In case you haven’t noticed, the world is a mess right now. We have a sexist president, there are constant natural disasters and mass shootings, and all men have been cancelled. So, naturally, all I want to do it stay in bed and scream while the world falls apart. I know it’s easy to do that, but it’s also our responsibility to work hard to make sure the world DOESN’T completely implode. But…it’s hard to know where to start, especially if you’re just a teen or young adult trying to survive out here. And somehow, we are still expected to “hold it together.” It’s a lot.
There have been a lot of women-focused movements recently, which are important! But there are some conflicting ideas revolving around what women should do right now. Should we be silent and boycott twitter? Or should we be loud and call out the bad guys? It’s hard to decide what to do, and it can get super confusing. I wanted to make this little guide that will help you through these scary times. I know everything is a lot right now, but I promise, it will get better. Check out these little things you can do that will make you a better person.
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Put Yourself In Other People's Shoes
This is something I wish I had realized when I was 16: the world doesn't revolve around you. I know! Shocking! Obviously, you're an important individual, but it's important to be aware of the world around you. Take the time to recognize your own privilege. I know that it's a super ~buzzy~ word right now, but it's really important. You may not realize your privilege, but it exists and you might have certain advantages that other people don't have. You have to understand that! Image Source: Clueless
Don't Bring Other Women Down
You might want to say you're "not like other girls" but that's pretty rude to other girls. Girls are effing amazing, and a lot of the time we are pit against each other. It's not fair! Instead of spreading rumors or talking badly about a girl's outfit, remember how bad that would make you feel if anyone said those things. Women need to stick together, TBH. Image Source: Mean Girls
You have a voice-use it! Be active on social media, learn about what's going on around the world and don't ignore it. Honestly, a lot of stuff totally sucks right now, but we have the power of the internet to reach out and help others. Call out people who are being bad, fight for those who don't have a voice. It matters. Image Source: Broad City
Stand Up For Yourself
If people are making you feel bad - stand up for yourself. When you stand up for yourself, it can help you be more confident, which is really important. It will help you feel better about yourself and show anyone that you aren't someone to mess with. Image Source: Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Everyone should have goals. Sure, it's easy to just go through life not knowing what the eff you're doing, but it's also a good idea to set some goals. They don't have to be super intense, I mean, you don't have to have your whole life planned by the time you're 16. But, you should try to see where you want to be in a few days or a week, and go from there. This will help organize your life and make everything a little bit easier. Image Source: Gilmore Girls
Take Care Of Yourself
While it's important to fight for what you believe in and stand up for others, it's also important to take care of yourself. The world is a mess right now, and you want to keep your mental health in check. Take a breath, sign off of social media, hang with your dog, etc. A lot of the world is overwhelming and you need to be sure that you're taking care of yourself. Image Source: Legally Blonde
Know That There Is No One Way To Be A Girl
The word "girl" doesn't mean "person with vagina." Sure, a lot of girls do have vaginas, but that's not a defining characteristic. You also don't have to identify as a girl if you don't want to. Your identity is valid, and it's okay if you don't identify a certain way. Image Source: Degrassi