The (Real) Struggles Of Being A Millennial Liberal

The (Real) Struggles Of Being A Millennial Liberal

For us, Liberal logic is just more ethical.
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Dear Appalachian-raised sorority girl trying to survive her twenties,

I know right, isn’t it just so annoying that other people have different views on the world. Too bad that's the only real “struggle” you expressed throughout your entire article. I hope you're buckled up for this because I’m about to show you the actual struggles that us Liberal Millennials deal with on a daily basis.

#FeelTheFreeStuff

Obviously I have to start with Bernie and all of his “free stuff.” I hate having to explain this, I can honestly say this isn't the first time and I know it won't be the last, but no one is talking about free stuff. Look, I get that it seems like that, I mean Bernie does say he wants to “make all public schools tuition free” and no one ever quite gets into what that really means, so let's look at my college bill and talk about it that way. My small town liberal arts college in Castleton Vermont costs me around 20,000 dollars a year, 10,000 of that is tuition. If Bernie were to have his way my schooling would still cost me 10,000 dollars because I live on campus, with a meal plan, and I still have to buy books on top of that. It’s not going to be completely free for me, but it's a hell of a lot more affordable.

Triggered much?

Trigger warnings, in short, are not that big a deal. It’s simply people not surprising other people with content that is unwelcome. Remember in middle school when your teachers would pause the movie and tell everyone that a scary part was coming up and if they did not want to see it to cover their eyes. That's a trigger warning in a nutshell. To be constantly called “triggered” by our conservative counterparts and our conservative elders every time we stand up for something we believe in gets really old. Also it’s kind of like someone screaming “Mouse pad!” every time you try and take a sip of water, it isn’t relevant and frankly it's really annoying.

SJW’s Erryday, All-day.

Let’s just break the title Social Justice Warrior down, shall we? Social justice- “Justice in terms of the distribution of wealth, opportunities, and privilege within a society.” and Warrior- “A brave or experienced soldier or fighter.” So, it seems to me that what a social justice warrior is, is a person who fights for equality and in that sense.. Freedom? Weird that Republicans and Conservatives alike claim to love America and its freedom, equality and opportunity; yet, they often put down those fighting for social justice, and as such, freedom, equality and opportunity.

Go Crawl off to Your Safe Space!

Seriously, this is so common. No one wants a padded room with bubble wrap and elmo. When Liberals talk about creating and having safe spaces we are requesting that no one be a harassed in that space. Don’t call your gay classmate a faggot and don't bring any of your weak arguments as to why they shouldn’t be allowed to marry their partner of the same gender. You're literally just being intolerant. And, It’s not intolerant of me to not accept your intolerance because why would it be? Is it intolerant of me because I think Hitler was an asshole? No? Didn’t think so, he was.

Look, there are some serious differences between conservatives and liberals, and I don’t necessarily want to ignore all of the idea’s that conservatives have. However, you have to hear us out. We aren’t trying to get free stuff, we aren’t trying to get everyone to baby us all the time, and we aren't trying to avoid all of the horrors of the world. We are trying to make change, we are trying to rebuild our country so that it stands on an ethical base rather than an economical base. This is a change that has been in the works for years. Just look at the abolishment of slavery, it's much more economical to use slave labor than to hire workers, but it’s far less ethical.

Sincerely, Just another liberal crybaby.


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I'm The Girl Who'd Rather Raise A Family Than A Feminist Protest Sign

You raise your protest picket signs and I’ll raise my white picket fence.
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Social Media feeds are constantly filled with quotes on women's rights, protests with mobs of women, and an array of cleverly worded picket signs.

Good for them, standing up for their beliefs and opinions. Will I be joining my tight-knit family of the same gender?

Nope, no thank you.

Don't get me wrong, I am not going to be oblivious to my history and the advancements that women have fought to achieve. I am aware that the strides made by many women before me have provided us with voting rights, a voice, equality, and equal pay in the workforce.

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For that, I am deeply thankful. But at this day in age, I know more female managers in the workforce than male. I know more women in business than men. I know more female students in STEM programs than male students. So what’s with all the hype? We are girl bosses, we can run the world, we don’t need to fight the system anymore.

Please stop.

Because it is insulting to the rest of us girls who are okay with being homemakers, wives, or stay-at-home moms. It's dividing our sisterhood, and it needs to stop.

All these protests and strong statements make us feel like now we HAVE to obtain a power position in our career. It's our rightful duty to our sisters. And if we do not, we are a disappointment to the gender and it makes us look weak.

Weak to the point where I feel ashamed to say to a friend “I want to be a stay at home mom someday.” Then have them look at me like I must have been brain-washed by a man because that can be the only explanation. I'm tired of feeling belittled for being a traditionalist.

Why?

Because why should I feel bad for wanting to create a comfortable home for my future family, cooking for my husband, being a soccer mom, keeping my house tidy? Because honestly, I cannot wait.

I will have no problem taking my future husband’s last name, and following his lead.

The Bible appoints men to be the head of a family, and for wives to submit to their husbands. (This can be interpreted in so many ways, so don't get your panties in a bunch at the word “submit”). God specifically made women to be gentle and caring, and we should not be afraid to embrace that. God created men to be leaders with the strength to carry the weight of a family.

However, in no way does this mean that the roles cannot be flipped. If you want to take on the responsibility, by all means, you go girl. But for me personally? I'm sensitive, I cry during horror movies, I'm afraid of basements and dark rooms. I, in no way, am strong enough to take on the tasks that men have been appointed to. And I'm okay with that.

So please, let me look forward to baking cookies for bake sales and driving a mom car.

And I'll support you in your endeavors and climb to the top of the corporate ladder. It doesn't matter what side you are on as long as we support each other, because we all need some girl power.

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Gun Control: A Band-Aid Fix to a Grade-A Problem

An op-ed outlining why gun control merely skims the surface of a whole family of issues which all stem from violent tenets embedded in American society.

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Gun violence and gun legality have been vigorously debated in America by everyone from politicians to students. Shootings are horrific, inhumane acts, but many people focus more on the "gun" and less on the "violence" taking place inside the perpetrator of the horrific act. While tighter firearm regulation may reduce gun violence in the United States, I submit that this solution is a band-aid fix for a much graver problem plaguing American society.

Gun violence in America is a recent phenomenon. All of the 5 deadliest mass shootings in America have occurred since 2007, and 28 of the 35 deadliest shootings have occurred since 1990. It is also worth noting that assault rifles with the same capabilities as the ones around today became available with the production of the AK47 assault rifle back in 1947. This data suggests that gun violence as it exists today is not solely a product of gun availability or lax legislation, but rather a societal flaw present in America today that was not present pre-1990.

Any act of violence stems from aggression inside the perpetrator. Aggression itself is a natural emotion and is experienced quite often by humans, especially by men who have naturally higher testosterone levels and possess natural instincts to fight off anyone whom they deem a threat. But why do some manifest this aggression in the form of violence? Psychologists suppose that cultural shaping, peer relationships, and individual characteristics are responsible for a person's choice to act violently. These aspects of human character development have largely been influenced media exposure (and in particular electronic media exposure) over the past 20 years. Since 1998, consumption of television, video games, music, and other forms of e-media has increased exponentially.

Consuming media is not innately bad. For our purposes, it only becomes problematic when the media being consumed is violent. Exposure to violence increases aggression levels in humans, and thus increases the likelihood of those humans to perpetrate acts of violence, whether it be on a large or small scale. The reality is that Americans consume an uncanny amount of violent media on a daily basis. Whether it is earning extra points for a head-shot in Call of Duty, watching that body be dissected during an autopsy in Law and Order, or listening to the violent ideas promoted in contemporary rap music, Americans are barraged with more violent images than their brains can process.

Not only does exposure to violent media increase aggression levels, but it also has a numbing effect on those who consume it. Desensitization exists in various instances of our day-to-day lives. The bliss of finding a new song wears off with each additional listen. Doctors and soldiers become desensitized to the sight of flesh and blood. In a similar way, continual exposure to violent media dulls the natural, negative human reaction to violence. Violence in the minds of Americans has shifted from horrific to commonplace, which is frightening news. When violence is seen as commonplace, people have no reason to distance themselves from it, nor do they have a framework from which to deem it evil.

As melancholy as this article has sounded thus far, there is a solution to this abomination plaguing American culture. To content creators on all media platforms, for humanity's sake, please promote healthy, productive messages over the violent and destructive ones, even though they may not line your pockets as deeply. To all consumers of media, be mindful to consume only that which depicts behavior you wish to emulate. This is the only long-term solution and is the path to health, sanity, and the end to the violence afflicting America today.

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