#ThisIsACauseNow Why Is Everyone a Special Snowflake?

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  1. Konfyouzd

    Konfyouzd Dread-I Master Contributor

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    I found an article about this on Facebook the other day basically calling millenials a bunch of cry babies because every single time anything happens you end up with a bunch of butthurt adults trying to turn hashtags into a cause.

    As a child I remember being told on numerous occasions by my parents, "Walk that .... off, boy..." To some that may sound harsh. To others that may only be the tip of the iceberg as far as their experience(s) growing up. However, I can't help but wonder how we suddenly seem to be raising a generation of what I would call "emotionally soft" individuals...

    Can we talk about this w/o flaming each other?
     
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    I agree completely. People are too damn sensitive these days.
     
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    Everyone wants to be a victim.
     
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    Oh... Wanna know what's funny? I can't post a link to the article because it's been REMOVED FROM FACEBOOK, thus proving the article's point.
     
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    asher So Did We

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    No. :lol:

    More thoughts later when I feel like I can put them together better, but my short response is: micro-aggression special snowflakes are the outside edge of a mostly positive move towards recognizing that for a lot of previously ignored subgroups, things are Not Okay.
     
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    How dare you. I'll have you know my life partner is a mixed race, non-gender on the autism spectrum. I showed her this thread and she had several suicide and rape flashbacks, and it's all because of YOU.
     
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    I guess now you'll just have to hope some millennial snowflake was computer savvy enough to take screen shots.
     
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    There have been several attempts in the past in North America to have people "walk it off."

    Among the times where just accepting a situation was rejected were the American War of Independence, the Civil War, the Civil Rights Movement, the loss of status of the Ku Klux Klan, and the Supreme Court decision on marriage equality.

    Those various clusters indicate that such rejection of the status quo gains momentum as people start talking about circumstances.

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    The best irony is that when people complain about hashtags, they are indicating that they can't just walk off the existence of such hashtags, thus disproving any notions that they themselves are above being butthurt.
     
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    Pretty much this.

    I, personally, think it's the collective consciousness of our culture coming to grips with what we're learning about ourselves as people, and as a society.


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    "I'm butt-hurt that you are butt-hurt!" :lol:


    EDIT AGAIN

    Does that mean we ignore those who actually are victims? While that's probably not what you meant, I still feel like it's a question that should be asked.
     
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    :lol:
     
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    *post deleted* I shall henceforth refrain from being a douche canoe ... :lol:
     
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    I can dig that. It just seems like lately--and this might just be who I happen to know online--ppl are hopping on any of these movements like class action lawsuits, hashtagging things that only marginally affect them if at all and I can't help but think they simply hope to gain an advantage. Not all of them but quite a few appear that way to me.
     
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    I know what you mean. There's a good reason I don't post much on social media!

    At the same time, I don't want to get caught up in dismissing every new hastag cause thingy that pops up on my feed. I guess there's a balance somewhere.
     
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    There most definitely is. It sucks because I'm sure some of these causes are very serious and absolutely valid, but in a way I also feel like after having to sift through the bs I'm becoming desensitized to them altogether short of just being annoyed every time someone gets triggered over someone looking at them funny.
     
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    asher So Did We

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    Yes, yes we do.

    It's kind of like what I was trying to say in the Paris thread: getting bent out of shape over people jumping on hashtag and profile overlay bandwagons is completely useless.
     
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    I think to some extent it's becoming difficult to tell victim from those who cry wolf for attention or whatever else. When I read what some folks go on about I can only think, "You're ruining the message of this movement and cheapening it for those who may actually NEED it to maintain it's legitimacy."
     
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    I just realized my .... up. She got all 7 of our cats in the divorce.
     
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    Hmm, well I guess in my head I was thinking of things like the BlackLivesMatter thing. From what I saw, the basis of it was good in that it pointed out a systemic inequality that still exists. In that sense, without regard to how some people took the trend way too far, the cause ended up being an opportunity and a reminder to check myself and reflect on if I had any racist tendencies.

    That's a case I'm glad I didn't ignore, since there really are victims who shouldn't be "thrown out with the bath water" so to speak.

    There's something to be said for awareness. The problem is that awareness in only part of the equation. I often ask what those kinds of things do (hashtags, social media posts, changing profile pics). So in my case, instead of getting "bent out of shape" over the next hashtagwagon I look for ways to actually help. In the case I gave above, the best way I figured I could help was to audit my behavior and worldview, and when appropriate offer the challenge for others to do the same.
     
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    Not sure we can pin this solely on millennials since a lot of the butthurt I see on Facebook is generations quite a bit older (although teen millennials are typically huge assholes on the internet, but the joke's on them when adulthood hits :lol:). I mean #bluelivesmatter, #alllivesmatter, etc. I can almost guarantee weren't millennial inventions. The one hashtag I've grown quite sick of, however, is the ones comparing literally any controversy, even insignificant ones, to Watergate.

    I obviously didn't read the article since it isn't there, but literally everyone is more butthurt these days. Conservatives are throwing a big fuss about stores choosing not to sell flags, same-sex marriage, Obama, 'socialism', etc. and liberals are butthurt about guns, racism, Trump, etc.. Teens are upset about inequality, job availability, college loans, etc. and older people are upset that things aren't the way they used to be.

    The only thing different today is ALL of it is a lot more visible than it used to be. Before the internet, especially before Facebook, you could go your whole lifetime without hearing people 'whine' for the most part and if they did they had to do it in person, which requires some civility. Not sure I can solely blame millennials when a lot of older individuals complain an equal amount, if not more.

    Hashtags, when not used for helping built-in filters, is exceptionally annoying in general. I've hated it since Twitter made it a thing to do.
     
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    I think maybe it's not so much that more people are sensitive and butt-hurt than before, but that its much easier for us to see and hear all the butt-hurt people with the rapid exchange of information we have these days.
     

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