Teenagers today are under a lot of pressure from everyone. Pressure to be perfect, pressure to perform. Julie Andem, 34, Norwegian creator of the TV series Skam.
What would you add to the extensive history of sexism in popular music, including emo that is supposedly anti-macho? The girlfriend is both the enemy and the prize to be won, as seen in songs by Adam Lazarra and his band Taking Back Sundays or violent songs by Chris Conley and his band Saves the Day. He sings about sawing off flesh from a woman’s thighs “If I could somehow make you mine.” John Lennon talked about hitting his first wife in “Getting Better” (“I used to be cruel to my woman. I beat her and kept her apart from the things that she loved.”) Mick Jagger sings about a man raping a young black slave in “Brown Sugar.” In his song “Kim” Eminem says, “Sit down bitch. If you move again I’ll beat the shit out of you,” an exceptionally hateful and violent song—search the lyrics online.
Matthew Reyes, “Why Did We Justify Misogyny in the Emo Scene?” The Earlier Stuff, November 4, 2016.
Ageism in Youth Studies: Generation Maligned
Ageism is prevalent in a great deal of current scholarship in the social sciences as scholars fault youth for being delinquent or politically apathetic. Researchers ignore young people’s actual voices, despite their leadership in recent global uprisings, some of which unseated entrenched dictators. Neoliberalism must be exposed in its focus on youth sub-cultures and styles rather than economic barriers caused by growing inequality and rising youth unemployment rates. Ageism in Youth Studies also discusses the debate about “Generation We or Me” and if Millennials are narcissistic. Resources about global youth studies are included, along with the results of the author’s surveys and interviews with over 4,000 young people from 88 countries.
Matt Wolf, “10 Youth Movements that Changed History,” Huffington Post, March 13, 2017.
Acts of Kindness suggested by 6- and 7-year-old first graders at Chico Country Day school in California, published as illustrated kindness cards. I organized their suggestions by theme.
Leave secret happy notes for your family for them to find around the house. Make breakfast in bed for your parents. Empty the dishwasher to giver your mom a break. Wait if your mom is talking: Be Patient. Help your dad and mom make a meal for your family to show you care about your family. Do your chores to make your mom and dad happy. Clean the bathroom. Help your parents with chores. Clean your room to help your parents out. Take care of your siblings. Play nice with your brothers and sisters. Read a book to a family member or friend.
Bring in a neighbor’s trash can or help weed their yard or pick up dog poop. Get a friend and organize a neighborhood cleanup. Clean up garbage in your neighborhood. Put on gloves and get dirty. Help a neighbor in their garden.
Organize an all-school clean. Donate balls and hula-hoops to the school. Pick up trash at your school
Turn off the lights when you’re not using them. It is kind for the earth. Make a compost pile. Use containers that can be used again in your lunchbox. . Buy recycled materials like clothing. Grow an organic garden to grow healthy food. Start a community garden. Plant a tree to help the earth.
The poor, sick and elders
Make a card for a person in a retirement home or visit and sing them songs. Send a card to your grandma. Send postcards to children in the hospital.
Make lemonade stand and donate the money to help people buy food. Collect socks for the homeless.
Donate old toys to children who don’t have any. Donate money to those in need.
Donate canned food to a homeless shelter.
Collect pet supplies for the Humane Society. Rescue a pet from a shelter. Make a bird feeder. Take your dog for a walk. Play with your dog.
Random acts of kindness
Bake cookies for someone. Smile. Write a poem for someone. Or draw a picture. Give someone flowers. Say please and thank you.
Hold a door open for someone.
Donate clothes that are too small for you. Donate books to the library
Help someone learn something new. Share your expertise.
Give our compliments to your friends.
Japanese entertainers and fashionistas experiment with gender-bending in their clothes and makeup, including androgynous boy bands.[i] Acrush is a similar group of five young women who dress like boys, intended to replace the South Korean bands that were unofficially banned by Beijing in 2016. A promoter explained, “there are so many androgynous-looking girls these days, we thought they would be more relatable.” [ii]One of the singers said, “My family has always thought that girls should look and act like girls. But for my generation, we think: My life is my own life.”
[i] Jennifer Robertson, “Japan’s Gender-Bending History,” The Conversation, February 28, 2017.
[ii] Amy Qin, “The 5 ‘Handsome Girls’ Trying to be China’s Biggest Boy Band,” New York Times, May 20, 2017.
Democracy Uprisings Led by Global Youth
Gayle Kimball, Ph.D.
Fall 2017 publication
Table of Contents
Chapter 1: Who are Global Youth Activists?
Chapter 2: Recent Youth Revolutions Began in the Middle East
Chapter 3: Egypt’s 18-Day Revolution
Chapter 4: Turkey’s Gezi Park
Chapter 5: The Wave of European Uprisings
Chapter 6: Russia’s White Ribbon Movement
Chapter 7: China Human Rights Vs. The Party
Chapter 8: Prefigurative Movements in Latin America
Chapter 9: Youth Uprisings In North America
Other Books by the Author
50/50 Marriage (Beacon Press)
50/50 Parenting (Lexington Books)
Ed. Women’s Culture (Scarecrow Press)
Ed. Women’s Culture Revisited. (Scarecrow Press, 2005)
The Religious Ideas of Harriet Beecher Stowe. Edwin Mellen Press.
Essential Energy Tools book and 3 videos. (Equality Press)
21st Century Families: Blueprints for Family-Friendly Workplaces,
Schools and Governments. (Equality Press)
The Teen Trip: The Complete Resource Guide (Equality Press)
Ed. Everything You Need to Know to Succeed After College (Equality
How to Survive Your Parents’ Divorce (Equality Press)
Ed., Quick Healthy Recipes: Literacy Fundraiser (Equality Press)
Your Mindful Guide to Academic Success (Equality Press)
Ageism in Youth Studies: A Maligned Generation (Cambridge Scholars Publishing)
Global Youth Values Transforming Our Future (Cambridge Scholars Publishing)
Tactics and Goals for Changemaking
Brave: The Global Girls’ Revolution