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7 Social Issues That Millennials Are Leading to Fix

7 Social Issues That Millennials Are Leading to Fix

Over the last century, our society has made major improvements when it comes to social issues, but that doesn’t mean we don’t have a long way to go. In the 21st century, we’re faced with social issues that millennials in particular are working to fix. While all generations are contributing to help solve these issues, millennials have the energy, passion and motivation leading the way in making our world a better place. Here are 7 social issues that millennials are taking initiative to solve.

1. Gender Identity

Gender identity has been one of the most prominent social issues in recent years. More and more people are having the courage to assert a non-traditional gender identity—which can open them up to hate speech, assault, and other attacks. Transgender, gender fluid, androgynous, and other gender identities tend to have more acceptance in the millennial community, with half of those surveyed by Fusion agreeing that gender isn’t limited to male or female.[1] Many millennials are working to help support those with non-traditional gender identities cope by speaking up about their feelings online, supporting legislation that protects transgender rights, and normalizing non-binary gender through their speech and actions.

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2. Gay Marriage

Marriage equality has been a long-fought battle, and in 2015, the Supreme Court finally handed down a decision in favor of allowing same-sex couples to marry in all 50 states. Millennials’ acceptance of same-sex marriage has been a major driving force in bringing this legislation to the forefront of politics, with 73% of Millennials interviewed by Pew in 2015 expressing their approval of gay marriage.[2]  Concerns over a shifting government might mean millennials have to work harder, attending rallies and writing to lawmakers to fight harder to preserve the Supreme Court decision and protect marriages around the country.

3. LGBT Adoption Rights

Though many LGBT couples are highly qualified to become parents, there are no federal protections assuring equal opportunity to adopt. State laws vary on the issue, and a few states have active restrictions on LGBT adoptions. Aside from variations in state laws, agencies and birth parents often discriminate against same-sex couples, which can make the struggle to legally adopt and ensure the child is with the couple permanently very difficult. By normalizing LGBT parenting and promoting legislation to protect families, millennials are helping to ensure that prospective adopters are evaluated equally.

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4. Food Deserts

A food desert is an area where people live that does not have adequate, convenient access to a grocery store, farmer’s market, or other source of fresh, nutritious food. Unfortunately, people in food deserts have greater access to fast food than they do to healthy options. Fast food is 2.5 times more plentiful in food desert areas, which contributes to obesity and poor health of residents. Millennials active in social change are working to help everyone gain access to nutritious food by volunteering for educational programs to help people learn about buying and preparing healthy food, and working to improve programs that increase access and educate residents on nutrition.

5. Gender Workplace Diversity

Despite overwhelming evidence that having a diverse workforce is beneficial to businesses in nearly all industries, many workplaces are still dominated by straight men, especially in the STEM fields, executive positions, and politics. 98 countries have more women in government than the United States,[3] and the ratio doesn’t seem to be improving. Millennials who are moving into hiring roles have an opportunity to introduce more gender diversity and move cultural norms toward a more equal system. Young women in STEM fields are also helping to promote diversity by working with girls to learn skills like coding and math, acting as role models for girls who might not feel welcomed in male-dominated fields as they move through college.

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6. Women in Combat

Though many of the restrictions on women in combat roles has been lifted, allowing for more equality and opportunity for advancement within the military, this social issue isn’t quite resolved yet. Some leaders in the military have the freedom to exclude qualified women from certain missions, and President Obama has expressed the opinion that there’s still a long way to go, culturally and logistically.[4] As millennials begin to take over more roles in the military, they’ll have the opportunity to change the military culture—and the role of women—forever.

7. Religious Freedom Act

A divisive piece of legislation that’s swept through many of the states, the Religious Freedom Act has many millennials worried, since its language allows people to refuse service on religious grounds. Since it came into law, many people have used the law as an excuse for discrimination, undermining progress on social issues and equality. Millennial voices have spoken out against these laws in huge numbers, prompting lawmakers to look more closely at this legislation, and prompting backlash against those who use the Act to discriminate.

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Last Updated on June 8, 2018

10 Harsh But True Illustrations that Show Our Changed Society

10 Harsh But True Illustrations that Show Our Changed Society

Let’s face it.  We are living in a digital age, and there is absolutely no turning back. One of the biggest influences on society these days is social media. It affects us both positively and negatively. Social media was originally designed for people to share interesting facets of their lives with their friends, but it has become so much more than what it intended to be. It is now a medium for information to pass around the globe. In many cases, people first learn about current events through Twitter or Facebook before hearing about them from conventional news sources.

We also rely on technology for nearly everything we do. People these days seem as if they can’t go anywhere or do anything without their smartphones, tablets, or laptops. They need to be in constant contact with others via electronic devices.

However, there is also a downside to be too connected to social media and electronic devices. We are too dependent on them, which make us oblivious to what we are doing to ourselves. Being too connected can have a negative effect on our lives and the society as a whole. Here are 10 true illustrations that show how our society is negatively impacted because of the use of technology.

1. Facebook is eating away at your time.

Facebook is eating away your time

    How much time do you usually spend each day on Facebook or other social networking sites? Is it hindering your productivity? Do you find yourself wasting time to a point where you don’t even know where it goes? If the answer is yes, Facebook might have eaten away at your time.

    2. We’ve become “Likeaholics.”

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    Likeaholic

      When you are posting something on Facebook, are you doing it just to see how many of your friends will give it the proverbial thumbs up? This illustration shows that some people are treating “Likes” on Facebook as if it was a drug they needed to inject into their bloodstreams.

      3. Our electronics have priority over our lives.

      priorities

        Given a choice between your dying phone battery or you dying, which will you choose? In this case, the man in this illustration chose to charge his phone over to sustain his own life. As a society, we need to be more careful of our priorities.

        4. Our devices are ruining intimacy.

        lack of intimacy

          Have you and your loved one ever spent time together where each of you is on your phone instead of communicating face-to-face with each other? Has society reached the point where we can’t even be intimate with each other without being on our phones at the same time?

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          5. Families aren’t spending quality time together.

          mother baking

            Here is a mother making holiday cookies, but what are the kids doing? They are not making cookies with their mother. Instead, every one of them has their faces buried in their own electronic devices. Television used to be what parents use to babysit their kids. Now, it’s a tablet, phone, laptop or video game that does the job.

            6.  We’d rather record someone than help them.

            drowning

              A lot is happening in this illustration. A black man is drowning and asking for help. One person has a gun pointed at him. The other person has their iPhone pointed at him and is recording the scene, but is not interested to help this man.

              7. Society is sleeping, it’s sleeping its life away.

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              sleeping your life away

                Time is money. After we have wasted the long period of time on social media, we are losing the most valuable currency we have – our time in this world.

                8.  Despite all the technology we have, we still want what someone else has.

                wanting what someone else is having

                  There’s an old saying that goes, “The grass is always greener on the other side.” This illustration shows that despite all that we have, we are still not satisfied with our lives.

                  9. Sensationalism still sells.

                  free expression

                    With the information overload that exists today, the media still looks for sensationalism. Here’s a woman who feels she has something important to say, but the media only cares about her because she is naked. Would the news media still have microphones in front of her if she wasn’t standing there topless?

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                    10. In the end, with all of this, we are still killing the planet.

                    gun to mother earth

                      This last illustration argues that despite all of our technological gains, we are still polluting the earth as if we have a virtual gun pointed at Mother Nature. As we build bigger cities and higher technology, how much more damages can we continue to do before putting our lives at risk?

                      Featured photo credit: Michael Summers via flickr.com

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