If you’re a regular member of the wonderful world of social media, you’ve probably heard this term come up a lot. As defined by urban dictionary, a ‘snowflake’ is
“A term used to describe extremist liberals that get offended by every statement and/or belief that doesn’t exactly match their own. These individuals think they are just as “unique” as snowflakes, when really their feelings are just as fragile.”
When I started researching this topic, I found out about the history of the word. I didn’t actually know this, so if you’re interested, you can read this HERE. I also found a pretty good article about it being the defining insult of politics in 2016, which you can read HERE.
I’m not going to touch on the subjects above, as frankly I know nothing about them other than what I have read from a quick google search. What I am, however, going to talk about, is the use of the word ‘snowflake’ in the modern day context, that is in the comments on LadBible’s latest piece, or the reply of someone on twitter.
The article I will be mainly focusing my reply on is HERE (it’s safe to say that this article thoroughly p*ss*d me off!).
‘Snowflake’ has become the perfect insult for people that don’t want to acknowledge world issues, for those that like to bury their head in the sand.
I actually, generally, quite like our generation. We’ve become a generation of speaking out, and it’s pretty fab. If we see something degrading to women, we will tweet about it. If we see an advert that we think is racist, we will comment on it and voice our opinion. And, most of the time, our opinions are listened to, our voices are heard.
Trigger warnings are important to us. As a generation, we speak out more and more about mental health. But, as we understand mental health more, we also understand that there are implications in speaking out about it, in that we could trigger another person. So we place these warnings to effectively help these people out, and it works.
As the first generation to grow up with social media and modern technology, we have written our own rules. We have freedom of speech, and for many of us these platforms have become a place to exercise that. And we are powerful. A few tweets about how an advert is offensive can make an advert be pulled entirely from circulation, and that’s pretty darn powerful if you ask me.
We have become a generation that has made our individual and collective voice matter. We have not sat back and kept our views of the world in, we have voiced them and actually made a difference in so many ways.
This world isn’t perfect, and offensive things happen every single day. But this is where the ‘snowflake’ users seem to get us all wrong, they don’t understand that we are not offended by everything. We are offended by the things that ARE MORALLY wrong. The things that people have campaigned for the abboliation of before us, and the issues that have caused so many different conflicts before us.
We tend to get offended by views that are just morally wrong. And that is certainly not the same as being offended by everything.
So, if you want to refer to me as a ‘snowflake’ because you think I’m ‘delicate’ for calling you out on your racist bullshit; for placing trigger warnings at the beginning of my posts because I respect mental health; for being a feminist who believes in equality for the genders; for being vocal regarding what is consent, then sure go ahead. But, I believe in what I speak up about, and I hope that the vocalisation of these problems by we, the ‘millennial snowflakes’, will create the more equal, moralistic society in which I would like to live.
Thanks for reading.