There is no doubt 2017 has been the year of Fuckups, from political break-ups, the swearing in of one of America’s most questionable presidential choices, the young and millennial have seen a stagnant amount of future investment and a lack of social, economic and political support but have been able to remain positive. Whilst the older generation might see my further points trivial I wanted to highlight three things Millennials took from 2017 and what we’d like to see more of in 2018.
# 1: Gender Fluidity
Number one on top of our list; We’ll start off by taking raising our hats to this generation, the level of acceptance, openness, and sharing has surpassed those of others years. We have stepped into the wide spectrum that is gender fluidity, non-conformist gender roles, interracial coupling and genderless bathrooms, while many might look at this as a threat to “regular” or “conventional” social standards we have continued to ask the question even if the world isn’t ready to give an answer.
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# 2: #BLACKLIVESMATTER
This is something I hold close, not just as a fellow black male but as a humanist. The world has had to take notice of this Hashtag since its 2013 debut after the acquittal of George Zimmerman in the shooting death of African-American teen Trayvon Martin the preceding February.
The segregation, demoralisation and beating down of any race group, sexual orientation or religious group is something we stand firmly against but we all know too well. The media still choose to promote and deliver world news that is biased, disconcerting or what we now deem as FAKE news.
The internet has helped exponentially this year, whites, black and people alike have come to use their voice when injustices are known and we couldn’t feel more proud. From Libya’s slave trade, Natural disasters, outing racism, and bullying, 2017 has seen the internet share, like and reblog its voice.
Whilst many might now be thinking about Net Neutrality and how this will affect the freedom of speech, we want to say, we have moved mountains in 2017, and mind is always greater than matter.
Statistics show millennials are the first generation to have men outnumber women and young people in the UK have the some of the poorest mental well-being in the world, new research suggests, with only Japan falling below British millennials by levels of stress and anxiety.
Whilst the male population grows and the never-ending weight of masculine conformity looms millennials have seen a 50 percent increase in issue with mental well-being and 54 percent stating this is down to money worries and the question of “what’s next”. Research shows The equivalent of three pupils in every classroom is said to suffer from a diagnosable mental health condition in the UK – figures which have prompted calls for counseling to be made available in all schools in England.
Again the internet heard the cry and responded, a huge response to mental health campaigns, phone lines, texting services are being advertised and while mental health might still be alien or a touchy subject to some, with it affecting youth from as young as 16 it’s never too early to start the conversation.
We want to take this time to thank pioneers, the filmmakers and influencers pushing these modern ideas, to help keep young people open, safe and honest.
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