You’re Not “Oppressed”

You just don’t like consequences, and love attention

The Gayest Generation

A survey published by GLAAD claims that 20% of Millennials “identify as LGBTQ,” including 12% that identify as “gender non-conforming,” or transgender. Overall, there is a massive generational increase in those who purposefully identify themselves as being “outside traditional binaries,” and generally “non-conforming.”

The simple fact of modern youth culture is that there is no longer any “counter-culture” to speak of. There’s no punk, goth, emo, scene, or otherwise fasionable-yet-alternative refuge for those who want to belong, but want to still feel “unique” in their teen years. This is why there are, supposedly, so many “queer” Millennials.

Maybe I’m old (nearly 30!) but in my day we just died our hair genetically impossible colors, got a piercing in some odd place, or wore loose-fitting black clothing from Hot Topic while listening to atrocious, angsty music.

Not only is “queerness” an easily attainable counterculture, it’s a simple way to quickly gain access to some social points by being “unique,” and immediately placing oneself into a protected class. All you have to do is say you’re “pansexual,” and bam, instant bully buffer.

For the first time, these “queer” kids feel like they really mean it, truly belong somewhere, and can stand up for something.

The Phantom Gap

We all know there are huge gaps in demographics that get hired in certain fields, right? White men, supposedly, have huge advantages in pay and in the likelihood of hiring nearly everywhere. Right?

No, actually, hiring discrimination is not a thing. There is actually a federal law (The Civil Rights Act of 1964, specifically Title VII) that ensures everyone gets a fair shot at having a job, as long as they’re qualified. That’s why every business makes sure to remind you that they are, in fact, an “equal opportunity employer”. Non-whites and non-males routinely get hired over equally qualified or more qualified whites and males.

Women do not get paid less for doing the same work at the same level as men. This embarrassingly common talking point is simply untrue. If it was true, all positions in all private companies would be filled with women because it would lower the cost of labor. The “gender gap” in STEM fields, for example, is not discrimination. Women are simply less interested in STEM.

The gender makeup of a given field is only considered important in fields that pay relatively well. How many times have you heard cries of sexism over the male-only Selective Service draft in the United States? How many strong, independent women have you met who work in garbage collection? Why don’t you ever hear the phrase “garbage persons”?

You’re Not “Oppressed,” You Just Suck

Follow your dreams, kid.

The idea that we’re all the same and anyone can do anything is a reaction to meritocracy. Those who feel as though they have “lost” in some way can now join a movement based on their perceived identity and claim that the system is set up against them, thus absolving them of personal responsibility and denying any natural strengths and weaknesses that may be in play. In a healthy and functioning society, everyone has a place. Everyone has something they are good at, a function they perform for the greater good. Some people won’t be good at tech, or management, for example. That’s OK. They’ll be good at something else. The title is hyperbole, of course; That’s how a civilization works.

In a diverse society with citizens that hail from various places and backgrounds, it will never be the case that everyone is the same, on equal footing, and given equal results. Diversity often means a natural division between groups, and that is not necessarily a bad thing. In a diverse society, everyone has a place, because everyone is different. We all have different abilities, different natural inclinations, and we will all have different outcomes.

The presence of different outcomes does not mean discrimination. It’s what happens in a society that praises diversity rather than unity.