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Land of the Free?: The Social Side Eye

Land of the Free? Yeah right.

Land of the Free? Yeah right.

It’s 2010 and the awkward has become the norm. Self-expression and individuality have been taken to extremes and the IDGAF attitude is running rampant among the youth of Generation Y. It’s about damn time if you ask me. Stepping outside the box and being the odd one out is what makes my life worthwhile. I hate feeling like I have an unwritten set of rules to live by. It’s the rebel in me I guess. The only problem with our new found freedom to do WTH we want is that society is giving us that side eye. You know what I’m talking about. The side eye when you’re sleeping in church, showing your tush in front of company, or chewing with your mouth open in a restaurant.

I never noticed this social side eye until I got my gauges. I have a white collar job, so my gauges don’t sit to well with some of the leadership. Cry me a river. I don’t understand how America calls itself “the land of the free and the home of the brave.” True enough, we have religious freedom and such. That’s cool. What gets me is how we pride ourselves on our freedoms, but people aren’t offered jobs because of their tattoos and/or piercings. What a pile of poo. I’ve met countless individuals with amazing potential and mind-blowing intelligence that are unemployed. Why? People can’t get past what they look like. I thought individuality was a good thing. I guess not. Thankfully I was blessed with the ability to not let the opinions of others impact what I do. I’m Lia, and I do me well. I suggest you do the same. Your happiness doesn’t come from pleasing others. I’ve said it once before, be yourself. Make you happy even if it means disfiguring the entire left side of your face. Hell, if you like it, I love it.

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3 Responses to “Land of the Free?: The Social Side Eye”

  1. Rachel says:

    Or you know, how people aren’t offered jobs because of racism, sexism, and homophobia. Which are obviously less important than whether or not you can wear five pairs of earrings. You don’t know how good you have it.

  2. Metatron says:

    i live in japan and and had to take out my earrings when i started working, keep my hair short, and regularly shave my beard…and im only a kids teacher. the weird this is that track pants is considered appropriate business attire for non gym teachers too.


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