Teen Vogue Says: Be A Good Little SJW
Teen Vogue Says: Be A Good Little SJW
March 24, 2019
If a parents of teen girls ever wants to get a glimpse of what is being thrown at their child, look no further than Teen Vogue whose pages brought us the likes of Lauren Duca:
Lauren (voice like nails on a chalkboard) Duca-who is now a professor at NYU, by the way. People wonder why I read this stuff. It’s fluff. It’s mindless. Who cares? But deep within the clicks through fashion pages that feature ultra skinny models sporting Yves Saint Laurent accessories (because every teenager can afford those), come a few gems of good ol’ progressive indoctrination. Take this article for example entitled: “We Can’t Just Show Up For Social Justice Issues When it Impacts our own Lives”.
The article starts out with the author talking about her disabled father and how this impacted her family life. This disability prompted her to become active in her school’s disability rights and justice network, to research and to follow key individuals who are in the conversation. Okay, we’ll take that. Here’s where this article turns the corner:
You showed up for March For Our Lives — an important step in contributing to the movement to stop gun violence. But are you showing up for victims of neighborhood violence, too? Are you challenging your local elected officials to build strong communities, free of violence? Even some young leaders of March For Our Lives have recognized their privilege, having found more support than black and brown students who endure gun violence daily, who challenge us to work in defense of their lives every day, not just some.”-Brittany Packnett, Teen Vogue
And there it is. March for Our Lives. Recognizing your privilege in this world. What most young readers do not understand and where our media continues to blur the lines is the difference between activism and social justice. Let’s take March for Our Lives as this example. Kids skipped classes. The smug, key figurehead of the movement (the epitome of a privileged little imp of a white boy) dropped multiple F-bombs at the NRA and called out all of us “old ass”, gun-toting parents. March for Our Lives was not about advocating for children who live in violent inner-city neighborhoods and deal with gun violence daily, there was a big-government agenda behind the whole movement. It was about attacking “old ass parents” like us who exercise our freedom responsibly and who WANT to protect our kids and our homes from crazy people.
But wait, there’s more!
Knowing that our freedom is connected is the first step in living by the concept of solidarity.
Beyond that is the willingness to take risks in the service of justice. This is the difference between an ally and an accomplice. Marginalized people live risk daily by their very existence. If you possess privilege of any kind, it is your responsibility to spend that privilege. Put it up at risk to protect the very people who are suffering most. Be willing to say the hard thing. Be willing to stand up in protest. Be willing to ask the difficult questions of those in authority. All of this will feel very costly to you. But ask yourself this: what will it cost us as a society and a community if you don’t stand up. The cost of your silence is greater than the cost of your truth.”-Brittany Packnett, Teen Vogue
If you possess privilege of any kind, it is your responsibility to spend that privilege. Hmm. Interesting concept. I love how this article points out “privilege” all whilst ads for $40 tubes of Chanel lipstick flash upon me on the screen.
Riddle me this, then, Teen Vogue: does skipping school and shouting obscenities at other adults whilst wearing a pink pussy hat and holding up a sign you spent all night working on do anything to help women who are being abused by their partners or does showing up at a women’s shelter and serving a meal, donating clothing for their children or taking the time out to just talk to them have a bigger impact? Does flaunting how privileged you are make a difference to those less privileged? It’s all just lip service. Saying how privileged you are and not putting your words into action is a pretentious, lofty way of saying “yes, I KNOW I am better than you”. Haven’t we seen this enough in grown adults in office who claim they know what is best while our cities and states fall apart around their policies?
This is where we talk about something called stewardship, girls. Yes, you can go and assist those who are less privileged than you are on a weekend and still make it to class on Monday. You can then have this conversation with your friends and, if inspired, organize a group to go to the women’s shelter a week later or gather up a collection of toiletries, fun cosmetics and clothes for a drop off. This is true advocacy. But the powers that be in charge of the big progressive machine of social justice and politics who dictate to large media platforms are not concerned with silent work behind the scenes that produces a domino effect and actually betters the lives of people, they want chaos. After all, the cost of your silence is greater than your truth, right? Or is it their truth they want you to recite verbatim?
Oh, how they love the “your truth” bit!
You want to spend your privilege and “show up”? Show up for your friends who get bullied on social media. Show up for a family member who is sick. Show up for someone who can do absolutely NOTHING for you in return. Show up and actually BE an advocate. Do your homework, do your research in opposition to being spoon-fed selected tidbits of what the popular opinion of adults (who want to sway your opinion) want to share with you. Distinguish between “social Justice” and advocacy. The powers that be don’t want you to because you will actually be better for it. And for crying out loud, shut up for a moment and listen to those who have been there, don’t yell at them in defiance just to shout YOUR truth. Your truth as you know it may actually change in this process.
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