Danielle Romanelli Assistant Editor
Taking “two steps forward and one step back” is a popular expression referring to a frog attempting to escape a well; for every two steps he takes, he falls back down one, but therefore is still able to make progress. This phrase is commonly used to express that things are getting better, even if it seems like nothing is changing or the effort to improve is not worth it. Sadly, today, the phrase is easier to say backwards. As a society, we are taking what feels like one step forward and two steps back. Unfortunately enough, this refers to more than the older generations. It focuses on millennials and generation X as well. We are all slowly adding to the downward spiral.
One issue I firmly believe is impacting our society are the terms “democrat” and “republican.” As soon as you place yourself into one of these boxes, people automatically assume that you fit all the stereotypes and agree with all of the ideas in that party. In reality, most of the time, this is not the case. Someone can define themselves as a republican but have a very liberal view of certain situations, and vice versa. We need to focus on making the right choices, instead of making “republican” or “democrat” choices.
Another issue that has developed is how advanced women’s rights have become. There is greater equality between men and women than ever before, but we are also going in the wrong direction. For example, in the past, women were expected to stay home and take care of their kids, and were judged if they went to work. As we have progressed, it became more acceptable for women to return to work, which is great. However, now we are moving backwards; women are judged for wanting to take time off for their children. Shouldn’t we, as a society, respect a women’s right to choose their lifestyle?
A third issue is the word “feminist.” Everyone in this world should be a feminist, but people are afraid to call themselves a feminist because of the negative connotations that come with it. We have failed to express this term in the correct way. Instead of making progress to equality, we are failing, as we have made the word “feminist” a joke.
There are many things that we need to change. We have failed to make progress, and when we do, we counteract it. Everyone needs to work to change this- by respecting others, listening to others, and having open minds. On the bright side, young gorillas have learned to disable poacher traps, so that’s something to smile at.