young people

i totally understand ace people needing to have their own memes and whatnot and i am 1000% up with that.

but any person making posts about “oh an STD that kills off all the sexual people” needs to please not follow me because i don’t care how much you’re joking or w/e, THIS ACTUALLY HAPPENED TO THE QUEER COMMUNITY.

IT WAS CALLED THE GODDAMNED US AIDS CRISIS.

I understand you’re trying to relieve stress, but please please please don’t make posts like this.  I understand that, as a 30 year old, I’m at the tail end of the generation who was directly impacted by the AIDS crisis, but like.  This happened.  More than half of our community DIED, from a disease that was passed through sex.

Please don’t make light of this.  This actually happened.  This actually affected and traumatized actual people who are alive and IN FANDOM AND QUEER COMMUNITIES right now.

Please don’t make me cry, because honestly just thinking about this sort of post (which I know exists) makes me cry.  We lost so many people.  We lost so much art and history and beauty.  Do not make light of shit like this, please.   Please.

I’m begging you.

Don’t turn our losses into a meme.

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Young people living in a 'suspended adulthood', finds research
Significant numbers of under 30s lack self-confidence and are at risk of mental health problems, with women worst affected, says report
By Ben Quinn

Despair, worries about the future and financial pressures are taking a toll on millions of young Britons, according to a poll which found young women in particular were suffering.

Low pay and lack of work in today’s Britain are resulting in “suspended adulthood”, with many living or moving back in with their parents and putting off having children, according to the poll of thousands of 18 to 30-year-olds.

Large numbers describe themselves as worn down (42%), lacking self-confidence (47%) and feeling worried about the future (51%).

Young women are being particularly affected. The percentage of women reporting that they lacked self-confidence was 54%, compared with 39% of young men.

While four in 10 young people said they felt worn down, the percentage for young women was 46% compared with 38% of men. One in three said they were worried about their mental health, including 38% of young women and 29% of young men.

Of 4,000 18 to 30 year-olds, the No Country for Young Women study found that 43% of those polled still live at home and a quarter had to move back in with their parents because they couldn’t afford to live independently. As much as 56% of them said they would consider moving abroad for work.

A Guide to Understanding Your Millennial

There is something totally unique and different going on with millennials. Faced with an economy, this group of humans with a range of emotions enjoys life styles that will probably change in the future. For example, they’ve been known to take pictures—boy, do they love pictures. In the past, we barely noticed pictures.

Learn more important characteristics of the youth from Kendra Eash, on newyorker.com.

Photograph by Bloom Productions / Getty

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The horror of female adolescence – and how to write about it
Why does literature so often depict the onset of sexuality – or indeed any aspect of girls’ growing up – as a strange, feverish thing?
By Lorraine Berry

“Far too often, very ordinary phenomena like female sexual desire or the onset of puberty are elevated by male writers to something remarkable, frightening.”

Shoutout to teen girl protagonists like Livy Marko (RELIEF MAP) and Julie Winter (DRYLAND), whose stories are changing the game.

You can’t just tell young people for the first 18 years of their lives that their political opinions are worthless or nonexistent, and then afterwards expect them to be totally politically engaged and wonder why some of them aren’t. It doesn’t work that way. If we want to decrease political apathy, we have to start as soon as possible. Make it known to young people that their political voices matter.

Young people - VOTE

Hello. 

I’m a 20 year old british individual, and I’ve just found out that only between 36-44% of people in my age group (18-25) actually bothered to vote. 

It’s already been estimated that if they had voted, we could have won the referendum with remain, because most people in my age group supported remain. 

So, I would like to say, how do you expect to make a difference? How do you expect things to change? If you want your voices to be heard - VOTE. 

For fucks sake, I understand it doesn’t always feel like you’re making a difference. At the general election, I left disheartened, because it felt as though my vote made no difference - I live in a highly conservative area, and I knew that no matter what I voted, an MP I dislike would get in(he did). But if more people had voted, maybe he wouldn’t. I was shocked to see one of my friends say ‘First time voting, EU referendum!’. She’s the same age as me - been able to vote for 2 years. I was so excited the first time i went to vote. Finally, I had a say, finally I had a voice. 

It’s frankly upsetting that so many young people are letting their voice go to waste. 
If you didn’t vote, you have no right to complain about what is happening to this country in light of the Leave result. No right at all. Because you could have made a difference, and you chose not to. You let your country down. 

Please, next time, vote. And to people in America -  Trump could be elected. The only chance to stop him is to vote against. So please, vote. Don’t let the side of hatred, xenophobia and bigotry win in your country, too.

Millions of Americans have Alzheimer’s. But if you’re really unlucky, it won’t even wait until you’re old – when forgetting your pants is a bit more socially acceptable – before it starts eroding your brain. Kevin Ducharme has seen his mother succumb to the disease, and now he’s learned that he has it himself. We’re giving him a chance to share all he knows about it, while he’s still able to share anything at all.

I Am Young And I Have Alzheimer’s: 6 Awful Realities

Almost all young people participating in the Democratic Iowa Caucus voted for Bernie Sanders. The younger the voting group was, the more Bernie supporters were in the group. I know us 18-30 year olds are busy working, going to school, and supporting our families, but this election year is SO important. It could change our entire future. Register to vote online and have a ballots sent to your house. Voting is so easy these days that there is no excuse not to do it. It’s time to send a message that the president can not be bought. A vote for Bernie is a vote to fix the United States.

On a daily basis, we see young people embodying the second-wave feminist ideal that “the personal is political” by defending abortion on the ground. Youth are making abortion accessible by doing the hands-on, personal work of funding abortions, providing abortions, escorting patients into clinics, and in some states, driving and housing patients.

This is a directly political act, particularly in states where abortion is increasingly inaccessible. Rallies and marches are good and important. But they don’t mean much to a low-income woman in Texas’ Rio Grande Valley when she has two weeks left to obtain an abortion in her state and nowhere within hundreds of miles to go. She needs money, transportation, an escort, and a provider. She needs actual, tangible help. And that is what young people are doing.
Why saddle our youth with the burden of authoritarian schools? Why ought the better part of a young person’s days pass by in an atmosphere of powerlessness, of demeaning and dictatorial rigidity, perpetual boredom, and behavior modification? Why, in a democratic society, should an individual’s first real contact with a formal institution be so profoundly anti-democratic?
—  Samuel Bowles and Herbert Gintis, Schooling in Capitalist America (1974)
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Millennials see themselves as greedy, self-absorbed and wasteful, study finds
Youngest working generation and Generation X also less ‘patriotic’ than baby boomers, while older ‘Silent’ and ‘Greatest’ generations rate themselves highly

Many millennials – the age group generally defined as those between 18 and 34 – don’t think much of their own generation, according to a new poll.

The Pew Research Center study showed that millennials had far more negative views of their generation compared with Generation Xers, baby boomers or other age groups. More than half of millennials, 59%, described their generation as “self-absorbed” while 49% said they were “wasteful” and 43% said they were “greedy”.

Around 30% of Generation Xers — those ages 35 and 50 — said their own generation was self-absorbed and wasteful, and 20% of the baby boomers said the same about their age cohort.

Millennials “stand out in their willingness to ascribe negative stereotypes to their own generation” the study said. The older the group, the more positively they saw themselves, the Pew study found.

The so-called “Silent Generation” — those ages 70-87 — overwhelmingly described themselves as hard-working, responsible and patriotic, at 83%, 78% and 73%. The baby boomers were not far behind, picking those same three words to describe themselves, at 77%, 66% and 52% respectively.

But only 12% of millennials and 26% of Generation X said they were patriotic; 24% of millennials and 43% of the Gen Xers said they were responsible; while 36% of millennials and 54% of Generation X said they were hard-working.

Many millennials don’t even want to be identified as such, with 60% not considering themselves to be part of the “millennial generation.”