I've been thinking about ageism a lot. Then again, I am obsessed with it, but that's not the point. Anyway, I've been thinking about stuff that ageists hate so much about kids and teenagers. Somewhere along the line, I noticed that many of those things are just juvenile versions of the annoying habits that many adults do. Think about it.
Some people get mad at teenagers for telling on others, rather than working things out with, or fighting their peers themselves. Nowadays, if some parents have problems with their child, they "tattle" to a psychologist who doesn't know either of them and ask for advice on how to take care of their children.
When a child yells at someone his/her age, some people say, "That's not the way to get what you want". How many of you have ever been in line at a restaurant and an adult cut the person in front? How many times has that particular customer started a shouting match with the employee just because they found ketchup on their big mac? Big deal, you didn't want ketchup. You're going to waste other people's time and yell at the workers... who can mess your food up when you're not looking? Get a napkin and wipe it off yourself!
They say a child shouldn't resort to violence. It "corrodes" their minds and makes them believe that its the only way to get what they want. The average parents -- hell, people in general -- don't have a problem with resorting to violence against kids when they happen to have a belt in their hands. Apparently, a child using his/her fists on another is worse than them actually getting hit by belts, switches, sticks, extension cords, shoes, and/or frying pans by adults.
When children talk back to their parents in public, even if they have a reason to, the parents say the child is showing off. Meanwhile, most parents just love to disrespect their kids in front of their (the parents and the children) friends. And they could go on for hours talking about them, right in front of the child. If a child said even half of the crap parents say, they would most likely get hit.
Unplanned pregnancy is at an all-time high, according to the news. One thing you'll notice is, society loves to focus on teenaged pregnancy. Sure, its bad, but not all adults are good or intentional parents, either.
Remember how controversial Jamie Spears's pregnancy was since day one? At least she's financially stable. At least the father is going to help take care of it. I'm not saying that that guarantees that the baby will be well-raised, but Jamie has a better chance than some adults. How many accidental soon-to-be adult mothers have both of those? A parent can have neither of those and live in the ghetto, and still not catch as much heat as 16-year-old Jamie Spears.
Adult clubs are known to be filled with people who get drunk and/or fight for no reason. They're known to get shot up. People have even been killed in there, whether by drugs or murder. Still, nightclubs all over the country are untouched by the stupidity of other clubs.
When teenagers have a club for themselves, it always gets bombarded with rumors of drug and alcohol intake, and has to shut down. And places that don't close down usually make a sissy move and eventually cater to adults. Do teens even have a teens-only hangout anymore? It seems the mall is the most popular spot, but teens can get harassed and kicked out just for standing around. Plus, there's too many adults.
DZ Discovery Zone went bankrupt in less than 10 years; it was pretty popular in the 90s, how the hell did that happen? Burger King Kids Club is gone, thanks to BK deciding not to cater to preteens anymore. All of a sudden its cool for adults to hang around playgrounds... when they don't have children. Even school recess has problems... if that school even has a recess.
Notice how entire kid/teen hangout chains are being closed over BS, but single nightclubs where people get killed or arrested stay open. Coincidence? I think not.
What is the difference?