Gender Millennials

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“Bold”, “innovative”, “confident”, “hip”, “in the know”; these words frequently come up when describing millennials. However, is there another word to describe this ever so different age group? It seems like “tolerant” deserves a mention, as the millennials are replacing the traditional, conservative views of the “Baby Boomers” and the “Lucky Few” with their own. Millennials accept those of all race/ethnicities, as many do not believe race defines who one is as a person. Additionally, millennials are open to the idea that men and women are equal in all parts of society. This young generation fights for the freedom of sexual orientation and gender identity, whether they identify as LGBT or not. By looking at the reactions of this generation …show more content…
According a USA Today analysis of U.S. Census Bureau data, the percentage of women as top-earners increased from a measly 16% in 1988 to 28% in 2011 (“An American role reversal: Women the new breadwinners”). Nowadays, young women providing for their families (many in single-parent situations) replace the traditional stay-at-home mom of the 1960’s. These changes in gender roles are even more obvious in the the Dunham family. 33 year-old Kaththea Stag, Army Capt. and mother of two toddlers, brings home the money in the family. Meanwhile, her 33 year-old husband Tom Dunham serves as the stay-at-home dad for the kids as the family travels from army post to army post (“An American role-reversal: Women the new breadwinners”). Gender roles seem to longer play a big part in society, as more and more young people open up to the idea of both the men and women earning an income through work. Millennials, especially in the United States, draw attention to the wrongs of other discriminatory gender role stereotypes. Beyoncé, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Emma Watson, Daniel Radcliffe, and Amandla Stenberg, lead the revival of feminism in the 21st century, appealing to millennials around the world with their courage to say the sometimes scrutinized saying, “I’m a feminist.” To them feminism means fighting for equality in the …show more content…
Young people are very involved in increasing awareness of LGBT history and the community itself. For example, Glendora High’s own Isaiah Baiseri, started Glendora High’s GSA club, and served as a core GSA trainer, Council and Board of Directors member in California (Pointfoundation.org). Like Isaiah, young people do not let society change their views on sexual orientation and gender identity. They are open and vocal in their fight, and high school GSA members served as important lobbyists in the fight for placing LGBT history in textbooks. Also, students, whether they are queer or straight, join the GSA clubs at their schools to show their tolerance of the LGBT community. Through the GSA clubs, students are able to make each other feel comfortable and unjudged. Together, they are willing to increase awareness of the unjust discriminatory laws discriminating the LGBT community. Additionally, the millennial support (18 year-olds to 32 year-olds) of same-sex marriage rose to a record 70% percent in a Pew Research poll (NPR.org). These results call attention to the increased tolerance towards same-sex relationships compared to earlier more conservative generations. Due to the increased tolerance of the LGBT community, gay world-class athletes feel more comfortable sharing their stories. While these young athletes speak

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