And I wonder if a high school senior boy with great athletic skills and a high GPA would have received the same level of vitriol. My guess is he would not because anger is allowed in men. Sarcastic humour is a valid vent for men. Because it is okay for men to react publicly to disappointment (watch sports some time if you do not know what I mean, or Congress after a vote), it is okay for them to be angry when efforts to get ahead are thwarted and it is just dandy when they receive help to deal with it.
You don't have to think she has great writing talent or a future career as an author. You don't have to appreciate her satirical view or be amused by it. You also don't have to verbally beat down a high school senior from all corners of the Internet, devaluing her very self because of a single opinion piece. Way to inspire youth to stretch beyond their own disappointments and find the oomph to keep going forward. Better to try to teach her to stuff her feelings. After all, she is a girl, she should get used to eating her disappointment.
No wonder this society is hard to live in. People hold you to a ridiculous standard, judge you mercilessly, and label you for life before you even graduate high school. Not when you've broken the law (Steubenville rapists, anyone?), but when you write a satire piece that gets widely circulated. WTF, USA. W.T.F.
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