When Will Our Boys Become Men?

Is chivalry completely dead? I’m confused about exactly what the purpose of guys is even supposed to be nowadays. I mean…women are supposed to be, let’s see, boss ass CEOs, healthy holistic mamas, have rockin’ bods, bring home the bacon, nurse the babies, and nurse their boyfriend’s egos!

So…as we expand our roles as women I’m left wondering where the guys fit in. And I’m left wondering this specifically because I’ve seen guys time and time again completely shred any shroud of responsibilities from their lives in the unspoken expectation of getting taken care of. 

My friend went on a Tinder date earlier this week and the guy text her, “Just a heads up where we’re meeting is a cash only place.” Like, um, why would that even be relevant. Are you not going to buy her TWO DOLLAR CUP OF TEA?! And there’s another ex-fling of a friend who keeps coming into the place that she works for happy hour specials and Saturday night romps. Like, GO SOMEWHERE ELSE?! And the worst thing is he goes in there and won’t even be the bigger person by just saying, “Hey (bleeped out) how have you been? Good to see you.” No, he like…lurks around the corners in her full view of her and even TAKES OTHER GIRLS THERE! 

Ugh, I’m just so fed up with tactlessness. When will our boys become men?

I know that neurologically girls mature faster than boys, that we have to allow them some time to emotionally catch up to us. But some things should be non-negotiable. Another friend was describing why she likes guys who sort of take the reigns, who say “I’ll pick you up at this time and we’ll go here for dinner, how’s that sound?” Who lend some advice when a phone gets broken, or you’re not sure where to take your sick cat, whatever. And I realized…it’s because we ladies haven’t been getting taken care of. We’ve felt all this pressure to be like, super-chill-cool-girls-man who aren’t “crazy” or “emotional” or “needy.” And it’s left us with our pooswahs in our hands cause now it’s like…wait, fuck, I take that back. I do have needs, that doesn’t make me needy. Like, I need you to be able to stick to a simple plan, or text me after a date, or pick up the tab for a two dollar coffee, and *OMG* he’s such a gentleman if he even opens the door for me!  

We’ve let this all get too far out of hand. Casual dating has ruined our generation of men. I fear they may never grow up. 


Please prove me wrong. 

New Cato Research: Millennials and U.S. Foreign Policy

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The experiences we have growing up shape the way in which we think about the world and that translates into generational shifts in political views.  

Millennials, in addition to being far more likely to have posted a selfie, tend to perceive the world as significantly less threatening than their elders. And, that means that Millennials have very different views on foreign policy than Baby Boomers. With those on the leading edge of Millennials now hitting their mid-thirties,those views are becoming increasingly influential.

New research by A. Trevor Thrall and Erik Goepner finds that the main drivers of Millennials’ foreign policy attitudes fall into two major categories. 

The first category comprises the trends and events that started or occurred before the Millennials came of age and provide their historical context. This includes the end of the Cold War and the evolution of the global distribution of power,the development of the Internet, and the acceleration of globalization.

 The second category includes major events that have occurred so far during the Millennials’ “critical period,” the period between the ages of roughly 14 to 24 when people are most susceptible to socialization effects. Most obviously these include the attacks of 9/11 and the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.

Together, these forces have led to critical differences between Millennials’ foreign policy views and those of their elders. 

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Millennials May Shop Walmart, But They Don't Love Walmart

While Walmart is a top shopping destination for the youngest generation, their affinity for the big discounter is lacking. In other words, they don’t necessarily shop Walmart because they want to; this cash-strapped, financially conservative group does so because they have to. For a better understanding of how Millennials feel about their Walmart shopping experiences, the Net Promoter® Score metric of customer loyalty and satisfaction was examined.* Compared to Walmart’s overall average NPS for each of the categories analyzed for this report, Millennials’ scores for Walmart fell below the benchmark for 80% of the merchandise groupings. Further, Millennials’ Net Promoter® Scores for Target were higher than their Walmart-shopping counterparts’ ratings in 24 of 25 categories.

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Millennials agree with Bernie Sanders on almost every issue 

Despite very low levels of trust in the federal government and elected officials (you try growing up under President George W. Bush and graduating into the Great Recession), millennials are more politically engaged in their everyday lives than any previous generation. And on nearly every one of the issues that millennials consider to be the most important, Sanders comes out as the unlikely champion.

Speaking of linguistics, there’s one particular linguistic tick that I think clearly separates Baby Boomers from Millennials: how we reply when someone says “thank you.”

You almost never hear a Millennial say “you’re welcome.” At least not when someone thanks them. It just isn’t done. Not because Millenials are ingrates lacking all manners, but because the polite response is “No problem.” Millennials only use “you’re welcome” sarcastically when they haven’t been thanked or when something has been taken from/done to them without their consent. It’s a phrase that’s used to point out someone else’s rudeness. A Millenial would typically be fairly uncomfortable saying “you’re welcome” as an acknowledgement of genuine thanks because the phrase is only ever used disengenuously.

Baby Boomers, however, get really miffed if someone says “no problem” in response to being thanked. From their perspective, saying “no problem” means that whatever they’re thanking someone for was in fact a problem, but the other person did it anyway as a personal favor. To them “You’re welcome” is the standard polite response.

“You’re welcome” means to Millennials what “no problem” means to Baby Boomers, and vice versa.The two phrases have converse meanings to the different age sets. I’m not sure exactly where this line gets drawn, but it’s somewhere in the middle of Gen X. This is a real pain in the ass if you work in customer service because everyone thinks that everyone else is being rude when they’re really being polite in their own language.

People who ask, “Where are this generation’s Black Civil Rights leaders?” simply are not paying attention. Although they may not call themselves or think of themselves as leaders, they are literally everywhere, from Baltimore to Ferguson. From Sandra Bland to Bree Newsome. 

You want trail blazing feminists? Hello, Nicki Minaj and Beyonce?!? You want more celebrities? Okay, how about Jesse Williams, Amandla Stenberg and Janet Mock, just to name a few. We’ve got people like DeRay McKesson and Shaun King keeping us (and the world) informed every day, and we have women like Alicia Garza, Patrisse Cullors, and Opal Tometi who sparked a global #BlackLivesMatter movement. HELLO?

There was only one Martin Luther King Jr, but don’t act like we don’t have people out there charging forward and standing up every day for Black people and Civil Rights. If people do not or cannot see our Black leadership, it’s because they are choosing not to.

This is MY generation, and I’m damn proud of all the people (celebs or not) who are constantly putting their lives and their livelihood on the line to speak up for and demand justice for people like me.

In fact, most “underemployment” these days isn’t kids coming to terms with not being a rock star or professional hockey player and facing the reality of the working world. It’s young adults who had practical goals of being lawyers, teachers and medical care workers — and who went through extensive training and education to do so — having to settle into low-skilled jobs that can barely cover their bills and multiple-degrees-worth of student loan payments.

Nearly half of young people in Canada are now employed in retail, food service or clerical work, which doesn’t offer a lot of opportunity to save for retirement or put a down payment on a home after student loans.


Millennials reveal #WhatWeNeed2016 from our presidential candidates 

Another presidential election year will soon be upon us, and media punditry surrounding contenders like Hillary Clinton and Ted Cruz is already beginning to dominate the Interweb. As the list of presidential hopefuls swells, it’s time to take a look at the issues that matter to progressive millennial voters.


#Zen #Riddles for #Millennials

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Try to make the world good according to your standards. It won’t be easy. Get ready for my generation to tell you everything that can’t be done — like ending racial tension or getting money out of politics or lowering the world’s carbon emissions. And we should know they can’t be done, after all, we’re the ones who didn’t do them.

A UK digital banking software firm has introduced an emoji-only passcode, which it says will be more secure and easier to remember than a traditional PIN.

Their press release is a little intense — it claims that 64% of Millennials communicate using only emojis and includes the phrase “When technology is used intelligently, utopia beckons on the horizon…” — but this still seems like an unexpectedly great idea.  


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