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Elizabeth McCarty
Online Discussion 11/4
Fri Nov 4, 2011 2:39pm
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I have a couple ideas that I would like to write about for my research paper. I haven't really decided on anything for sure yet because there is nothing that truly sticks out in my mind but I'm slowly developing ideas. In high school I was required to write an argumentative paper for part of my graduation project. I wrote it on how Law Enforcement needed to do a better job of convicting child abusers in the United States. It was a topic I was actually passionate writing about, and through a lot of time and research I ended up learning many things I had never known about Law Enforcement and child abuse. For this paper, I was thinking about possibly writing about cosmetic surgery. Although some people think it is a good idea to receive these treatments, I am opposed to cosmetic surgery because of the morality as well as the risks. Many people who have gone through cosmetic surgery procedures have ended up with awful effects and terrible changes to their bodies. Another topic I was thinking about writing about are child beauty pageants. Although Toddlers and Tiaras is a supposedly cute and funny show, it shows how these child pageants are essentially exploiting young children. I was thinking about writing my paper against child beauty pageants because they benefit the parents and not the children. I think it is extremely selfish and ridiculous that the parents of these kids are using their children to make money. The last topic I was thinking about writing about would be about oil drilling in the earths oceans. Last year I took Oceanography as a class and realized that oil drilling is something that is damaging our earths ecosystem as a whole. It is a very controversial topic because oil drilling is something that can boost our countries economy, but it also damages the lives of many animals who live in the sea as well as on the coast.
I am not exactly sure which topic I am going to choose to write about yet. All of the topics I have chosen are very controversial, but I know exactly which side I would like to argue against. I think I will most likely choose to write against cosmetic surgery.

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