Guys? Just remember that we make up society. No matter how free thinking you feel you are, every one of us is a piece to this puzzle we call a community, or a society, or a culture. So, the next time you blame this sort of intangible entity for making you feel bad about your life choices, body image, gender, ethnicity, et cetera, remember that you may very well be exporting similar negative views into the world (Especially in this day and age, when anyone can broadcast their thoughts on a worldwide level.)
You guys see a post on Tumblr about beauty standards and say, “Fuck you, society. I don’t need to be bone thin to be happy!” But then you keep posting about how you’d only date men with six packs. You guys see a news article centered on some poor human being who committed suicide because of school bullying and think, “Fuck you, society. We should all be accepted for who we are!” But then you keep judging and teasing people because they’re different from you in the smallest of ways. And while beliefs that are pro self acceptance would do great good in any culture, I don’t see anyone doing anything besides posting complaints online.
I’m not saying that the pressure to look and act a certain way isn’t completely ridiculous- it is. I’m saying that there are bigger fish to fry. You shouldn’t just take issue with body and career “societal” pressures- you should also take issue with the fact that there are more black men in prison today than there were slaves during the Civil War. You should take issue with the fact that corporations are destroying the Appalachian Mountains for their resources. You should take issue with the fact that fracking and pesticide use are rendering our ground unusable. You should take issue with the fact that around 16,000 children die of hunger related causes each day, something that could easily be solved with just .015% of the world’s military budget.
So, I what I am saying is…
Quit this mock outrage, expand your world view, take a hard look at the things you say and do, and try to change something in yourself and your community. No progress is going to be made if your only response to the question, “what’s wrong with society?” is an online complaint. Complaining about something solves nothing. But being an active agent of change does.
If you want to blame something for making you feel bad, blame the top six corporations that control 90% of the media. GE, News-Corp, Disney, Viacom, Time Warner, and CBS control a large portion of the music we listen to and the films, television shows, and advertisements we watch. Of course they’re going to bully you into thinking a certain way- they want you to buy their products!
You need to take off those 1984 blinders the media has placed over your eyes and liberalize yourself, girl.
Check out this amazing website called Global Issues dot org. Some of the statistics I mentioned above can be found there, as well as some other interesting facts and tidbits. It’s also a great tool if you’re studying- or planning on studying- cultural anthropology, like myself.