where next columbus?
God, I don’t want to sound like an endless fountain of nay-sayery. But I am beginning to think it’s my lot in life.
Anyway, so there’s this post by a young (21) woman describing how she has been dismissed and talked down to because of her age. Which, OK…I am not in favor of talking down to anyone due to their life circumstances. And I don’t think that being older necessarily makes you any more qualified to talk with authority on The Issues(TM). I’ve met plenty of absolute dunces who had quite a few years on me and plenty of people younger than me who really had it together. HOWEVER: there are certain things that young activist-y types do a lot that consistently just irritate the fuck out of me, so I understand why some people may be a little reluctant to give their full attention to said types. (Many of these things are things I once did myself, for the record.)
And, what do you know, the author provides an example of this in a subsequent post. One of the aforementioned irritating activities I see young activists (once again, I include my younger self in this category) engaging in is assuming that an issue that is new to them is new to everyone else, even if the issue is one that has been discussed into the ground for decades. Like this: