Woo, finally an update!! These ideas went back and forth in my head until I was able to write them down. Thank you to everyone that has shared this story, and has left comments and kudos on AO3 and here!! I really appreciate the support this story is getting. School has been keeping me so busy lately, but I made some time to write this. I am keeping the whole piece on this post, but I am also posting this on AO3. I hope you guys enjoy! Let me know what you think!
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Disclaimer: The Hunger Games trilogy belongs to Suzanne Collins. I just use her characters as barbie dolls to play with and write stories about them.
My generation, generation Z, is going to be the one that changes things for good. In America, after yet another school shooting, instead of just accepting the “our thoughts and prayers to the families” that is normally said, the students actually did something. They began to stand up and speak for harsher gun control laws. These same STUDENTS organised one of the largest protests in AMERICAN HISTORY, with an estimated 1.2 - 2 million people taking part in over 800 cities world wide.
We are a generation raised in a society of “girls rule boys drool”, of girls being given toy kitchens and hoovers whilst boys played with cars, Lego and army men, of girls being told to wear skirts and be careful to sit so you don’t accidentally flash your underwear whilst boys were told to run free and do whatever they want.
But, we are also the generation that grew up on a diet of tales about heroes and villains where the heroes stand up and win. We grew up on Percy Jackson, Harry Potter, The Hunger Games, Divergent and Marvel movies. All things where the heroes fight back and WIN. But then the adults stripped away our hope, our futures and then backed an unqualified business man for president over a woman with political experience and they’re shocked children are fighting back. They’re surprise that we’re all like the heroes we grew up with. What else did they expect when we are the generation raised in the aftermath of 911, the recession, the Iraq war, the 7/7 bombings and increasing numbers of terror attacks? We grew up with Disney movies that taught us to speak our minds, to let ourselves to be heard and now this generation has begun to speak out.
In the word of Thomas Jefferson, the 3rd President of the United States,
“Every generation needs a new revolution.”
This is ours. In America, they fight for stricter gun control laws. Everywhere, we fight for equality for EVERYBODY.
The generations that came before us may have began the battle for equality, but we’re the generation that will fix it.