot of good in this world. What happened to the idealism that we had?
    In truth, somedays I am cynical and pessimistic, partially due to depression, but there is still a lot of good in this world. What happened to the idealism that we had?
    10 answers · Other - Society & Culture · 1 month ago
  • Christians, why is innocence important to Jesus?

    I'm comparatively very innocent, at least to my college friends. They say I haven't been exposed to the stuff that they have. I feel like being innocent MUST have some sort of benefit, but I'm not sure what.
    I'm comparatively very innocent, at least to my college friends. They say I haven't been exposed to the stuff that they have. I feel like being innocent MUST have some sort of benefit, but I'm not sure what.
    6 answers · Religion & Spirituality · 1 month ago
  • So if God exists, why am I still suffering?

    I'm 19 and I've tried to open my heart to Jesus, but I feel like the world still beats me down. I haven't gotten cast in any shows (I'm a theatre major), I feel like my friends secretly don't like me, I have a sort-of, hopefully patching up friendship, I'm still suffering depression, anxiety, and fairly debilitating shyness,... show more
    I'm 19 and I've tried to open my heart to Jesus, but I feel like the world still beats me down. I haven't gotten cast in any shows (I'm a theatre major), I feel like my friends secretly don't like me, I have a sort-of, hopefully patching up friendship, I'm still suffering depression, anxiety, and fairly debilitating shyness, I feel like my family is emotionally abusive at times. Also people would rather have their kids catch polio than be like me (I'm autistic), so that really crushes my sense of self-worth to know that I'm better off dead than autistic. So why am I suffering if God exists?
    16 answers · Religion & Spirituality · 1 month ago
  • Why do so many neurotypical people insist on speaking over autistic people when it comes to what autism is like?

    I'm so sick of neurotypicals treating us like we're all "helpless, innocent, pure babies who can't speak or fend for ourselves and need the Neurotypical Savior (TM) to protect us uwu." And with the boycott of the book "To Siri With Love" by Judith Newman, which btw I'm totally for, it makes me realize how little... show more
    I'm so sick of neurotypicals treating us like we're all "helpless, innocent, pure babies who can't speak or fend for ourselves and need the Neurotypical Savior (TM) to protect us uwu." And with the boycott of the book "To Siri With Love" by Judith Newman, which btw I'm totally for, it makes me realize how little people actually seem to care about what autistic people have to say on our experiences on autism. What I don't understand is WHY. WHY do neurotypicals insist on speaking over ALL autistic people on the topic of autism? WHY do they think our voices aren't worth anything on the topic? And yes, I assume "not all neurotypicals" do this, but it's enough to make the autism community frustrated and enraged AF.
    3 answers · Special Education · 1 month ago
  • Will Net Neutrality be repealed?

    There are so many people who use the internet, from lower to upper class. Repealing Net Neutrality censors free speech which is a direct violation of the First Amendment.
    There are so many people who use the internet, from lower to upper class. Repealing Net Neutrality censors free speech which is a direct violation of the First Amendment.
    3 answers · Politics · 1 month ago
  • Why do people believe it s a sin to read Harry Potter?

    I m a huge fan of Harry Potter and I m also trying to come back into Christianity. But there s a lot of controversy surrounding Harry Potter. I honestly don t see what the problem is. I mean, I m not performing demonic and satanic rituals, I m not using real magic. And Harry Potter isn t considered real. I think the characters demonstrate a lot of... show more
    I m a huge fan of Harry Potter and I m also trying to come back into Christianity. But there s a lot of controversy surrounding Harry Potter. I honestly don t see what the problem is. I mean, I m not performing demonic and satanic rituals, I m not using real magic. And Harry Potter isn t considered real. I think the characters demonstrate a lot of good characteristics. My favorite in particular is Luna Lovegood. Her sense of unconditional love, forgiveness, and her sense of individuality are inspiring. So what s the big deal?
    14 answers · Religion & Spirituality · 2 months ago
  • Diaphragm/side ache. What to do?

    So I just finished some karaoke of "Survivor" by Destiny's Child. And if you know that song, that doesn't really leave much, if any, opportunity to take deep breaths. After I got done, my side and stomach started to ache a bit. It still aches. Should I be concerned?
    So I just finished some karaoke of "Survivor" by Destiny's Child. And if you know that song, that doesn't really leave much, if any, opportunity to take deep breaths. After I got done, my side and stomach started to ache a bit. It still aches. Should I be concerned?
    1 answer · Pain & Pain Management · 2 months ago
  • Is this breaking any laws? What should I do about this?

    So I work for a blogging company that has an Instagram that is composed of usersubmitted content. I've been trying to submit content of my college, but they never post it. A while ago, they posted a picture of me; however it is not from my main Instagram account, it is comment-disabled (even though no other post on their Instagram that I've... show more
    So I work for a blogging company that has an Instagram that is composed of usersubmitted content. I've been trying to submit content of my college, but they never post it. A while ago, they posted a picture of me; however it is not from my main Instagram account, it is comment-disabled (even though no other post on their Instagram that I've seen is comment-disabled), but my biggest concern is that I never submitted that picture to them. I never gave them permission to post it. I feel like this is a huge infringement of privacy, but I don't know how to go about this.
    3 answers · Law & Ethics · 2 months ago
  • How do you know if you have a babyface?

    I m currently 19. In a picture that was taken when I was 18, people say I look 16, some say 12 or 13. Granted the angle and lighting is weird. I m also short. Adorable tends to be a main compliment, I suppose. And being 5 2" may not help. I do kinda have some extra cheek fat and possibly big eyes. Does this indicate having a babyface? So... show more
    I m currently 19. In a picture that was taken when I was 18, people say I look 16, some say 12 or 13. Granted the angle and lighting is weird. I m also short. Adorable tends to be a main compliment, I suppose. And being 5 2" may not help. I do kinda have some extra cheek fat and possibly big eyes. Does this indicate having a babyface? So how do I know if I have a babyface?
    1 answer · Singles & Dating · 2 months ago
  • Is it possible I have social anxiety?

    I get pretty shy and quiet around a lot of people, especially those I don't know well, as well as pretty people. I can talk to some people, like those I know pretty well. And parties are a nightmare. They're so loud and I have to make small talk and I don't know many people there. One time I got overwhelmed at a party because the house... show more
    I get pretty shy and quiet around a lot of people, especially those I don't know well, as well as pretty people. I can talk to some people, like those I know pretty well. And parties are a nightmare. They're so loud and I have to make small talk and I don't know many people there. One time I got overwhelmed at a party because the house was so small and there were a lot of people. But I try to go to more of them because I need to get through this if I'm gonna be a performer. Sometimes I'll have courage to talk to strangers, but most of the time, I tend to keep quiet, I guess.
    2 answers · Psychology · 3 months ago
  • What are some aspects I should experiment with when rehearsing this character?

    So for a scene in my Intermediate Acting class, I'm playing Laura Wingfield in "The Glass Menagerie." Now I LOVE this play and this is my dream role. But this is the first, and hopefully not last, time I'm actually going to play this character. So what are some aspects, vocal and physical, that I should look at in order to play... show more
    So for a scene in my Intermediate Acting class, I'm playing Laura Wingfield in "The Glass Menagerie." Now I LOVE this play and this is my dream role. But this is the first, and hopefully not last, time I'm actually going to play this character. So what are some aspects, vocal and physical, that I should look at in order to play the character in the most effective way possible? If it helps, I'm doing the beginning of the scene between Laura and the Gentleman Caller.
    3 answers · Theater & Acting · 4 months ago
  • Christians, how would you respond to this?

    So, homosexuality is a pretty huge controversy. I know one of the most famous Bible stories that people probably use to defend the idea that it's wrong is the story of Sodom and Gomorrah. Let me cite a bit of it: They called to Lot, “Where are the men who came to you tonight? Bring them out to us so that we can have sex with them.” 6 Lot went... show more
    So, homosexuality is a pretty huge controversy. I know one of the most famous Bible stories that people probably use to defend the idea that it's wrong is the story of Sodom and Gomorrah. Let me cite a bit of it: They called to Lot, “Where are the men who came to you tonight? Bring them out to us so that we can have sex with them.” 6 Lot went outside to meet them and shut the door behind him 7 and said, “No, my friends. Don’t do this wicked thing. 8 Look, I have two daughters who have never slept with a man. Let me bring them out to you, and you can do what you like with them. But don’t do anything to these men, for they have come under the protection of my roof.” That seems a bit off-putting to me. How does the Bible say homosexuality is wrong, but not forcing your daughters on men? Also, weren't most of the victims in that city little boys? If the victims were little girls and the predators still older men, would it still be wrong? Given this, wouldn't the sin of Sodom and Gomorrah be pedophilia and lust? Apparently the Bible says nothing against pedophilia, but why would it be against homosexuality and NOT pedophilia when pedophilia results in trauma or some other form of harm whereas homosexuality, as long as it's consensual, hurts no one? I'm just curious.
    8 answers · Polls & Surveys · 5 months ago