ageism

You’ll Agree With Me When You’re Older

You’ll Agree With Me When You’re Older

Recently (and by recently I mean a month ago) I was in an online argument with someone when they decided to use, as an argument, that I was young and that when I got to be older I would change my mind and come around to my opponent’s point of view. Needless to say, I nope’d out of that conversation too quickly to sum up all the reasons “You’ll agree with me in twenty years&... »

Young People and Activism, MLK and CeCe McDonald.

Young People and Activism, MLK and CeCe McDonald.

Today is Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. Today is the day of patting ourselves on the back, telling ourselves what a good job we did at ending racism. Er, I mean, what a great job MLK did. It’s a day of white people either getting super-duper racist or superficially racially sensitive. Some white people are doing what I’m trying to not horribly fail at right now, and try to be good allies... »

17-Year-Old Made To Receive Blood Transfusions

17-Year-Old Made To Receive Blood Transfusions

This story first popped up on my radar via the Friendly Atheist blog, as many stories often do. In Australia, a young man (aged 17) has some form of cancer whose treatment involves receiving blood transfusions. He was raised as a Jehovah’s Witness, and compared receiving a blood transfusion to “being raped” due to his beliefs. He was ordered to accept the treatment by the New Sou... »

It’s Just a Phase

It’s Just a Phase

Recently, a friend of mine came out to her parents as bisexual. The response she got was roughly the equivalent of “It’s just a phase.” If it’s not obvious, my friend is a teenager. If it’s also not obvious, I have a bit of a problem with this cliché. “It’s just a phase” is something that’s only said to or about young people. When Jason Collins... »

Speak Your Mind: Ageism is a Thing

Speak Your Mind: Ageism is a Thing

Hey, everybody! You might not know this, but I turned 18 last year (19 next month!), so official adulthood is still fairly new for me. I am often mistaken for being at least a couple years older than I am due to my vocabulary, eloquence, and (so they tell me) intelligence. Of course, this happened with just as much frequency before I became a legal adult, but it was much more significant back then... »