The walls are thick with the sweet smell of Sambuca and you’re sweating like a pig that’s had far too much to drink. Snoop Dogg is playing overhead and you’re singing along, lungs about to burst. ‘Bitches ain’t sh*t but hoes and tricks, lick on these nuts and suck the d*ck’. And there it is. You’ve unwittingly colluded with one of the most misogynistic lyrics of all time.
At the age of thirteen I was sat in registration class when a form landed on my desk. I absent-mindedly ticked my way through, until all of a sudden I came to a section entitled ‘ethnicity’. I was stumped. I looked to the left and the right of me to see which box my classmates had ticked. ‘White British’, I did the same. Seconds later, clocking that I’d copied her, my friend that was sat next to me started to laugh. Confused, I explained that I didn’t fit any of the other categories listed and I’d always thought of myself as white. After some deliberation we agreed that I should tick ‘other’. This was the first time I had ever really called my identity into question but it wouldn’t be the last.
A few nights back my sixteen year old sister and her friends were having a sleepover. Being the creepy older sister that I am, I perched myself next to them with a big ol’ slice of pizza and listened in on their chat AND I FELT SO OLD. What the hell were they talking about? I needed to ask some questions.
Now that I’ve caught up and I’m cool again I thought it would be helpful to impart some of the wisdom that I’ve learned from the youth of today.. and it all revolves around social media. How can adolescence have have changed so much in just 6 years?? Damn you Zuckerburg!