16 Ridiculous Things That Are Somehow Still Happening In 2016

by Charisse Thompson

It's 2016, yet there are so many things occurring that shouldn't be and honestly, I'm just really confused about it all.

It's getting to a point where you think everything is a massive joke, but as more headlines appear in your newsfeed, you realize this is the sad reality of America today.

Here are 16 things I can't believe are still happening in 2016:

1. Why Donald Trump Is The Republican Nominee For Presidency

I don't think I need to expand on this any further.

2. Why Women Are Still Taking The Last Names Of Their Husbands Upon Marriage

I mean, to each his or her own, but you don't have to change your last name just because you're married. You can still be John Smith's wife without becoming Mrs. John Smith. It's 2016, not the 16th century.

3. Why All Phone Companies Don't Have Unlimited Data

I had unlimited data in the eighth grade when all I did was check if I had new photo comments on my Myspace profile picture. Now, at 24, when I actually use my phone for all it has to offer, I can't without relentlessly being reminded that I'm already over my data limit.

4. Why Women Still Slut-Shame Each Other

This will always be something I don't understand. Of all the sins in this world, no one deserves a spot in hell more than a woman who doesn't help other women. OK, I'm being a tad dramatic, but you know what I mean.

5. Why Music Isn't As Good As It Was From 1997 to 2003

Don't get me wrong; there are some good artists out there making good music, but there's a reason the quote, “if the love doesn't feel like a '90s R&B song, I don't want it,” exists.

6. Why Celebrities And Notable Figures Coming Out Is Earth-Shattering News

One out of 10 people identify as queer, so if it's not you, you have an LGBTQ+ family member, friend, classmate, colleague or Instagram follower.

It's obvious we've made progress in terms of people feeling more comfortable in sharing a part of their identity with the world, but at this point I don't think it's groundbreaking to find out that someone is gay, and that's a good thing.

7. Why The Latest Celebrity Gossip Is More Relevant Than The Actual News

As a Millennial, I am not ashamed to admit that I read celebrity news if it pertains to someone I like. But when I'm reading my morning news and the dating life of a celebrity is a bigger topic than the social rights issues, I get a little worried about the future.

8. Why “I Have A Boyfriend” Is Still The Go-To Response For Rejection

If I'm walking down the street and a man approaches me wanting to “get to know me” I always say no. If he begins to pester me and ask why, I reply, “because I don't want to."

Sure, this type of response may get me killed one day because men have fragile egos and can't handle rejection, but I refuse to use “having a boyfriend” as the reason for not wanting to speak to a strange man.

9. Why There Are So Many Dating Apps Yet Everyone Is Still On Dating Apps

Tinder, Bumble, Hinge, OkCupid, Match, eHarmony, Picke, Grindr, Scruff, Her, JSwipe, BlackPeopleMeet, blah, blah, blah. There are dozens of apps in a city with 8.5 million people and everyone is single AF.

Where are all the kind, generous, intelligent, thoughtful, socially aware, attractive, well-read, worldly, rich, emotionally available, single people? Asking for a friend.

10. Why They Haven't Figured Out A Way For Cellphones To Have Service Underground

Yes, there has been improvement, service is available at certain stops where it wasn't before, but I should be able to use my phone during my entire commute.

11. Why The Gender Wage Gap Still Exists

Why are there women in power voting to support the gender wage gap? You know who you are.

12. Why Daughters Are Told To Be Careful When Going Out, But Sons Aren't Told Not To Rape Anyone

As an avid participant in my campus' annual Slut Walk during my undergraduate years, nothing grinds my gears more than rape culture. It is NEVER the victim's fault for being sexually harassed or assaulted.

I think it's time, as a society, we stop teaching our daughters to fear being raped, but instead remind our sons that consent is a basic human right.

13. Why News Titles Are “Yet Another Mass Shooting” And We've All Become Accustomed To It

There were 136 mass shootings this year in the US. One hundred thirty six.

This means on 136 different occasions this year, a minimum of four people were killed because someone had access to a gun. Let that sink in for a little.

14. Why We Still Classify Accomplishments Based On Race, Sexuality And Gender

Spoiler alert: Non-White, male, Christian, cisgendered people aren't the only humans capable of accomplishing a great feat, so why do media outlets find it necessary to incessantly remind the public of it? I'm beyond over it.

15. Why Someone Says They're Not A Feminist

This can become a whole article on its own, but in its simplest definition, a feminist is merely a decent human being.

So, if you don't think people of all genders should be treated equally because you're not a feminist, I've 100 percent lost all interest in continuing any type of conversation with you.

16. Why Donald Trump Is The Republican Nominee For Presidency

This one is so confusing that it had to open and close this list because truthfully, WHAT. THE. F*CK, AMERICA.


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