If you have a social media account of any kind, you have undoubtedly heard of Millennials, or Generation Y. This demographic is populated by those thirty years of age or under. The point I am going to make in this article is that this generation is arguably the most socially “active” (to put it nicely) since the counterculture in the ’60s. This is, of course, thanks to the marvelous Internet. The information age slowly crept upon our nation some years ago, and for better or worse, is snowballing in unimaginable ways. Some of the growth is unquestionably good, expanding accessibility to resources on virtually anything. However, as the great Brett Michaels said, “Every rose has its thorn.” Being a millennial myself, I would like to break down the ideals people in my age range seem so obsessed with defending, what draws them to these ideals, and combating the on line menace of SJWs (if you are unfamiliar with the abbreviation, fear not. It will be explained later on).
Let me start by making this a bit personal, which I hate doing but in this case it is necessary. I am an old soul, and quite laid back. I tend to keep a circle of friends who are the same way. Consequently, I have a lot of older friends. However, I do have some friends (though most are more acquaintances) that are my age. What I find very interesting, is that things are very polarized in Generation Y. The same age group I used to run around with slamming dope and painting penises on bridges have peers who are volunteers at nearly every local political fund raiser and stick to a strict gluten free diet (which they will enthusiastically educate you on). For the first group, poverty is a large problem of their lack of productivity. They do not have the resources (or in family cases, the time) to stay aware of the world’s political/social climate or to learn new things. However, the other side of the spectrum sees people of the same age who live on better neighborhoods, working a job that doesn’t pay too much but supports them, however… SOMETHING IS NEVER FUCKING GOOD ENOUGH! I am speaking politically/socially of course. So they take to Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, etc. This is what the Urban Dictionary defines as the social justice warrior or the aforementioned abbreviation SJW.
One prime example of an SJW is that one male friend who is part of the extreme feminist movement. For example, Playboy’s on line outlet recently published an article on Ed Sheeran’s “toxic masculinity problem,” which is reflected in his breakup songs (supposedly misogynistic in nature). Then– and I am not joking– the article praises Taylor Swift as an “empowering female in music.” Remind me again how many breakup songs shes written where she just stops short of calling her ex a fuckwad? And do not even get me started on the one song where she jokes that she will tell her friends her ex boyfriend is gay as revenge.
Another popular trend amongst SJWs now is gender. I want to make it clear that I support being inclusive and not singling anyone out. But at some point we have to realize we can only go so far before it gets redundant. Example, a popular revision of the LGBT umbrella term is surfacing. It is– I shit you not– LGBTQQUIAP. Seriously? That would get Mary Poppins tongue tied. Basically anyone not strictly hetero-cis is now included in the community umbrella. Why not just queer? Bear in mind, this is coming from an androgynous, gay millenial. Yes, I occasionally wear makeup, yes I believe in being non-binary. However, when it gets to the point that we are making a group or community for every single physical/mental quirk, the line between individuality and fetishism becomes blurred at best and non-existent at worst.
There are so many other examples, but if I keep typing them I will likely start screaming from frustration. The question is how do we combat this? Simple, if you are a Millennial and you truly care about the issues you endlessly post about, take a less sensationalized approach. Do you think they had Twitter or Facebook to help organize the Civil Rights Movement or the Stonewall Riots? Less can be more. Start with community organizing. Sign up for your local paper route, stay informed, and make changes that will have a ripple effect. Be bold, but not so much that your point and purpose are lost in the ferocity of your conviction. And for the love of all that is sane, stop arguing with Internet trolls about your lifestyle, color, creed, religion, etc. Social media is a platform for promoting ones ideas and finding like minded individuals. Stop seeking fights and being so damn sensitive about everything. It is likely some of your more down to earth friends feel like they have to walk on eggshells with you if the majority or all of what you post is how oppressed you are! In Trumpland, the only weapon against stupidity is knowledge– not frailty, radical political correctness, etc., etc. ad nauseam.