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n. pl. socie·ties
a. The totality of people regarded as forming a community of interdependent individuals: working for the benefit of society.
b. A group of people broadly distinguished from other groups by mutual interests, participation in characteristic relationships, shared institutions, and a common culture: rural society; literary society.
2. An organization or association of persons engaged in a common profession, activity, or interest: a folklore society; a society of bird watchers.
3. The wealthy, socially dominant members of a community. Also called high society.
4. Companionship; company: enjoys the society of friends and family members.
5. Biology A colony or community of organisms, usually of the same species: an insect society.


a nation, community, or broad group of people who establish particular aims, beliefs, or standards of living and conduct.

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Q. Why is it so hip to be thin and fit???? not everyone can be as thin and as fit as the society demands? was it always like that ? because i feel like if you are gaining a little extra pounds you are doomed !!! people condem you as a less better man in the good case .. in the worst case you won't have friends ....

A. i think that the in the biological way of thinking - people are attracted to what seems healthy, it has more chance of giving healthy child that will survive. in African cultures that food is scarce- being big considered to be healthy and attractive. in our culture- being over weight means unhealthy, but so is too skinny. so going back and forth with a few ponds is fine. but the two extreme situations are unattractive for most men.

Q. What do you think is the most serious nutritional issue facing us in an industrialized society today? I am very careful about taking care of my health. I never ever left my stomach empty. I always eat a nutritional diet. I am staying away from parents to support their financial needs. So I take more care with my health. If I am in good health then my family will be healthy. I often do a lot of research regarding my diet. I am very careful about that. If you are a dietician, please tell me what do you think is the most serious nutritional issue facing us in an industrialized society today?

A. PS...THE DYE IN FOOD....has been linked to cancer.

Q. Is this a malady if i am homosexual? because i feel sometimes very unhappy and outside the society... Some people would say - "oh yes", other could say: "i don't know, but i think this is not so common or normal", "homosexual? even the rats don't do it in the laboratories", "they should be exterminated", and so on. In fact we hear probably more bad stuff, than something else. My brother is homosexual and was very long depressive, because he could not tell it to our parents. Perhaps he is still depressive - a little bit from time to time. He lives with his partner. I do not pretend to have the key about it, nor the why nor the "how it comes". I share here with you what I have been taught some years ago. I can live with that. It makes for me sense. I know that many of you will not agree with it, but as long we have not a better explanation...

A. I've worked with different gay people, open and in the closet. I have nothing but good experiences with them. I have never had a talk with them regarding their bring up or how they discovered they were gay.

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One would thus have had to say, a century and a half ago, that slavery should not be abolished, because it was customary in almost all human societies.
Vocal dialects and other social customs proliferate in human societies.
Admitting that the church had a history meant that it, too, had changed substantially, like other human societies.
As noted in the first chapter devoted to explain the need for a theoretical formulation, all human societies cope with sickness and disability.
Goldberg has shown, and Margaret Mead agreed, that despite astonishing differences in human societies, past and present, all have been patriarchal.
Beginning his narrative in the era prior to the arrival of humans, he generally takes a material approach that concerns itself with changes in biological and physical environments, and how those changes affect human societies, although by the time he gets to the late 19th century more of the concerns of political and cultural environmental history do begin to find their way into the discussion.
Monkeys might help illuminate human child neglect, but the diverse forms and causes of child abuse in human societies probably do not have counterparts in nonhuman primates, argues primatologist William A.
Guns, germs, and steel; the fates of human societies.