Recently, there has been a lot, sorry an abundance, a flood even, of hate directed at millennials in the media. I’m not going to bother to define millennials properly, because I’m sure that by now, everyone knows what a millennial is.
Apparently we are an avocado-toast-loving, spoilt, conflicted, entitled, narcissistic, probably still living at home and island hopping bunch.
Apparently all we need are “highly paid jobs” to get into the housing market. And that we need to stop wasting our money on brunch, because that’d give you a decent deposit if you saved it all up! And if we didn’t already know, we have rips in our jeans! Haha thanks Richard. I never noticed.
Uncle Malcy, the Australian Prime Minister, the leader of the Liberal Party, must be having a good giggle in his oversized office, sitting in his nice leather chair. Probably drinking a long black with a triple shot made by the Parliament House barista. Who is probably a millennial, and is sick of Christopher Pyne joking with them about the good old days. All the while, this barista is probably holding their breath, refraining from spitting in Uncle Malcy’s coffee, because his mates at the Fair Work Commission just cut penalty rates. Three days after the ‘simple’ solution to buying a house - increasing your wages - was suggested by a federal Liberal politician. And guess what industries the rates were cut in! Hospitality and retail! Excellent! The industries where a majority of millennials are employed! Whilst they try and get out of the never ending cycle of collecting university degrees in the hope that one day they will get a higher paying job! But probably not, because Australia has a very large ageing population! And retirement keeps getting pushed further back! So no jobs are opening! I’m so ecstatic about my future, as you can tell.
Sorry. But that is one massive contradiction. If anyone is conflicted, it definitely isn’t the youth of Australia right now - it is the leaders of Australia. The leaders who are, for the majority part, white, middle-aged, men. The elite and privileged members of Australian society are making decisions for us. The government dramatically lacks diversity in terms of gender, age, race, sexuality and social class. So why should they be making all the decisions, making all the comments, making all of the contradictions they do, about millennials, people that they hardly relate to or empathise with?
Millennials are the future - we are far more accepting and far less discriminatory than any previous generation. I’m not even going to bother giving the facts on this, because for one this isn’t a news article, it’s an opinion piece, and for two, because everyone knows that it’s true.
This article is part one of two, an introduction to a discussion about millennials breaking the negative stigma that has been associated with the generation that is currently growing up, and absolutely killing it’ at adulthood. Every new generation of young hopefuls basically cops it from the government and from the ‘grownups’ of today in one way or another. You’d think that Uncle Malcy would at least have a little bit of sympathy for us young ones and stop treating us like university-degree-loaded failures. Who else would be making his coffee?