JOIN OUR NEWSLETTER
img

Ingrained Ageism(Part 1 of 3 in the “I” 4 Ageism Series”

Written by Sudburykid Apr 18, 2006

America was founded on change. It was founded on tweaking the system until it was perfect. It threw off Monarchy for Republic; it got rid of the Articles of Confederation for the Constitution. It Amended and still amends that Constitution. We as a society have made mistakes before, and we will make them again. It’s how quickly we fix them that makes us or breaks us. We have enslaved African-Americans, forcefully migrated Amerindians, demeaned women, and now we marginalize youth.

We passed the Jim Crow laws and segregated black people, and this was a horrible, horrible thing. But at the time very few saw the need for change. False studies in anthroposociology, eugenics and theories of racial “superiority” and “inferiority”, were widely accepted. But after many years of struggle and civil war and blood shed, this finally changed. Racism was finally seen not as a radical cause, but as a fact that needed to be dealt with.

We didn’t give women the right to vote until the 1900’s. We treated them as inferiors even after that. We backed up our arguments with junk studies in sociobiology and ridged Androgyny. We have media articles about the perfect family, the wife’s nuclear role. We saw them as less then us.

Now, we don’t give youth the right to vote, or really the right to anything, we treat youths as inferiors. We back up our ingrained beliefs with Junk studies and media articles. We dismiss ageism as a far-fetch claim of rebellious youth. But just as with Racism and Sexism, we must look beyond imposed stereotypes. We must look to what is real, what is around us.

There will be those who don’t recognize ageism, just as there were those who didn’t recognize racism and sexism. History shows us it will be a long struggle, but history shows us we will prevail. Don’t despair or disbelieve. I’ve backed up my arguments well. We are fighting against a state of mind. But isn’t it time to create a more perfect union? Isn’t it?

img

OUR BLOG

img

18 Years Is Half My Life

Time speeds up A year represents less perceived time to someone in their 90s than it does to someone in their teens. You can see how...

BY Sebastian Barajas
img

Youth rights lessons from “Lord of the Flies”

The “Lord of the Flies” argument The “Lord of the Flies” argument goes like this. Let’s say I want to lower the voting age, or give...

BY Sebastian Barajas
img

Time Flies When You’re Having Fun, And Drags When You’re Young

When I talk to people about lowering the voting age to 16 or lowering the drinking age to 18 they often say “Why the rush? Two...

BY Alex Koroknay-Palicz
img

Ageism and a Bike Thief: When We Should and Shouldn’t Respect Our Elders

I recently got into an argument with a stranger who was trying to cut through my bike lock with a torch. This was in the middle...

BY Sebastian Barajas
img

A Brief Overview of the Problems with Teen Brain Science

Until very recently, I thought neuroscience had put up barriers to youth rights that no argument could cross. If the teenage brain is physically incapable of...

BY Sebastian Barajas
img

Making Common Cause Against Ageism

I was pleased to come across this article in the Washington Post today about the struggle against ageism. The article profiled Ashton Applewhite, an author and...

BY Alex Koroknay-Palicz
img

The Incentive to Be Sick: Why many young people play along with diagnosis culture

  In his book, Teen 2.0, psychologist Robert Epstein gives an account of the medical profession’s complicity in the movement to marginalize young people: “In short,...

BY Sebastian Barajas
img

R-Rated Superhero Movies?

Bob Chipman had a very interesting take over at ScreenRant on the rumored R-rated directors cut version of Superman V Batman to be included on the...

BY Alex Koroknay-Palicz
View More
img

18 Years Is Half My Life

Time speeds up A year represents less perceived time to someone in their 90s than it does to someone in their teens. You can see how...

BY Sebastian Barajas
img

Youth rights lessons from “Lord of the Flies”

The “Lord of the Flies” argument The “Lord of the Flies” argument goes like this. Let’s say I want to lower the voting age, or give...

BY Sebastian Barajas
img

Time Flies When You’re Having Fun, And Drags When You’re Young

When I talk to people about lowering the voting age to 16 or lowering the drinking age to 18 they often say “Why the rush? Two...

BY Alex Koroknay-Palicz
View More