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April 15, 2013 | by  | in Opinion |
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Editorial – Offensive?

Stella and Molly are friends with not only their mothers, but also their grandmothers on Facebook. A bold move, and one that’s not really convention amongst the youth—because you wouldn’t want them to see the antics you get up to, would you? Whether it’s your eyebrow-raising outfits, jokes about sexual exploits, photos of your intoxicated self with a dick drawn on your face—there’s a veritable minefield of Facebook posts that could offend Mum and Grandma.

From their perspective, us yoof are pretty loose cunts. As a generation, it takes a shit load to offend us. We’re used to cum shots on prime-time TV, curse words dropped casually through every fucking sentence—not to mention premarital sex, drunk sex, stranger sex, gay sex, sex, high Emergency Contraceptive Pill usage, high dress hemlines, being high…

But far from bringing about the destruction of society, this loosening of ‘morals’ has also brought about a lot of good—desensitising ourselves to sex and drugs allows us to speak openly and sensibly about these ‘taboos’. As a generation, we can be thankful for easy and safe access to contraception, sexual health check-ups, drug and alcohol counselling—not to mention the ability for young people to follow their biological imperative and get their freak on without the risk of being vilified for it.

We are offended when someone disrespects that which we hold dear. What our mothers and grandmothers take offence to is what they perceive to be a loss of values—our generation’s failure to be polite, respect authority, and conform to their expectations of how we should behave.

We have grown up in a different era, but while we might be pretty hard to offend, we are not an offenceless generation. It’s not that we’re less offended by things, just different things—as the things that society values change, so too do the things that society is offended by.

Things that the older generation wouldn’t have batted an eyelid about get us pretty riled up too. It’s better to drop a casual ‘cunt’ than be casually racist; it’s better to be proud of your frequent, consensual, casual bangs than to ever, EVER think that a rape joke is okay, and frankly, we’re pretty proud of across the board youth support of the Marriage Equality Bill.

So you aren’t happy with the way we’re behaving? Well it’s a two way street, and we find your views offensive. That being said, it’s a worry what our grandchildren will think of us.

 

Molly & Stella

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Molly McCarthy and Stella Blake-Kelly are Salient Co-Editors for 2013, AKA Salient Babes.

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