Who isn’t ready for 2016? I anticipate 2016 to be an exciting year–especially in the United States with the upcoming presidential election (where we just may see our first female president!). However, there are definitely some things we must retire in 2015 and go into 2016 without!
Donald Trump (his existence and our fixation on him?)
I think we can all identify with this Onion article. We thought Trump’s campaign would be a joke, we thought it would eventually go away, but it’s still here and becoming more dangerous than ever. His racism, his rhetoric, his beliefs, are dangerous. They’re harmful. They can hurt and have hurt people. He doesn’t just need to retire; he needs to disappear. Is decreasing our media coverage of him the answer? Would not spreading his dangerous, racist message to potential supporters stop him? Or should the media continue to expose his disgusting behavior? I don’t know the answer, but I can only hope and pray that in 2016 we see Trump gone.
“All Lives Matter” over “Black Lives Matter”
A popular question in political debates this year seemed to be “’Black Lives Matter’ or ‘All Lives Matter?’” The only answer to that is: Black Lives Matter. Why? Because the phrase is important and is important for black communities. Here’s a great explanation by Barack Obama.
Rape jokes (and rape-y advertisements)
I mean, honestly, we go through this every year. You would have thought that people may have learned (at least after Blurred Lines brought this sort of issue to the forefront), but no. This year we got this creepy ad this year and also this one. There’s probably more that I don’t know about. During finals season this year, I heard more times than I can variations of, “that exam raped me!” It’s time to retire using this word in this way; rape means one thing. It’s not a word that you can use at your leisure to describe something that isn’t this definition: “an unlawful sexual activity and usually sexual intercourse carried out forcibly or under threat of injury against the will usually of a female or with a person who is beneath a certain age or incapable of valid consent.” Check out The Washington Post’s article on America’s failed understanding of rape and stop making rape jokes!
Hating on millennials
How many times this year did I see articles accusing my generation of the degeneration of society? How many times have I been criticized for my reliance on technology and the Internet? Too many to count. We’ve been characterized as self-centered and lazy. As unintelligent and vain. Like it or not, we’re the future and why is that such a bad thing? It’s not. Because we’re going to save the world. (Here’s an abridged version of the Time article because, let’s be real, millennials skim nowadays.)
I like buns on dudes as much as the next girl, but do they really need to be called “man-buns?” Do we really have to gender everything, even hairstyles? Actually, no, we don’t. Call it a bun, for god’s sake. If you want a laugh, check out this article on lady buns!
Hating on selfie culture
Literally what is wrong with people enjoying taking photos of themselves? Some scholars claim that selfies are linked to narcissism, but I personally can’t help but wonder if that’s simply because women seem to take more selfies and anything that hints at female empowerment and women accepting themselves is put down. And I’m not the only one who thinks so. Keep on taking selfies in 2016!
Calling girls basic
Pumpkin spice lattes are good. Leggings are comfy. Instagram is fun. Why do we need to put girls down again for the things they like? Leave the word basic back in 2015 and while you’re at it, leave the word bitch too.
Hating on the word feminism
I hope next year I won’t even need to consider this, but for 2015, Time listed the word feminist on their list of words to be banned in 2015, before apologizing. This word isn’t a dirty word and it shouldn’t be hated on; however, it’s important to acknowledge how white women can dominate feminism and leave out other marginalized groups and how to address white feminism and create a more inclusive feminist world. Be mindful of the word in 2016, but don’t ditch it.