First off, this article is hyperbole, exaggeration, scandal. Like many news articles these days it is based on dirty laundry, click bait, an attempt to get our attention by causing offense.
How ironic than, that the very thing this article laments…..is the very thing it seeks to create. How sad that we than proceed to blame the victims as if they have just spontaneously combusted and we have no idea what happened.
“Claire Fox, head of a thinktank called the Institute of Ideas, has penned a coruscating critique of “Generation Snowflake”, the name given to a growing group of youngsters who “believe it’s their right to be protected from anything they might find unpalatable”.
I have spoken frequently about how advertising targets women, because not only do we happen to control most household spending, we are more easily manipulated emotionally. That’s frightening, but there is research that suggests it’s quite true and of course all those advertising dollars that target the most cost-effective audience speak to the truth, too.
Culture also disproportionately targets women. Memes, the need for social approval, cultural influences, tend to harm women and girls first, often subliminally, outside our awareness. I’ve been sounding the alarm about this for sometime now, to no avail of course, becasue I am allegedly just out of touch, uncool, and full of grand conspiracy theories.
Social media, facebook, our iphones 24/7 are making young girls emotionally sick. Add in a culture of poltical correctness, a selfie generation, and information overload, and we have girls experiencing more emotional trauma than mental health patients did in the 1950’s. This article and others like it mock them, but I’m not laughing, I’m angry and fearful about what is happening. I don’t know precisely what is going on but you cannot glue somene to a facebook screen or an iphone for endless hours a day, right when their brains and emotions are developing, and than proceed to push their trigger buttons every few minutes, without serious long term consequences.
Girls are biologically driven by a need to be good, to seek approval, so happy sounds, simple rewards and punishments, like facebook likes or happy jingles when we get a text will begin to influence and manipulate our behavior and emotion. I’ve lost track of all the casualties I’ve encountered. Flat out, I sometimes find myself talking to girls who have clearly been completely indoctrinated and emotionally manipulated. They are trauma victims, unable to cope with simple emotion any more. Stunted. Too much time on line developing an emotional life outside the context of actual people, will really scramble your eggs.
This fluff piece article did hit on two important aspects, “It illustrated this generation’s almost belligerent sense of entitlement. They assume their emotional suffering takes precedence” and “There is a strand of self-absorption and fragility running through this generation; all too ready to cry ‘victim’ at the first hint of a situation they don’t like,” Fox concluded.
A bit chilling really, becasue if you take the victim blaming tone out of those two sentances, those are the two qualities that mark actual trauma victims, those who have survived an onslaught on their emotions that they cannot process fully. It is a kind of fraglity, it is emotional survival mode, not really weakness at all, but the psyche’s attempt to protect itself. They are victims and as such, that is all they can see all around them. It’s right out of a science fiction novel and it’s happening right before our eyes.