I don’t wanna grow up
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By jank - Last updated: Sunday, August 31, 2003 - Save & Share - 2 Comments

There’s another label to keep track of: “Rejuveniles.”:http://www.nytimes.com/2003/08/31/fashion/31JUVE.html Seems like the hip and with-it thing to be is a kid. I’d like to make fun of these folks, but truth is I kind of identify with them. Well, except for ““adultolescents,” those 20- and 30-somethings who live at home and still depend on their parents for emotional and financial support.

What I’d like to pose for discussion, though is the following: “(A)dulthood has lost its appeal,” said Frank Furendi, a professor of sociology at the University of Kent at Canterbury in England. “Adulthood has got nothing attractive about it anymore. That’s actually quite sad.” I’d like to challenge that adulthood may never have been more attractive than childhood. I’d also insist that the growing trend to absolve adults of responsibility for their own lives adds to this alienation of adulthood.

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2 Responses to “I don’t wanna grow up”

Comment from etrigan
Time August 31, 2003 at 3:13 pm

Our society suffers many ills that are unneccesary. One is the concept that adulthood means heavy responsibilities with little rewards, and I think a by-product of this is the idea that only having children will make you happy. Becky and I are living an amazing life without children. Too many adults think that seeing lots of movies or going to nightclubs (or any other number of things that I and other adults do for fun that garner cryptic looks) are not acceptable activities for adults. The real downside of this is that adults who are enjoying life are often considered “less than” normal. (Consider adults who ride Harleys as a hobby.) I think the folks in this article are taking things to an unneccsary extreme, but I understand their fear of being cast into a mold that doesn’t fit.

…the more I think about it, this attitude seems to impact all of life. We should let boys cry and let girls kick and stop casting them as homosexuals when they choose to. There are a lot of articles out now about girls exceeding boys academically and one really good one that says girls get to talk about their problems while boys get Ritalin. …and we should let adults who aren’t ready to have kids feel like they aren’t doing something criminal.

Maybe these swings of culture are figments of the medias exaggeration, though. Maybe this is just another sensational thing to latch onto.

I’d also insist that the growing trend to absolve adults of responsibility for their own lives adds to this alienation of adulthood.

You’ll have to expound on this one. I don’t see where you’re going with it.

Comment from jank
Time August 31, 2003 at 11:44 pm

Maybe these swings of culture are figments of the medias exaggeration

I posted this prior to having coffee this morning. I’d caught another stupid name further dividing and classifying folks, and it kind of set me off. Sorry.

The ‘alienation of adulthood’ bit was going to be a riff on how some have chosen to replace mom and dad as caretakers and problem solvers with the feds and the courts instead of keeping these responsibilities on an individual basis, but I don’t have any venom in me today. Possibly a result of seeing ‘Pirates’ at the Drafthouse East yesterday evening.

I don’t think necessarily that children/lack thereof are the real dividing line. You seem to have hit the nail with … adults who are enjoying life are considered “less than”… or somehow not working hard enough. As if the ‘Pursuit of Happiness’ were somehow betrayed if happiness were attained.

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