Dear Millennial Women,
This has been weighing pretty heavy on my heart as I’ve heard of the vilest acts that have taken place amongst millennial women today. Every day I’m watching the plights of millennial women being unfairly treated, devalued, and silenced from speaking their truths. It’s painful to see these acts unfold amongst a group of women who should really be in this together.
This is why I’m here today writing this open letter to all of us. I’ll be the first to admit that it has taken a lot of time for me to reach a place where I truly understand that standing with women is much more important that against them. When I was in my late teens and early twenties, I was very much the antagonist of my own narrative involving other women. I was very toxic in my behavior towards other women that I once considered friends. I won’t justify my behavior in the situations, but man if I could only talk to 21 year old Sevi about the behavior she exhibited after a particular group of women told her she was “using her uterus irresponsibly.” There are a lot more examples that could follow that, but I’m a much more reasonable and levelheaded individual these days.
It’s now ingrained that I am much better off with the unique women that I’ve selected to be apart of my life. It’s also transformed me to genuinely believe in supporting fellow women to bring the best out of them.
Millennials, we have got to do better. Selling each other short because of our unique differences, walks of life, and clothes we wear is becoming extremely detrimental. When did we become so sheltered, privileged and unapproachable in tackling our issues head on? We were raised to stand up for ourselves in a world that women before us had to fight for a foothold in, but we have no issues brushing each other off. We have no second thoughts of putting on a smile and pretending that I’m all for girl power, but silently judging from the sidelines of others who haven’t reached your “level of success.”
Here’s the thing, we are all different. I’m also well aware that a few of you millennials won’t change. You’re stuck in your crappy self-absorbing entitled ways, so keep doing you. A few of you are just too oblivious to the fact that there are issues at hand that you’re perpetuating.
Not judging – just telling it like it is, but I do have a few words of advice.
Be kind to each other. Look at the bigger picture. Use your voice and speak up. Most importantly, remember that we have much bigger threats against us in the world today.
A Fellow Millennial Woman